>Strollin’

>After no outdoor time since Thursday, we finally made it out of the house this afternoon. Hubby came home sick Thursday afternoon, it hit me on Saturday night, so Hubby and I have been doing some serious single-parenting over the past few days, trying to keep the girls out of harms way. So far, so good. It has been a blur of sickness, washing everything in sight, eating the BRAT diet, and using an obscene amount of anti-bacterial everything. Why does getting sick always rekindle my love of applesauce?

I think Maddy and Libby were as ready to go for a walk as we were. They were bundled up with their little hats, blankets up to their chins, and at one point all you could see on Libby were two eyes and a pacifier. Note to self – start bringing cameras on walks. After our walk, they both ate and immediately fell asleep. Ahhhh, babies sleeping, dogs snoring, and Hubby watching football. Not a bad Monday night.

>Gifts!

>I took a chance and entered a contest over at the Gifting Gumshoe and I won! Whoo-hoo! The Gifting Gumshoe always posts about great gift ideas, so if you need a little inspiration for upcoming birthdays, baby showers, or the holidays, be sure to check her out.

My great gift is a monogrammed chair cover from Sewgirlie. It will really dress up my outdoor chair for the next time we go to a Sunday Music in the Park. This might also be good for those parties where your chair always seems to be taken by someone else. Hmmmm … there won’t be any denying whose chair this is! Sewgirlie was so prompt with the order and they have tons of personalized products on their site. Lots of great gift ideas.

I was also nominated by the Gifting Gumshoe for the Kreativ Blogger award, so as part of that I should list 6 things that make me happy. I am also supposed to tag six others, but I am always horrible at that, so please consider yourself tagged and if you were having trouble finding blog fodder today, here you go.

6 things that make me happy are …
1. Crisp fall days where the sun is shining, but it’s cool enough for a long sleeved shirt or jeans. It’s the perfect day to be in the yard or take a walk and it feels great to feel the sun on your face.

2. My family – Hubby, the babies, the dogs. They all do their part to make me smile and laugh every day and it really doesn’t get much better than that. It doesn’t matter if it’s seeing smiles from the girls, or watching Hubby read to the girls, or the way that the pups wag their big ol tails so excitedly.

3. Good music. This has always done it for me. It doesn’t really matter on the genre, but a good song always seems to lighten my mood and make me sing out loud. Yeah, you probably don’t want to be in the car with me when this happens, but it still makes me happy.

4. Bringing in the Christmas tree. I love the smell of it and the excitement and anticipation of the season.

5. The feeling after a good long run. I love the way you feel when you’re running and you just feel really strong and light in your steps. You’re tired and sweaty when you’re done and maybe that’s the part that feels so good. You are finally finished and just feel so accomplished. Oh, and that long drink of cold water has never tasted so good when you are done!

6. House parties. I love sitting down with good friends and catching up in the warmth of someone’s home. This is of course made better with good food and wine, but I love it when the conversation just flows. It’s just fun and easy.

>Dinner and shots

>Not those kind of shots, but Synagis for RSV. The girls were approved to receive this shot and while I wasn’t excited about the idea of adding a monthly shot for several months, if it will keep them from getting sick during flu season, then I’m all for it. They were little troopers and cried just for a bit and then both fell soundly asleep in their car seats while we sat and patiently waited for 20 minutes to make sure they didn’t have a reaction. No reaction … thank goodness. We did find it interesting that our insurance didn’t approve them on the basis that they are twins, or were born prematurely, or their small birth weight, but because I have asthma and we have a wood burning fireplace. That we never use, but shhhhhh, don’t tell.

The dinner part of my post is the goulash that I made last night. The change in temperature here has made me looking up recipes for comfort food. On my list has been goulash, brownies, shepherd’s pie, chili, etc. Anyway, I forgot to take photos of my dinner making in progress, but if you are looking for a good and easy recipe that will make enough for 3 hungry adults with plenty of leftovers, you can find it here. It is great with crusty bread and salad. Oh, and red wine, but sadly I settled for water last night.

Do you find yourself changing your menu when the weather changes? What is your favorite comfort food?

>Four months ago

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Hubby was driving really fast to the hospital and we were just hours away from meeting our babies for the first time.

It’s hard to believe that four months has flown by in what feels like the blink of an eye. Here are a few photos from earlier today.

Libby

Maddy

Maddy – Libby

Giggles from Maddy

Smiles from Libby

>Crib gymnastics

>I wish I would have had pictures to show this, but Libby turned a full 360 degrees in her crib last night. I still don’t know how she does this without waking herself up. Hubby had checked on them around 5am and she was 180 degrees from where we put her to bed. By 7:30, she was all the way back where she started. Go figure.

I think I’m glad we opted not to use the cute bumper pads for their crib, because with the way she’s moving, I think we would have been removing them sooner than later.

I kind of feel like the student cramming for final exams, except that I’m just gearing up for their 4 month appointment with our Pediatrician and working on the items she had mentioned. “More tummy time, girls!”

One thing that I’ve had a hard time with is putting the girls to sleep on different sides of their heads. Apparently with preemies, their heads are more oblong, so they tend to lay on their sides and not the back of their head. Most babies will get a flat spot on the back of their head, but we have the opposite problem, where they will continue to flatten out the sides and get more oblong. Our Dr. mentioned that we should try to alternate sides as well as to also place them to sleep on the back of their head. Well, Libby really seems to favor her left side and even with toys all on the right, she will still look to the left at the boring crib slats and wall. It seems that no matter which way we place her, she’ll turn to have her head to the left. (I think this is also how I sleep, so maybe she’s just taking after me!)

Does anyone have any recommendations on crib toys that your children really loved and would gravitate towards, or head positioners that help keep them in check?

>on my mind this morning

>Coffee. I swear it’s close to one of the first thing I think about when I get out of bed. Not sure why, because we’ve been on a pretty good sleep schedule with Maddy and Libby. (I hope I’m not jinxing this as I type). We feed the girls between 8pm-10pm and put them to bed after that. Typically, they then sleep until 4am-7am. Wonderful. Not too shabby for babies of their weight, I think. I can’t believe they’ll be 4 months old on Tuesday. Where has the time gone?

Pizza. Hubby picked up pizza from my new favorite pizza place in town. I had the “A Kiss Before I Go” that has Tomato Sauce, Fried Eggplant, Wild Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Carmelized Garlic, Fresh Basil, and Parmesan. Yum. Leftovers for lunch! I should have taken a picture, because their pizzas are so pretty, but I was too much of a pig!

Hair. Since I was beginning to debate if my grey hair was cool aka Stacy London or scary aka Cruella De ville, Hubby surprised me and coordinated a cut, highlights and a massage for me on Thursday. His parents had volunteered to come visit and watch the girls, so he surprised me with this treat and coordinated all the details. Wonderful. Hubby rocks!

All for now … happy Saturday!

>money, money, money

>I bet the anticipation is killing you … I wish I could tell everyone that there were bigger bills hiding under the ones … when I first opened the drawer, I really thought that Hubby was gearing up for a bachelor party. So I had to ask him what was up with the cash stuffed in the drawer.

Apparently, it’s one of his new savings plans – every night he takes all of the ones out of his money clip and saves them. I have been shocked how quickly it has added up. For me, this trick wouldn’t work because I’m addicted to my debit card and rarely carry cash.

So no worries – he’s staying away from dances that require tips and saving for the holidays. I’ve told you we buy for 25+ family members on his side, but that’s a post for another day!

I’ll leave you with a picture from a few days ago. The girls have recently discovered the Baby Einstein star from their floor mat. Baby Einstein star = coos, smiles, and wide eyed stares from m & l.