We have had a VERY adventurous weekend (to say the least)!  My good friend, Rhonda, and her family have been here all weekend, and we have had several “firsts” for the boys (both hers and ours).  First ride on the Light Rail, first Colorado Rockies game, first run through a rainstorm after the Rockies (won their) game, first trip to the emergency vet since having Max and Wes…oh my!

The game was great (as great as baseball can be, we’re more into football and basketball in the Mastera home) – all four of the boys had SO much fun cheering on the hometeam during a beautiful Mile High night.  

Max doing his own "seventh inning stretch"

Max doing his own "seventh inning stretch"

Wes wondering where the heck his Rockies dog is

Wes wondering where the heck his Rockies dog is

Jake loved his snowcone!

Jake LOVED his snowcone!

Slater and Jake trying to stay awake towards the end of the ballgame

Slater and Jake trying to stay awake towards the end of the ballgame

It was soooo nice having some “helpers” here over the weekend – it’s going to be rough getting back into the routine of things without other people to hold, feed, and play with Max and Wes!  The boys already miss their little buddies, Slater and Jake (and their parents, Rhonda and Chris), and I miss them, too – our house is actually CLEANER after they left, than it was before they got here (thanks Slater and Rhonda)!

Rhonda and a smiling Max

Rhonda and a smiling Max

Slater wrangling both the boys (he's brave, isn't he?)

Slater wrangling both the boys (he's brave, isn't he?)

Rhonda, Jake, and Wes

Rhonda, Jake, and Wes

Chris helping out with Wes (he was soooo good with Captain Fussypants)

Chris helping out with Wes (he was soooo good with Captain Fussypants)

My Mom and Dad were in town for the Antiques Roadshow, and stopped by to visit for a little bit on Sunday (they also watched the boys on Friday night while Jeff and I were at a wedding – congrats Shawna and Jeff!).  They were very surprised to see how big Slater and Jake had gotten (they hadn’t seen them since Jeff and I’s wedding almost 6 years ago!), and very excited to spend a little time with their grandsons.  At my Mom’s request, I’m not posting any pics of her holding the boys because they aren’t very flattering (you’re welcome, Mom).

Grampy giving Wes's chrome dome some lovin'

Grampy giving Wes's chrome dome some lovin'

Grampy admiring all of Max's hair

Grampy admiring all of Max's hair

We practiced some tummy time while Grammy and Grampy were here

We practiced some tummy time while Grammy and Grampy were here

And our big excitement for the weekend was when we had to rush Rex to the emergency vet last night (at 10:30) because he snagged his nail on a shopping bag in our bedroom.  Thankfully, our friends offered to stay home with the boys so Jeff and I could take Rex together, because we were in the emergency room for 3 hours.  Slater and Rhonda were also kind enough to pick up the upstairs and clean up all of the bloody pawprints that Rex tracked all over the carpet and laminate floors.  Thanks you guys!  Rex is totally fine now, and I don’t have one ounce of regret for taking him in during emergency (read – expensive) hours.  I do think I jinxed us when I was just talking about how Rex only has to go to the vet at night and on weekends, when it’s the most expensive – dammit! 

They had to remove the entire nail because it had been ripped too far off, so he’s a little mopey today (from the pain medication).  He goes back to the vet later this week to check the healing, but in the meantime, he has a cool “cast” on, and is forced to wear a lampshade.  Poor little Rexy!

In the waiting room, waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for the doctor

In the waiting room, waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for the doctor

Our poor little guy crashed out on the way home

Our poor little guy crashed out on the way home

A close-up of Rexy's "cast"

A close-up of Rexy's "cast"

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Kerry

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The Comeback Kid

July 24, 2009

When we were trying to get pregnant, I always tried to have an arsenal of sarcastic or funny (or inappropriate) comebacks to all of the questions from family and friends about when we were going to have kids.  It never ceased to amaze me how personal some of the questions were, yet I always answered them with a (sometimes fake) smile.

When we finally got pregnant, amazingly the questions didn’t stop – AND – they got more personal and nosy.  If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if I was going to breastfeed or if I was planning on having a vaginal delivery, we could have paid off our IVF debt by now!  Ridiculous.

Now that we have Max and Wes, it seems we are STILL answering questions all the time when we’re out and about.  Most of the questions are just from curious people, and we totally understand that twins (and multiples in general) are fascinating, so it’s not that big of a deal.  However, there is one question that always blows my mind when we’re out with the boys…

Twins?”

