Monday, January 10, 2011

Holiday Scenes



Greetings! I hope that everyone had the happiest of holidays - I can hardly believe we're into the New Year! As you can imagine, things have been busy around here. I did find a moment to take a quick photo of the kitchen shelves - which happens to be the only photograph I took of the house over the holidays!

The transfer ware used to belong to my Grandmother (Margaret's namesake). They have become part of our traditional holiday display.

All of the other photographs I've taken over the past several weeks have been of the babies (which I'm learning are not such easy subjects due to their wiggle worm factor). I started to learn this shortly after we brought the babies home from the hospital, when we took some photos of them in their Christmas stockings. We thought that one day they'd have fun seeing just how tiny they once were.




162 comments :

  1. They are so sweet and so are you - yes, motherhood is pure joy! Children are a gift from God - the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly! All of it! They are precious and you are blessed!

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  2. Graham and Margaret are addictive, lol!

    Sue
    xo

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  3. LOL, I loved your list. Especially the last one on it. People wonder why we have so many children, and I'm suprised why people don't have more. :) Congrats again. And I love your kitchen shelves like always!

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  4. Hello Trina, I don't think I've commented on your blog before, but have been lurking around for a while. I am thrilled for you and your hubby...your new babies are beautiful! Your observations are hilarious but very true...and there's lots more good stuff to come! Our first baby had colic so we used to roll her cradle back and forth over a rolled up towel...anything that work's for you is my motto! Have fun! Robx

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  5. I have long enjoyed looking at your beautiful blog and it is wonderful to see your lovely family too. Happy New Year.

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  6. It's good to read that life with the babies on the outside is going well. And true...you never hear all those squeaks and moans until you're desperate for a little one (or two) not to wake up. Congratulations again and thanks for sharing the sweet photos. Graham and Margaret are beautiful.

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  7. Trina!!

    It is so wonderful to have you back, and once more HUGE congratulations to you both for an excellent effort of producing two of the most adorable little wee ones!

    Reading this was gorgeous - my youngest is three and your descriptions took me back - such a sweet and special time.

    I can't wait to see how your beautiful adventure unfolds.

    Cath
    x

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  8. They are lovely and you sound like you are doing great! If you haven't already been told...push the little boy part down when you change his diaper - helps with the leaks! I was convinced my 1st was sweating all the time, till I realized it was his diaper leaking. This little tip from a nurse fixed the problem! :)

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  9. Here, here.....I agree with all you have mentioned...enjoy it all, all of it, every single thing....because it goes too quickly, ....( being in jarmies all day is allowed, and dont let anyone or anything tell you other wise...)xxx

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  10. I've been looking forward to your return. There is nothing like the mayhem of the first 6 weeks of parenthood! After that, I felt like I settled into my new life a bit more (DD is now 16mths - where did that go!). Just thought I'd write a quick note to say that it was nice to hear from you... all the best for the coming weeks.

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  11. Enjoy these moments with your babies! They are fleeting. Oh how I miss having a newborn in the house! They are so sweet

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  12. life is never the same again...but a good never the same (most of the time)! such precious darlings!

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  13. Thanks for the update Trina.

    I'm glad that things are going well for you all. You have two of the most adorable babies I've ever seen. Congratulations once again.

    Sandy K
    xxx

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  14. They are simply adorable! I love your parenting list; I can relate, except your is x2! Congratulations again and I can't wait to see more of the little sweeties! Enjoy, the time goes so fast and pretty soon they are 13 and you wonder where the time went.

    Jodi

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  15. Trina- sounds like y'all are adjusting well. Graham and Margaret are just precious.

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  16. OH how adorable -- our daughter has twins too -- It's especially exhausting when they're little....but they're best of friends as they grow up (they turned 2 in August)...and from what I've observed, they've seemed to become easier than one because they entertain each other so well. Enjoy your double blessing!

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  17. It was so nice to get an update Trina! Your babies are precious and I know you are loving being their mommy!

    -Rene

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  18. I am sooooo very happy for you and your husband! As a grandmother to twins I know how exhausting/glorious it all is.

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  19. I was wondering how parenthood was going thought of you often over the holidays thinking how lucky you and your hubby were to have such mircles before Christmas....they are adorable and the pic's in stockings will be a great memory.

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  20. Congratulations! Children are an absolute joy and are amazing. You will find that the last thing you have learned will remain true for a very long time (in a wonderful way!).

