Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday William

William had lots of visitors for is birthday. William’s uncles Arthur and Daniel visited him first and wheeled April around the LA Zoo in a wheelchair for her first weekend off bedrest. William did his best primate impersonation.


We also squeezed in a couple of Disneyland trips.





William’s grandma, grandpa, aunt and, uncle were able to come down to celebrate his birthday with him.


He was pretty exited for his presents.


We had perfect beach and fruit picking weather.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How to Tell Twins Apart: A Tutorial

For us, it’s easy.  We’re getting a boy and a girl.twin gender announcement Babies are both looking good and are healthy as can be.  As you can tell by my belly, they’re HUGE.


Our sweet daughter was particularly photogenic, though she kept sticking out her tongue and stuck her fingers up her nose as well.  Such a lady.20 weeks 3d girl

20 weeks girl 

But her twin brother is considerably less cooperative. He kept curling up in a ball and crossing his legs.t20 weeks 3d boy

20 weeks boy

Wonder how that will translate into their personalities?

And Baby Girl (Baby B) is already getting kicked in the face by her brother.  Guess she better get used to it now.feet

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grandma and Halloween

Steve’s mother came to help us out with William this week while I’m on bed rest. Grandma really saved us. While she was here, she (among other things) ran errands, cooked, cleaned the carpets, got new tires and wipers for the car, kept the house clean and presentable (which is not an easy task with me on bed rest and a high-energy 2 year old), took Silly Billy on walks, AND picked up Café Rio for dinner (yum!).

She even let me cheat a little and go to our ward’s trunk or treat.  It was so nice to actually get out of the house (other than to see the doctor) and be social again.  All my bed rest went to good use and I (with help from Steve) made an awesome costume complete with life-size fetuses. I offered to make Steve one with a burger and fries in the belly, but he declined and wore a bowling shirt instead.


It was also the ward Chili/soup cookoff. I ate 4 bowls.  Between that and Grandma Garff’s dinners, I was FINALLY able to put on 4-5 lbs, which is a good start to the 40-50 I need to gain in the next 20 weeks.

Skeletons were by far the most popular costume in our area.


Though we did have a wide variety of others.

God's Kiss Army

Steven even allowed me to walk around with William for a bit---he was a BIG fan of trick or treating, though it did take awhile for him to get the idea.  Usually, he just said, “treat” (occasionally throwing in a “please” as well) and then took a handful of candy. It was great fun to watch.

Trunk or treating

After one row of cars, I was banished to the backseat.Trunk or treat

Halloween night was much less exciting. I was allowed to go to 2 houses and was banished to the couch for the remainder of the evening. Steven and Liam had a great time wandering the neighborhood in search of the goods and looking at the decorations.


William made out like a bandit, with several houses allowing him multiple handfuls of candy (luckily, some of these were choking hazards and had to be taken care of by Mom and Dad). Halloween

William had a great time with his Grandma here, and Grandma was a good sport, despite the fact that she had to clean up after his messes and other such adventures.

mom's shoesParkWe even lucked out when going to the doctor. Not only did I not have to worry about getting a babysitter, but Grandma thought Silly Billy was cold and got him a new shirt to keep him warm. Go Bruins!UCLA and Grandma

UCLA Grandma

Saturday, everyone except me (since I’m still stuck in bed) went out to Reseda to the orchard to pick fruit.  William hadn’t been in nearly a year and had a great time.

OrangesDad at orchard

It was a hoot to see him discovering the fruit.  You can tell he loved it.

Orchard and PumpkinOrchard

He couldn’t help running around exploring. And as a bonus for us, We got a backseat full of oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and avocados.Orchard Dirt Twin Avocados

Which is perfect because we have two little avocado-sized babies waiting to join our family next year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I’m still on bed rest. For anyone who hasn’t heard, while I was attending the Relief Society Broadcast, I experienced uncontrollable bleeding.  I’m on blood thinners during pregnancy and post-pregnancy due to a couple of blood clotting disorders, Factor V Leiden and MTHFR, with a history of low protein C.  Usually these aren’t an issue, EXCEPT for during pregnancy and/or surgery. Because of the blood thinners, bleeding is never a good thing with me. I’ve been told I can hemorrhage from something hardly bigger than a paper cut. I had snuck in a little late and was sitting near the door.  A friend from the ward, Maria, happened to arrive just after I did and sat next to me.  She told me she was ready to go on time, and wasn’t sure why she was late.  I am.  Without her, this whole ordeal would have been a miserable nightmare. I am forever grateful to her lateness that day.

Since I’m pregnant and have lost two babies before, the bleeding terrified me.  I was sure there was no way both babies could still be ok. Maria drove me to the ER, arranged for my car and my husband and son to be picked up and brought to me, and watched William until we were finished around midnight.  She cried with us, prayed with us, and was there when I needed someone most.  Thank you!

Tayler Price sent her husband to help give me a blessing at the hospital, since he wasn’t home watching kids. This month, he was assigned our home teacher---already going above and beyond. We are so grateful for them and their foresight.

A friend from the UCLA ward who lives about 20 miles away, Rebecca Bode, has been coming over once a week with her two cute girls in tow, bringing us dinners, entertainment, and spending hours cleaning our house. She has made a tradition of bringing rolls that have been the only thing I could eat on multiple occasions.

