Eat In Kitchen

We do not have a dining room in our house, (if we did it would look something like this) but we still have to eat. Since the girls were born, most nights you can find C and I on the couch having dinner after the girls are in bed. Until recently. Spring forward has adjusted our schedule a little so the girls have been up a little later than usual, so we’ve been making a point to all have dinner together.

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Growing up, we always ate dinner together, and I think it’s super important. Reading this further motivates me to sit down as a family for at least one meal a day. It’s not easy, it takes a lot of planning and the girls are not happy about me leaving them for even one second lately, so preparing dinner while they’re awake makes things challenging. But it’s worth it for us all to be together at the end of the day, even if it only lasts 10 minutes.

This brings me back to our kitchen set up. Since we don’t have a dedicated dining space, we’ve had to create one in our kitchen. We thankfully have the space, just not a lot of it, so we’ve had to get creative. I’m in love with the idea of bench seating in our kitchen, and have been long before kiddos. It makes use of a small space so much more than a bunch of chairs. Here are a few ideas I’m thinking of.

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We currently have our kitchen set up to fit us all at the table. I sent my husband clear across town for a bench that works as a stand in for now, but I have my eyes set on built ins like some of these photos. Also, the extra storage that we’d have has me really excited! Now if we could just find some time to build them…

Life Lately

Ya’ll, I realize it’s been a while since I’ve been on this thing. I think I still know how to publish a blog post…. We’ll find out won’t we? Life has been so busy! Both good and bad. We’ll start with the bad because I like to leave ya’ll on a positive note (hint: there are two adorable girls included in that note 😉).

2016 came and Kelley got sick. We’ve heard this story before haven’t we? Yes, yes we have, the story was called 2015. A few days after the New Year I started coughing horribly and had a high fever for days. Come to find out I had the flu (and we all got flu shots) and pneumonia. Great. Also, did I mention I have two tiny humans I have to take care of? Mom came down multiple times to help out and C was able to work from home, but then they both got sick, AND the girls got sick. So not only was I still not feeling well, everyone else was sick and trying to take care of sick twins. PLEASE tell me this is not the norm for wintertime with kids, please!!

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Good news, everyone got better…but 5 rounds of antibiotics later, I’m still sick. I’ve had 2 separate bouts of pneumonia, so just when I thought I was getting better…it started all over again. I’ve been seeing a specialist and was put on a long dose of antibiotics to hopefully knock this for good.

So that’s my sob story, sorry but it’s literally consumed us lately. Life still has to go on when you’re a mom, and sick; you still have to show up for the job…like the Nyquil commercial. It’s been rough.

Meanwhile, the girls have been growing like weeds. Seriously. I blinked and they are full on toddlers. They each have such a personality and it’s been a blast to watch. I’ve totally become that mom that just sits around and talks about her kids because they’re doing something new and funny every day.

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With toddlerhood also comes strong wills, attitudes, and the lovely tantrums I’ve heard so much about. I never thought I’d have to start discipline so early, but we absolutely had to. They totally know how to push our buttons and they do it. All. Day.

One of the top questions I get from EVERYONE is if they are walking yet. Almost…they walk holding on to things all the time but only take a few steps on their own. Other big updates, I’ve been weaning the girls as my doctor seems to think my immune system is weakened because of breastfeeding, hence being sick all year. I’m now only nursing them sometimes in the morning when they wake up, which seems to be the hardest feeding for them to drop. They also no longer have a dairy allergy, so they’ve been drinking whole milk and would eat cheese all day long if I let them.

For the most part, we do everything together (I’ve yet to separate them), but their personalities are so different from each other now and it’s so fun to watch. Here are a couple individual updates:

Faith

Our shy, independent one, she will straight up stare down a stranger or anything she’s unsure of. But once she warms up, she’ll entertain herself forever and act like she owns the place. She’s also such a mommas girl, her favorite spot is laying on my left shoulder, sucking her fingers, while gently playing with my hair with the other hand. It’s the sweetest. Her smile and giggle is to die for. I can’t even explain it. It’s like the most genuine thing you’ve ever experienced when this girl is happy. Faith LOVES books, in fact, every time she picks up a book she says “read?” and looks at me as if she’s asking me to read. Other words she says often, momma….all day, dada, uh oh, book, buh bye. If we’re in the car or getting ready to go somewhere she just says buh bye over and over, often the entire way home. Her favorite toy is whatever June is playing with.

