Six years ago today…

August 29, 2009

…I married my best friend in the whole wide world.  Jeff and I have an amazing partnership and a mutual love and respect for each other that I’m certain will stand the test of time.  There are a gazillion things I want to say about him here, but I think I’ll spare y’all and just tell him in private. 

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I love you, punky!!!!

Kerry

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Another Max Milestone!

August 27, 2009

Please forgive the crappy photo quality and red eye (I used our old camera), but look at what we have here – Max sitting up all by himself!!!!!!  What a big boy!

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Kerry

Thank you, Jamie!

August 25, 2009

Remember Ivory?  My friend, and fellow preemie parent, who set up our meal delivery schedule when I was on bed rest?  Well, Jamie is her super talented husband who shot the photo that’s now our new header – the photo that brought tears to my eyes when I first saw it.  We had a BIG day on Sunday – with two photo shoots – one with Jamie (and helpers Ivory and Emma) for the boys’ 6 month pictures and a few family photos, and another with a photographer that is working with us on something for our big announcement happening sometime next month.  That’s all I can say for now (on the blog anyway, our Facebook friends and friends IRL know what’s going on), but I’ll leave you with a few more shots from our photo shoot with Jamie…

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Kerry

I’m on my lunch break at work, so this is going to be short and sweet.  =)

STATS (as of their appointment last Friday):

Max was 13 lbs, 4 oz, 25 inches long, and had a head circumference of 16 1/2.  Wes was 13 lbs, 11 1/2 oz, 26 inches long, and had a head circumference of 16 1/4. 

We can no longer call Weston the “chubby one” or “fatty” (even though we lovingly still do from time to time) – he is really getting long and thinning out quite a bit.  And his head is smaller than Max’s now – how did that happen?!?!

I’ve always told our pediatrician that I didn’t want to know the boys’ percentiles (as far as height and weight are concerned) because I didn’t want to be freaking out about how “behind” they are (since they were 10 weeks early), but Dr. Brandon let Jeff and I know that both boys are on the charts for their ACTUAL age for height, and almost on the charts for their actual age for weight.  How fantastic is that?!?  Dr. B was also very impressed with both Max and Wes’s gross motor skills, and said that developmentally they are around what a 5-5 1/2 month old baby should be, not a 4 month old (which is what their adjusted age is)!

We were also cleared to start introducing solids, but I’m not sure we’re ready for that quite yet (and by “we” I mean “me”).  For some reason it feels like starting solids is a HUGE step that I’m not sure I’m mentally prepared for…hopefully this makes sense to other mommies out there.  :::sniff, sniff:::  I can’t believe our little boys are growing up so fast!!!

Who gets to tell them they have to get shots?

Who gets to tell them they have to get shots?

Dr. B with Max and Wes

Dr. B with Max and Wes

Kerry

Better late than never!

August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 15th

Believe it, or not, we had two weddings to attend last Saturday.  Our friends, Tiff and Rich, got married in the morning, and our friends, Luke and Christie, got married in the evening.  Tiff and Rich’s wedding was beautiful (as a “manly man” am I allowed to say that?), and their reception was a lot of fun.  We had a lot of friends there, and we all enjoyed the signature drinks (well Kerry did anyway) and delicious food at the clubhouse.  Kerry was very impressed with the cake, too – we always joke that we only go to weddings so that my wife can get her wedding cake, her most favorite thing ever.  We were really sad that we had to leave the reception early to make it to Luke and Christie’s reception (we couldn’t make the wedding) in Boulder, but it was easier that two other couples at the first wedding also had to leave.

Luke and Christie’s reception was a blast!  We got to see our good friend, Sean, and meet his girlfriend (finally), Sara – and I got to see Sean’s mom for the first time in about 8 years.  The last time I really talked with her was the night before I bought Kerry’s engagement ring.  That night, I was with some friends at Sean’s parents house and both Sean and Joe offered to help me pay off the rest of the ring (so I could have it earlier than planned to propose in California).  Rambling on sorry.  She is the sweetest lady, and we had a great time catching up.  We hung out through the dinner, the cake cutting and the speeches.  Luke’s dad was funny, he had 3 pages to go through that went from comical to fatherly and everything in between.  We had a blast talking with friends and Kerry even got out and danced – I have video but I think I will hold on to it as blackmail.

On our way back from Boulder we decided to stop by Rich’s parents’ house, where they were having an after-party.  It was nice to hang with our newly-married friends without the hoopla of a reception, and a great way to wind down from our very full day.  When we were leaving, someone asked where boys were, and Kerry responded, “oh we just left them in the closet”.  Rich’s dad almost chocked to death laughing – he had just taken a drink of water, beer, or whatever it was he was drinking, and spit it all over the sink.  We all had a good laugh for a few minutes while he recovered.  And BTW, they boys were not in a closet, they were still at my parents’ house (thanks to my mom and dad for watching our little guys), which is were we went next to hit the hay.

Two weddings in one day is not recommended for a few reasons.  

1.  You have to leave one to go to the other and risk missing portions of one or both like us.  

2.  Two fabulous wedding meals in one day sounds great, but you are almost too full from the first one to truly enjoy the second.  

3.  You feel horrible for missing parts of each wedding, and the fact that you were so focused on both weddings that you didn’t get to put all of you attention on the one you were at.  

That said, we would not have missed either one for anything in the world, but it just stunk that they both had to be the same day.  At least we got to attend them both, considering how we felt two days earlier.