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  21. they are just beautiful! congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

    xo,
    annie

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  22. So good to hear from you Trina! I've been thinking of you and your family and wondering how things are going. The babies are just beautiful, and your sentiments about being a new mother are lovely. Enjoy this time.
    Best,
    Claudia

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  23. Your babies are beautiful. It's amazing how quickly their personalities start to show. And I love that transferware. I only have one transferware platter that belonged to my grandmother, but it means so much more to me than the ones I purchased.

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  24. Precious babies!

    I remember the newborn phase with mixed emotions - on one hand, it was exhausting, as you clearly know, but it was also as though we were in our own cocoon. It was a perfectly acceptable time to ignore everyone and everything. I'm sure blogging seems insignificant in comparison, as it should! Take care of yourselves and those adorable bunnies.

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  25. So sweet! I love the stocking pictures. They are so much work, and I can't imagine having two at one time. It is definitely worth all the sleep deprivation and hard work though- I am getting ready to have my fourth!

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  26. Ha! Loved reading your list, reminds me of when I first had a baby in the house! I knew exactly which steps creaked and how to get up and down the stairs avoiding them! Congrats, the babies are precious!
    Janell

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  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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  29. Hi Trina! I stumbled upon your blog just a few days ago, but let me tell you you just seem to have the life I dream of. I feel really happy that you were able to have not one, but two babies! You really deserve it and I wish you all the best. They will for sure grow up in a gorgeous scenery.

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  30. So beautifully said. Babies are such blessings. They grow so fast. It is so hard to believe that mine is already 15 months. My heart is so ready for another. Enjoy it moment…I know you are.

    God Bless,
    Farah

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  31. Trina,

    While scrolling my blog list this morning I couldn't have been more pleased to see this post. I've been patiently waiting, knowing how huge of an adjustment a new baby is (and you have two!), but still hoping we'd hear from you soon.

    Seeing a familiar photo of your shelves (which looked gorgeous, as always) was like receiving a letter from an old friend in the mail.

    Take all the time you can to enjoy your precious babies. It goes so quickly!

    - Maria
    thegrowersdaughter.blogspot.com

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  32. Congratulations on your new family members... they are so sweet.

    Your thoughts on being new parents brought tears to my eyes. My babies are 21 and 23 and I remember all of this like it was yesterday.

    Enjoy every minute,
    Chris

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  33. Gorgeous....
    You're living
    your dream ~
    congrats and enjoy!
    xx Suzanne

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  34. Absolutely so precious, those photos are stunning! Congrats again to you and your hubby! Very insightful things to be learning as a new parents!

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  35. What sweet babies! I know your world has been turned upside down but you wouldn't have it any other way. LOL...I remember spending a couple of weeks with my daughter & not getting out of my nightgown until the middle of the afternoon. It does get better...down the road a ways. Enjoy the trip! "Our" twins just turned 5 a few days ago. Seems impossible that they aren't toddlers anymore.

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  36. Congratulations on the gorgeous twins. I had to laugh when you said that your house was squeaky. I live in a duplex built in 1915 and I had no idea how squeaky it was until my son was born. I eventually learned where to and not to step when sneaking out of his room, and I bought a runner for the hallway to muffle the squeaking. Two years later my daughter was born, and got the bedroom near the stair wall. The stairs are super squeaky. She's almost 2 and I still tiptoe down them!

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  37. Beautiful babies! So glad you are enjoying being a family!

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  38. You have learned so much already! I had to smile, remembering learning all of these valuable lessons myself! Once little boys get a wee bit bigger (no pun intended) the diapers will leak less. We had to put them on tighter than we originally thought, too. You are doing fantastic! Here's to the 5 S's!

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  39. Congrats you guys...beautiful moments and what an amazing life you have ahead..All my Blessings, Molly

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  40. What a beautiful post! The photos and lessons learned are precious!! I'm a bit out of the loop...what are the five S's?

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  41. So nice to hear from you! As always your home is so very lovely. I've been checking nearly daily for a new post and you did not disappoint. And those babies! Oh, shame on you two for making me ache for a newborn. You seem to be handling life with new twins with aplomb. What such love gives the power to do! Your home has inspired me so much that as a new year project I started my own little blog, A Sierra Home, and mentioned your blog in my first post as one of my blog inspirations. Take Care.

