Sunday, March 30, 2008

One Month Old...and Mom I know you are smiling..

As in all aspects in life, time plays tricks on us. My dear Mother use to say to me when I was a kid that the older you get, the faster the time went. I never understood that as an eight year old little girl looking up at her as my mom. As the little girl who thought a summer time lasted "F O R E V E R", how could time go by faster and faster? There were so many times she would just smile and say, "You will know, in time, what I mean", with that twinkle in her eye. Well, she was right. She WAS ALWAYS RIGHT! She called it "A Mother's Intuition". Sometimes, she just called it, "Women's Intuition", or WI. As I kid, I thought she was some kind of freak or a medium. Maybe she was, but I know she is laughing today, wishing she could say, "I told you so". So, Mums, I take it, you told me and I own it. I just wish you were here to say it for your self.

Your grandchildren turned one month old today and you know what. They are thriving and I haven' t killed them, left them on top of the car or in the restaurant, or any place that I couldn't recall :)))

Ref: Proud Proud Proud would be and we wish you were here. 35 years wasn't nearly enough. C

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Birthday to Brenda

Well, I won't mention how many years it is!! Just a happy birthday wish from Seattle. I hope your drive home went well.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Link to Hospital Portraits

Here is the link to the portraits taken at the hospital:

You can search by birth date (3/2/2008) and need the first three letters of my last name (ost).

No password necessary. There is a separate page for each of them, some pictures of them alone and some together. Enjoy...

Day 1 Solo

I just looked at the clock and was shocked to see that it's already 5pm, I haven't had lunch and I haven't taken a shower yet. How did that happen? I suppose that's life with twins...

We had a busy and hectic day. Jack and Avery got baths, we did some chores around the house and I took a (belated) Easter picture of the kids. Avery is on the left and Jack is on the right. Thanks Suzie for the clever idea!

The quilt in the background is one of the quilts made by Aunt Brenda. This one is Avery's quilt.

Today was Court's first day back to work. I think it was a blur for her, but need to get the update from her...

It's hard to believe the babies were 3 weeks old yesterday. Where does the time go?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Cunniffs Hit Seattle

Since my brother and his family arrived in Seattle on Thursday, we have been going non stop seeing the sights, shopping, and just hanging out with the babies. Friday found us on the Eastside shopping and spending money at Best Buy. We topped off the evening with too much ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. We were all too sick too move after that. We spent all Saturday in Seattle at the Space Needle, Seattle Center, Nike Town, Pacific Place, Game Works, and just checking out downtown. It was a long day for Jack and Avery but they did a great job rolling with all the activity and stimulus.

Today has been a pretty mello day at the house. We are making Chicken Pot Pie for Easter Dinner. A little unorthodox, but it is all of our favorite, so it seemed appropriate. Who said you had to have ham?

I return to work tomorrow so we will have to get into a new routine now that we finally have it down with the two of us. Oh well, we all adapt. It is just a matter of time.

Off to make the noodles for the Pot Pie. I already know that we will all be sick within the hour because we will have shoveled in too much food. Oh hell, that is what sweat pants are for!

Happy Easter.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

4 Generations...

Mom and Dad came out tonight and brought my grandmother with them (my dad's mother). It was a photo op we couldn't resist...

It's not often you get 4 generations together for a picture.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Party of Four???

Yesterday, we packed all of us up and headed to town for our first family outing. We decided to hit Red Robin in Issaquah for a late lunch/early dinner. When we walked in the restaurant, the hostess asked, "Party of Four"? The first thought that came to my mind, was No, just the two of us. Ohhh yea...oops, YES, party of four, please. REALITY CHECK!!! There are always the "firsts", I suppose, and that definitely was one for me. We laughed about that all through dinner. We had a very nice dinner together, all of us, and the babies slept the entire time.

After dinner, we headed to Brian and Glenn's for a few hours. Their two dogs, Buddy and Autumn were very cute with the babies. Brian captured a great photo on his phone of Buddy cuddling with Jack on the couch. I hope he sends it, so I can post.

Email from Montana has the Cunniff clan arriving in Seattle this Thursday. I wish I could say the weather was going to cooperate, but it looks like we are going to have rain. On the flip side, the grass and all else are brilliant shades of green. In addition, the crocus, daffodils, and if we are lucky, the tulips, will be welcoming you with their radiance. Spring has sprung...

