Our precious boys...

Our precious boys...

Monday, April 30, 2012

GOD SENT TWO

I came across this poem and it was so sweet, I just had to blog it with these newborn photos.

A little trip down memory lane.



The heavens were excited
The weather was just right.
"Gather around" the wisest angel said,
"God is making twins tonight."
It's quite a marvelous process, as anybody knows.
Two separate souls beginning their lives, as God's love flows.
Perhaps he'll make them just alike,
Or as different as can be.
But that's the way he wants it,
He's planned it that way you see.
He must find them the perfect mom and a very special dad.
The best just must be had.
So your joy is mighty special, I'm sure you know that's true.
God knew you'd be these special parents,
and so, he sent you two.




My heart overfloweth...



Sunday, April 29, 2012

ACHING FOR A BABY

There are many people who are aching for a baby in many different ways and in many different seasons of life. This week I hold close in my heart four beautiful women. One who recently saw her baby via ultrasound from her surrogate, one who is taking a break from her infertility journey after an IVF cycle followed by a miscarriage, one who is suffering from secondary infertility and another who suffered a miscarriage during her first pregnancy.

Dear God,

Please be with my friend, Heidi, as she is so overjoyed with seeing her precious baby just a few days ago on ultrasound from her surrogate. This is an amazing time in her life even while she is still morning the loss of her baby twins last summer. Through all of her emotions and cautions, keep her calm and trusting in this journey. Thank you for the amazing surrogate who is giving Heidi and her husband such an amazing gift. A gift like no other. Surrogates are angels here on earth. We give thanks and praise for her amazing selflessness.

Also, please be with my friend, Melanie, as she is searching for what path to take next. She so desperately longs for a baby. It's been a long road for her with many disappointments, especially after this last IVF followed by a miscarriage. There is also a lot of stress for her involving funds in order to pay for the expensive treatments. Heal her broken heart while giving her the courage and strength to keep going forward knowing that someday she will be a mother.

Secondary infertility is another interesting mystery. Some women have children easily, but then when they go to have another, they are unable to become pregnant. Be with "S" as month after month passes with no positive pregnancy test. Heal her heart, keep her strong, and give her hope to trust in the future.

And finally prayers for my dear loved one who has lost her baby in an early miscarriage in her first pregnancy. Another precious angel baby has gone to heaven. God, you two know what it is like to lose a child. Please give this mommy-to-be comfort and faith in your plan for her family. Give her peace to know that you are holding her precious baby close until they will one day be reunited together in heaven.

Hold these women and their husbands close, give them comfort and peace to know they are not alone. For you catch every tear in the palm of your hand and know the true desires of their hearts. Each of these couples do not know what the future holds, but they know who holds the future.

Amen!



I came across a great post from last week's, "National Infertility Awareness Week." I wanted to share this expert from this blog, "No Foot Is Too Small." Click No Foot Is Too Small to see the entire post.

It was so beautifully written and this paragraph just warmed my heart. After reading it, I sobbed. So many emotions came flooding back. I've always said, "I have infertility, but it doesn't have me." She is right, I do truly appreciate myself and my beautiful family. Infertility changed me for the better. I am STRONG and I earned it!

"Don’t ignore your own feelings of hopelessness and sorrow through this journey. While no sane person enjoys being sad, it is necessary to understand that you have a disease just as other women who suffer from other debilitating illnesses. Emotionally, mentally, and physically you have felt the wrath of one of the most unfair and unfortunate situations any woman can imagine. Let your beautiful soul heal in whatever way is necessary, so that one day when that miracle of life is given to you, you can look at your new life with a deep and undying appreciation for yourself and your new family. I am proud of my scars both internally and externally, because they are the accessories to my life story and proof that I have earned my incredible strength."

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ELI'S FIRST HAIRCUT

Elijah had his first haircut today...at 19 months old! He didn't necessarily need a "real" haircut, but it did need to be trimmed in the back and around his ears. His hair is so fine that when it fell to the floor from being cut, it separated so quickly that we could barely find any hair to keep for his baby book!

He started out screaming, but calmed down fast.



Way to go, big boy Eli!



