Wednesday, April 24, 2013

3 Month Pictures!

So I know I posted a sneak peek of Madeline and Mason's pictures a week or so ago....but I just got the disc of all the pictures in the mail a few days ago and couldn't resist posting all of them for you to see. I could not be happier with how they turned out. Thank you again to Jessica Hollis photography! Now to decide which ones to order large prints or a canvas or two of. Hmmm....... Probably all of them. Our house is going to look like their shrine. Oh well! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

3 Months Old

On April 12th Mason and Madeline turned 3 months old. (Which means I'm a little behind with this post.) They have been doing so great at home.

We are happy to report Madeline is off oxygen as well! She is still wearing the pulse ox/heart rate monitor at night (this is probably more for my peace of mind!). They have been eating well and are up to 4 ounces every four hours. The first few weeks at home were busy with doctor's appointments and home visits by therapists. This went really well and the therapist have not found anything concerning. Although they are three months old they were three months early. So until they reach the age of two, developmentally, we have to adjust their age. Meaning that even though they are three months old, they actually are considered a newborn since their three month birthday was only 1 day after their due date. So we can only expect them to act like a 1 day old baby. The therapists however were pleased with their motor skills and mobility and reported they are reaching 1-2 month milestones at this point. We are obviously so pleased to hear this and can't wait to watch them grow and learn now that they are home.

Mason Dallas Rimini
At Birth: 2 pounds 6 ounces, 14 inches long
1 month: 3 pounds 10 ounces, 16 1/2 inches long
2 month: 6 pounds 1ounce, 17.9 inches long
3 month: 8 pounds 8 ounces, 20 1/4 inches long

Madeline Sophia Rimini:
At Birth: 2 pounds 7 ounces, 14 1/2 inches long
1 month: 3 pounds 4 ounces, 16 inches long
2 month: 5 pounds 13.5 ounces, 18 inches long
3 month: 8 pounds 12 ounces, 20 inches long

This month has been tough for you and your sensitive little belly. You have been struggling with reflux and have had to start on medicine. You still eat like a champ but are so miserable afterwards when you spit up. The medicine seems to be helping but it breaks my heart to see you so uncomfortable after you eat. You are in size 1 diapers just recently, but you still wear newborn size clothes. You seem to have your days and nights mixed up a bit and you seem to like our little date nights at 2 in the morning. This makes for a very tired mommy but I would be lying if I didn't kind of like our quiet moments together in the middle of night snuggled up with you. I love you so much my Mase Face! 
Love you to the moon,
Your Mommy

My Moo. You have hit a growth spurt and have passed your brother up in weight this month. You are also recently in size 1 diapers and are just barely still fitting into newborn size clothes. Since you have been home you have really taken off and have become so alert and curious. You have also found your voice and will let out your raspy cry to let us know you are hungry and you mean business! You have come so far and I can't believe everything you have accomplished in the three short months since you were born. If you have been able to amaze me and your Daddy this much in just three short months, I can't wait to see what you do in the years to come. We are so proud of you my little Maddie Moo. 
Love you to the moon,
Your Mommy 

Came home on Sunday afternoon to this. Evidently it was nap time for everyone. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11th

Happy Due Date Madeline and Mason! While you were in the NICU I asked myself every single day why you both had to come so very early. Now I think God just wanted us to have a little extra time together. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Well we have been home for over a week now. All four of us under one roof and I am loving every minute of it. So before I fill ya in on how our week has gone I have to share two of the twin's newborn pictures taken by Jessica Hollis Photography. They had them done last Wednesday and Jessica was kind enough to post two sneak peaks on her Facebook page. (I will hopefully have them all within the next two weeks). I about died when I saw the two pics she posted! I can hardly stand the cuteness in these pictures! 

I highly recommend her to anyone in the area. She really took her time with them and was able to capture some great shots. I cannot wait until she has the rest of the pics edited! I'm dying to see them. 

As far as being home goes, the babies are doing fabulous. Developmentally they have made so much progress over the past week since being discharged from the hospital. We have also lowered Madeline down from the 1/8 of a liter of oxygen to 1/16 of a liter. We plan on dropping it down to 1/32 in a few days and then hopefully just taking it off. We actually had her oxygen off during their newborn photos and she did just fine without it. She is on such a tiny amount that Jason and I joke she is on the oxygen for more psychological reasons. Like she thinks she can't breathe unless there is two pieces of tape on her face! But I will admit I sleep much better at night knowing she has that heart monitor on to alert me if there is a problem (which since we have been home, there hasn't been!). 

Us as we are about to leave the hospital

Sad to say good-bye to two of our favorite nurses!

A few pics after we arrived home...

I somehow managed to capture Mason landing a right hook on Madeline. I thought I would get a few peaceful years before they started hitting and fighting!

We were so happy to have the babies home for Easter. Although we couldn't leave the house or have family over for an Easter celebration (as we are trying to limit them having contact with too many people so that we don't stress them out with too much activity or so we don't end up back in the hospital with an illness) we were happy to have the four of us together at home.

 The Easter Bunny must have visited all of Madeline and Mason's grandparent's and aunt's houses as well because they sure had a lot of baskets on Easter morning!

And now for a picture overload of our first week at home...

We had an eye doctor appointment in St. Louis last Monday. Jason and I survived the trip with two babies, two diaper bags, an oxygen tank, monitors, a breast pump, and one very large double stroller!  

Madeline at the eye doctor. I can't get enough of those chubby cheeks! 

Mason's cute little grin

Mason must have been hungry! 

Mason's first bath

Jason goes back to work next week. It has been so nice having us all together for the past week. Feeding, changing, and playing with two babies has been so much fun with Jason's help. It really hasn't been difficult to manage two babies at all. So lets hope I think the same when he goes back to work! Wish me luck!