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  42. Aww...This post brings JOY to my heart!! I have been wondering how your family was doing!! XXOO, Damaris

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  43. I so remember the early days with my twins. It was all so overwhelming and awesome.
    As you mentioned a very regimented schedule is so important. It helped keep us all sane.

    When you talked about the squeaky house I had to laugh. I remember wanting to physically harm the ice cream man and his ice cream truck with music everyday...the babies were napping and the sounds from his truck seemed to always wake them!
    The pictures of them in the stockings are so cute!
    Ashlyn

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  44. They are precious. Congrats again and thanks for the wonderful post!

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  45. So happy all of you are doing well! The babies are precious! xoxo

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  46. You sound extremely happy & tired.
    Congratulations!

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  47. I'm so happy to see you're back. The kitchen looks lovely as always. The babies are beautiful and the fun has only begun for you! Hope you let us all share in their progress. Twins are so interesting!

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  48. Oh Trina, we have all been waiting for this post. Waiting to hear from you. The babies are precious. Your house is now very full and wonderfully blessed with all the noise of life and love...it's even more beautiful than before. Take care of yourself and stop and rest when they sleep. It is the only way to survive. God bless you 4!!!! xoxo Dianne

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  49. Hi Trina~ Your precious babies are simply adorable. I love your Kitchen shelves very pretty.
    Happy New year to you and your family
    Sue

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  50. Dear Trina -
    I have so enjoyed seeing your home and all the wonderful things you've done there but now you've really outdone yourself! You've captured my heart by sharing your beautiful children. I'm thrilled for you! You will find that every stage of their lives will bring such joy. Treasure every moment - it goes so fast!
    ~Adrienne~

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  51. Wow, does this post bring back memories!
    So glad you're enjoying your time with the wee ones. Showering is overrated and the jammies thing continues for years -- no big deal.
    Thanks for the update and the beautiful pics of Graham and Margaret. xoxo

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  52. Trina, they are beautiful! Despite the ups, downs, ins, outs, and just plain craziness...Motherhood is definitely the best! And, having a 21 and 17 year, I can tell ya it just gets better and better!!

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  53. thank you for sharing this with your readers, Tina, and may those babies bring you more and more happiness and joy
    Giovanna

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  54. Trina, they are absolutely adorable! Enjoy every precious minute with them. Believe me, they grow up fast. My biggest piece of advice to you at this stage is to rest when they rest. The housework and everything else will wait. May God bless you and your sweet family. Carla

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  55. Thanks for sharing your little bundles with us. New motherhood is something special that you will never forget. It is also a bond that all mothers share. You will soon realize that you talk about poop more than you ever thought possible...and with people you never imagined!

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  56. Trina,
    Let me be the first to say congratulations! Your babies are lovely. Enjoy every moment...I'm sure many have said they grow up quickly, as a mother of 11 & 14 yr olds, I can confirm they do. I see you're taking advantage of those wee hours of the morning as only a mother of newborns can! :>)Karelyn

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  57. lovely and life affirming post.....enjoy and sleep when they are sleeping, which is hopefully at the same time!

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  58. yes babies are truly miracles and gifts from above. Be prepared for the wildest ride of your life... my babies are now 20, 17, 15, 9 and 3. and at times a mothers love for her children is so painful (teen years), so all consuming, so joyful, it's so everything. Welcome to motherhood!

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  59. Congratulations on your two miracles! How precious, how precious! Enjoy every tired minute because they will grow faster than you expect or want. What a wonderful way to start a new year!
    Karen S

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  60. Hi, Trina! I was just thinking of you yesterday. How cute to put the little dumplings right in their Christmas stockings. Very adorable. S.

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  61. Trina,
    The babies are darling. I am so happy for you and Mike. Parenting lessons never end, my children are both adults now and I am still learning! Christmas must have been an exhausting, exhilarating miracle for you this year. Best wishes for the new year.
    Mary Beth

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  62. Lovely post trina, the babies are beautiful. Never got to say it before but congratulations!
    Kim:)

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  63. trina,
    such a lovely post! So happy to hear from you.
    You are very right about all of those things. Becoming a parent is so hard and so fantastic all at the same time!
    Hang in there. It gets so much easier!

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  64. Awe- such a sweet post Trina and those pictures of them are just gorgeous!! Babies are such precious little creatures and while I feel so fortunate to have had one angel (almost 7 yrs old now), I still dream of babies almost weekly!
    Big hugs and happy 2011 to all of you.
    Tricia

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  65. Hi!

