Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My take on mommyhood so far.

Hello Everyone!

Monday marked what would have been our 40 week official due date for the babies.

I am overjoyed with how much my life has changed for the better since having these two little ones.
Nobody prepares you for the amount of love, work, sleep depravation, or problem solving skills you feel or have to figure out when you have a baby, let alone two! I feel like writing a book about it someday. Either way, we are almost 3 weeks in on Thursday and I thought I would share some of our experiences as parents. 

1. Birthing recovery is no joke, but it's also not the end of the world. I am feeling absolutely myself since 2 weeks passed last week. I advice all you motherless women to embrace childbirth instead of be scared, doctors know what they are doing and recovery can be painless if you pace yourself and don't overestimate your physical ability.

2. Belly Bandits are God's gift to a new mom. I love mine and would highly recommend all future mommy's get one. I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy, and have lost 36 of it already. I know it is a combination of breast feeding, and losing placenta fluids blah, blah, blah, but my belly is almost back to normal looking because of the belly bandit. I just know it, plus my belly button has pressed back in, I had a serious outie during my pregnancy.

3. Babies ONLY sleep and eat as newborns. I am not sure if I expected something different or not, being a first time mom, I just didn't think that is all that would go on. Can't wait till they can stay awake and play/wiggle around on their own. 

4. You will NOT leave your house, or at least you will not want to. I didn't leave my hospital room after delivery for 4 days. I haven't left my house except for to Pedi appts, and 1 appt for me to the OB, oh wait, I went to Walgreen's for an errand, but I haven't stepped foot anywhere else in 3 weeks!
I have chosen not to leave my house since I don't want to leave my kids, but also, I feel like I look like death so I have no interest in being seen in public.

5. Breast feeding/pumping will take more of your time/energy/emotions than anything else. 
I feel like I am constantly having to keep up with my demand which is every 2 hours, 5 oz!
If I had a singleton, I think I would have enough supply for exclusively breast feeding, plus the next year, but with two, I am highly doubtful I will ever actually store it, let alone have enough for when I "go back to work". It is my reality and I wish it was otherwise, but for now it is %50 breast milk, %50 formula. 

6. Newborn's poop is one of the most hilarious concepts, ever. It varies from "rocket farts" as we nicknamed them, to nonexistent which makes us worry rather than laugh. But, nothing makes us crack up more than a peaceful baby interrupted by a sudden "shart" that brings them to an crying episode until they are changed.

7. Make sure you and your husband agree on the little things regarding all things baby. Meaning, pacifiers, where they sleep, who can come over after babies are born, what are your thoughts on doing everything the hospital tells you vs. what your parents/internet tells you, who gets to sleep/when...
Believe it or not, the smallest disagreement will determine how easy those first few days/weeks go.
Compromise, and ask your pediatrician as many questions as you can think of on that 1st week visit. 

8. Dogs. If you have dogs, they will eventually get a clue, but be ready for it to be a difficult process. My two dogs are worlds apart as far as characteristics go, one is calm and distant, one is always excited when anyone is around and super needy. You can guess which one had the hardest time adjusting to 2 new family members that take up all of our time/attention. My husband is a little more forgiving to my hyper dogs' antics, but if it were my choice, I would send Wrigley to obedience school for at least 2 months till the babies are a little older and I don't have to push her off the couch every time she smothers them and doesn't mind our orders.

9. Showers, oh showers. Because we eat/sleep/shower/do anything around our babies schedule's shower's are a special time for the Mr. and I. Whether I get to wash my hair and shave my legs, or do a quick rinse, showers are like a natural high where nothing compares. I have always cherished long 20 minute showers, but I never realized how much more I do now that they are so rare...

10. The amount of love, pride, and selflessness you will feel when having children is beyond belief. I feel so much love for my two babies, I can't stop kissing them and telling them constantly. My husband and I both just sit around and watch them sleep in silence, and talk about how we never expected to have such beautiful, good, babies. At the same time, I am so proud of the capacity to which the Mr. and I have adjusted being that we are first time parents and we have 2 babies at once. We put all of our needs out the window and cater to these munchkins all day long. I have not worn make up in 3 weeks and I don't mind.

Hope you enjoyed my take on parenthood so far.

Now, some pictures!

Miss Sloane Kate

Mister Ford

Till next time,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Simmonds twins are here!

It has been a week since the little ones were born!

It has been a whirlwind, sleep deprived, and eventful week here in the Simmonds household.

A week ago today, we left for the hospital at the crack of dawn, and came home on Sunday with two new family members. 

And without further a do....

