Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Family

Here is Kendall and Kylie's proud Brother Guenter Holding the twins for the first time. He has been an angel to the twins and already has assumed his Big Brother role.

Here is our Family all together! As you can tell, one of us is not happy to see the twins.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our girls!!

Our girls arrived on December 26th at 2:51 (Kylie on the right) and 2:53 (Kendall on the left) via C-section. They are so sweet and we are so happy they are here! Kylie was 5 lbs. 6 oz. and Kendall at 5 lbs. 13 oz. We think they might be identical ... time will tell. God has been so gracious to us! Guenter was so excited to meet his little sisters , I wish I could say the same for Maddie (she is 2 ... which I think is all I need to say). Today we were visited by them and Guenter's side of the family. We will have more pics to post later. Thank you for all the prayers!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

36 weeks 3 days

Here is the last pic of the belly before C-section in three days!

Making cookies for Santa!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

funny things kids say

The other day Guenter was looking at Big Guenter's hair and said "Daddy your hair makes an M" ... (pointing to Daddy's receeding hair line) ... Ha Ha!! He then repeated see daddy it goes up down then up and down!!

Maddie on the other hand has gone from 2 to 17. She uses the phrase "Leave me alone" and "don't talk to me bro bro" quite frequently. We are in for it in a few years :-) !

Almost there!

Almost to the date!! Only 4 more days till c-section time! We had an ultrasound today and the girls looked great, Kendal was 6 lbs, and Kylie was 5 1/2 lbs (but this was a weird measurement b/c her abdomen and foot are so low in my pelvis ... they think she is probably a little bigger). I am feeling very large and starting to swell in my feet. Only a few more days till some relief!

The kids are excited for Santa to come. We have already celebrated Xmas with my Dad's side of the family as well as my mom. Guenter will ask everytime we open presents "is there more" which can be a little embarassing for us. He will learn!

Below is a pic of the kids right before church this weekend.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cabalzar Lane Christmas Party

We went to our annual Cabalzar Lane Christmas Party hosted by the Hyden Family. They host a pot luck party for the entire street and hire a Santa to bring presents (provided through a name swap) to the kids. Guenter was so excited about seeing Santa, he waited so patiently to here his name called. Maddie sat a little nervously on her Daddy's lap. Once her friend Anna Lee got her gift, then she was excited to get a gift from Santa. There were probably at least 30 kids there. Here are some pics of the kids at the party. The first one is of lil G waiting for Santa, followed by Guenter then Maddie receiving their gifts. The final pic is with Santa at the end of the party. Thanks to Tamara and Bill for hosting!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Warning!! Naked Belly Pic!!

I could not help but post this pic of the belly! It amazes me that I have two over 5 pound babies inside my tummy. I can totally feel every hand and foot poking from my body! I will be 34 weeks this Saturday and still growing :-) . We finally got a C-section date of December 26th (I will be 36 weeks, 6 days) @ 2:30. We can not wait to meet Kendall and Kylie!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Santa List

The kids sent out their Santa list yesterday to the North Pole. Guenter and Maddie cut out pictures from toy catalogs and pasted them on construction paper. Guenter's list includes #88 car (he is in love with number race cars .. it is the engineer in him! ) , the Polar Express, any sort of race track for cars or trains, star wars stuff, and a workshop. Maddie's list was mainly stuffed animals in fact she put about 10 different dog stuffed animal pictures on her list, as well as princess stuff and Dora. They were very excited to put the envelope with their lists in the mailbox!!

On another note, Guenter and I spent Tuesday night @ Northside, I had some preterm labor contractions. They gave me a few shots and sent me home the next day. My cervix was dilated to 1 cm and 5o % effaced ... but this could stay like this for weeks, especially since I have had two kids previously. I was told to go on modified bed rest ... ha ha!!! I am pretty sure that doctor has never taken care of two kids. I am just taking it easy when I can. I am so thankful to my wonderful husband who has really picked up my slack, and takes care of the kids when he is home!! He even did laundry and cleaned toilets last weekend! I am 33 weeks, 2 days today, and hopefully have only a few more weeks to go. I was told they do not stop labor after 34 weeks.

Monday, November 24, 2008

32 Week Twins update

I had my 32 Week appointment with Atlanta Perinatal Consultants. They did an high level ultrasound of the girls. Kendall measured at 4 lbs. 5oz. and Kylie measured at 4 lbs. 7 oz. , they measured 32 weeks 2 days and 32 weeks 4 days respectively. I should be measuring at 32 weeks and 2 days, which means great growth!! Praise God! Kendall is right on the 50th percentile and Kylie is a little above that. The only negative news is Kendall flipped which means two babies butt first ... a C-section is in the cards for me. We want healthy babies and I am willing to endure a little pain to allow for the girls to come safely into this world! I will be seen pretty much every week from here on out, either by my OB or Perinatal Consultant. I imagine a planned C-section will happen anytime after December 27th, before the new year. We pray that they stay in till this time, grow big and healthy so we can come home with two almost 7 pounders :-) !!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pilgrim Pride

