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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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)

 

 

August 16, 2009

 

 

 

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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How does this happen???

August 13, 2009

Last night, Jessie (our nanny) called to say she thought she had food poisoning.

Then, around midnight last night, Jeff started throwing up.  He alternated throwing up and having the runs all night and all morning long.

At about 5:30 this morning, I joined him.

I think there’s probably something going around – a few family members got sick during last weekend, and shortly after, so it’s likely we caught this from them.

Thank goodness for my incredible sister-in-law – she came over this morning to take Max and Wes so (hopefully) they won’t get whatever this is that we have.  Our sweet little boys will be having a sleepover with their favorite cousin, Asher, tonight, and then going to Grandma and Grandpa Mastera’s tomorrow morning.

Can I ask for some positive thoughts and feel-better vibes for Jeff and I (and the boys)?  We miss our little guys horribly, and just want them to stay healthy and happy while we get over this.  Oh yeah, and we have two weddings we’re supposed to be going to on Saturday, and I would be absolutely DEVASTATED if we couldn’t attend them.

We’ll keep you all posted…

Kerry

Nebraska trip

August 11, 2009

First of all, thank you to everyone who wished us a Happy Conception Day both on here, via email, and on Facebook – you guys are the best!  Secondly, why didn’t anyone warn us how hard it was going to be to travel with two infants?!?!  Third (and this is for all of my Nebraska peeps), we got to eat at Runza (twice) AND Valentino’s – how jealous are you? 
Anyway…I’m glad we made it back in one piece.  Here’s a short synopsis of our weekend, since I know most of you check here for pictures, and not my boring commentary.  =)

We left on Thursday afternoon, and ended up staying the night in North Platte, NE (about 4 hours away).  My old college roommate (one of the many I had through the years) offered up her home to us, which took a lot of guts considering she and her husband have 3 kids of their own – and a dog!  We had a lot of fun with Stacey, Jason, and the kiddos – and I think they enjoyed having Max and Wes there, too.  I don’t think Rex will ever be the same though…their middle child, Sydnee, was OBSESSED with chasing him around the house, carrying him from room to room, and generally annoying him.  LOL!  Poor Rexy!  It was hilarious though, she (and Skyler and Connor) are about the cutest little ones EVER.  Thanks again to Jason and Stacey for letting us stay the night (and to Connor for involuntarily giving up his crib), and thanks for the yummy monkey bread and coffee, Stace!

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Skyler and Max
Skyler and Max
Connor being a cutie
Connor being a cutie

Friday morning we headed to Nebraska, where we stayed with Jeff’s cousin, Eric, his wife Kira, and Eric’s 6 year old son, Trenton.  Trent was soooo excited that “the twins” were coming to stay with him, but he was mostly interested in Rex, who I have to say – was a perfect little pup on this trip.  I should have gotten some pictures of Rex and Trent playing together – they were so cute! 

My sister and Joel came to Lincoln on Saturday to watch their favorite nephews while we attended Grandpa Al’s funeral service, burial, and luncheon.  The funeral service was really nice – Jeff’s aunt Virginia gave Jeff’s grandpa (her father) the most touching (eulogy) tribute about having a purpose in life, and I have to say that her words really inspired me to make a few changes in my life.  Thanks for that, Virginia and Grandpa Al! 

Oh, and something really exciting happened while we were staying with Eric, Kira, and Trent – Wes FINALLY rolled over from his back to his tummy!!!!!  Now both of our boys are rolling from tummy to back, and from back to tummy, with no problem at all – YAY!!!

Eric and Max
Eric and Max
Trent stealing the spotlight!
Trent stealing the spotlight!
Aunt Kristy and Wes waking up from a nap
Aunt Kristy and Wes waking up from a nap
Max loves his Aunt Kristy!
Max loves his Aunt Kristy!
Wes looking so proud of himself
Wes looking so proud of himself – “I rolled over Mama!”
Both Max and Wes have been playing with their toes lately
Both Max and Wes have been playing with their toes lately

After a short nap taken by all of us, we all headed over to Jeff’s aunt and uncle’s house for pizza, beer, and wine.  It was somewhat of a family reunion as all of Jeff’s siblings were there, and several of our nieces and nephews were there, too.  It was the first time (ever) that all 11 of the cousins have been together, the first time we’ve seen Brett and Molly’s twin girls since they were in the hospital, and the first time we’ve had all three sets of twins in our family together for a photo op.  Needless to say, there were a LOT of cameras out and flashing up a storm!  Thanks so much for hosting, Jim and Georgianne (and thanks for the Valentino’s pizza and great recommendation on that jug wine)!!!

