Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The girls first bath!!

I just had to share the girls first bath with you! A great friend of Jake's was by for a visit and used his new fancy camera to record it for us!! He did a great job of editing and putting together a great video for us to have.

Jake's parents, Bill and Pam, were in town and so was my older sister, Ashley. It was a real treat to share the bath with all of them.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBKCUNVBXK4&feature=youtube_gdata

Thursday, April 22, 2010

News of the girls

Our little family of four.


Where have I been for 2 weeks? Well, those of you who have had babies know that answer. Feeding, sleeping, changing diapers, swaddling babies, feeding, eating, sleeping, more diapers, etc.

These two weeks have been a mixture of ups and downs. We are thrilled to have both our girls at home with us and doing what we've been longing to do for so long. I was talking with Jake the other day and it dawned on me that nearly everything I had prayed for during the pregnancy was given to me. I carried the girls to 38 weeks, neither of them had any problems that meant time in the NICU, and we got to take them home when we did just four days later. What a blessing!! We are so grateful!

Some things about the girls that I have found to be worth sharing:

Piper likes to pee when she has no diaper. She peed right when she was born (all over me and the Dr.), she has peed on our bed at least 4 times, she has peed and pooped on my mom, peed on the pediatrician, and peed on the changing table.

Lily, on the other hand, has yet to pee on anything but in her diaper. :)

Piper likes to do back bends when you pick her up. Lily is usually the one who wakes me up at night when it's time for them to eat. While they will both take a pacifier, Piper likes hers more than Lily does.

Lily is our sleeper. Piper is wide-eyed.

Lily has three birth marks: one in her left ear, one on her left thigh, and one on the back of her neck. The one on her neck is just like the one I have on the back of my neck. It comes from my mom's side of the family.

Piper has no birth marks. :)

I feed both girls at the same time and since we've been home, they've been sleeping for 5 hour stretches at night. Really amazing and really wonderful. I don't know what I'm doing right, but I'll keep doing it so long as they keep sleeping like that. :)

As far as the lows, I have been going through post partum depression. It isn't fun and it feels very much like an out of body experience. I don't feel like myself and I have lots of feelings of guilt. I feel guilty for not enjoying the girls more and not loving every minute of it. I do have moments when they are crying and I just smile because I am so thankful for crying babies in my house.

I know that what I'm going through is temporary and normal for a lot of moms. I know that I'm ok and that God is in control. I just need some time and space to get myself back to normal and back to me. I am taking lots of steps to work through what I am feeling and going through and have an incredible support system in my terrific husband and surrounding friends. It has been encouraging to see my Jake and my friends gather around me and love on me in various ways. I am so blessed.

While I will work on posting updates about the girls, I cannot promise that I will be writing much in the next several weeks. I appreciate the prayers of so many and am so grateful that Piper and Lily are here.

Here are some pictures to share:

One proud Daddy and his girls!

Piper Marah Mutz

Lily Mataya Mutz

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pictures!

Just had to share some pictures from the delivery (don't worry, nothing bloody) and our stay at the hospital! We had a great experience with some really fabulous nurses and doctors. It was even better going home yesterday. I'll share photos from leaving the hospital once I get them on my computer.










Thursday, April 8, 2010

We are going HOME!


I promise to write an update over the weekend, once we are home and all settled. I just have to share with you all that we are...

GOING HOME TODAY WITH OUR GIRLS!!!!

I am so excited and emotional to be taking our precious daughters home to our house!! I am just so ready for this momentous occasion.

We will probably be heading home sometime after lunch and hopefully another nap. :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Girls are HERE!

Giving thanks that Piper 6-5 and Lily 6-10, both 19" long, born at 12:11 and 12:12 are here!
Mom and girls are all healthy...the girls have hair, are really pink, don't look like one another right now, and have GOOD lungs--crying!!!!!

Rebecca is back in her room resting. She is a bit warm from all the anethesia. Her mom is fanning her to cool her down a bit. She wants a POPSICLE!!! Unfortunately she has a really "mean" nurse, it's ice chips instead.

Becs primary emotion right now is "I'M HOT!" and "I want to see my girls!" "I want to hold them!!!!!!!!!"

Jake has posted a video on uTube, try this: www.utube.com/watch?v=Q5WjDkPK1iU

More from Rebecca later! And pictures to follow...

Give thanks with us.

Proud Papa of 16

Papa takes over the blogging

Hi...hope you don't mind, but Becs has asked me to do the play by play.

She is all smiles and in bed, all wired, heart monitor on the girls...they are kicking it! We are listening to one of the girls having hiccups. Bec's mom is holding two birth certificates. A "twofer". We are talking about if they are "identical twins" that mom's typically paint one of the twins toe nails purple or pink...to be able to not get them confused. Talk about an identity crisis!!!

She goes to the OR in 45'.