Ford Michael and Sloane Simmonds

I will write a more detailed, fun birth story post soon with pictures and everything, but for now, I must tend to my babies!

Till next time, 

~Mrs. S

Sunday, January 4, 2015

#simmondsbabies2015 Nursery Reveal!

Hello my little pretties!

Thank you for stopping by today as it is the last day before most people go back to work and return to their regular routine, 
and HELLO, 
the Cowboys game is on!!!

It's half time and we are sweating bullets here in the Simmonds household as we were sure we would win today, but now not so much, but we will not give up till the last second of the game!

So, enough of football, let's get to the nursery...

Ta dah!

So, we decided on yellow as a neutral color for a boy/girl twin nursery.
We initially wanted to put their monograms above their cribs, but when we saw these awesome "brother"/"sister" signs at Pottery Barn Kids, we had to have them!

Since there are two cribs in the room, there really wasn't much room for much so we decided on this cube shelf from Ikea instead of a tall bookshelf.

The gallery wall above the changing table/dresser was my idea, and I love the way it turned out. We collected items from a range of places including Hobby Lobby, Target, and the small jacket is my brother in law's. 

Sloane's crib...

My MIL bought this Pottery Barn rocking chair a while back at a Salvation Army for like $75!
I bought the pillow cover and insert at IKEA and monogrammed it with the kids initials. 

We tried our hardest to make the room gender neutral, so there's a little of this and a little of that :)

My little model frenchie's can't wait till the babies are here

How cute is this football blankie for Ford?

Little Ford, a future letterman :) 

Hope you all enjoyed touring the babies nursery, we are 36 weeks tomorrow, so 1 week left!

Please pray for us this week, thank God I don't have to go back to work!

Now, back to the Cowboys game!

~Mrs. S

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas and New Years 2014

Hello readers!

It is officially 2015, and I am officially ready for all of the wonderful things this year will bring.

But, before all this happens, how about if I recap the most low key holiday season of my life...

The last day of school, my students showered me with lots of goodies and gifts. From bags of homemade sweets, to gifts for the babies, I was overwhelmed with all the awesome stuff!

One of my favorites was this cupcake with these little signs on them...

On Christmas eve, we went to our favorite church and attended the 6:00pm service, it was so packed that we had to stand for about 15 minutes, but eventually we sat down and listened to a beautiful message and sang carols. We all got a candle to light during "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night", it was so special I cried.

Here is a picture of my bump with my candle. 

The church was so pretty with everyone and their candles.

We spent Christmas Eve with my family, and Christmas Day with the Mr.'s fam at our house. We made a late lunch and opened gifts, it was a lovely time.

The days between Christmas and New Years were spent doing lots of this...

resting and enjoying our last days as a family of 2 with 2 fur pups. My belly is so big, I feel massive, but thankfully the babies are doing well and they will be cooking for a little over one more week!

For New Years eve, the Mr. and I were invited to the Govea's home fore an Italian dinner pot luck. We decided to bring a delicious shrimp linguini pasta, and it was a huge hit!

There were 6 couples, 2 of which just had babies in the past months and 3 of us are pregnant now!
Meredith on the right is due in March, and Katie to my left is due in February.
It is a very special thing to have babies with good friends, I can't wait for our play dates and Iv'e already decided that Ford will be Lydia's boyfriend and Sloane will be her bestie! (Lydia is Meredith's baby girl)

We came home around 11 since I was already pretty tired, and we have not spent New Year's eve at home in the 9 years we have dated/been married. It was actually really special and we had a great time watching the Victory Park celebration in downtown Dallas on TV.

Well, here is my 35 week 2 day belly. 
When we measured the babies for the first time, I had no doubt they were so big they were going to come right around these days, but since they are no where in sight and I am feeling great, it is looking like we are going to go as far as we can. Week 37 would be ideal, but my doctor is even willing to go till week 38! Can you imagine, 2 more weeks!! I know it is best to keep them in as long as possible, but I am ready for them to be here and since most twins are induced at week 37 weeks, I am really hoping January 12th will be it!

Anyway, I am so happy to say that I am so excited about the next few weeks no matter what happens, and I can't wait to share it with you all in this new year. 

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and here's to the best year, yet!

~Mrs. S

Monday, December 22, 2014

Baby names

Hello lovely readers!

Yes, I am officially on vacation/maternity leave until March 30th and I could not be more excited,
I am 34 weeks today and I have 3 more weeks to go till the twins get here!

So what is in a name?

Before we were planning to expand our family, we always talked about names for our future children.