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June

This girl is a ham. If she does something and we laugh, she stores it away for next time. It’s like she has a bag of tricks she pulls out whenever she wants to get us to laugh. We call it the June show because everywhere she goes she commands attention. This girl gets out of the car and just starts waving like a beauty queen non stop…to no one, just in case someone didn’t get the memo that she’s arrived. It’s hysterical. She loves to dance, even when no music is playing. She has tons of energy until she doesn’t and then she just crashes. She’ll sit in my lap watching everything as if she’s still a part of the action, both hands behind her head playing with her hair, paci in her mouth…until she’s ready to go again. Her favorite word is “uh oh”, often it’s “uh oh, dada”. She usually says “uh oh” not as in whoops June made a mistake or June dropped something, but usually as in she’s about to do something she’s not supposed to. At least she gives me warning… Other words June says: momma, dada, book, sister. She’ll also try to repeat things I say and gets pretty close most of the time!

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We’ve been outside non stop since it’s been nice out and it’s made for some really fun days. Both girls love getting dirty and to be honest, I really don’t care, as long as they’re having fun. I will say, I’m looking forward to when they can walk so they’re crawling less outside. We’ve ruined several pairs of pants this way! But hey…let them be little!

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Twin Q + A

As you can imagine, we get stopped everywhere we go with the girls, numerous times. Lots of people are curious about twins and have question after question… or they just want to stare at them, and so they ask questions so it doesn’t seem as weird that they’re just staring at our babies. I thought I’d compile the most common questions we’re asked, and my answers. If you read this blog regularly, you probably already know the answers to most of them but just for fun…

IMG_4688Are they twins? Yes….I’m asked this all. day. long. When Charlie and I are together with the girls I like to say “no, one is his and one is mine” and watch their faces while they try to figure it out. Mean. I know.

Are they boys, girls, or a boy and a girl? Girls. The most common guess is a boy and a girl. I want to know which one they think is the boy?

Are they identical? Yes.

Do twins run in your family? No, they don’t. Identical twins don’t usually run in families, that’s fraternal twins. I learned this soon after we found out we were expecting twins because I thought they had to run in your family. Wrong.

How do you tell them apart? They have days when they look really identical but 99% of the time they look so incredibly different to us. Faith has always been a little bigger than June, only by a few ounces, but in the beginning it was a big difference. From behind I can easily tell who is who because Faith’s hair is fuller. June pulls and twists hers so her hair is coming in a little patchy. Most people can tell them apart because June takes a paci, and Faith sucks her fingers. Faith likes to pull a fast one on us by sucking on a paci every once in a while.IMG_4780Do you ever mix them up? I have but not the way you may think. It’s happened on occasion when I’ll pick up June for instance because she needs a new diaper and then when I lay her down I realize that it’s actually Faith, but she is the one who needs a diaper so it doesn’t really matter. I’ve tried dressing them differently to help me out but I can never remember who was wearing what with so many outfit changes per day. It’s actually easier when they’re dressed the same because their differences are more obvious to me.

Did you use fertility treatments? One of the top questions I receive from strangers. We did not, but I don’t know why so many random people ask…as if that’s normal grocery store conversation?? Another way the same question is asked is, “were you surprised?” Yes. Very much so.

Will you have more kids? I wish I knew the answer to this question because I receive it so often. It’s really like asking someone who is in the middle of running a marathon if they’ll run another one. Some days the answer is yes and some days no, we go back and forth all the time.IMG_4767Who is older? Faith, by a minute. And she already acts like it.

What are their personalities like? June is a giggly, social butterfly and can be very sensitive and dramatic. Faith is more reserved and pretty laid back but also likes to push her limits more. They are known to swap personalities though…

Is it hard having twins? Yes.

How do you do it? I have an a m a z i n g husband.

Do they sleep at the same time? That is the goal and most of the time they do.

Do they share a room and did they sleep in the same crib? They share a room but not a crib. I know many twin parents who have their twins share a crib when they’re little, but we didn’t notice a difference in their sleeping whether they were together or separate so we figured it would be one last battle we’d have to fight down the road.IMG_3749Can you tell the difference between their cries? Yes, but it wasn’t always that way. Their cry matches their personality a little more now. June has a higher pitch cry, Faith’s is a little more throaty. Hard to describe, but they probably sound the same to everyone else.

Were they born premature? I was thankfully able to carry them to 38 weeks. Read more about their birth here.

What other questions would you add to this list?