While I know it’s totally possible that a family could have more than one baby and they not be twins (for example, if they had a biological child and an adopted child of around the same age), I can’t help but want to point out our massive double stroller, the fact that they’re relatively the same size, or their similar facial features/expressions.  Alas, I would never do that to a total stranger.  What would I do, you ask?  Give them a response that will confuse them even more…

No … (long pause) … clones (shaking my head up and down in a matter-of-fact manner)”

Kerry

New video cuteness

July 23, 2009

Max giggled uncontrollably for a few seconds the other day – but once we finally got the video camera, he stopped.  At least there are some cute coos and smiles on this one…

Wes got to take a tubby without the netting in his bathtub, and he LOVED it!  He was just splashing around so much, and really concentrating on it, too!  LOL!

J&K

What a great day!!!

July 20, 2009

We had such a fantastic time in Cañon City and Colorado Springs today!  As most families with an infant (or infants) know, it’s almost impossible to get out of the house in a timely manner when you have to remember (and then double-check that you have) everything.  Well, we were one of those families today.  We had planned on being on the road by 10 a.m. in order to have plenty of time before the 12:30 train departure.  As luck would have it, our gas tank was almost on empty and the gas station we chose to go to had a line of people waiting for gas.  D’oh!  By the time we got to the interstate, it was about 10:40.  Oops.  Needless to say, we missed the train – literally (by about 5 minutes, darn it!).

We decided to make our trip worthwhile and go to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park instead.  It was so much fun!!!  We walked across the world’s highest suspension bridge with the boys in tow, and got a great workout to boot.  We got some great scenic photos while we were out, and we left in just the nick of time as it started raining about 3 minutes after we left the parking lot.  Whew – close call!

View of the suspension bridge from where we had lunch

View of the suspension bridge from where we had lunch

Another view of the bridge and the beautiful mountains

Another view of the bridge and the beautiful mountains

Our family on the Royal Gorge bridge

Our family on the Royal Gorge bridge

"A-a-a-a-achoo!"

"A-a-a-a-achoo!"

A funny picture of Max - doesn't he just look "over it" all?

A funny picture of Max - doesn't he just look "over it" all?

Can you see "John F. Kennedy" Mountain in this picture?

Can you see "John F. Kennedy" Mountain in this picture?

Jeff and I on the bridge

Jeff and I on the bridge

The view from our car a few minutes after we left the park

The view from our car a few minutes after we left the park

After we left Cañon City, we headed to the Springs to meet up with one of my best buddies, Daniel (a.k.a. Hauss, who was a bridesman in our wedding) and an old (online) friend who we’d actually never met before.  Shay (militarywifealways on the TTTC board on the Nest) has been such an incredible source of support to Jeff, I, Max, and Wes (and Rex, she never forgets about Rex) over the past few months, all while dealing with the (second) deployment of her husband and dealing with infertility and incompetent doctors.  We were so glad to finally meet her tonight!

Hauss and Weston

Hauss and Weston

Shay and I

Shay and I

Okay, I have to get  back to my margarita now.  I could get used to this whole not working thing!  Alas, tomorrow is my “Sunday” as I’m back to work on Wednesday – Jeff and I plan on having another full day of fun tomorrow!  I’m sure there will be details and pictures to follow…good night!

Kerry

Monday Funday

July 20, 2009

Since this is Jeff’s last week at home with the boys, I took work off today and tomorrow so that we could spend some quality family time together.  Today, we are headed to Cañon City to ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad with Max and Wes (Rex is going to hang at home, guarding the house).  I am so excited, we’ve wanted to do this for a long, long time, but just never did.  On our way back through Colorado Springs, we are meeting some friends for dinner, so that should be fun, too!  I need to hurry and get ready for our big day out, but thought I would leave you with a couple of pictures I took of the boys this morning…

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Kerry

Deep thoughts

July 18, 2009

Maybe it’s the (one glass of) wine talking, or maybe it’s just me being nostalgic, but I have had several moments tonight where I have just sat or stood in awe of what my life is like now.  Both boys have been successfully sleeping through the night for several weeks now, but tonight I’ve had to go down and rock Wes back to (almost) sleep twice.  Staring into his sleepy little eyes as he drifts into dreamland is just the most surreal thing…still.  Waking the boys up for their morning feeding (my absolute favorite time of day, hands down) is still the most surreal thing, and even changing a poopy diaper and/or getting peed on by one of the boys is still just so…damn…surreal.  What did we do to deserve this insane amount of gratitude and joy and pride and LOVE I feel every single minute of every single day???

A year ago tonight, Jeff and I were sitting in the parking lot of Mt. Fuji, laughing at how shady we probably looked all slouched over in the front seats of our car.  Our eyes were shifting back and forth, back and forth, waiting for just the right time to “shoot up” before we needed to run into the restaurant to meet up with our friends for Peyton’s birthday dinner.  I had just started my Lupron injections (a medication to suppress the ovaries from releasing eggs so they can get tons of eggs during the egg retrieval) two nights before, so it was all still so new for us.  I remember when we started the IVF process, we went to Babies R Us (NOT a fun place for infertiles to go) to buy a cooler bag to carry our IVF drugs around in.  We now use this same bag to tote around Max and Wes’s bottles.