My MIL would throw out names at least once every time I saw her since the first day we got married, but ultimately it was going to be the Mr. and I who decided.

We determined that the name 
"Ford Michael Simmonds"
was perfect for our first son.

One of the first names we thought of and agreed on from the very beginning of this topic (years ago) was the name Ford.
We both felt like it was a strong name even though it is short and simple. 
I am also hispanic and even though it is wrong for me to stereotype my own people, I figured it would be a name that not only my family would recognize since half of them drive Ford pick-ups, but they would be able to pronounce it/spell it ;)

When we found out we were having twins, we thought if we had 2 boys, Ford would definitely be one of their names. The Mr. would have chosen Nash, Cash, or anything with ash at the end, just kidding...
I would have loved to name our second boy Jett, or Dean, Hudson would have been cool too. We are happy with our choice, and who knows we might have to choose another boy name in the future, sooo its good to have back ups. Michael, is my FIL's name so that was an easy choice for a middle name.

For our daughter, we settled on
Sloane Katherine Simmonds

The name Sloane came from my MIL. She mentioned the name years ago, and although I liked it, I was set on naming my daughter Hadley Grace after watching the movie "Written on the Wind" where the name of the family/town is Hadley, and I loved it as a name for my future baby girl. Well, the Mr. was never sold and thought the name was going to be very common soon (which it is now) so on our trip to London, there was a beautiful street we walked around named Sloane Street with amazing shopping and luxury apartments, and we decided then it would be our daughters name if we ever had one (which made my MIL very happy). We also really like the sound of Sloane Simmonds... I have always wished my name was Katherine since my real name is the Spanish version of that name. When I was growing up I hated how unique/long my name was, but now that I am older I like it much more. People always complement me on it (its Catalina BTW). So, my daughter's middle name is the name I always wish I had, there I said it!

Ford and Sloane also sounds nice, I think. So there it is, the reason why we chose those names for my twin babies.

What is the meaning behind your child's name?
Please share, and I look forward to reading about it.

Thanks for stopping by, 
~Mrs. S

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week, as always time keeps flying and December is just flashing before our eyes!

I was so happy that this year I was able to plan our Christmas cards early enough that they were sent out last Monday. I received a LivingSocial email for a huge discount on holiday cards last month, so I used Photo Affections this year. They had a nice selection, and I settled on these 

This week some new polls came out on the best middle schools in Texas, and I am proud to say my school landed as 14th best in the DFW area, and 17th in the state!
This is a huge accomplishment for our school, as we are the oldest in the district. I love where I work, and these accolades are just a plus :)

At my staff shower a few weeks ago, a fellow teacher gifted me a baby Gap gift card so I bought these adorable outfits for the babies. The whole store was %50 off, so I got them at a great deal.

Friday night, the Mr. went to SMU's football stadium to watch a high school game, and we ended up taking some photos at Dallas hall with the pretty christmas tree. There is a tree lighting every year, but since it is during the week, we are never able to attend. I kind of liked that it was just us :)

My babies and I in front of the tree

Saturday afternoon, we did some X-mas shopping and made dinner.

Things are starting to die down around here, and we are preparing for the babies more and more every day. The Mr. put in the car seats so we prepared in case they come. 33 weeks tomorrow, so 4 more weeks!

Hope you all have an awesome week ahead of you, and thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week Update

Hello Everyone, 

I hope you all had a wonderful and festive first week of December!

I had a fast and busy week loaded with lessons, a baby shower with my coworkers, our first performance at school, and a trip to the symphony.

The staff at my school is so awesome about supporting each other whether someone is having a baby, getting married, or someone is going through a life changing event. 

Tuesday, the staff held a small shower for me at school complete with cake, punch, and tons of gift cards. I was so thankful for all of they love and support.

We only took a few pictures including these two of my cake, and my big belly :)

On Friday, I took 35 of my students to my Alma Mater, SMU, and we attended the symphony concert. It was amazing.
I miss playing in the orchestra so much, and I am so glad my students got to see the level of musicianship that can be accomplished though hard work and dedication. I loved being back at Meadows and seeing how much the orchestra has improved and seeing old professors.

My students loved it too, especially the piece with organ in it.

Saturday night, we joined some friends for a birthday dinner after a long day of shopping for the babies. 
Today, I taught lessons, went grocery shopping, and caught up on laundry, pretty lame...

Pretty soon here, I will be able to share the nursery, we are almost done!

Tomorrow I am 32 weeks, so 5 more weeks left.

I can't wait till these babies are here, 2 more weeks at school and then its a waiting game :)

Thanks for stopping by!
~Mrs. S