After a rather short but exciting Advent, we adults were all ready for Christmas! The kids were excited about Baby Jesus and presents, but still reluctant to leave our Advent preparations behind. We're still trying to wean them off of "O Come O Come Emmanuel"
John Paul got an awesome Yoda hat
Cecilia asked for new bows and ot some in her stocking!
And speaking of stockings... We all (except for the babies) have our own coordinating personalized stockings, which I was pretty excited about.
Somehow we ended up with a 10-foot tree because there weren't any smaller ones left by the time we got ours on the Friday before Christmas! The kids were SUPER excited to see all 3 nativities (Little People, Earth Craft, and Rubber Duckies) set up WITH Baby Jesus in the manger!
The babies? Well, they nursed/slept through the festivities, which meant I sat on the couch playing with our new camera.
But see? There I am in the background, doing what I do best. And that's where I sat for almost all of Christmas (and that's where I sit about 95% of the time anyway).
And both twins together! This is pretty much how they were positioned the last few weeks in the womb, only they were upside down. And don't worry, I watched them like a hawk after I put them in the glider - I figured they'd wake immediately, but they've been sleeping like this for 30 minutes already...
Oh yeah, the twins have been here for almost two weeks... But it's hard to take pictures & blog with both hands full!
Somehow all our pictures got deleted when my little brother got a hold of our camera at Thanksgiving, so this is all I have! Looks like I should have backed up all those vacation pictures :(
Anyway, on the left is Elizabeth, and Mary Claire is on the right. We put them on the couch to take a picture a few days ago and they stayed asleep, so John Paul HAD to very gently place baby blankets over them.
The babies were born early Wednesday morning (3:06 and 3:17 AM) on November 14, weighing in at 5 lbs 8 oz (Elizabeth) and 6 lbs 2 oz (Mary Claire). Thankfully the delivery was totally uncomplicated & we were able to leave the hospital about 36 hours after the babies were born.
Things are going well so far - obviously very little sleep, but both babies are nursing well and John Paul and Cecilia absolutely ADORE them.
I picked out the kids' Mass outfits this morning NOT intending for them to match so perfectly... But then it was so cute not to take a picture of it! I promise they were happy though - these are their "cheese" faces!
Yeah we'll get those poses down one of these days... Does Cecilia look ENORMOUS to you? She's really seriously tiny, I don't know why she looks so huge...
I'd say this is their relationship in a nutshell - John Paul will let Cecilia tackle him as long as he can still read whatever he wants...
In other news, I'm at 35 weeks with these twins! Still no signs of labor, thank goodness - I'm hoping they keep cooking for at least a couple more weeks. They're both head-down now, so they're jockeying for Twin A & Twin B position - whoever's out first is automatically Twin A, regardless of where they were positioned originally.
So I'm feeling pretty good about the probability of NOT having a C-section. Pray for us! Recovering from major surgery with 4 kids under 4 does not sound like fun at all to me...
Another nice thing is that I'm only measuring at about 39 weeks (two weeks ago I was measuring at 41) - somehow the twins have found more space since they changed position. Weight gain is good for me and the babies, no swelling, passing NSTs with flying colors. Despite the discomfort, apparently I'm good at being pregnant! Now we just have to figure out sleeping arrangements...
Cecilia dressed up as a cupcake (purchased for $5 after Halloween last year) and was actually good enough to keep her hat on the entire time!
John Paul ended up deciding to be a generic shepherd - he switched from David to St. Dominic of Silos and couldn't decide... The great thing about this costume is, it's good for Halloween, All Saints' Day, AND Christmas!
Here's the little cupcake, all ready to go!
And of course, with her trick or treating bucket.
An unflattering shot of the family...
Ready to go!
The kids did an awesome job, and trick or treating ended up being a lot more bearable than I expected. A fair amount of walking, but LOTS of stopping, and plenty of candy for me (I mean... the kids?).
Last year John Paul kept eating candy as we walked and ended up puking as soon as we got home. So this year my plan was that he had to immediately give me his candy and he got to have a fruit snack for every candy he traded in. Well, mostly he forgot about the fruit snacks and just gave me his candy because the sheep took up all the room in his bucket. So we ended up giving him like, 7 fruit snacks total. And he chose M&Ms as his candy of choice when we got home, so he and Cecilia split a fun-sized package between the two of them. 10 M&Ms each and they were happy with it. Halloween is actually pretty great when the expectation of gorging oneself on candy hasn't yet been established!