For the Irish in all of you, Happy St Patty's Day Eve...Enjoy a green beer, and Crystal (who is actually in Dublin for the celebration), stay out of the gutter!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Look at that belly!!

This is the last photo taken of me pregnant, 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant. This was Friday night, Feb 29th, the night before we went to the hospital to be induced. It's hard to believe that there are two 6+ lb babies in there. It sure felt like there were two 6+ lb babies in there even if it didn't look like it!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

And Some Days are Stone...

Cole 1998 - 2008

Yesterday, we put our beloved cat, Cole to sleep. She was the first cat Melanie and I got together ten years ago. We named her Cole, because, she was black, but if you rubbed her hair against the grain, it was completely white underneath. It appeared as is she rolled in coal dust, hence, the name, Cole.

She was suffering from liver failure. It came on quite quickly so we are in a bit of shock and disbelief. We will never forget her and we will always love her.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Jack William

Suzie so graciously put together a series of pictures of Jack as well. Thank you Suzie!!

One Week Old

We made it! One week and how many to go??? :)) As Mel stated, I have been hurting on the sleep side of things. I swear there must be a hormone that kicks in, for the birth mother, because Mel is functioning much better than I am, and let me tell you, she couldn't even get up to let Katie out in the middle of the night!! Go figure...

Week two will bring another visit to the pediatrician on Thursday for their 2 week check up. On Friday, we will get our in home visit from the social worker, so she can sign off on the adoption petition. I know I haven't blogged about that process, but yes, I had to go through the ringer to adopt my own children. It should all be over soon. Once she signs off on the home visit, then our attorney will petition the court for a date with the judge, and then that will be that. I will need to write that story someday, because it is quite a process! And in some states, it is not even possible. And in some states, like Washington, it is county by county, judge by judge. Good thing we live in King County.

We also got a surprise care package from home (Montana) yesterday. It was packed full of new clothes, receiving blankets, bibs, et al. Brenda summoned all of her little worker bees (that would be her big ass embroidery machine - it looks like a transformer (the movie) and there are two of them!) of her Beeline embroidery business to whip us some very very cute couture. We will be posting pictures soon of them in their receiving blankets. THANK YOU Brenda!

I am also posting the latest video that Suzie shot last night. Our own professional photographer and videographer!!! How lucky could we be????

Love to all,

C,M, J, A

PS: Crystal, send those pics! I am dying to see them.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

6 Days Old

I can't believe it's only been 6 days since Jack and Avery arrived. It feels like they've always been here...

We survived the drive home from the hospital without incident. We survived a trip to the pediatrician and actually made it to the appointment on time, I was shocked!! And we've almost managed to survive week 1 of parenting. I'm thinking we're doing pretty well!

Court may disagree on the surviving part. She's having a hard time with the lack of sleep. If I didn't know better, I would swear she was on drugs! The last night we spent in the hospital, we took advantage of the nursery and had them take the babies after the midnight feeding until about 2:30 am and then again until about 6 am. I woke up hearing Jack's screams from down the hall at 2:30 am so I started getting myself situated and ready to feed them. The nurse wheeled their beds into our room and Court woke up. She looked at me like I was an alien and just sat there for about 1 minute, motionless. She was visibly angry and I couldn't understand why. I remember saying to her, "they have to eat!" Once she came to her senses she told me that she had no idea where she was when she woke up, didn't know who I was (although I did look familiar, phew), and couldn't figure out why someone was bringing screaming babies into our room. I can't think about it without totally cracking myself up. The look on her face was priceless...

I have to say that we wouldn't have survived nearly as well as we have if it weren't for countless friends and family helping out. Thank you to Mom and Dad, Stef, Suzie and Regina, Brian and Glenn, Jenelle (still can't get over that yummy fruit delivery), and everyone else who has pitched in to feed us, clean our house, buy groceries and keep us a little less sleep-deprived. We thank you!!

