Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1 Month Old!

I can hardly believe that the twins are 1 month old today!  Then I remember how little sleep I’ve been getting, how much coffee I’ve been consuming, and how many diapers I have changed, and it seems like so much longer than just a month!

In reality, things are going very well, all things considered.  Ben and I are still tired, and we do look forward to naptimes as the highlight of the weekend.  But my babies are both nursing well, they both take a bottle for Ben, they are growing, and they are sleeping pretty good already!  At night we are going about 4 hours, sometimes 5 at a stretch! They have had several good nights in the crib, and we will work harder on that now that all of our visitors are gone.

Here are some pictures from today {click to enlarge}

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from Liberty’s baby book…

1 Month
This page will go in each baby’s book, but the pictures are changed slightly so there are no duplicates.

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from Nehemiah’s book.  This morning Nehemiah was wearing an “I Love Mommy” shirt and Liberty was wearing an “I Love Daddy” shirt, but it didn’t last long for Liberty!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Just pretend it’s still Wednesday, okay?

Elaine's Blue Tongue
Blue tongue from her bank lollipop

Elaine's Painted Fingers & Toes
So proud of those pink fingers…all dressed up for Havilah’s Birthday Par-Tea

Grandma and her Grands
Grandma Godby came to visit!!!
Nolan, Elaine, Liberty, & Nehemiah

Grandma reading books
Storytime with Grandma

Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Truck
Ice Cream from the ice cream truck

Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Truck
Nolan ate his from the bottom of the cone.  He was a royal mess!

Nehemiah Asleep
Nehemiah just kept slipping until his face was nearly covered and his feet were hanging out!

Nehemiah Asleep
Love those little toes!

Nolan in the Boppy
Nolan wants to do everything the baby’s do.  Liberty sits in the Boppy a lot, so Nolan decided to give it a try!

Super Hero Nolan!
Trying to break him out of his princess stage.  Super Hero Nolan!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What a Difference Three Weeks Makes!

About three weeks ago I posted this picture…

Twins 36 weeks 5 days

I was very pregnant and very ready to NOT be pregnant any more!  I had anticipated the twins coming by 36 weeks, and this was five days later.  Little did I know that it was a mere four days before the twins’ birth. 

Now, just over three weeks later, I was able to get these pictures today…

Twins 3 weeks Old!

Twins 3 weeks Old!

Twins 3 weeks Old!

Twins 3 weeks Old!

They are so much fun to hold, cuddle, and fall asleep with!  Besides…their feet are just too cute!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What’s In a Name?

In the Bible, names were very significant.  Parents named their children after the circumstances of life at that time, what they hoped or desired for their child, a special attribute of God, and sometimes the name was even decided by God before the child’s birth to have special significance to Israel.  I think I have recently become more aware of the meaning and significance of names as I read my Bible.

Elaine’s name probably has the least forethought to significance of our kids. (Maybe as a parent I shouldn’t admit to that!)  I guess we got better at this as we’ve gone along?!?  I just really liked the name Elaine.  I can’t remember where I got it.  It’s not after anyone in particular.  But I wanted an Elaine.  Her middle name is Cristin.  This was purposely named after my best friend, Danielle Cristin.  Danielle was a special gift from God and the direct answer to my prayer for a friend when I went to college.  I loved how she spelled her middle name.  I love that my firstborn, also a special gift from God, gets to share this with my dear friend.

I wrote a post on Nolan’s name after he was born.  You can read my full explanation here.  Again, we really liked the name Nolan, but it isn’t after anyone in particular.  His middle name is Obadiah, meaning servant of the Lord.  This is the significance of Nolan’s name.  We desire for him to be a servant of the Lord one day!

Thing 1 and Thing 2So now we were having twins.  We thought about giving them similar names, like starting with the same letter.  But I really didn’t want to be tongue tied and confused for the rest of my life.  And we didn’t come up with any “twin” names that we really liked.  I think it would have been easier to do that if they were both boys, or both girls.  And then we could have done something like use both grandfathers’ names.  But since we were having boy-girl twins, that didn’t work out.

Nolan was going to be Liberty had he been a girl.  He was due on June 29th.  I was hoping that if he was a girl he would be born on July 4th.  He was not a girl, and he was not born on July 4th.  But what are the chances of getting a July 4th baby?  So we decided that we would use Liberty now, since we really liked the name.  (Do you see a trend here on first names???)

