The Most Wonderful Day of the Year

Easter just happens to be my favorite holiday. I know. It’s weird. But there you have it. The weather is usually nice, everyone is cheerful, you get baskets of goodies and there is no stress. What’s not to love?

I think my favorite thing about having the twins is being able to share all of the wonderful holidays and traditions with them. They are still too young to understand now, but I look forward to the coming years so we can create our own traditions together. I do hope they’ll love Easter as much as I do.

So I’m starting them early on Easter traditions. This year, we all got dressed up and went to church.

I’m still looking for a new church home in our neighborhood, so this was their first trip to church ever and our first trip to this particular church. And they did so well! I was very impressed. They didn’t make a peep (ha, Easter pun unintended), just looked around to check everything out and then settled down to naps in our arms. And the service was great. Overall, it was perfect.

Then we had a Skype session with their grandparents who are currently in Mexico. They were great for that, too, despite needing a nap at that time.

And finally, we had Easter dinner with my family. Where they got to see everyone and spend time with their 95-year old great grandma.

I feel so, so, so blessed to have these boys!

And their bunnies, the softest stuffed animals I’ve ever touched, are Jellycat bunnies sold and monogrammed by Peekawhoo.  I love them so much. And I think the boys do, too!

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Four Months!

My babies are now four months old.  I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by.  The boys are a little less cuddly now (they no longer snuggle up and go to sleep the minute I pick them up), but they make up for that in personality.  They each are developing their own distinct personalities, and it is so much fun to see.

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This little guy weighs about 14 lbs now and is about 25 inches long (I’ll get the exact measurements tomorrow at the four month checkup).  He loves to smile at his brother, giggle, play with toys, and chew on his hands.  He can go from happy to sad (and back) in a second.  And he slept through the night for the very first time this weekend.

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This little guy weighs about 15 lbs and is about 25 inches long.  He loves his pacifier, his blanket, bath time, pulling Mommy’s hair, talking, and sticking out his tongue.  He prefers to fall asleep while cuddling during the day, but falls asleep decently on his own at night.  He still hasn’t slept through the night yet – usually waking up about two times per night.

I take pictures of the boys each month next to their bears, to provide a size comparison.  I wish I had taken one when they were newborns because they were so tiny, but I started at one month.  Still, there has been quite a lot of change since then.

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I made the bears for the boys before they were born (apparently, in my head, nesting = make all the things), and I do hope that they love them as they get older.  They aren’t really old enough to appreciate stuffed animals yet (especially ones larger than themselves!), but hopefully they will get there.

I used the How Joyful Bear Pattern, which I’ve used at least three times before (and blogged about here).

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It’s fairly straightforward, provided you have some experience making stuffed animals.  But, even if you are a beginner, it should be doable, though a little time consuming.  The How Joyful pattern is my go-to pattern for making bears for new babies.  I recently saw an idea posted somewhere to make stuffed bears out of baby clothes that are too small.  I might try to find a different bear pattern (or make my own) to make smaller bears for the babies with some of the clothes they wore when they were newborns.  It’s hard to believe preemie clothes were too big for these boys when they were first born.  I would hate to give all of those clothes away, so making a bear or other stuffed animal out of them might be just the ticket.

The Best Things I’ve Ever Made

I haven’t posted in the last year, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy making things.  In fact, I’ve made the two best things I could ever imagine:

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These two beautiful twin boys were born on November 22, 2014, and they have completely rocked our world in the most wonderful way imaginable.  They are already three and a half months old!!  I am in awe of how much they have grown and changed over the last three months.

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I haven’t had much time for sewing lately (the only sewing I’ve done recently was hemming some curtains…), but I have some things I made before the babies were born to share and I’m hoping to be able to get back to making things soon.  I haven’t made much clothing in the last year, but I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight now, so I’m looking forward to making some new clothes soon.  I have tons of patterns I’ve been dying to try!

First project on my list, for something easy, is Style Arc’s Judy Knit Top.  (um.. wish I would have realized Style Arc had maternity patterns before now…)  Provided that the boys cooperate, and the one in my arms lets me put him down at some point, I plan on cutting out my fabric for it today.  Can’t wait to have some new me-made items in my closet!

Stay tuned for some more blog posts soon…