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Baby Jeffery

So I had a baby. And he is two months old today. And cliche of all cliches: he’s growing way too fast for my liking.

Derek got to give him a name and a blessing in sacrament meeting on Sunday. We called him Jeffery (for my dad) Dean (for my maternal grandmother, Deon). We had lots of family there to support us. It was a good day. I’m grateful for the gospel, the priesthood and eternal families.

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Rewind two months.

Here was our first good look at him and his swollen newness.

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He was a tad bit puffy and bruised from the trauma. Who can blame him? He arrived one day past his due date and weighed in at 9 lbs 1 oz. It was a fast delivery (which contributed to the bruising). He came 3 hours after we checked into the hospital but only about an hour and a half after contractions actually started. We went in to be induced as my water had been leaking all day with no contractions. Luckily things progressed on their own and our midwife barely made it in time for delivery.

This pregnancy, labor, delivery, and baby have been dramatically different than my other two experiences. First of all he was late. Secondly, he was HUGE! Pretty much double the size of my other three boys. Getting him born took roughly a quarter of the time. And the best part, no NICU.  It was pretty much a luxury vacation. After delivery, everyone left the three of us alone for a whole hour or more. We stayed two wonderful nights in the hospital where Jeffery and I slept in the same room. The nurses didn’t even bother me in the middle of the night.

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I could pick him up any time I wanted and just cuddle him. I didn’t have to wrestle with cords. I didn’t have to worry about wearing him out or him losing too much body heat. I didn’t have to weigh diapers or calculate how much he ate. Besides all of that, I got three meals a day that I didn’t have to prepare. We enjoyed lots of visitors including our three big boys (who seemed to have grown 3 inches and 10 pounds overnight). There was no car seat test. (They barely checked to make sure we had a car seat.) Best of all, we got to go home TOGETHER.

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Jeffery is such a happy easy-going baby. He eats well, sleeps well and loves his momma. (I finally got a momma’s boy!) Developmentally, he’s doing great. He holds his head up really well, is starting to focus on things in front of his face and gives us lots of coos and smiles. He has really good hearing. He responded super well to sounds right from the beginning. Really early on he would smile as soon as he’d hear me come into the room. I didn’t notice my other guys doing that. He’s growing like a weed. I had to skip right over the newborn clothes and diapers. Just this last week I got to pull out size 3-6 months. It’s crazy to remember how old the other boys were when they were wearing the same clothes he’s in now…. *sigh*

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Jeffery: 8 weeks

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Isaac: 4 months

The big boys love their new brother. Isaac wants to help me dress him every morning and often gets to choose his outfit. He also likes to sit next to him in the car and help him with his binkie or bottle as we drive.

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The twins are a little more flighty so they don’t spend as much time with him. They like to be silly to try to get a smile. Sometimes they are a little rough…. By the time Jeffery was two weeks old Carter had already tripped over him as he was lying in the boppy. He landed right on his belly. Jeffery was sore for a few days but otherwise ok. (It’s amazing that younger siblings survive their first year.)

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Overall, it’s been a lovely two months for our little family. I am grateful for good health, supportive family and kind neighbors. I’m happy to have my husband at home everyday to keep me sane and provided for. God is good.

Two Month Stats– Weight: 12 lbs 9 oz Height: 24 3/4 inches

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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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32 Weeks

Here I am in all my beautiful glory at week 32.  

Babies are each almost 4 pounds according to the ultrasound.  I know those measurements can be off by up to 12 ounces but it still makes me feel good that they have been consistently growing so well. 

Besides a little pregnancy induced carpal tunnel in my wrists, I am feeling really good.  At this stage in the game, I’m really grateful that’s all that I have to complain about. 

Less than 5 weeks until Thanksgiving!

Oh and the babies have names now!  Baby A will be Carter Curtis and Baby B is Cooper Keith.  Yes, I realize that everyone is going to get the double “C” names mixed up.  But let’s be honest: even if we named them two completely different names, people will still get twins’ names mixed up all of the time.  So Carter and Cooper Christensen it is!  We can’t wait to meet them!

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24 Weeks

Four weeks after our life-changing news, we are finally getting over the shock and beginning to see how much fun twins will be.  I’m starting to notice twins everywhere we go and getting excited for this new adventure.

We got to see the babies again on Friday at our doctor’s appointment. They are both growing well and each weigh 1 lb 5 oz.

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People still tell me I look tiny.  I feel huge.  I guess that’s how it goes though.  I’m pretty sure I am as big as I was when Isaac was born.  And we still have over 10 weeks to go!  🙂  What do you think?

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As funny as it sounds, the bigger I get, the better I feel.  The bigger the babies get, the bigger I get and the bigger the chance we’ll have of not repeating the NICU experience.  So bring on the baby belly!  Let’s just hope my body can handle it!

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Surprise!

One afternoon back in April, about an hour before Derek got home from work I had this thought pop into my mind: “I should go take a pregnancy test.”  I was kind of surprised at myself and just laughed it off.  I had been super tired all week but I really didn’t think I was pregnant again already.  Isaac wasn’t even 5 months old yet.  I again had a stronger feeling that I should go take a pregnancy test.  So I did.  And it was positive.  After staring at it for a few minutes, I packed Isaac up in the car, drove to Walmart and bought another one.  It too was positive.  I could not believe it.  I quickly made a card for Derek to read at dinner (similar to how I told him a year ago I was expecting Isaac) and left it on his plate.  I thought he would be more suspicious of the situation since I’m not really in the habit of making him cards at dinner but he was taken as much by surprise as I was.  It took a few days for the reality to sink in but we were excited to welcome another little one into our family– even if it was a bit sooner than we had expected.

We decided Isaac should be the one to announce the good news to the world so we bought him a shirt to wear on Mother’s Day.  We told our moms last year on Mother’s Day that Isaac would be joining us and we thought it was an appropriate time to tell our families about baby number two.  (Side note: we are NOT planning on this being a yearly tradition…)

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Things have gone well with this pregnancy.  I haven’t been extremely sick.  Although some days I feel pretty tired, I feel like I have enough energy to function during the day.  My first two doctor’s appointments were normal.  I started showing a bit earlier with this pregnancy but that’s normal for the second time around.  When we went in for our ultrasound on Friday I was 90% sure it would be a girl.  I just felt a lot different with this one and attributed that to a gender difference.  I was wrong.  Doubly wrong.

As Derek mentioned, it took about 2 seconds for the technician to spill the beans and it will take me 2 or more weeks to recover from the shock!  Derek and I joked around when we first found out I was pregnant that maybe it’d be twins.  We didn’t really believe it would happen though.

My dad has several twins on both sides of his family history.  There are twins on both sides of Derek’s family and of course, his mother is a triplet.  I guess our two little guys will fit right in with our families!

It’s kind of overwhelming surprising to think about going from 0 to 3 kids in just one very short year.  But I am so thankful that I can be a mom and that Heavenly Father is trusting us with the opportunity to raise some of His children.  I am positive I will question His judgment from time to time when I’m in the middle of taking care of three babies at once but I’ve learned from previous experience that He is in charge.  He knows what He’s doing.  He knows what’s best and He’ll take care of me.  With that knowledge, we’ll survive somehow and learn a lot along the way!

PS I think Derek is one proud papa to know that he’ll have three little minis following him around everywhere.  I’ve loved watching him turn into a dad and it will be fun to watch him continue to develop this year.  I’m glad I have him to face this adventure with.