Sunday, December 28, 2008

Twin Pats Fans

The newest Patriot fans hoping the home team can get into the playoffs today...

Uncle Drew and Aunt Laura (and cousins Brady and Jack) got us these sweet jerseys for Christmas. They'll fit better next season!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Random Twin Pictures

Merry Christmas!

Ava napping

Twins sleeping in their crib...

Another in the crib.

Auntie Jill visiting with Colin...

Colin's first real bath.

Beth visiting Ava.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Twins Together

A few of our first pictures together as big brother and little sister...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Full House

Headed home...

Ready to go.

Everyone is home and doing great! Full house here, trying to figure out the schedule... working out well so far.

First day home.

Ava is ready, too.

Maybe a little apprehensive, but ready...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Baby Update and Video

Babies are doing well, still under the care of the wonderful nurses at the NICU at Beth Israel Hospital. They have both gained weight and are still "getting the hang of it" before they are allowed to come home with us. We go over every day to help out, then we have to say goodnight and come home... Hopefully this weekend.

Until then, here's the first of what promises to be thousands of baby videos. Warning: this video includes the actual birth and just a little blood. But it's not that bad at all... Enjoy.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Twin Videos

Here are a couple of videos of the twins!

Colin, five minutes old and telling everyone what he thinks...

The other crying you hear in the background is Ava - two minutes old.

Later on - Colin, then Ava, sleeping peacefully under the warming lamps:

Another Visitor

Ava and Colin had another visitor - our friends Steve and Melissa stopped by to say hi. Here they are holding Ava, who is eyeing them warily...

Friday, November 28, 2008

More Pictures of the Twins

Everyone is doing well... taking some formula and lots of naps.

Here are some more pics...

Ava checking out her surroundings.

Ava napping under the heat lamp...

Colin having lunch.

Ava stretching out under the warmth of the heat lamp.

Colin gets a visit from Kristin.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Twins Are Here!!!!

Welcome Colin Andrew and Ava Katherine to the world!

Everyone is doing well, the babies are doing fantastic especially considering they are a couple weeks early. Mom is resting and enjoying medication for a few days.

It was a long night, lots to tell... but for now how about some pictures?

First, Ava Katherine...

Ava is the younger sister by about two minutes... she weighed in at a svelte-but-healthy 3.5lbs. She is very delicate.

She makes lots of concerned faces and seems very serious about everything...

Opening her eyes a little to look at mom.

Older brother Colin Andrew weighed just shy of 5lbs when he made his debut...

Unlike concerned Ava, Colin just chills.

He coos and just makes himself comfortable.

Colin just chillin' under the heater. Both babies needed a little warmth and Ava needed some IV fluids, but neither needed help breathing or anything else. They are both doing VERY well...

Dad meets Colin, and helped him with his first taste of bottle.

Colin meets his Grandparents.

Everyone will continue to gain strength and operate under their own power. Hopefully we'll all be able to go home in the next few days if everyone does well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Twin Baby Nursery!

The nursery is complete and awaiting the upcoming arrivals! Final projects were the mural, which came out great, and a dimmer switch for the overhead light... all done!

The mural was from - it is A Walk in the Wood by Beatrix Potter.. the old Peter Rabbit books. It came in two canvas sheets. It was quite a project.

We bought some luaun plywood (thin, light plywood) and prepped that first by gluing and nailing two woooden "runners" along the top and bottom of the back. These runners provide stability for the plywood and give a location to mount the necessary hangers on the back - the plywood would be too thin for that.

Then, we sanded it all down so it was nice and smooth, and primed the front with Killz primer. After that dried we were ready with our heavyweight wallpaper paste.. we spread that on 1/2 of the wood and layed down canvas #1, brushing out any bubbles with a wallpaper spreader and measuring the overlaying edges to make sure it was even. We then quickly did the 2nd canvas, lining up the center overlap so that it was as "seemless" as possible. We let that dry for a day or two before turning it over, pasting the edges of the back, and wrapping the canvas around the sides to create a "stretched canvas" look.

After that dried, we simply glued down the overlapped part in the middle, mounted D-rings on the back and ran heavy-duty wire across. Two mounts on the wall for the wire to hang on and voila. That was easy... right?

The armoire is a converted TV stand - we took all shelves out and added curtains and rods to hang clothes in the top and lined baskets for other items in the bottom!

The dresser, mural, and rug were a gift from the future babies' Grandparents! THANKS!

We found some Peter Rabbit prints on and framed those for over the crib...

And the crib was a gift from the future babies' OTHER Grandparents! THANKS!

Sitting and waiting....

Friday, November 7, 2008

Twins at 32 weeks!

Wow we are really getting into the home stretch now... we are moving all around, fighting for position, and getting big! According to, our energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath our skin. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments. Yay, us!

Ok also, this thing (below) is wrong! It says ONE of us would be between 2.5 and 3.8lbs, but there are TWO of us in here, and they estimate that one of us is 3.5lbs and the other is 3.9!

Our nursery is all set... just waiting for a few last things. We'll post some pics of our baby room soon! See ya later!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Is that part of your costume? A pregnant witch?

No, it's real!

Can't wait to dress up the twins for Halloween next year. One of us is thinking - BRAIN EATING ZOMBIE BABIES!!! But the other is thinking of CUTE costumes...

I'm sure the cute will win in the end.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Baby Shower!

We had our baby shower and got lots of great stuff from our friends and family! THANKS to everyone who came and to those who couldn't but sent thoughtful gifts... We had a great time!

Our spread of food from Tavolo... we had pizzas in the oven, too.

This carrot cake from Greenhills Irish Bakery was the most ridiculously delicious - and HUGE - carrot cake (with real buttercream frosting!) of all time...

A few of our lovely attendees - thanks for coming!

The twins got lots of soft blankets and swaddles and clothes and toys...


The twins got Cat in the Hat and other books to start their collection!

Future Dad helps out.


Monday, September 29, 2008

27 Weeks - the Twins are Getting Big!

We're the size of eggplants! Probably around 2lb each, we now have a healthy pink glow thanks to the formation of tiny capillaries.

Really, the pic for us should look more like this:

Of course, Mommy is getting big, too! This month saw her get much bigger. So big, she can rest her (non-alcoholic) drink on her belly...

Everything is going great and we're getting ready for the home stretch - 3rd trimester!

Thanks for checking us out, more news soon...