Twins | O-N-E

Thursday, December 18, 2014

O-N-E. My sweet little babies are ONE today! I can’t believe this day has already arrived. It seems like just yesterday we were waiting on their arrival.
Today I want to share their Birth Story since I never have on the blog. It was a day that came quickly by surprise, but a blessing to had held off as long as it did.

The night of December 16, 2013 I had my major “nesting” fit and cleaned the entire house top to bottom. I remember when I laid down I felt a trickle of something, but nothing like a gush. I skipped the Ambien the doctor had prescribed me to sleep just in case my water broke.  Eric was working night shift at the time, so he came home the following morning about 6 am. He got Skylar ready and took her off to school. I slept in until I had to get ready for my 1 o’clock 35 week checkup.  

Mom came to pick me up since Eric had worked the night before and had to work again that night. I felt wonderful! Mom asked if I wanted to eat anything, but I assumed we would just go to Cracker Barrel like the rest of my appointments. That was my major mistake. I had only had a jelly biscuit at 6 am that morning. Nothing. Else. What. So. Ever!!! {Mental note- eat before every appointment} 

I was taken back for our usual ultra sound. Everything started off just fine, and then I felt a gush. I told Mom and the tech. I was checked and there was nothing wet there. The tech began the ultrasound, but said should couldn’t find a fluid pocket to measure on Logan. What? She went out and got Dr. Roberts. They both came in, Dr. Roberts checked me and then said, “Are you ready to have some babies because you’re done!”. Holy Cow! Babies today? Logan had zero fluid in her sack. Dr. Roberts told me her water had broken and that was the trickle I felt. Since she was Baby B, she wouldn’t have a gush of water, just a trickle.

Of course, Mom is sitting in the chair freaking out. She grabs her phone to start calling people while I quickly get dressed. I told her before she told the world, please call my husband to let him know. I remember hearing her call him and saying, “Eric are you awake enough to understand? We are going to have babies TODAY!” All I heard coming from her phone was, “SHIT!” {Excuse the language!} Then she said it was all a bunch of rustling.

Mom and I went straight over to the hospital and got to the room. I changed into the gown and it never hit me, we were going to have babies. The nurse recommended I take the epidural right away since Logan did not have fluid. They were worried that she would not be able to tolerate labor and require a C-Section. The epidural was ordered.

Of course I never packed a hospital bag, because I kept telling myself I needed things up until the day we went to the hospital. Eric frantically threw everything into bags, literally the entire house. I’m beyond surprised we didn’t find the cat somewhere in those bags he had so much. I heard all this rustling up the hallway and it was him carrying 3 big bags like we were going on a month long excursion. He arrived just in time for the anesthesiologist to arrive.

I received my epidural, Pitocin, and antibiotics since I did not go far enough in my pregnancy to have the Group B Strep test. I honestly think the antibiotics were the most painful thing about labor and delivery! After that we waited… I remember my dad just sitting and watching at the contraction monitor. He would ask if I just felt anything. When I told him no, he would tell me how high the numbers got.

By late evening, the babies were still progressing well, everyone had

eaten lunch and dinner, and all I could was imagine my ice chips were a big juicy cheeseburger. Case in point, eat before all doctor’s appointments. The only thing I had ate that day was the jelly biscuit at 6 am.

FINALLY about 10:30 pm they decided I was far enough along to get prepped for delivery in the Operating Room. There was lots of worries we would have one born before midnight and another after midnight. I was wheeled back into the OR and Eric followed with the camera. We began pushing sometime after 11 pm, but I’m not sure the exact time. I was extremely lucky because my doctor was the one on call that night. After pushing for what seemed forever, my desire for a cheeseburger switched to just settling for a sprite. My mouth was so dry from pushing.

Colton Gage was born on December 18, 2013 at 12:12 am completely healthy at 18 inches long, 5lbs 10oz. I continued to push for another 18 minutes and delivered Logan Danielle face up at 12:30 am completely healthy at 18 inches long, 4lbs 7oz. We were extremely blessed beyond words that neither baby required any NICU time.

Eric carried Colton back to our hospital room while I did skin to skin with Logan as I was rolled back. I remember thinking how tiny she was. It was the most amazing day of our entire lives. I cannot believe it has been exactly one year since that moment and how much our sweet little babies have grown into toddlers.

Mommy and Daddy love you bunches Monkey and Pumpkin!!

Twin Talk Blog | "A Day in the Life"

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Monday, Everyone! Today I'm over at Twin Talk Blog sharing "A Day in the Life" of the Snoderly household. Grab a cup of coffee, head on over, and join me!