If I’m tooting my own horn, I would say Jeff and I have handled the events leading up to this day very well.  It wasn’t easy going through in-vitro, especially since it was our “last hurrah” before giving up on having a child (after three years and thousands of dollars spent on trying, we were done).  It wasn’t easy being sick the entire first trimester.  It wasn’t easy going in for emergency surgery at 24 weeks and signing a sheet of paper with Jeff stating that we understood that one of both of our babies could die as a result of the cerclage.  It wasn’t easy having my long-awaited baby shower in the hospital, in a drug-induced stupor, still so worried at the thought of something happening to one of our boys.  It wasn’t easy being on bed rest for 6 weeks.  It wasn’t easy signing more liability paperwork when my water broke at 30 weeks and I delivered our sweet, little miracles.  It certainly wasn’t easy standing by as other people took care of our children while they were in the NICU for the first 43 and 51 days of their lives.  It wasn’t easy going back to work two weeks after both boys were finally home because my maternity leave was over.  And overall, this whole journey has been about as opposite of easy as there is.

Would I give any of it up for anything?  Not a chance. 

You can keep your $40,000 – spending all of that money was worth every single Ben Franklin because it means that we got the two children we were truly meant to have – our sweet little Max and our precious little Wes.  The morning (or all-day) sickness is long forgotten, as we now have all-day exhaustion to try to work around at work (for me) and while caring for our little guys (for Jeff).  I still think about the surgery, having my baby shower in the hospital, and the boys’ birth from time to time – but – I try to focus on the fact that everything turned out sooooo much better than it could have, and for that we are so incredibly grateful.  And remembering how much I LOATHED bed rest makes me feel a little guilty that I would now KILL for just.one.day of “bed rest” just to catch up on some zzzz’s (and I know Jeff is with me on that one)!  Sometimes I feel cheated out of my maternity leave since the majority of it was spent in a small hospital room, watching machines help our boys breathe and listening to the monitor alarms going off every few  minutes.  Then I think about how lucky I am to still have my job in this economy, especially after being gone for almost four whole months.  Thinking of the boys’ NICU stay makes me so grateful to the wonderful nurses and staff of Swedish Hospital.  I think they all helped to mold Jeff and I into the confident, able parents we are to Max and Wes, and that’s something we won’t soon forget.     

And now, enough of the deep thoughts and onto PICTURES!

Max and one of his winning smiles

Max and one of his winning smiles

Our furry little guy

Our furry little guy

And one more Rex pic because...well...how can I not?

And one more Rex pic because...well...how can I not?

Wes doesn't know this, but he's about to be violated by Rex's tongue!

Wes doesn't know this, but he's about to be violated by Rex's tongue!

Doesn't Max look like he's driving a video game car?

Doesn't Max look like he's driving a video game car?

Our sweet (drooling) Wes, deep in thought

Our sweet (drooling) Wes, deep in thought

Kerry

Five months old!!!

July 16, 2009

(gestational age is 12 weeks)

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J&K

Good morning?

July 15, 2009

I don’t care how “normal”, “natural”, or “okay” it is – there is just something soooo bizarre about seeing a baby with an erection. I seriously don’t know if I’ll ever be used to seeing this morning after morning with both of our boys. And for those mothers and fathers of boys out there – thanks for the heads up (sarcasm) that this would be happening!!!

Kerry

Flash!

July 12, 2009

So…while we were watching TV today, the Flash Gordon movie flew by in the guide.  I mentioned how horrible of a movie it was and Kristy chimes in singing the theme song.  How she knew it I will never know.  While she was singing it she was holding Max and he LOVED it.  Here is a little video…

Jeff

Aunt Kristy!!!!

July 12, 2009

Sorry we’ve been a little MIA lately, my sister flew out for the weekend, and the boys have been having tons of fun keeping their Aunt Kristy on her toes!  Kris could not believe how big Max and Wes are getting, and she’s been eating their little smiles right up.  =)  Here are some pictures we’ve taken over the weekend…

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Wes LOVES looking at himself in the mirror

Wes LOVES looking at himself in the mirror

Poor Max is getting smooshed!

Poor Max is getting smooshed!

Aunt Kristy smothering the boys with kisses!

Aunt Kristy smothering the boys with kisses!

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Rex giving Super Max some mid-air kisses

Rex giving Super Max some mid-air kisses

Kerry