Speaking of the trip to the pediatrician. The babies are doing well. Dr. Ryan thought Jack's jaundice didn't look severe enough to warrant another poke so we'll wait until our appt next week to see how his weight is doing and whether he's improving and if it looks like she needs to poke him then, she will. I'm glad we didn't have to do the photo therapy treatment on him. They are stuck in those beds at all times except to eat and have their diapers changed. Both Jack and Avery are maintaining their discharge weight at almost exactly 6 lbs for both of them. Apparently the hospital measurements were a little off because in the doctor's office, they both measured 19.25 inches rather than the 18.5 and 18.25 the hospital measured. I didn't think they were that little...

We are enjoying visits from people here and there. Regina, Suzie and Katie were out last night to visit and see the babies. Suzie made spaghetti and meatballs, yummy. And I actually was able to eat red sauce without getting heartburn, yippee! I don't miss that pregnancy symptom one bit! Jen and Aleta are coming out today to meet the babies. I actually have Jack and Avery wrapped up right now in the blankets that Aleta knitted for them. They are so soft and cozy.

On a more serious note....
There is something very sad about the day Jack and Avery arrived in this world. We work with a young man who has been battling brain cancer since 1999. He went into remission, but had a recurrence of the cancer in 2006 and fought hard. He lost the battle on March 2nd. He left behind a wife and two young boys. I didn't know him well, but my heart still breaks for his wife and children and the rest of his family and friends. How can one day be the most joyous day for some and the most painful day for others?? Our thoughts are with his family and friends...

Friday, March 7, 2008

Avery says, "I'm sleepy, Mom"

Thank you Suzie for the great photos!

Glad to be Home...

Ok, for all you daily lurkers that are refraining from bitching that I haven't been posting more often, this one is for you. First and foremost, we are all still alive! That is a milestone, I think. Both Jack and Avery are very easy babies to take care of. They just need to eat a lot, which translates into constant feedings and diaper changes. Our private media room off of our master bedroom has turned into the nursery...I suppose as they get older they we will use their room more often, but for now, it is the cleanest room in the house!

Who knew it could be so difficult to do the easiest tasks, like get the garbage out to the street today by nine? Oops, missed the garbage truck today. Or shower, brush your teeth, or eat. You would think it would be easier since you are up twice as many hours in a day as you used to be. Thank God, we have Nana, Stef, Suzie, Brian, and all of our great friends and family that keep us functioning. In addition, my brother and his family will be here the week of Easter. We can't wait. We are just sorry that Crystal will not be with them, but she will get here when she can.

Suzie was here the other day and took some very cute pictures of the grubs. Here is the link to the photos. Enjoy...

Let me know if you don't have a Kodak account or don't want to set one up. I can give you my user name and password to view the pics.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Going Home...

Auntie Stef is holidng Jack and Mel is holding Avery in the first picture. Since Jack came out first and took most of the brunt of the birth he is a bit jaundiced as you can see from his yelllow tone. He passed all his tests today, however, and skirted another night in the hospital hanging out in the billy bed.

Have you ever seen a cuter pair of feet???I think these are Jacks. Stef is holding him and she will have to correct me if it is Avery.
Nap time now before we get discharged.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The first 24 hours - of the Purest Joy

Our dear friend Suzie visited today and unbenownest to me had her video camera with her. There are no words to describe them, so just enjoy the video...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Happy Birthday to the Cunniff Twins!!!

Some days are diamonds as my Mother use to say, and today was a 10 karat day!!! At 3:35AM, Jack William Cunniff said hello to his exhausted parents weighing in at a healthy 6lbs 8oz and 18.5 inches long. His little sister, Avery Dale Cunniff, followed shortly thereafter at 4:01AM, weighing 6lbs, 3oz, and 18.25 inches long.
Mother and babies are doing fantastic. They are absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way. And my lovely wife and her sheer will power, grit and determination through all those hours of labor with an epidural that wasn't working, (so giving birth to twins without an epidural until the last hour - a whole blog story in and of itself)reinforced why she is the perfect mother for my children. Even after all these years, she never ceases to amaze me and teach me something wonderful everyday. I love you darling. And thank you for our two beautiful children. It doesn't get any better than this.
I will get better quality pictures posted once we get home and upload my camera photos. These are just from my cell phone and I wanted to get a few out to everybody that has been anxious to hear/see from us. Feel free to call or email at 425.260.4759 or, or of course, post a comment here.
Love to all.
Court and Mel