 Be sure and check back tomorrow for our Weekend Recap and how we celebrated Skylar's 9th Birthday. I also have a special post scheduled for Thursday to celebrate Colton and Logan's First Birthday.

See you tomorrow!

Weekend Recap | First Thanksgiving

Monday, December 1, 2014

This past weekend, well Thursday, Colton and Logan celebrated their first Thanksgiving. We did not travel, we did not go all out, we just had our typical Thanksgiving celebration as we do every year. It was just special time spent with special family.

 We have two places to visit each Thanksgiving, my parent’s house and Eric’s great grandmother’s house. Lucky for us, they both live within a five mile radius of our house. 

 The family loaded up and headed over to my parent’s house about 10:30 to help cook. This was the same time as L&C’s first nap of the day. Since it’s their first Thanksgiving, I guess they haven’t figured out it’s eat first, then nap! They snoozed right up until the meal at 12:00.

 Logan, of course being her finicky self, did not eat much at all. Colton loved him some ham, mash potatoes, broccoli casserole, and rolls.

 After lunch, we walked over to the neighbors to show off some cute babies… and played a little dress up!

 Next stop on our list was Eric’s great grandmother’s house with his entire family. I have been so excited about Thanksgiving since his family is in the middle of a baby boom right now. There are 6 kids under 3 right two. {Complete with two sets of boy/girl twinsJ} #yesitdoesruninthefamily!

 There was more food, lots of playing and running around with cousins, more naps, and more playing. They had an absolute blast playing with everyone… once they finally warmed up.

On Friday I had to work, Eric and Skylar had fun Black Friday shopping, and the kiddos went to visit my grandparents with my mom and dad. Everyone had a blast… except me! 

 Skylar decided to spend the rest of the weekend with Eric’s grandmother.

 Callie had an early morning trip to the vet Saturday to get checked out and have some blood work. It wasn’t anything that a little medication can’t fix. {Paws crossed}

 Logan has turned into our climber. She’s successfully climbed the first level of the kitty tree, as well as hanging out in the dishwasher. Silly girl.

 The Snoderly’s had a very great Thanksgiving weekend, but I’m already in the Christmas spirit. I’m ready to decorate and watch lots of ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas.

 Ps. Our Elf on the Shelf, Luke, is scheduled to make his first appearance of the season… Stay tuned!! 

Twins | 10 months

Friday, November 28, 2014

We celebrated many milestones this month. Both Colton and Logan are developing so quickly. It’s hard to believe that in just 2 short months we will be celebrating their first birthday party. Planning has already commenced and is in full force.
We ended the month a little sickly, colds that lead into sinus infections and thrush. They kiddos are pitiful. A trip to the doctor did allow us to get some updated weights. Colt is weighing in at 19 lbs 7 oz and Logie is coming in a little behind him at 18 lbs 5 oz.

We celebrated our first Halloween. I’m a little bias, but I believe we had the cutest bumble bee and puppy dog around. 

Logan Danielle

She finally has enough hair for PIGGIES!!! She has become quite the picky eater. She will definitely spit out the first bite of every piece of food, even if she loves it. We have discovered she has a major love for Vanilla Pudding. Minnie Mouse is her absolute favorite stuffed animal. Her eyes light up when she sees any Minnie, or Mickey for that matter. She has started crossing her feet when she sits down. I even caught her with her feet crossed in her car seat the other day. She can pick out a duck among a selection of toys and even say ‘Duck’.  

Colton Gage

WE HAVE A WALKER!!! Yes, he started walking. It’s sooo exciting. He also had his two bottom teeth pop throw this month! He will eat anything you feed him. We went to Cracker Barrel one evening for dinner, and we sat there 30 minutes after finishing our meal waiting on him to finish eating. Boy can eat. I joked with Eric that we have a linebacker on our hands.

11 Months | Day in the LIfe

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 Hey Everyone, I'm Allison! I was so excited when I was selected do the "Day in the Life" with my 11 month olds for Twin Talk Blog... Then the nerves set in. Every month I read these posts and all the Moms seem like they have it all together. Most days I feel like we live in survival mode. We definitely do not have it all together! No two days are ever the same, but I hope to give you an idea of what a typical day is for our family while my husband and I both work full time.

