Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Baby Races!

Here is a video from when Evan and Jaden were about one month old. They would kick so much during tummy time that we learned they pushed off of things in the process. Thus, the beginning of baby races!

And of course, tummy time brings lots of crying, FYI!




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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Baby Jesus!


When a gal from church asked if one of the boys would be Jesus in the live nativity this past Sunday, I couldn’t say no. What an honor! After agreeing I found out that that would mean Nathan and I would play Joseph and Mary! We decided to make it a game-day decision on who would play the part of Jesus. It was nice going to church knowing that we an understudy for the part of baby Jesus.



Jaden had a fussy morning, so Evan played Baby Jesus. Jaden watched from the back and fell asleep during it:)




The boys reading their first Christmas book!



To watch part of the March to the Manger--it is at the end of the sermon: http://www.connectwithcalvary.org/media.php?pageID=13
(Anxiety to Acceptance 12-18-11) once it loads press play and scroll to 24 minutes.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Ever since our tree went up (Thanks family for helping with that over Thanksgiving weekend!) the boys have loved to look at the lights on the tree. Lights and ceiling fans could keep the boys entertained for hours!


We are lucky that this year we do not have to travel over the holidays. Although the weather looks perfect for the long car ride. Nathan’s parents will be visiting over the Christmas weekend, and my family will come for New Year’s weekend. As we celebrate our first Christmas with the boys, I am interested to know what your family traditions are? From games to gifts to food, each family seems to have something special that they look forward to each year. Leave me a comment with your traditions, and/or what you do to make the Holidays a special time for kids!




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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Gift that Keeps on Giving.......

Strep.

Yes. Again.

Mid November, at the end of our travels in South Dakota, Nathan got strep throat. So this is a hardy strain of strep. Three days later, I got it. And 5 days after my meds were gone (3 days after S.D. relatives left after Thanksgiving) I got it again. 3 days later, Nathan. 2 days later our friend and day care provider (who we did hang out with before Nathan knew he was getting it) got it. And now again, I tested positive, 5 days after my meds ran out……but trying to think of where I got it from----I was not really in contact with anyone this past weekend.

I share all of that and then note that our pediatrician tells us over and over that babies can’t get strep. Well, last week, Jaden developed a bad rash. It almost looked too gross to be called a ‘rash’…..but we’ll go with that! And the statin (antifungal) cream wasn’t doing anything. The day I found out I had strep again, I asked for an antibiotic for Jaden instead of the cream. He loves the amoxicillin and the day after he started the antibiotic, his rash is improving! Yeah! We are going to get more antibiotics for Evan – because if he doesn’t have this yet, he will!

There is still a mystery to our strep carrier. I have Lysoled and Cloroxed wiped everything down….three times. We don’t have a cat or a dog (I guess some can be carriers). The babies are the only true common thread in all three cases. Please post any other ideas you have regarding finding the carrier!

Luckily, Jaden and Evan have been sleeping well, eating well, and showing off their smiles!


Jaden: drinking his medicine like it's candy. I must say, it does smell pretty tasty!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Remembering an Amazing Mom

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After finding out we were having twins, the first person I shared this with was my dear friend and colleague, Tricia Widner Johnson. She was someone I could trust, share dreams with, and gain insight about raising boys as she had three boys of her own. This past June she passed away unexpectedly. Turner Hall is just not the same without her. A month before she passed, she gave a baby gift to another colleague, Elizabeth, who had just had a baby boy. Elizabeth graciously gave me that gift which included this adorable plush elephant which chimes rock-a-bye baby. It brings tears to my eyes every time it plays. Today, December 9th, was Tricia’s birthday. I thought about her a lot today, and this elephant helps me remember her love for her family and what a wonderful mom she was.



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy 3 Month Birthday!

Jaden and Evan: 3 Months


Evan


Jaden


Cliché, but I cannot believe it has been three months!! So many changes in just the past month. Probably the biggest change is sleep!! Evan is now out of the car seat at night and is sleeping in his own crib. We have the mattress at a slight incline to hopefully help with any reflux. So far he has been doing really well at night. We have our routine down: In the evenings we feed them at 6, 8 and 10pm. I term it ‘front loading’! After feeding at 10pm, the boys fall asleep on their own while I pump and they do not wake until 5:30 or 6. Actually, Jaden is the one to wake first. And he’s not screaming hungry, he is just ready to play. He comes downstairs with me to get the bottles ready, make coffee for myself, and then we go back upstairs to wake Evan. After feeding them around 6, they both have been taking a morning nap in the same crib until they eat again around 9am and then we head to daycare. They love daycare and all their daycare buddies!! They don’t sleep much there, but I’m told they behave. Hopefully these sleep-filled nights continue!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Taking the Plunge!