    First of all I have to congratulate you, it must be so wonderful to be back home with two beautiful and healthy twins. I wish you all the best in these exiting weeks and months to come. I came across your blog a couple of weeks before Christmas, (I´m quite new in Blogland) and I was stunned by the simple yet amazingly beautiful "lay out", the inspiring pictures and the nice story behind the blog. I will continue to visit your blog very often, and I hope you’ll find the time to keep us updated on your gorgeous family, home and garden.

    All the best,
    Kamilla

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  66. Sooooo sweet.......your little munchkins are precious. Yes....the learning curve with newborns....it's tough, but it gets easier and easier and easier. AND your Christmas kitchen looks beautiful even while you were so busy with the little ones!! Thanks for sharing!
    Dawn

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  67. Congratulations on the birth of your sweet babies! I missed your earlier announcement, so I was excited to see their precious pics.

    I LOVE the transferware and so wish I had some treasures of my own like them...though they pale in comparison to your babies ;)

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  68. I love this post. I knew it was coming. Bless you for sharing. Raising children is truly what life is all about. So exhausting and fulfilling. I could not be any happier for you all. Next thing you know it will be warm outside and they will be sitting up solo. Watching them grow and develop. The amazement never ends.

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  69. How sweet to take photos of them in their stockings! Babies are always so much fun!

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  70. Trina,

    I love hearing new parents talking about learning the ropes! So funny how all our experiences are similar with the newness of it all, but still love to hear about mommas and daddies falling in love with their littles. It changes everything, doesn't it?

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  71. Such a treat to see your pictures! I am so thankful for the many hours and years I had to snuggle and nurse. But when I hear of a new mom I want to crawl back in time!

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  72. I'm laughing and remembering all those things as well...we have 5 kids, oldest is 18 and in college and the youngest just turned 5 over the holidays. The one thing I remember the most is sleep when they sleep!. By the way how is the dog taking to the new babies and the new routines?.

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  73. Welcome to motherhood! ;-) And congratulations on your beautiful babies. I'm glad you are back. I love checking in on your gorgeous home.

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  74. Actually I have a question, which has nothing to do with babies or motherhood. I have always loved the look of open shelving like you have but dust drives me mental. How do you keep that under control do you just dust every day? Gosh is that a weird question? Probably. Oh well I'm still curious - is there some magical solution?

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  75. Welcome to the many joys of parenthood! Best wishes! Your babies are gorgeous!

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  76. So very happy for you. There is absolutely nothing like babies. Every time I hold one, I get the same "giddy" feeling and just want to soak it up. Holding babies is one of my ultimate "favorite things". Hold them as much as you can, because when they learn to walk and grow to become teenagers, they don't want all of those hugs and touches any more...but I give it to them anyway! I enjoy your posts so much. Have a great week!

    Judy :)

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  77. You sum it all up so beautifully! Such a magical, exciting time in your lives. Thank you for sharing with your blog friends!

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  78. Your babies are just beautiful. So glad you are all doing well. Happy New Year!

    -FringeGirl

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  79. The floorboards comment is oh so true in our home. Soon you will learn where the squeaks are, and you will look like Indiana Jones as you traverse the hallway.

    Congrats!

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  80. Hi Simone,
    It's pretty easy to keep the shelves in order as everything has its place. Although these past weeks have been amusing as both Mike and my Mom were in charge of unloading the dishwasher and each and every time, things were put back differently!
    Trina

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  81. Hi Trina!

    First, let me say CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful blessings!! There's no way to explain the wonderfulness(is that a word?!)of being a parent until you experience it. Like you mentioned, it is exhausting(especially the first 6-8 weeks)but absolutely the most rewarding thing we'll ever do in our lives.

    I know what you mean about the floors making noises no matter where you step & it's always the loudest closest to the nursery! It's funny we never noticed so many noises in our home until we started our family.

    As for boys wetting/leaking....yes, we had that problem too. What helped us remedy that was putting a larger diaper over the smaller one(the next size up over top of the size he currently wears). Also, when we were changing diapers, we always had a lap pad(soft flannel material quilted to an absorbable material that draws in the liquid with a waterproof backing). They worked so GREAT that we put them(a large size that tucked from side to side under the mattress)in their beds & one on the changing table etc etc. That way we weren't constantly changing sheets at all hours of the night, we just changed out the pad...which also meant less laundry!