Oh, and for those who are wondering how I got through the night with everyones’ hands all over Max and Wes…wine.  A lot of wine.  Apparently asking people to use hand sanitizer is offensive, so I just drank enough that I didn’t really care anymore.  =)

Jenna with Wes, Regan, Drew, and Amanda with Max
Jenna with Wes, Regan, Drew, and Amanda with Max
The 11 cousins - (l to r) Pete, Jeff, Charlotte, Eric, Jim, Molly, John, Gertchen, Greg, Jill, and Marty
The 11 cousins – (l to r) Pete, Jeff, Charlotte, Eric, Jim, Molly, John, Gretchen, Greg, Jill, and Marty
Jenna (aka "The Baby Whisperer") holding Weston
Jenna (aka “The Baby Whisperer”) holding Weston
Kevin holding a sleeping Maxwell
Kevin holding a sleeping Maxwell
Brett and Molly with Drew and Regan (can you believe those girls are preemies?)
Brett and Molly with Drew and Regan (can you believe those girls are preemies?)
Marty with (a tired) Ash
Marty with (a tired) Ash
Mabel mastering the stairs
Mabel mastering the stairs
Jim and I being silly...well, me being silly
Jim and I being silly…well, me being silly

Sunday was not fun.  What is normally a 7 hour car ride for Jeff and I turned into a 10.5 hour car ride with us and our three boys.  If we could have just gotten Max, Wes, and Rex on the same potty/poopy schedule, it would have been a whole lot easier, but alas, we made it home in one piece.  We did stop twice (while following Marty, LeAnn, and Asher closely) for some breaks so that the little ones could stretch their legs and take in some fresh air – and in doing that got some REALLY great pics of Max, Wes, and Ash (these are the photos I was talking about, Mom)!

My three boys (and Jeff's feet)

My three boys (and Jeff's feet)

Max!

Max!

Wes!

Wes!

Ash!

Ash!

Asher with Uncle Jeff

Asher with Uncle Jeff

Kerry

August 9, 2008

August 9, 2009

At 11:38 a.m. on August 9th, 2008, two perfect, Grade A blastocysts were transferred into my uterus…

Introducing the very first picture of the BoGo
Introducing the very first picture of the BoGo

…and those little blobs of cells exactly one year later – our adorable little  Weston and our sweet pea, Maxwell…

The BoGo at almost 25 weeks (15 weeks adjusted)
The BoGo at almost 25 weeks (15 weeks adjusted)

 If you would like to read a full recap of our embryo transfer last year, you can find it here.  It’s late, we just got home from Nebraska (after 10 hours in a car), and I’m too exhausted to write about our weekend – but – I promise you that it will be worth the wait.  We took some AMAZING photos in the last few days, and I can’t wait to share them with everyone!!!

Kerry

Some photos we took yesterday to commemorate Max and Wes’s original entrance into this world…

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Uncle Joel!!!

August 5, 2009

My brother-in-law, Joel, is in Colorado for a conference this week, and he had a few free hours last night, so he took us out for dinner at Rock Bottom (thanks Bro!).  He hadn’t seen Max and Wes since they were on oxygen (and a LOT smaller), so he nearly died when he saw how big and smiley they were.  It was so cute seeing him interact with them!

We’ll get to see Joel and my sis this weekend while we’re back in Nebraska for Grandpa Al’s funeral (they are watching the boys while we’re at the funeral, burial, and lunch on Saturday), so we’re looking forward to that.  We wish it were under better circumstances, but are also looking forward to introducing Max and Wes to the rest of the Mastera family, including Jeff’s Grandma Bea.

I am feeling a little bit anxious because there will be soooo many people around (which means lots of hands on our little guys).  I guess it’s better that it’s summertime, which means it’s not RSV season, which means the chance of the boys catching something is a lot less likely.  But – as parents of preemies, we still have to worry about them getting sick – even catching the slightest whiff of a cold could put them back in the hospital (or back on oxygen, or whatever).

Yes, I took my happy pills today – I guess I’m just a little freaked out to travel seven hours in a small car with two infants and a broken dog.  If you see me rushing toward you with a bottle of hand sanitizer, do me a favor and just put a little on.  =)  For all of you preemie parents out there – any tips or suggestions for us for the long weekend are welcome and very much appreciated!

Giving Wes a kiss on his big bald head

Joel with a very serious-looking Max

Joel with a very serious-looking Max

Kerry