Saturday, March 19, 2011

Praying For Japan

Japan Earthquake 2011

My heart goes out to everyone hit by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  When the earthquake happened, news spread so quickly and my husband and I first heard about it within minutes.  After watching the live footage online, I couldn't help but think of all the children affected by it.  It made me realize how we all take things for granted.. food, water, a heated room to sleep in at night.  Disasters keep happening all over the world, and each time it seems to hit harder than the last.  Temperatures have gone just above freezing in Japan, yet a man jumped on his bicycle and went to search for his wife while also writing her name on a card and putting it on the back of his bike.  An older woman was holding a toddler's arms up in the air as tears fell from his face as he was checked for radiation.  Another elder man was crying because he lost his only family members: his daughter and two grandkids.  I remember hearing him say while crying on the news that he only hopes that they were all together when they died.  

I can't begin to imagine the devastation that is occurring in Japan.  I can't imagine living my life like I normally do every day and then having to lose any of my kids or family members.  Enjoy each second with your family.  Time is ticking and we will never know when our last moment is.  So all the crying and stress and screaming that babies let out are just little things. What matters is trying to make the most of every second we have.  Please pray hard for Japan.  Long after the news stops shedding its lights on Japan, many will still have no home or place to go to.  

Pray for Japan.


Twins are a handful, especially when you get little sleep each night.  Sometimes it can be mentally exhausting for my husband and me, but what can I say... I love my babies!  My husband is starting to think that they look like me completely.  Perhaps they will have his personality then??  It would NOT surprise me since they are the most wildest, energetic, aggressive, feisty, and loudest babies I've seen.  They even get their emotions mixed up and laugh and cry at the same time, literally.  My husband has a lot of energy, as well.  At the same time, the babies love to laugh, cuddle, and just lay on top of you all day and "hang out"... while being attached to you.  

I'm still waiting for them to interact with toys more and grab at things.  I am excited that they are SO into books, though.  Seems like they love looking at books the most at the moment.  

Despite the madness that we endure everyday, it still warms my heart to see them in bed asleep.  It makes me feel so grateful and lucky and blessed.

They're not crawling yet, but I can only imagine trying to keep them from getting into things when they do!  Already, they throw tantrums and act like it's the end of the world when they can't move as much as they want to.  For some reason, the only way I can picture the whole crawling phase is when someone stretches a rubberband... and then lets go.  I guess I'll just have to start making videos rather than taking pictures then.

Max is in the star hoodie and Leo is in the yellow hoodie.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

5 Months!

Five months have gone by so fast.  Actually, the first two months took forever to get through, but after that, time has flown.   When I think back on the first month, I can hardly remember it... it literally seems like five years ago!  It's now that I regret not keeping a journal and jotting down all my thoughts and feelings I encountered during the early months.  

When I look at pictures of when the twins were just a few weeks old, it's hard to believe that those were my babies!  They looked so different.  The left picture below is Max when he was maybe 2 weeks old.. and the picture on the right is just a few days ago.  We decided to do a midnight grocery shopping trip with the babies since it'd be the best time to go out without them crying.  They were asleep and perfect!  Only problem is we had to carry them throughout the grocery store and one woman came up to us and said she thought we were carrying two stuffed toys... they looked like big old dolls over our shoulders!! As heavy as they are, I got to admit... I LOVE carrying them around in public as opposed to pushing them in a stroller.   :)

Here's Max laying on the ground.  He loves laying on his side now that he can roll over halfway on his own.  I swear he looks like a ballerina in the air.  Future dancer???  ...Or maybe a lazy cat.  Let's hope it's not the latter.

Leo was so hungry one morning waiting for me to get his milk.  He was trying to shove both hands in his mouth!

Max and Leo love to look in the mirror.  We don't have a big mirror in the room anymore, so my makeup mirror is the next best thing.  Leo still seemed to like checking himself out in it.  Leo is also in the right picture smiling.  I hope he looks this cute when he gets older!!  (which he will, of course!)

And, Leo again.

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