    As for a schedule, that too was our saving grace. I realize it's not for everyone but it certainly worked for us. I was almost 35 when our first was born & we ended having 5 children in 4 years(the last being girl/boy twins!!:) Because of the schedule, I wasn't at the mercy of my children as I knew they'd just been nursed a full feeding 30mins earlier...so if they were crying it wasn't because they were hungry. By 12 weeks the twins were sleeping 10-11&1/2 hours a night. My other children hit that point between 6-7&1/2 weeks but they weren't premies like the twins(they came at 34&1/2weeks, they are now 5!).

    Time goes by soooo fast. Keep enjoying every moment & smile(regardless if it's gas causing it or not!:) & snuggle & coo.

    Congratulations again on your 2 precious miracles of life!

    RoseAnne

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  82. The twins are adorable and it is so cute that they already have their own seperate personality. Congrats again!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  83. So glad to see an update. So very happy for you!! May God continue to bless!!!!!

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  84. Congrats - you've been awarded the stylish blogger award! Come check it out: http://designingdomesticity.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award.html
    PS. Beautiful Babies!

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  85. They are precious!!! I am so happy for you and your husband!!!

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  86. i love that your post was at 3am!!! I too have twin girls and I remember those first months - I didn't get dressed until 4pm (or brush my teeth or eat!). It's such a joy and goes too quickly!

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  87. Oh you couldn't have said all of those bullet points any better! That's exactly how I have felt since I became a first time mommy a few months ago...it's the most rewarding but most challenging thing I've ever done and doesn't even close to the way your life changes when you get married, it's just a whole other ballgame! And then they are the pure and utter joy of our entire life....

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  88. That is truly a univeral parenting list.

    My only unsolicited advice is to point the penis down--down I say. It seems simple, but can make a world of difference : )

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  89. two little miracles landed in such a lap of love and attention.
    lucky little angels.
    you are so blessed
    pve

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  90. Hi Trina!! Seeing Graham and Margaret in their Christmas stockings was priceless...and your first post back is just wonderful! The babies are so beautiful (and handsome) and I loved your descriptions of their personalities. It's funny how at that young of an age, you can already see what the essence of their nature is, so amazing!
    btw - My sis-in-law has always used fans in my nephews rooms to muffle other sounds and it seems to have worked very well. Funny how all those house sounds are so noticeable now.
    So happy you're all starting to adjust...here's to loads of snuggle and cuddle time, blessings you've waited so very long for.
    Much love & Happy New Year!!
    Jessica~

    PS - Shelves are gorgeous!

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  91. Beautiful post...and so very true!

    Loved all the photos, just precious.

    xxMB

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  92. Beautiful babies! I'm so glad to hear you're all doing well. And you've already learned so much!

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  93. Glad to see you're all doing well! Love the pictures of them in their stockings. So adorable.

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  94. Sounds like a mother taking. Isn't it a blast!!

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  95. Hi Trina,
    I missed the first photo of the twins, they are just so beautiful. Your Christmas must have been so surreal! I send you much love and many prayers for you and for your family. All the best for 2011.

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  96. congratulations again on your beautiful and healthy little ones:). Amen, sister, to everything noted above:). I could not agree with you more on your parental learnings (especially the pj part- I write to you currently from my pj's;)), but the sleep part does seem to get better with every little ounce the little ones gain:). Enjoy your winter, snuggled up by fires with the little ones. They're so precious- congratulations again!

    xoxo,
    Blair

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  97. So happy to hear from you and see your beautiful babies! your post brings back lots of memories. We had so many special moments at our changing table...lots of smiles and special conversations happend there.

    Londen

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  98. Congratulations! They are each BEAUTIFUL! How blessed to have two healthy babies + girl and boy. I love your blog and home's style, thank you for sharing!

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  99. Great photos. Kids do bring a lot of joy and just remember to always have what I call "my time" as well...you do need it now and then. Our kids are all grown up 7 and 9 now and it just is another stage and each stage is great.

    Congratulations and what a great post!!!

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  100. Trina,
    What blessing! Congratulations, Graham and Margaret are wonderful!

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  101. Trina, these pictures are so adorable! I love the stocking idea...wish I had thought of that when our little one actually would have been able to fit inside his stocking. He's grown so much since November!

    Blessings to you in these early months of motherhood. I can relate perfectly to your sentiments. Hardest and most fulfilling job ever!

