Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring has sprung

The weather outdoors is beautiful. We have been having so much fun with the warmth and the sun. The boys and I try to get out on walks whenever we get a chance on the nice days. Joel and I sprung for a BOB stroller. We decided that since we had been very frugal and bought used, or borrowed almost everything that we have needed for the boys, that we could afford to purchase a REALLY nice double jogging stroller. After pushing a tandem stroller around all winter, this thing works like a breeze!

Gabe has his cranio cap and has been doing wonderfully with it. It doesn't bother him in the slightest. In fact, I think he is more used to wearing it than not. He starts to rub at his head around the 25 minute mark of not having it no. It is usually my signal that the 30 minutes of break time are almost up. We have already started to notice a difference in his head shape on only the 3 or so weeks that he has had it on. Gabe is turning out to be mama's little cuddly babe. I love it! He has the sweetest little personality. He is almost always calm and content, and loves to wrap his little arms around my neck and snuggle his head under my chin. What mother doesn't adore that?!

Nat is continuing to be Mr. Personality. He is so active and spunky. When he is happy he will let you know by laughing hysterically. If he is mad he will let you know by shrieking his head off. There is rarely an in-between with him. He is an active little man and he is always making his daddy and me chuckle. He gets easily bored and is ready for a new activity every few minutes. I wouldn't doubt it if he is crawling and walking months before what is considered "normal." His daddy even taught him to take some steps while having his hands held. I poo-pooed that activity and told Joel that if he was going to teach his twins to walk at 6 months of age then I would be the income earner and he would be the stay at home daddy. Give a mom a little time with non-mobile babies!!

The boys have started on solids and seem to be doing well. Nat was a natural and was trying to spoon feed himself the first day. Gabe took a little longer to figure the whole food thing out. As it turns out he just didn't care too much for rice cereal and was looking for a little more flavor. Carrots, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, and bananas are on the current menu. They have loved them all and eaten them with gusto. We'll be trying some peas in the next few days. I'm interested to see how that will go.

Tomorrow the boys will be 6 months old. The time has gone so fast. I am constantly looking at them and trying to "take it all in." I try to capture the little moments, the sweet smiles and imprint it them on my mind. There will come a time when I won't be the center of their universe. When a cuddle and kiss won't make their pain go away. Right now, I cherish every moment with them. I thank the Lord for giving them to me, for making me their mommy, for making me A mommy.

I think back to the years of pain, both physical and emotional, that it took to get here. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. 1000 times over again.

This is life.
My life.
Our family.
It's more than I could have ever dreamed of.
The countless sleepless nights. Constant crying.
Loss of "me" time, of "us" time.
It's worth it.
So VERY worth it.