Baptism Day

Sunday, November 27, 2011


This past Sunday Evan and Jaden were baptized at Calvary Methodist Church. Pastors Randy and Grant performed the baptism and our friend Michael Pitzer was able to sneak away from his duties with the high school Sunday school to hold the baptismal font. After being baptized, the pastors walked with each of them around the congregation while everyone sang “Jesus Loves Me.” It was truly a beautiful baptismal service.


Jaden and Evan's Godparents are Uncle Kyle & Aunt Rachel

and Aunt Laura respectively.


Evan loves moving his arms around - just can't sit still!


Honorary sponsors Jonah and Elliott. After meeting Evan and Jaden when they were just weeks old, Elliott was just certain he and Jonah were their Godparents! He even took their birth announcement for show-n-tell – too cute!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Likely the last second before a pacifier was warranted!


Happy Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for this year……especially our two little miracles, Jaden and Evan. This weekend both sets of Grandparents and both of the boys’ Aunts and Uncle came to visit from South Dakota. It was great to have everyone here to celebrate Thanksgiving…..and to watch the boys while I shopped!

I made a gratitude tree for the table center piece, but had to make a rule that Nathan and I would write Evan and Jaden on a leaf and everyone else had to think of other things…….they argued that others things did not compare. How true! We are blessed!

We all went to the Turkey Trot Thursday morning!
The boys with their new bibs- ready for the race!!


Come on brother! Let's go play outside!!




Monday, November 21, 2011

What's in a Name?

Evan John and Jaden Edward.

Picking out names….what a big responsibility! For many years, we liked the name “Ethan.” But a couple years ago, many close family and friends also liked that name and named their boys Ethan. So Nathan gave it the twist, and Evan evolved and stuck as our ‘boy’ name. When we found out we were having two boys, it was a challenge to pick the second boy’s name. We could be all rhymey-rhymey like Fred and Ted or same first letters like Bob and Bill. But we decided we wanted two individual names. I searched on online lists of boy’s names. After coming up with a list of my top five, my first choice was Aiden. Nathan had a friend who’s girl is named Aiden, so he was not as certain. After some brainstorming, Jaden was decided.

The boys’ middle names are their Grandpas’ middle names. John for Grandpa Chris John Schumacher and Edward for Grandpa Al Edward Raeder. John is also Nathan’s middle name and Julie’s Grandpa Manus’ name. Without knowing it, we had selected initials ‘E’ and ‘J’ for both boys!

Today I couldn’t imagine Evan and Jaden being named anything else! The names are perfect!


These nutrition facts onesies were a gift from my dietetic interns – snips, snails, and puppy dog tails…….that’s what little boys are made of! Too cute!!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wedding Weekend!

The boys have been such great travelers the past two weeks. With their Aunt Rachel getting married last Saturday, it was a big weekend! They got to meet so many second cousins, Great Aunts and Uncles, and take a four-generation picture with Great Grandma Remmele! Since Nathan and I were in the wedding party, the boys had their own personal attendants at the wedding….Aunt Laurie and Grandma Pam! Thanks to our friends Tyler & Michelle in Rochester, MN, we were able to split up the drive home. Again, the boys slept for most of the time in the car. The laundry and bottles were piled up this morning, but I think we are finally unpacked and back to our routine……if we ever really did have one!


Evan and Jaden
had to include both these pictures - their expressions change every second!
Thanks Nancy Slostad for the super-cute hats!


Jaden with Aunt Rachel


Four Generations


Evan and Jaden with their Grandparents


Evan, cuddling the morning after the wedding......
enjoying his first breakfast at Perkins!




Friday, November 11, 2011

Evan's Adventures with Grandma and Grandpa Raeder

“My name is Evan.” Grandpa Al has been teaching me to say that for the past week. My lips move when he talks, but nothing comes out yet. I just grunt back and forth with Jaden instead. We have been so lucky that for the past week we have been spoiled at Grandma Pam and Grandpa Al’s house. Jaden and I found out that if we just let go of our pacifiers, start to fuss a little, someone will come rushing to us and give us attention! It works so well if you ever want to be held and rocked. I hope it works next week, too, with Mom and Dad.