    Hugs,

    Gail

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  102. The 5 S's saved my life, as did Dunstan Baby Language which I highly recommend. All the best to you and your family! :-)

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  103. They are so beautiful...My second son was born in December...he came home from the hospital in a stocking. He is now 19 and at college....Enjoy, those babies believe it or not they will grow up fast. Thanks for sharing!

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  104. Graham and Margaret are so so beautiful! I know you're tired....eyes hurt kind of tired. But, hang in there. It really does get magically better at 10 weeks, then 3 months and before you know it they will be sleeping through the night.

    xo Elizabeth

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  105. Beautiful babies! Don't worry about being in pajamas. Don't feel guilty about moments of what happened to our orderly life. Cry if you need a release. Life will take on a new normal. My daughter gave birth last year after many years of infertility. As happy as she was, she was exhausted. Childbirth is easy compared to bringing the baby or in your case two sweet ones home and nursing. Love and prayers for you both as you get to know the joys of parenthood.

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  106. Oh sweet babies! They are beautiful. Congratulations to you mommy and daddy. May God bless you each and every day. Hold those babies, cuddle them, watch them, touch them, savor every tiny moment with them. Precious times!

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  107. Adorable! I love this post. So happy to hear you're doing well!

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  108. They are adorable babies!

    Congratulations again, and love the list :)

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  109. I've been a mother for 11 years now and can say that everything is true still - maybe except the burpers, the leaking diapers and the luxury of taking a shower or changeing pajamas whenever we want...

    Your words and pictures of the little ones are so touching. I'm sure they got the best parents kids can have!

    Angelika - a German mom still in love with her "little one"!

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  110. Trina,
    I'd say you've already got it down. Most new mom's can't even manage this much with one baby!

    I love that you thought to put them in their Christmas stockings...beyond precious!!! Graham and Margaret are beautiful.
    xo,
    ~Rebecca

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  111. What a beautiful post...the babies. They are beautiful. I have missed your blog and have been anxiously awatiing new pictures of Graham and Margaret (love their names). Many, many blessings to you and your family. Maxine in North Carolina (with snow).

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  112. What beautiful babies!! I love the idea of putting them in their stockings. Precious pictures. :)

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  113. Congratulations on the arrival of your beautiful babes. Motherhood changes you in a way that nothing else can. Reading this reminded me of bringing my first one home. *Sigh* Babies are such precious treasures.

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  114. Congratulations on the birth of such beautiful babies!
    Enjoy every minute, kiss, hug and snuggle all you can! Don't fret about being in pj's, be comfortable!
    My "baby" is 25, and I still miss the baby years :)
    Blessings!

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  115. They're precious! I love the stocking pics! Congratulations again to you both.
    Julia

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  116. Photographs in the stockings were a grand idea! When my seven-year old son was born, I started a Family Christmas Album, which is now several volumes long. It is worth its weight in gold! Enjoy this special time! Linda

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  117. i cracked up at the diaper leaking thing! i had twin boys who never slept and then when they would occasionally be asleep i would see a big wet spot underneath them. so so frustrating! i don't think there was anything i did about it. my mother-in-law would put their diapers on so tight to keep them from leaking but i thought it looked too uncomfortable on their fat tummies. now they are 7. enjoy it, even the unimaginable lack of sleep. all too soon they will be 7.

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  118. Beautiful pics, love the ones of the babies in their stockings! Happy to hear that you are enjoying motherhood! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  119. I am so, so happy for you and Mike.

    You will be such sweet parents...

    loved your list...

    I worried about every little noise, too, and now I wish so bad...3 kids later...that I really would have let the noises happen to teach the kids how to sleep through it all....

    they are beautiful...both of them...can't wait to watch them grow!!!