There is significance to Liberty’s name, though.  Here are a couple of verses that use her name:

Liberty's Newborn Portraits square cropIsaiah 61:1 - The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 Corinthians 3:17 - Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

I know that Isaiah 61 is a prophecy of the Messiah.  And we are {obviously} not hoping that Liberty will be a preacher one day!  And yet, proclaiming the liberty from sin that is in Christ is the job of every Christian.  We do desire for our little Liberty to not only be set free from her own sins one day through faith in Christ, but also that she would be a proclaimer of that salvation to others.  We want her to realize fully the liberty and freedom that is available to everyone who will live the Spirit-filled life.

Liberty’s middle name is Alethia. (We are pronouncing this “ah-lay-thee-uh”). This is the Greek word for truth.  God’s Word is truth, and in knowing that truth there is freedom (John 8:32).

{And just for the record…she is Liberty, not Libby!  Ben doesn’t care for Libby very much, so we are going to use her full name.}

Nehemiah's Newborn Portraits square cropNehemiah’s name was the hardest to settle on.  We had a couple of names on our “list”, but none of them seemed quite right this time.  He was almost Abraham, but Ben finally decided on Nehemiah, named after the Biblical character Nehemiah.  It took a little while to grow on me.  I don’t know any other Nehemiah’s, and it seems like such a big name for a baby!  But now I am so glad that we chose Nehemiah!

Nehemiah of the Bible was a man of prayer.  He was burdened by the Lord to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and he took action to accomplish that very thing, despite immense opposition.  Throughout the book that bears his name, we find him to be a man given to prayer.  The name Nehemiah means “Jehovah comforts” or “consolation of God.”  We desire that our own Nehemiah will likewise be a man of prayer, sharing the comfort of Jehovah with others!

Nehemiah’s middle name is Elliot.  I chose this name after the missionary martyr Jim Elliot, who in 1956 gave his life with four other men trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador for Jesus Christ.  So many times a person starts well, but falls away from God in the end of his life.  I think Jim Elliot was worthy of naming my son after, as he finished his course well.  Jim sought to do the Will of God for his life, even at the expense of his own plans.  He was even willing to lay aside his desire to be married if that would make him more effective for the cause of Christ.  His widow, Elisabeth Elliot, is one of my “heroes of the faith” and many things she has said or written have impacted my life.  I am very pleased to have a son who bears the name Elliot!

And now you know how what’s in a name…

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Twins Portrait Scrapbook Pages

I was able to do a little scrapbooking on my “shift” this morning.  I’ve already shared the pictures, but wanted to include the finished pages too!

{click picture to enlarge}

Liberty's First Year - Page 021

Liberty's First Year - Page 022

Liberty's First Year - Page 023

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Liberty's First Year - Page 025

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Liberty’s First Bath

It’s been a week, but I finally got these pictures into a page layout!  Although Nehemiah can out-eat his sister any day, she is ahead of him on several other points.  Her cord stump fell off a week sooner and she has already had her first bath!  (Nehemiah will get his first bath today…hopefully!)

Elaine and Nolan were excited to be included in the process.  With all of us crowded around the kitchen sink it was hard for Ben to get pictures.  Maybe we’ll use the bathroom sink with Nehemiah!

{click picture to enlarge}

Liberty's First Year - Page 022

Liberty's First Year - Page 023

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Last night, Elaine’s Sunday School class had an outing to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.  Nolan will be in the class soon, so he was invited along too!  We enjoyed a supper together, then Elaine’s teacher Alisa gave a short devotion.  After that we headed into the museum to play!

There is a tot section for kids ages 5 and under.  They have a sandbox, giant water table, dress up area, music area, and more.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
The kids love this part!

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Selah and Elaine

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Elaine and Nolan
Even though his smock covered his feet, somehow Nolan still managed to have dripping pants when we left!

The Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Nolan loves shoes, and he was excited to try on these boots!  Not quite as excited when he tripped trying to walk, though!

There are several different ethnic sections, including an Italian pizza parlor and an International Grocer.  The kids can build their own felt pizzas, or go grocery shopping and pay the checker for their food!  The kids loved the pizza parlor this time!