Eric and I met in 2008 through some mutual friends. After dating a few years, we were married on April 16, 2011. Eric had a daughter who was 5 when we got married. She came to live with us full time in December 2011. We both knew we wanted more children, but never knew how long it would take. I was diagnosed with PCOS shortly after we were married. I started taking Metformin and was given a prescription Clomid for when we were ready to start trying. After four failed attempts with Clomid, the doctor told me our only option was a fertility specialist. His exact words to me were "I'm here for when you get pregnant, not to get you pregnant." I left his office in tears and never returned. We left it up to faith for a year then I decided I needed another doctor. Since Eric had been tested and was perfectly okay, I changed gynecologists to see if I had any other options before the expense of the fertility specialist. She scheduled me immediately for surgery to look for Endometriosis. On Sunday before my surgery I found out I was pregnant, without any medications.

Before our first appointment, there was the joke "what if it's twins?". Especially after my HCG levels almost tripled in just a few days. The financial person inside me immediately shut down the idea. We went in for our first appointment and heard the ultra sound tech say "Oh looks like twins" almost immediately. Oh my! Eric was on cloud nine! 

I had an easy pregnancy up until 28 weeks. My cervix started shortening, and Logan "Baby B" started losing fluid. I started taking Procardia every 4 hours. At my 35 week appointment, Logan had zero fluid in her sac. The doctor said her water had broken, but since she was "Baby B" I wouldn't of had a gush. I was sent straight to the hospital and induced. They gave me an epidural immediately fearing Logan wouldn't be able to handle labor with no fluid. Everything went beautifully. Colton Gage was born at 12:12 am weighting 5lbs 10oz and Logan Danielle was born at 12:30 am weighting 4lbs 7oz. We were extremely blessed to have zero NICU time. 

The Nike's Colton is wearing are Eric's when he was baby.

Eric works full time at a steel plant Monday-Thursday 7:30-5:30 and occasionally on Fridays. I work full time in the Trust Division of a local bank. My schedule is Monday- Friday 8:30- 4:45. We are very blessed to have my mother take care of the twins while we work. The twins have never had an official schedule, but they are pretty predictable. We are practically switched over to mostly all real food, and working on getting off bottles. Here is our day this past Thursday.

1:27 am- Colton cries... He needs a bottle to sooth him back to sleep. Currently he sleeps with us, but most nights Eric ends up on the couch with him. He's been our most difficult to get to sleep though the night and in the crib. Plus, both babies have refused pacifiers since they were a month old. Eric give him a 2oz bottle, as he does not need to eat, but be soothed back to sleep. He doesn't even finish the bottle. 

3:34 am- I hear Logan stirring on the monitor. I look at the camera. She's put herself back to sleep. 

5:50 am- Our alarm goes off. SNOOZE! 

5:59 am- Alarm goes off again. Eric gets up while I snooze again. 

6:08 am- Alarm goes off and I finally get up. Eric is finishing his shower while I let Oakley, the dog, out. 

6:14 am- I hear Colt up. He's in our bed. Eric gets him, changes his diaper and he plays in the bathroom floor while Eric gets ready and I'm taking a shower. Lucky for me its not a hair wash day or I wouldn't had been able to snooze the alarm as much. 

6:30 am- I wake up Skylar. She is in charge of getting herself completely ready for school, eating breakfast, and needs to be ready to walk out the door at 7:25. 

6:43 am- Colton has a poopy diaper. I change it and begin to get their bag ready for my mom's house. We usually take them to her house in there PJs then she changes them after breakfast. 

6:51 am- I give Colton an 8oz bottle. This bottle will usually last until we get to my mom's house. He plays in the floor with a few toys while I finish getting ready.

These two are under my feet the whole time I get ready.

6:55 am- Pack lunch for Skylar and me. 

7:00 am- Tell Eric goodbye as he leaves for work.

7:02 am- Skylar eats breakfast and I feed Oakley.

7:10 am- Get Skylar to finish up getting ready so we can actually leave on time while I put dinner in the slow cooker. We have something to do after work today, so I will not have time to cook. The slow cooker is definitely a life saver! 

Roast for Dinner!

7:15 am- Logan is still asleep. I have to wake up sleeping beauty most days. I change her diaper and give her an 8oz bottle. 

7:17 am- Time to brush the kiddos' teeth! 

She has crazy hair in the mornings.

7:20 am- I let Oakley out one last time before we gather everything to leave. 

7:24 am- COFFEE! I need it for the commute to work. 

7:27 am- I am finally able to load the car. I buckle one baby in the car while the other plays with toys under Skylar's watch. I call for her to come get in the car while I run in to get the other baby. Once both kids are buckled into the car, I run back in grab my bags and coffee and put Oakley in the crate.

7:33 am- It's finally time to leave- only a few minutes late. 

7:38 - 7:48 am- Sit in the school drop off line. The kiddos usually do well sitting still in line. Usually Logan is pretty "talkative" during this time, and Colton likes to play fetch his bottle. 