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  120. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful twins Trina! You are doubly blessed! I think it is smart of you to take pictures of them in their stockings to show them one day...because it goes by so fast! It may not seem like it now. I thought when my daughter was born 12 years ago that her being small and cuddly would last forever! Hang on to every precious moment. Even though I am a stay at home mom and was able to be there for everything, I would still give anything to go back and take more time! Enjoy them...truly....it is a special gift...even though it is exhausting! : )

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  121. Your babies are beautiful! My friend Jill at Bailiwick Studio just sent me the link to your blog. She knew I would love it...I am a mama to twins too.
    Which one was baby A and which was baby B? :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  122. Precious!! What a wonderful Christmas gift for you both. Life will change, but as you're already realizing, it's so worth it. Houses are beautiful because of the family inside and the joy from within that spills over to others. Treasure little moments in your heart each day! (Luke 2:19, 51)

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  123. So glad to hear you are allright and adjusting to a very busy life. This post sure brings back some memories, especially about the sleepless nights, the lack of time you have for yourself, but at the same time it is one of the most wonderful times in your life! Enjoy..but do try to take time for yourself and plenty of rest!
    Evelien

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  124. i loved the 'gastrointestinal cause'!!!! maybe mother nature invented those gastrointestinal happenings for us parents to love our babies even more ;-)

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  125. Stunning little beings! Love it!

    I should have dedicated this post to you...

    http://pppirchsc.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/and-sometimesyou-just-need-to-laugh/

    (It's my work blog)

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  126. Luvs are the only diapers for baby boys, trust me on this, I have 2 boys, Huggies and pampers are terrible

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  127. Love the stocking photos!
    when my boy (now 6 years old) was a baby, I remember talking to a seasoned mother of a boy about the leaky diaper issue. She clued me in to an important part of diapering boys... make sure that you "tuck" his boy part so that it's pointing down. no more leaky diapers! Hope this helps. :)

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  128. So sweet! I Love your blog and your new addition to your family!!!

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  129. Yay! So fun to hear from you and see pics of the sweet little ones! So, so precious! Good job learning the curves, Mama & Daddy!

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  130. Wow I agree 100% on the things you learn by becoming a parent! Your babies are beutiful and the stocking picture is great, one day looking back at how tiny they were will be so much fun with that picture!

    Congrats to you and your husband again :)

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  131. I have been a Mom for 13 and 1/2 years now and I agree with all of your points...you both are quick studies:) Enjoy every second with your beautiful Graham and Margaret. They are DARLNG!

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  132. I am so happy for you both and they look beautiful in those christmas stockings. It is the most amazing thing when you first become a parent and you can hardly believe that these babies were inside you. Enjoy the moments as they will grow so quickly before your very eyes. Kathy, Brisbane, Australia

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  133. Your babies are so gorgeous! You give inspiration to all of us who are struggling with infertility.

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  134. It is so nice to read about the twins and how you're adjusting to new motherhood. Our triplets are almost 4, and I love how you said that a changing table can be the most valuable piece of furniture in your home. We had 2 (luckily one was a hand-me-down) one for each level of the house. Your post brought me back 3 years, when, as you said - you rarely make it out of your pjs, and how a shower (which may not even happen 'til 4-o-clock in the afternoon) is a luxury. The twins sound like good little babies. I never understood the importance of scheduling babies until I had the triplets (their older brother was fed and napped on demand). So - I have to recommend 2 books that were lifechanging for me. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth and On Becoming BabyWise by Ezzo and Bucknam. Weissbluth was my bible for both my son and the girls (triplets) and On Becoming Babywise - was so on the mark and helped me explicity with multiples! Congratulations, again! It is the most amazing thing to stare at their little faces!

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  135. So happy to hear all is going well! Love that transferware it reminds me of my Mom and Grandma :)

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  136. I LOVE YOUR LIST!
    As a Momma of three with an old house - I hear you - you quickly get to realizing how much NOISE the house makes.
    Those babies are GORGEOUS!!!!

    Angela
    ParisienneFarmgirl.com

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  137. I love the "new parent" list! It brings back so many memories. My baby will be 22 soon!

    I love your farmhouse changes!

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  138. Your blog brought tears to my eyes. Just remembering. Two little girls. You have the right attitude and love for your children that will make for the best relationship. Try and get some sleep, and Happy New Year! Kit

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  139. Trina,
    All I can do is smile through my teary eyes.
    So incredibly happy for you and your beautiful, beautiful family.
    xoxo lisa

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  140. I am as new as your babes to your blog and life and just want to wish you all the best! I will come by again soon, those two little ones are adorable and your house looks so wonderful!
    May there be peace and love and health live under your roof, always!

    Enjoy those precious years, I am a mother of 4. (Between 23 and 10) It is wonderful to see them grow, but they grow fast!