Here are two pictures from Guenter's Thanksgiving celebration at school. The first picture of the Thanksgiving Feast which followed the singing production in the big church. He is sitting next to his friend Seth, who also lives in our neighborhood. They made their own place settings, including the mat and napkin holder. The second picture is when the classes entered the sanctuary, we were waving at Guenter and he did not even glance over to look @ us. It was actually pretty funny! Guenter and the 2,3,4's and Kindergarten sang a few songs ... there were probably at least 100-150 kids on stage, it is quite adorable. The 2 year olds were turkeys, 3's were indians, 4's were pilgrims, and the kindergarten were the chiefs. He did much better this year and actually sang the songs and did all the hand movements. Last year he stood on stage, and made absolutely no movement ... no singing or even gestures! He might not have a career in drama, but it is very cute! I can't wait to see Maddie next year as an Indian when she is 3. Thanks to my Mom and Guenter and Lynn (my in-laws) as well as my hubby for joining the celebration!
Update on my mom: She will be having a double masectomy in December, she of course is very nervous and would appreciate your prayers. She actually only has cancer in one breast but b/c she is having reconstructive surgery following it is better to have both done. They will be taking her belly fat and reconstructing two new breasts. It is like getting a tummy tuck (if you have to look at a positive). The positive is this will keep her from having Chemo. Thanks for the prayers, she really appreciates it! She will need prayer for a quick recovery, which can take over a month.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Fall

Here is a pic of the kids having fun in the leaves in our backyard. Hope everyone is enjoying a happy fall!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween and the visit of the Stomach Bug

We had a great Halloween. Guenter dressed as Batman and Maddie as Tinkerbell. Guenter paired up with his friend Andrew who lives across the street and attacked the entire neighborhood. They were running so fast that Maddie and I could not keep up, so Guenter and I had to split up. Maddie and I stayed back and went around the neighborhood with our other neighbor Anna Lee. That is one of her best friends! They were so cute, at one point they stopped and played ring around the rosie in front yard of a house in the subdivision... they didn't quite have the ambition that Guenter had. This is a picture of Maddie and Anna Lee (Dorothy) followed by a picture of Guenter and Andrew (Red Power Ranger).

Our other exciting adventure this week was a visit by the stomach bug. Maddie started it on Tuesday. I thought I was out of the clear by Saturday but unfortunately was not. I ended up at Northside Atlanta getting fluids and medicine to stop the vomiting as well as received two shots to stop the contractions. Luckily we were released at 2:00 in the morning and went home and I am finally feeling better today. Monday afternoon lil' Guenter came home from school with it, but looks better already this morning. Lucky for him there is no school, because of election day.

I had an OB appointment yesterday and the doctor checked my cervix, after all of those contractions and we had no change!! He said things looked great, and barring that I have a perfect pregnancy the babies could be induced the week following Christmas. Happy New Years!!

We had a bit of bad news, my mom has some cancerous lumps in her breast. She will be having some MRI's this week to see the extent of everything. She is very upset and nervous about everything to come. Please say a prayer for her healing, and comfort. We hope that this is localized to her one breast and that treatment will not be to invasive.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Doctor Appt. Update

I am 28 weeks and 2 days today! Getting closer to the big day! Big Guenter, Maddie, and my mother-in-law Lynn joined me for my appointment with the perinatal consultants. Everything looked great both girls are measuring at 28 weeks and 1 day. Kendall is 2 lbs. 11 oz and Kylie is 2 lbs. 10 oz.. My cervix looked great so he thought it would be okay to be seen in 4 weeks, which means I am having a great twin pregnancy. Kendall is head down and Kylie is breech with her feet by Kendall's head.
Below is a picture of Kylie, followed by Kendall. We thought Kendall looked a little like Guenter when he was a baby. Kylie's eyes are open so it is a little freaky looking. God is great, and we continue to pray for them to stay another 9 weeks in my stomach!

We are very exicted Guenter passed his second CPCU exam, we have been praying for good results. He is now done with two of eight. I am so proud of him he worked really hard studying for this! We also had fun celebrating with a dinner and lunch out, rare around here!
Little Guenter had his baseball party, and was so excited to get his trophy! He was so cute, as soon as he got home he placed it on his dresser next to his other trophy. He also requested that I leave the lights on so he could see it while he slept. He can't wait for Spring Baseball so he can get another trophy. Guenter has also been a lot of fun, constantly asking me about the girls. He daily will approach my stomach and say "Hi Kendall and Kylie".
Maddie has little interest in the girls, but of course she is 2. I asked her if she would share her blankets with Kendall and Kylie (mind you she carries three at a time) and her answer was "No" of course! Sometimes I ask her if she has a baby in her tummy and she says "No, I have girl in my tummy" ... she is so precious!
Guenter and Maddie are looking forward to Halloween, Maddie is Tinkerbell and Guenter is supposed to be Batman, but I think he would like to wear his Spiderman costume for the third year in a row. Hey, it saves us money! I will post pictures this weekend of the candy brawl!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Okay I am finally going to do this!!

Hello Everyone in Blog Land! I have been wanting to do this forever and since the twins will be here soon, I thought why not delay! I am 27 weeks tomorrow and can not wait for them to be here. We are thinking about 10 more weeks to go with 11 weeks being max. That would but the arrival between December 27th and January 3rd. I am hoping for this year so we can get $2K from uncle sam from both girls :-) ! This is the latest picture of the belly, we took it last night.

Guenter is 4 1/2 and growing like a weed. He is in preschool 5 days a week. Every morning he wakes up and asks if he can go to school this morning! That makes us know, he is ready. It is so wonderful to see him so excited! He is reading around 100 words and can read sentences with those words. This is Guenter at his school's Pumpkin Patch. He is also playing baseball this year, which is so much fun!

This is Guenter and his best friend Gracey at the school Petting zoo. They are inseparable. I think this is his first "crush" .. they are so cute together. Guenter can not wait to get school every morning to see Gracey.Maddie is 2 1/2 and all girl. We call her our little model, always ready to pose for the camera. She loves princess stuff and stuffed animals. She is not in school yet, but will be next year. She is different from Guenter in so many ways ... very independent. Which is good and bad.

Big Guenter is busy getting ready for a big exam. He is getting his CPCU license, which takes 4 years. He is also the assitant coach for Guenter's baseball team. He works so hard for our family, I don't know how he does it all! We love him for it!