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Nolan wanted a soda!  (I thought he looked so cute in his apron!)

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Elaine making her pizza.  I think she chose anchovies.  Maybe I should let her taste an anchovy pizza sometime!

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Nolan dropped his pizza in the floor, so he had to remake it!

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Putting the pizza into the oven, and taking it out when it was cooked.

The Brooklyn Children's Museum   The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Answering a phone order.  Selah and Nolan were losing a pizza out of the oven!

The Brooklyn Children's Museum
Delivering the pizza on a scooter – Nolan, Elaine, and Selah.

And the highlight of the night is driving a City Bus, but my pictures didn’t turn out.

Thanks, Miss Alisa, for a fun outing!

My Four Littles

Elaine loves to hold the babies.  She is constantly asking to hold one or the other.  I often have to say “no” because I can’t be right next to her to help.  Yesterday she held Liberty for close to an hour while I cleaned up the dishes and sent some emails.  She just talked and talked to “Baby Liverty”, held her hand, and enjoyed being a big sister.  At first, Elaine told us that she wasn’t going to hold Nehemiah.  But she is just as attentive to him, and loves to hold him too! 

Nolan was not to be left out, so he got to have a baby too.Elaine even let him have Liberty!  It’s nice having two so that there is nothing to fight about!

Holding the Babies

Nolan Kissing Liberty
Nolan is learning to give kisses.  He loves to make a smacking noise with his lips!

Elaine and Havilah with the Twins
Elaine’s friend, Havilah, came over the other day.  Elaine was super excited to show off her “Baby Liverty” and “Baby Neemiah” to her friend!  And they both enjoyed holding the babies, trading them back and forth, and attempting to give a bottle to them.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day

I am very blessed to have two godly ladies in my life that go by “Mom.”  I love both of them very much!  I feel especially blessed to have such a good relationship with my Mother-in-Law, as I know that is not always the case!

This year for Mother’s Day, we have just added two new babies to the family. Everything around our house seems a bit new or out of place.  We are still working on the new routine.  Nolan is still adjusting to losing “baby” status.  Mommy & Daddy are running on half sleep.  But both of my moms have helped to make this time easier! 

Sissy was a huge help in taking care of Elaine & Nolan while I was in the hospital.  She also gave up her sleep those first couple of nights we were home.  And to top it all off, Elaine & Nolan were sick.  They decided to share {for once!} and sent Grandma home with a cold as well.  We couldn’t have done it without you, Mom!

My Mom hasn’t been able to come yet – we look forward to her visit next week.  But she and Dad helped us get the van so that we could bring the babies home.  They gave me a new camera since mine was dying.  And there have been countless boxes of goodies coming our way!  I wish they lived closer and that travel wasn’t so expensive.

I remember my pastor once saying that a mother’s job is to prepare her children to leave the nest.  Now that I’m a mom, I understand better that it is a bittersweet job!  I still have my kiddos around, but I can imagine it’s hard when they start to leave.  My mom didn’t try to hold us back.  What I know about being a mommy I learned from my own mom, and I think she did a great job preparing us all to follow God’s Will for our lives.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom & Mom!

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Meeting Grampa Hamilton

Today Grampa Hamilton drove down to meet Liberty & Nehemiah.  Elaine and Nolan have filled their bean jar, so we decided to make today celebration day.  They chose to ride the “horsey’s” (aka Jane’s Carousel).  Grampa went with us and we let the kids have several rides.

Jane's Carousel with Grampa Hamilton

Jane's Carousel with Grampa Hamilton

Jane's Carousel with Grampa Hamilton
Liberty & Nehemiah enjoyed the experience!

On the way back we stopped by Grimaldi’s to see if there was a long line.  There wasn’t!  We think that people didn’t want to risk standing in line in the rain, since it was raining off & on all day.  We opted to go ahead and dine in.  That was some delicious pizza! 

Grampa got in a few more cuddles with the kiddos before driving home.

Grampa Hamilton and the Twins

Grampa Hamilton and the Twins
Ben with Grampa, Liberty, & Nehemiah

Grampa Hamilton and the Twins
I tried to get a picture of all four kiddos with Grampa, but Elaine & Nolan didn’t like that idea, and they kept squirming.  Oh well!