Grandma and Grandpa made sure we got our exercise in every day. Tummy time was a game they liked to play. It’s a lot of work, though. Jaden does a better job at moving his head up and side to side on his tummy. But I win every time we kick and push off Grandpa’s hands. Pretty sure I am going to be faster than Jaden when we start running!


Jaden was often last-picked to be fed because he is a really slow eater. Grandma Pam was really good at multi-tasking when feeding him. Jaden liked to help her read the newspaper. I spit up a little after eating, so everyone was really cautious with me. I got extra cuddle time to make sure I stayed upright after I ate.


My favorite part of the day was when Grandpa read to me! We read Bubbles Bubbles like 10 times every day and the animal book. The animal book took a lot longer to read than when Mom reads it because Grandpa would tell me a story about every animal as he turned the page. He thinks that maybe someday me and my brother could have our very own rabbit, because daddy probably won’t let us get a doggy. Jaden got to read the books, too, but he fell asleep during story time whereas I would mouth the words with Grandpa. Can’t wait til I can read to him!

We had such a fun time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Watertown. They kept it so nice and warm for us, and if we were ever upstairs, Grandpa made sure we had blankets to keep us warm. Looking forward to having them visit us for Thanksgiving. Today we are off to visit Grandma and Grandpa Schumacher in Volga. Aunt Rachel is getting married on Saturday. I bet we’ll have to get all dressed up and take more pictures for Mom!




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Cow Says Mooo!

Evan is sleeping again…..it’s opposite day today! But I have to tell you about our adventures at the farm! Mom got to ride the 4-wheeler out to the pasture where all the baby cows and their moms were. She found my baby cow #075, but not Evans, #26.



This is mom’s cow which has a silly upside-down ‘J’ on it’s head!



Grandpa took us to see the John Deere tractor. It was soooo much bigger than it looks in my farm book back home.


Then we got to sit in the 4-wheeler, too! When Evan and I can sit up by ourselves, that will be so fun to ride around the pasture in. I suppose we’ll have to take turns driving it.


We got to see the kitty cats too. We counted 7 of them. Evan and I stayed nice and warm with our fleece jackets that Aunt Laurie got us. We can’t wait to go back in the summer!



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jaden's South Dakota Adventures

My brother and I finally made it to this far away land called South Dakota. I don’t remember the 710 mile drive to Grandma and Grandpa’s house because I slept for all of it and Evan was up for just 30 miles. I am guessing in another 2 years that drive is going to seem very very long!

Aunt Laurie came to stay the weekend with us and I made sure to get up really really early so mom would have to bring me upstairs so I could make coffee with Aunt Laurie and enjoy lots of attention. She watched us all day Saturday and I made sure Evan and I were really good while mom was in Sioux Falls.




Sunday was a busy day. We got to see our friend Grant again and his parents. Also we met Heather and we can’t wait for her to visit us in just two weeks! We got to meet Ethan too in church. Looking forward to playing with him and Grant next summer.



In the afternoon Great Aunt Bondell and Great Uncle Chuck came to meet us. Evan and I decided to switch rolls a little this week so he slept almost the entire time during their visit and then I was the fussy one at night! Kind of fun to get all that extra evening attention!



Although our friend Nora didn’t want to play with boys, she did come over to meet us and got to ride in a red wagon all the way from her Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the other side of Harper Park. We walked with Nora and her sister Madeline to Lincoln Park. Can’t wait until Evan and I are old enough to play there. The side-by-side slides look like so much fun. I am sure I could beat Evan down them!


Looking forward to more South Dakota adventures this week! I heard we may even get to meet the cows!



Thursday, November 3, 2011

2 Month Birthday!

Evan & Jaden turn 2 months old!


Evan


Jaden


This month was filled with lots of visitors which made the weeks go so fast!! Everyday I could tell the boys were growing and filling out their newborn outfits. They interact with us and each other more and more. Sleeping well at night has also been a big improvement during month two. They sleep for longer stretches, do a great job of putting themselves back to sleep (unless they have company to impress by staying up!), and they are awake a lot more during the day.....especially Evan:)