The beautiful bride and groom

The beautiful bride and groom - congrats Tiff and Rich!

Jeff and I all dressed up

Kerry and I all dressed up

(Our best man) Josh, Peyton, Kerry, and I

(Our best man) Josh, Peyton, Kerry, and I

Don't they look great together?  Congrats, Luke and Christie!!!

Don't they look great together? Congrats, Luke and Christie!!!

The "Dogg Pound"

The "Dogg Pound"

Sunday, August 16th

Sunday we got home from my folks’ house and got ready so that we could meet up with Sean, Sara, Ryan, and Melissa (and Dylan) at DIA (since Sean and Sara were flying back to Charlotte and were already running a bit late).  Kerry, I, and our boys got there with enough time for Sean and Sara to spend a good amount of time with the boys before they had to run.  It was awesome to get to introduce Max and Wes to Sean since he had a special role our lives (read above how he helped me out on the engagement ring).  Kerry and I had also not met Ryan and Melissa’s little boy, Dylan, yet.  Kerry and Melissa were both due on April 26th, but Dylan was born early too, so the preemies all got to hang together – it was so cute! 

On our way back home from DIA, we stopped at Ted’s Montana Grill for dinner.  While we were waiting for our food, Wes was having fun making cute little baby noises and a lady in the booth next to us “shooshed” us, or so we thought.  It could have been anything, but it definitely sounded like a shoosh and it definitely sounded like it came from her booth.  Who “shooshes” a baby making cute noises?!?  Then, after we had finished eating, the boys were starting to get restless, so we got a dessert to go and started heading towards the front door.  A new set of people were being seated in the exact booth as the Shoosh Lady, and one of them made a comment about how close to the kitchen they were and “oh great, two babies too…oh good, they’re leaving”.  Kerry didn’t hear them say that, and I didn’t tell her until we were outside (and they were safe from the wrath of my wife), but I was really annoyed by their comments.  I mean, what are we supposed to do – stay home and never get to enjoy a dinner out with our entire family?!?!  Grrrrr.

Ryan (with Wes), me (with Dylan), and Sean (with Max)

Ryan (with Wes), me (with Dylan), and Sean (with Max)

Sean was really brave and held all three boys

Sean was really brave and held all three boys

A few days before we finally got the boys in their Bobcats gear that uncle Sean got them shortly after they were born

A few days before we finally got the boys in their Bobcats gear that uncle Sean got them shortly after they were born

Dylan making a silly face

Dylan making a silly face

And some miscellaneous photos from the last week, or so…

Wes fed himself the whole bottle for the first time at Grandma and Grandpa's last weekend!

Wes fed himself the whole bottle for the first time at Grandma and Grandpa's last weekend!

Wes looking a bit like Dr. Evil (Austin Powers) in their new exersaucer

Wes looking a bit like Dr. Evil (Austin Powers) in their new exersaucer

Max was concentrating very hard on spinning that ball!

Max was concentrating very hard on spinning that ball!

A picture of our first little boy, just so you know we still love him

A picture of our first little boy, just so you know we still love him

Max was so pooped from the weekend that he didn't even make it through his Sunday night feeding

Max was so pooped from the weekend that he didn't even make it through his Sunday night feeding

Jeff

Changes

August 21, 2009

September is going to bring another change to the blog.  The first change to our blog happened about a month ago, and not many people may have noticed as it was fairly minor.  You can now get to the blog either by the original address of ourstorkgotlost.wordpress.com or ourstorkgotlost.com.  The next change will happen in a few weeks and is going to be a pretty major change (this all has something to do with the exciting announcement that we can’t quite talk about yet – soon, but not yet).  We have a pretty good following and felt a refresh was in order, so I/we have been working on a new design.  So that everyone can get a feel for it, here is a sneak preview.  We’ll be back soon with an update on last weekend, the boys’ 6 month appointment, and other miscellaneous pictures of Max and Wes!

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Jeff

Heaven

August 19, 2009

Tonight after his bedtime bottle, I zipped our little Max into his snuggly fleece SleepSack.  His big blue eyes were looking deep into my squinty blue eyes, even through our very heavy eyelids.  He was sucking on his pacifier, crumpling up his burp cloth in both hands when he let the pacifier fall from his lips.  Just as I was expecting him to start fussing, he lifted both hands up in that adorable shaky infant way and gently touched my face, just below my lips.  Then he gave me the most subtle, sweet smile, closed his eyes, and let his hands fall to his chest as he drifted to sleep. 

Suddenly all of my worries, frustrations, and stress from the day (week, month, etc.) just melted away.  Those five seconds with my son did more for my mental well-being than any little “happy” pill or 4 moderately strong cocktails ever could.   

Kerry

Their first 182 days

August 17, 2009

I had so much fun putting these photo montages together last night – it is just so neat to see how far our little guys have come in the last six months.  I hope you enjoy looking at these videos as much as we do…

Kerry

Now and Then

August 16, 2009

Max - 1 week old

Max - 1 week old

 

 

 

February 24, 2009

 

 

 

Max - 6 months old (16 weeks adjusted)

Max - 6 months old (16 weeks adjusted)

 

 

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Wes - 1 week old

Wes - 1 week old

 

 

 

February 24, 2009

 

 

 

Wes - 6 months old (16 weeks gestational)

Wes - 6 months old (16 weeks gestational)

 

 

 

August 16, 2009

 

 

 

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Six months old!!!

August 16, 2009

(gestational age is 16 weeks)

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