Jake was supposed to be putting on his "scrubs" and we think has wandered off...we guess he may be playing Settlers on his i-Phone.

More as the action picks up.

Papa

PS Jake showed up...he looks like a nurse in his blue scrubs!

See our girls sooner!!

We just got a call from the hospital that they would like to move our c-section up earlier because they also have another c-section to do!! So yeah for getting to see the girls sooner!! Keep those prayers coming!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Finally here...

This day has finally dawned. I am just so thrilled that we are here on the 5th and that the girls are still causing a ruckus in my tummy. Oh how I love their kicks and squirms! Calms my little heart as I feel them moving around. :) And I truly cannot believe that we have made it to 38 weeks!! Really, I am seriously grateful that we have made it so far and will hopefully take home baby girls when we go home later this week!! I mean, we might actually get to use our car seats and blankets to take them home and put them in the crib and use the diapers and all of that stuff!! :)

I woke up at 5 this morning to Lambchop scratching at her crate to be let out. I took her outside to do her thing and then tried to go back to sleep. Well, sleep evaded me as my excited heart started fluttering faster and faster.

I got up and talked to my sweet sister Laura while she drove to work and then I talked to my mother in law, Pam. I'm sitting in the nursery, hopefully the last time I'll do this with clean sheets, tags on clothes, new diapers and wipes, and a fully belly. Well, hopefully not the very last time but you get the idea.

I don't know what else to say this morning except that I am just so ready and so glad that I don't have to wait much longer! Just hours instead of days! Thank you all SO much for praying for us constantly over the past 2 years!! We are so grateful and excited to introduce to you all our precious girls.

My dad will be taking over my blog for the day so check back often as he will be updating everyone! We will get to the hospital at 10 and then the c-section will be at 12, unless there are a bunch of emergencies, then they will push back our surgery till they are caught up.

Updates to come, very soon!!

Reason #8

We have now but ONE, single, solitary day left.. just one small span of 24 hours before we fall head over heels for two little bundles of joy. Ahh, I am without many more words to say as I think of meeting them.

Although I'm sure I have lots more, here is my 8th and last reason as to why I love being pregnant:

I love that it's just me and these babies for 9 months. I get them all to myself, to care for and protect, before they enter the world. After Molly was born and we realized something was wrong, I wanted desperately to snuggle her back into my womb where she was safe and where I sustained her life. I kept her alive and once she was born, there was nothing that I could do to fully protect her like I had for 9 months before. While I knew it was impossible to do, I remember wanting her back in my tummy for the entire week of her life.

It's an incredible opportunity and blessing to grow and nurture a precious life. I am incredibly grateful for another chance to have life inside my body. What a delight and joy!! I have truly loved and delighted in carrying these babies!!

This beautiful Easter morning is so wonderful to wake up to. We have the promise and reminder of Jesus rising from the dead after giving his life for ours on the cross. With his resurrection we have new life and the promise of eternity with him in heaven.

And just like the delicate tulips that are springing up in our yard, we have the promise of new life just around the corner. We wait with delight and anticipation as tomorrow draws closer when we will welcome with open arms these girls we have prayed and prayed for.

Ahhh, I cannot wait!

Friday, April 2, 2010

#7

We are down to just TWO days left!! Two days till we meet our twin girls! Woo hoo!

Reason number 7 for why I love being pregnant:

I love to dream of our babies and what they'll become as they grow up. I love to imagine that these girls will love cupcakes with swirls of frosting as much as I do and getting donuts with their dad on a Saturday morning. I dream of wrapping them up in my arms when they are scared, reading endless books and stories to them before bedtime, and smoothing the hair away from their face as they sleep. I want them to know just how much I love them and how we've prayed for them since before they were conceived.

I also think of the times that won't be so dreamy and calm, those middle of the nights where we are all crying and badly in need of sleep. Those times when I don't know what to do with the way they're acting towards me or why they don't get along sometimes. Those trips to the grocery store or Target when I have to leave my full cart because of a temper tantrum.

I dream of it all. I want the hard and the easy. The joy of raising kids along with the difficulties.

That's what I love about being pregnant.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

#6

On this Friday, April 2nd, I am thrilled to continue the countdown with just 3 days to go!! Three days and we will get to meet our precious little girls, Piper and Lily.

#6 of why I love being pregnant!

One of the first things that I do when I find out we're expecting is to go out and buy a journal for the new life forming and growing in my womb. I love to write, as if that's a surprise by anyone reading my blog, and it's really fun to write to our kids before we even meet them face to face. I have a journal for Molly and also one for Micah, which has been good for me in grieving their death as well. I can write to them and tell them all the things that I miss about them. For the twins, I have one journal because I didn't know we were having two until several weeks after I had already started writing in it. So for their birth I am going to start one for each of them. :) And I hope to get their footprints and handprints in them as well.