All done! You are such a handsome little boy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

NATIONAL INFERTILITY AWARENESS WEEK

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week! As many of us know, difficulty conceiving a child is not uncommon. In fact, 1 in 8 women and men are diagnosed with infertility. (www.resolve.org)

If you know our story, you know that Nick and I are one of those eight. After almost exactly four years from when we started trying to have a baby, we were blessed with our two miracle babies by IVF, fraternal twin boys, Elijah and Will, who were born in September of 2010.

Infertility shouldn’t be a taboo subject. Be aware, be informed, and be supportive.

This is an amazing video, which gives a little insight into how someone with infertility may feel. Click to watch!

Empty Arms Video

Here's another wonderful video. It is the song, "I Would Die for That" by Kelley Coffey. It is very touching - have a tissue close by!




Want to learn more about infertility?
Here are a few of my favorite infertility links.


www.bethany.org/step/
www.infertilityeducation.org/brochure.html
www.dancinguponbarrenland.com
www.resolve.org
http://www.hannah.org



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CRAZY TODDLER TWINS

I had this video uploaded, but forgot to post it. I just had to share it as it is HILARIOUS! It's from about 3 weeks ago while the boys were 18 months old.

There is never a dull moment around here, I tell ya!

Do all toddler boys act like this or was I just super blessed? HA!

Seriously...these kids are NUTS! I love it!

They actually act like this quite often. Especially when we strip them down to their diapers. Whenever the boys seem super fussy, we take off their clothes and they get in a good mood immediately, running around like little maniacs. Works every time! I guess they like being naked. :)

Also note that you can see red marks on both of their foreheads. A few minutes before this video, they ran smack into each other and both flew over backwards. It was hilarious!

Here's the funny video, taken 30 minutes before bedtime.

It's a little over 5 minutes long, but totally worth it. Trust me!


Friday, April 13, 2012

19 MONTHS OLD

Hi everyone!

This is Will! Mommy said it's my turn to do a blog post. Yippee! Eli and I turned 19 months old today on Friday, the 13th. Pretty cool, huh? There are actually 3 Friday the 13th's this year! January, April, and July...all 13 weeks apart. Is anyone freaked out yet? It doesn't scare us at all! We're tough little guys.

Mommy wanted me to tell you that she's so sorry she hasn't been blogging much. Life has been super busy...even more busy than usual. She started a part time job at McKinley Elementary School. Then we went on vacation to Sanibel Island for 9 days. We had such an amazing time! It's so beautiful there. We swam in the pool and went to the beach every day. Mommy said she'll do some blog posts on our trip sometime soon and post some pics. She took about 1600 photos though. So, I'm not sure how she's going to narrow down which few to post! Whew!! That makes me tired just thinking about it all.

So mommy now works in the mornings and only on school days. That means she has the entire summer off. Eli and I go to daycare at our friend, Lisa's house, Monday through Thursday. She is so fun. We just love her so much. She always has so many fun and educational things planned for us each day. We've learned a lot there! Then on Friday's, daddy takes care of us in the mornings! It's been a good fit for all of us. And mommy is glad to have a little break from us and get some adult interaction again. We are happy for her! And since we don't nap long in the afternoons, we still get to spend plenty of time with her everyday.

We got back from Florida at 11pm the night before Easter morning. The Easter Bunny was so good to us. We were excited to find balls in our baskets.




One of my favorite things is when daddy lifts me up in the air like this. I just laugh and laugh and laugh.


A close-up of me in the air!


Here's Elijah in the bath tub tonight. He's squeaky clean.


And here I am. Such a handsome fellow, don't ya think?


Here we are on Monday. Mommy said we were so smiley that she had to take our pic before we went to daycare! Our shirts say "double trouble" but it's not true at all!


We love to color. Looks like we are concentrating pretty hard! Grandma Cox sent us beach coloring sheets. She said it reminded her of Sanibel. We all miss it there and want to go back again someday!


Well, that's about it for now. Mommy said I can do some more blog posts again soon. But she said it's Elijah's turn next. Oh, the life of being a twin...always having to share and take turns. :)

Bye-bye,
Will