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One Week Update

Carter and Cooper are still in the Level II Nursery (basically the NICU) at AF hospital.  This week they have been getting lots of sleep and learning how to eat enough to gain weight.  It’s basically the same story as with Isaac a year ago.  We can go home when they figure out the eating thing.  They are progressing much quicker than their older brother did though.

Here’s a little bit about my boys:

Carter is definitely the more laid back of the two.  He prefers sleeping to eating most of the time.  Cooper is feisty and was looking for food from the first hour he was born.  Usually he is the first one awake at feeding times and is looking around for his momma.

Carter smiles a lot in his sleep so I discovered his dimples quicker than Coopers’.  Cooper is much more serious… especially when eating.  His little eyebrows are always furrowed in concentration.  I did catch a glimpse of his cute dimples the other day though when he was making faces.  So all three of my boys have dimples on their right cheek.  Super cute.

Carter has a full head of dark hair.  Cooper’s hair is a little lighter and shorter.  Cooper has very red skin while Carter is a lot paler.  That’s how you can tell them apart as you look at their pictures, in case you were wondering.  🙂

Becoming a mom the second (and third) time around feels a lot different than the first time.  It feels more natural to love these little guys.  It’s easier to believe that they are actually MINE (although I don’t think I will fully understand what that means until we are home).  It has been a very emotionally and spiritually strengthening experience for me in ways that I can’t really explain.  I’m grateful to be a mom and for all I am learning.

It has been a wonderful week.  We have so much to be thankful for with the arrival of these two babies.  They are healthy and progressing quickly.  They have great nurses and doctors taking care of them.  We have awesome families who have helped us all week.  Grandmas and grandpas have traded off tending Isaac overnight so that Derek and I can give all of our attention to the twins.  How appropriate for the boys to come the week of Thanksgiving!  We are truly blessed.

Here is one last prego picture of me.  This is almost week 36.  We took this picture after my doctor’s appointment last Friday.  He had just told me that he didn’t expect me to make it to my next appointment which was only four days away.  He was right!

P.S. Isaac has been taking his first few steps this week!  He has 3 teeth and is working on two more.  And I swear he’s gained like 10 pounds in 5 days.  At least that’s what it seems like after cuddling little 5 pound babies.  He really does seem to have grown up though.  It’s crazy.  I can’t wait to have all of us home together so that Isaac can meet the babies.  I am excited to see him in his new role as big brother.

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Double the fun!

They’re here! Yes, that’s right, the twins have arrived. We knew it was coming, I kept telling BriAnn she had to wait just a few more days, but she wouldn’t listen, and those boys wouldn’t listen either.

We got to spend Saturday afternoon with the Carter’s celebrating Bryce’s birthday, which was very nice, but by the end of the night BriAnn was feeling contractions pretty consistently, so we left Isaac with Grandma and Grandpa and headed home. When we got home we decided the contractions were close enough we had better head to the hospital, so we got our stuff together and headed down the hill to the hospital.

BriAnn did great all the way through the labor and delivery. She was a little worried about the Epidural, but she braved the big needle and I think it really helped her get through the twelve hours of labor. At about 9:30 am on Sunday we got moved into the operating room where she would have the twins. Here I am all dressed up for the OR:

BriAnn had a bit of pushing to do before they were ready to come, but she pushed a little to quickly. At 10:13 Carter Curtis Christensen was born. The doctor was off finishing up another delivery, so the charge nurse got to deliver him. The doctor walked in shortly after and Cooper Keith Christensen was born just 7 minutes later at 10:20.

Both babies have had a few minor complications so they’ve been in the NICU at AF hospital, but they’re doing very well and we’re hoping we get to take them home soon. We’re so excited and happy to have them here and can’t wait to get them at home with the rest of our family.

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1 Year!

It’s amazing to me how this:

turned into this:

in such a short amount of time!  I have had so much fun being a mom and watching this baby boy grow. 

He’s still growing at below the 3rd percentile but at least he’s consistent!  He weighs 17 lbs 8 oz and is 29 inches long. 

He stands on his own now and will be walking before too long.  He loves his new walker toy that Grandma and Grandpa Carter got him for his birthday.  It has given him so much more confidence.

He has lately developed his own babble language and talks to me as if I know exactly what he’s saying.  He is starting to change the inflection in his voice.  No real words yet.  Just Mom and Dad.

On his first birthday he finally played patty-cake by himself.  I know it’s kind of late but he has never wanted to clap by himself until now.  So cute!

He has TWO teeth now.  Both bottom ones are in.  Four more on top are getting close and making him a little grumpy.  

He kisses all pictures of mom and dad that he can find.  And he smells all of the flowers in his books.  Sometimes I think he gets kisses and sniffs confused though because he smells lots of pictures of mom and dad too.  🙂

We had a little birthday gathering on Sunday with mine and Derek’s families.  We had dinner together and everyone helped frost cupcakes before eating them and opening presents.  It was really fun.

Thanks everyone for coming!  Happy Birthday Baby Isaac!
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Halloween

We had a little Halloween party a couple of weeks ago at our house.  None of our kids loved their costumes.  Basically we parents were torturing them just so we could get these great pictures.  Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

 
Then we participated in our ward’s Trunk-or-Treat.  Thanks to Steve, we weren’t lame.  He made the soup that we took for the potluck, decorated our trunk and got us to paint our faces.  Good job Steve!