    Take it easy!

    xoxo Victoria

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  141. dear trina..
    seriously... BEYOND WORDS ... i am so thrilled for you...
    may God protect your sweet babes for years to come...
    what a wonderful year this will be for you all... xoxoxoxox

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  142. Congratulations!! You guys have two gorgeous children! They truly are a rich, RICH blessing! Enjoy every moment! You'll hear this lots...BUT they grow up SO fast! Love your list too! Looks like you've learned lots about being parent's already ;) Have fun!!

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  143. How adorable! My best friend just had twins, three months ago, and I am the godmother. What an honor. I just wish she had triplets, she had promised me that if there were three "in there" when she was prego, that she should give me one. Oh well, at least we can both old one at the same time. I am in heaven.

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  144. Absolutely love your blog!
    -Hannah

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  145. What sweet blessings....enjoy every sleepless moment. They grow way too quickly!
    xx

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  146. Motherhood is pure joy. Congratulations!

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  147. The joys and pitfalls of parenthood are not something that can be taught, they have to be experienced firsthand. And the joy that comes from those tiny little people is unmatched anywhere and by anything else in the world! So glad you all are finding your way, and who says PJs aren't perfect daytime attire?! ;-)

    Kat :)

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  148. It is so funny what you said about the floors! You NEVER notice how squeaky that they are until you are trying hard to be quiet! My hubby and I just bought a house built in 1964 with beautiful refinished hardwoods and they squeak a lot. Especially right outside of our bedroom. I don't have babies yet but I have a hubby that is a very light sleeper! I have heard that dusting baby powder in the cracks can help. Anyway, I am new to your blog but I love it so far! Congratulations on the new babies!

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  149. I just found your blog and was instantly hooked! I love babies lol, and white walls are dreamy to me! I love the clean lines and the fresh look they provide. Also any color instantly pops out when placed on a (good) white wall. I'll check back often :)

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  150. They're so beautiful! Enjoy every minute. Congrats!

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  151. How lovely is this blog! I just love it. Your home and family look lovely. May God bless you.

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  152. Dear Trina, I've followed you for quite a while but only posted twice. Can't resist posting now. Your babies are beautiful, and I loved your list of acquired knowledge. My four are all grown and married, but they still teach me lessons regularly - the best lesson of all is that their love continues to be a gift. Enjoy your little ones. Snuggle and rock them. They are miracles. Your little ones are lucky to have such devoted and loving parents.

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  153. Dear Trina,
    I was thinking of you (maybe I do not comment so much but I'm a follower and I've followed your tummy growth!!) and found your post today!
    Graham and Margaret: I'm a bit late but I really want to say you "welcome".
    You're so beautiful and precious!
    And you, Trina, you must be such a strong woman: two newborn babies and still find the time to write your blog!
    You really rock!!
    My baby boy is supposed to arrive in two weeks...I really can't wait to meet and see him!
    Hugs to all of you,
    Fra from Italy

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  154. Spoken like a true first time parent! Cherish every moment spent with them as they grow up way too fast. One day you'll look back on this time in your life and realize just how precious it was...even the sleepless nights and dirty clothes. Enjoy.
    Maura :)

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  155. My 2 surrogate godchildren are just gorgeous. How are the christening preparations going, don't forget we'll be over your way in May!! And yes, the change table is one of life's essentials. When you posted on the nursery renovations Trina I couldn't see one, but kept shush about it, as it isn't exactly the piece de resistance of decorating. So glad to know it's now become the hub of the nursery!
    Millie xx

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  156. Hello and congrats on the new members of your family!
    May your house always be filled with happiness and cute smiles!!!
    I completely understand each and every statement you made about becoming a new mother.....my sister gave birth to twins around the same time as you did and as i am helping my sister and her husband with the babies a lot lately....it feels like every little thing you described is the values we have in our house these days...
    wearing clean clothes,taking a shower and what a joy it is for the baby to burp...even if its straight to your face! :)
    well....congrats and warm wishes for you and your family :)

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  157. Your babies are so sweet! My baby boy was born Nov. 8 (2010) - Your list is so spot on. Best of luck to you adjusting to life with your little ones. I think one is a lot of work, I can't imagine having 2!

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  158. Dear New Parents,
    I have 7 wonderful boys. Tuck the penis, aiming down toward his toes, as you tape/pin his diaper on. That should help him not leak. If he is still leaking out the thigh area, try a different brand of diaper. They are cut differently. I seem to remember you are using cloth? Perhaps try a different fold?

    Best wishes, they are adorable.
    Your home is beautiful too.

    Karen

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