7:51 am- Arrive at Nana's house {my mom}. When we arrive, both kiddos have poop diapers. Nana dives right into her Nana duties.

7:56 am- I run back home to grab something I forgot. We are lucky that school, Nana's, and our house is all in a 4 mile radius of each other. I typically forget something most mornings. The worst when it's my cell phone, or I end up making more than one trip back home.  

8:06 am- Finally head to work

8:27 am- Arrive at my desk

Meanwhile at Nana's...

8:15- 8:45 am- They eat pancakes, mixed cereal and milk for breakfast

8:50 am- Change both kiddos into their clothes for the day. Colt is already pulling his socks off...

8:55- 9:30 am- Play time

Nana has to baby proof to keep them off and away from things.

9:28 am- Logan has a poop diaper

9:30 am-Nap time. Both kiddos go down with a 2 oz bottle, just until they fall asleep then it's taken away.

10:38 am- Logan stirs but goes right back to sleep;

11:16 am- Both kiddos wake and have diaper changes.

11:25 am- Nana brings out new toys! Lots of playtime. 

12:05 pm- Time to get in seats for lunch. They eat Man & Cheese, green beans, apple sauce and water.

12:35 pm- Change Logan's poop diaper.

12:36 pm- Put Colt's socks back on. 

12:47 pm- Logan offs off new train toys and hits her head. :-( 

1:00 pm- Playtime in the kitchen while Nana cleans up.

1:10 pm- Both kiddos wanted "Bas" so gave them each a 2oz bottle to slip around on. 

1:12 pm- Colt takes Logan's bottle and tries to drink both. 

1:20 pm- Logan has a poop diaper.

1:21 pm- Colt removes his socks again!

1:50 pm- Nana's in the floor playing with kiddos.

2:25 pm- Nana gives them each 2 oz bottles so hopefully they will fall asleep. 

2:35 pm- Colt is asleep.

3:00 pm- Logan is finally asleep.

3:15 pm- Colt wakes up and has a diaper change.

3:35 pm- Colt and Nana read a Mickey book while Logan sleeps. 

3:42 pm- Logan wakes up and diaper change.

3:50 pm- Snack Time- They eat cheese, bologna, and crackers.

4:17 pm- The neighbor's grandchildren come over to play. 

Meanwhile with Mommy...

4:51 pm- Make it to my car. It's time to head to pick Skylar up from daycare. 

5:12 pm- Arrive at daycare and chat with a few of her friends mom's while the girls come out. 

5:19 pm- Text Mom to let her know i'm on my way to get the kids. 

5:22 pm- Arrive at Nana's to pick up the kiddos. Both come running. It's my favorite part of the day!! 

5:39 pm- Leave Nana's house after saying goodbye to her neighbors and their grandchildren. It's time to head home.

5:47 pm- Arrive at home and Eric pulls in right behind me. It's perfect so he can help me carry in the kiddos while I let Oakley out. 

5:50 pm- Change clothes and catch up on our day.

6:00 pm- Skylar begins her homework while I get the kiddos ready for dinner. We have to leave shortly because Oakley has his  obedience class at the pet store tonight. 

6:05- 6:30 Everyone eats dinner and then Eric and I pick up while all 3 kiddos play together. 

This. Happens. Every. Time.
A Girl and her dog!

6:35 pm- We got ahead and put the kiddos in the PJs since we are going to be out a little late. We bathe every other night, and tonight is not a bath night. 

7:00 Load everyone, dog included, into the car and head to the pet store.

7:30- 8:30 pm- Eric, Skylar, and the Kiddos run around the stores while I attend obedience class with Oakley. We are blessed with kiddos that do quite well in public. They love to people watch. 

Colt discovered his strength to push the cart. 

8:30 pm- Kiddos are loaded into their car seats and are immediately snoozing. Unfortunately being working parents we have things to do most evenings. Luckily our kiddos are night owls and do perfectly fine. Skylar typically has evening sports, but we are in off season right now. 

8:54 pm- We arrive home. Skylar heads straight to the bath tub and the kiddos are laid down. Logan goes in her crib and is down for the night. Colt lays down on the couch since Eric and I aren't ready for bed. 

9:30 It's bed and TV time for Skylar. She gets 30 minutes set on her sleep timer. We say goodnight and put her to bed. 

10:20 pm- I get ready and head to bed. 

10:53 pm- Eric and Colt come to bed. 

11:27 pm- Logan stirs on the monitor, but puts herself back to sleep. 

I hope this has given you a good idea of our everyday life. Like I said, no two days are ever the same, but we are lucky to have kiddos that are laid back and go with the flow. 

Thanks so much for reading! 

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