Cammie Larsen has been amazing company.  We’ve spent many hours watching Liam and Logan chase each other while she keeps me from going out of my mind with boredom. She’s brought lots of yummy treats and has not only done the dishes and watched Liam, she’s done it during times I know wouldn’t have been easy.

Scores of other friends called and visited, sent us facebook messages, kept us in their prayers and put our names in the temple, brought dinners, cleaned our house, and helped care for Liam. Steven’s aunt and uncle in Reseda even offered to take us in, my dad offered to come down (we turned him down since he’s on disability and can’t lift William), and my sweet mother-in-law, Karen, is scheduled to arrive on Saturday (missing her anniversary to help us out). Thank you to everyone.  We feel so blessed to have such good friends and family. Sometimes you don’t realize how much people like you---until something goes wrong.  I have been so amazed and impressed with the thoughtfulness and kindness of everyone. I feel so blessed and inspired to be that kind of person.

The twins are still doing well, as of our last ultrasound. Getting big and moving like crazy. We found out my bleeding was caused by (or created) a pool of blood near Baby A, which also made part of the amniotic sac begin to separate from the wall. I am on bed rest until that is healed. No lifting, walking, ANYTHING, other than going to the bathroom, eating meals, showering, and going to the doctor.  Obviously, Dr. Boyer knows this is impossible with a toddler, but that’s the ideal rest until we are sure I’m all healed. Hopefully, only a few more weeks and we’ll be back to our new “normal”.

Dressed up as Mom

I am hoping for good news tomorrow. Yesterday we “celebrated” one month of bedrest by cuddling and watching movies and picking up dinner from Vons’ deli. Steven has been amazing. As soon as he gets home, William yells, “shoes, shoes, out, out, go, go!” and rushes to go on a walk. Steven has done as good a job with the housework as you can imagine while working full time and caring for a toddler and 2 dogs.  Most days, I either can’t eat anything, or I have to eat only one thing.  He goes to the store with William as often as 3X/week to cater to my crazy pregnancy cravings.  Already, I’ve “needed” Navajo tacos, yogurt, whipped cream, pasta salad, pudding, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti, chicken tortilla soup, pot pies, chocolate milk, grape juice, tortellini, Indian food, and fried chicken.  I wish I weren’t so sick and was actually gaining weight, because then it wouldn’t matter so much.  But at this point, I have to eat whatever I can keep down. As of now, I have gained –1 lbs at nearly 15 weeks.  That’s right.  I weigh LESS than when I started.  With William, I had gained at least 5.

Since I’m stuck in bed, I’ve spent a lot of time reading, watching movies, or surfing the internet.  I’ve come across several things, that I think will definitely change the way I parent (when I actually get to be a full parent again, obviously) and the kind of person I want to be.  I want to be as amazing as all the people who have been so helpful to us, and I want to cherish every moment I can.  I visit teach a girl named Mollie (who is an AMAZING photographer, if anyone in SoCal needs one… who posted this on facebook today. That woman is so strong, so courageous, awe-inspiring. I literally cried for an hour.  I was relieved when my sweet William came home (thanks for entertaining him, Lisa!) just so I could give him a hug and a kiss and hold him before bed.


At this point, I don’t know if we’ll be bringing home two babies next spring or not, but I am grateful to have them now. My heart breaks for anyone who loses a child. I have several friends who have lost young children in the past few years, and every time I feel for them.  What an awful experience to go through. I am going to try to learn what lessons I can from them now, in hopes that I won’t have to learn it the hard way. It’s been hard enough.

While have always cared about and appreciated the sweet lives I have helped create and love, bed rest has given me new strength to be a better mother, even if life does get a little crazy come next March…

I’ve decided to put an excerpt from this poem, entitled “"Song for a Fifth Child" by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton in the twins’ nursery. I think of it often, especially when I cuddle with my cute toddler or think of the two new ones about to change our lives.

"Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait til tomorrow

But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.

I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Silly Billyness: On Camera

Usually, you’d think videos are strictly for the grandparents, but trust me, you’ll want to watch these.  Coming from my own unbiased opinion, Silly Billy is pretty hilarious.

William body-slams Dad and talks to the fan.

Silly Billy’s favorite song is “Twinkle Twinkle”. Luckily for him, his room is decorated with stars. He knows the entire melody (no joke, even people who haven’t heard him before recognize what he’s singing), but only the words “up above the world” and “How I wonder what…”, though they aren’t always clear. One of these days we’ll get a good recording, but he always seems to get distracted and stop. Today, he decided he’d rather read “How the Goose Got Loose” (the current favorite) instead of singing.

Too bad Steve is allergic…Liam LOVES kitties.
William is going to make an amazing big brother when the twins get here. Already down with changing diapers.

Hope you enjoyed the videos as much as our Silly Billy does.  He requests to watch them almost every day.

And if you’re wondering, yes, I’m still on bed rest (just hit 2 weeks), with high hopes to be done before we hit 3 weeks.  Babies are growing and doing well. Baby B (top) is already a bundle of energy---if I had to guess, I’d say he’s probably a boy!

10.5 weeks