Friday, January 29, 2010

We are Tennessee fans!

My friend, Julie Hacker's parents got Josh and Jules a tailgating basket. It's black and says, "Tailgating with Josh and Jules - the twins", in honor of tailgating at football games. Well, what better time to stage a photo op? Now, the problem is that the only UT outfits we have are 3-6 months, but we just had to try them on. After all, they can probably only fit in their picnic basket for so long. But, seriously, have you ever seen anything more precious in your life? I love playing dress up with my dolls!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


We still love our pacifiers!

Jules with her paci.

Josh with his. They are still so big for their face!

Bedtime with pacifiers!

2-week Doctor Appt

Well, we had another very good doctor appointment! We actually called and got in a lot sooner than we thought because my sweet babies are still suffering from intestinal issues. They are still very grunty, very gassy, and very spit-uppy.

However, I have some chunkers on my hands!! The doctor wanted to see them sooner because he was worried than with the vomiting and spit ups, they weren't gaining weight. But, they have put on weight nicely! In fact, they are gaining weight very rapidly. Sweet Jules is a superstar! She now weighs 5lb13oz, and Josh weighs 6lb1oz. He has hit the 6lb mark, and she has gained a whole pound in a week and a half! It makes me a little sad though because she is my little, teeny tiny, porcelain doll. And now she may overtake her brother!

They told me I could start breastfeeding again, which I have been doing. Well....honestly I haven't started breastfeeding. I have been pumping and doing the bottle thing. I hate to admit it, but it is just so much easier. I feel terrible about it, I really do. And I had a hard time deciding to do it. But, at least I can pump. I have a huge supply, and we haven't even had to supplement yet with formula. Speaking of that, they gave us a new formula to try. Its an Emfamil formula specifically for babies with dairy allergies and colic.

Other than that, all is well! I was at the doctor all day yesterday thinking I had a blood clot in my leg. Turns out, I have irritated my sciatic nerve! WTH!! How does that happen??? So, now I am back on paid meds. Good grief.

Friday, January 22, 2010

My heart is full

Happy Two Week Birthday precious angels!!

This one makes my heart full...

Josh had the hiccups and he literally rolled to his side and reached over and grabbed and held Jules' hand. Seriously, could anything be more precious???

In this one you can tell how small they really are. The bouncy seat is usually for only one baby. Both of mine can fit in there quite easily and still have a lot of room :)

In other news, we have developed tummy issues. Poor things. The pediatrician thinks they might be allergic to my breastmilk :( or formula, or have acid reflux. We are on a trial and error for the moment. So, I am on a 5 day break from breastfeeding and they are on strictly formula. I, in the meantime, have to take all dairy products out of my diet, as well as anything acidic. This has been quite hard!!! But, they are worth it in every way imaginable. I just wish they felt better :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Love is in the air....

I love my brother so much. I like to wrap my arms through his. He, however, would rather I not do that.

I'm ready for my close-up

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In other news...

I have lost 32 pounds since January 8th.
I am now only 14 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.



Saturday, January 16, 2010

More pictures!

Well, I have taken a gazillion pictures, so I thought I would post some randoms on here.

Jules and Mimi

I got my hands up,They’re playin my songI know I'm gonna be ok. Yeah, It's a party in the USA

Jake's Aunt Nancy got us Blue and Pink celebratory wine! How cute!

We had some visitors! Marette and Gina!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Our first outing!

We made our first trip outside on Thursday to our pediatrician. The babies are doing fabulously well. Josh weighed 5lb2.5oz, and Jules weighed 4lb9oz. So, they are both almost back to their birth weight of 5lb3oz, and 4lb11oz. So, we are very excited about that! The pediatrician is so impressed by how well they are doing. With preemies, it is so much harder to get them to eat well, and mine are good eaters! (of course, like their mommy and daddy!) Josh has been kind of sniffly at night, but the doctor said that was very normal b/c it has to do with their digestive system and some of their spit up getting up in his sinuses. Its perfectly normal. We also asked about their hiccup sessions after most feedings, and he also said that was normal, even though we hurt so much for them when it happens! he said that its hurts us way more than it hurts them.
He was also very impressed that I have been so organized by my chart and feeding schedule. It is helping me and everyone else keep on track. Its amazing how they are a week old already and how everyone has sort of fallen into this schedule, after having none a week ago. We go back in two weeks for a follow up!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy One-week Birthday Sweet Angels!

"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him." 1 Samuel 1:27

Jules' First Bath

We forgot to film Josh's, but here was Jules' first bath at home :)

disclaimer: please excuse the finger that appears about 1:40. We had a first-timer using the camera (not moi, my mommy)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Beautiful Babies Are Here!!

We are very pleased to announce the birth of our beautiful cuties,

Joshua Vawter Stribling and Julia Prater Stribling

January 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

I cannot believe they are actually here. In our arms, and in our hearts. They are more than we could have ever imagined. We are beyond blessed, and beyond happy. It took us two and a half years to wait for these precious bundles to come into our lives, and I am proud to say, they were well worth the wait.

We got to the hospital around 6am on Friday, January 8th. My c-section was scheduled for 8am. They took us back to our "prep room" and started the process: changing, IV, etc. I, however, was a complete nervous, crazy wreck. I was absolutely terrified about this procedure. Its so weird when you know your delivery date. You have nothing to think about for days and days. I guess the good thing about going into labor is the excitement and spontaneity of it. With a c-section, you have nothing to do but imagine what its going to be like and just wait. Wait, and wait and wait. They then took us back to the operating room about ten minutes until 8. They left Jake outside and did my spinal tap and got me all ready to go. I was terrified of the spinal, but it was not bad at all. I barely felt it. And then almost instantly, I went numb from the waist down.

They brought Jake back in and he sat next to my head. Then my doctor said "you're going to feel a little pressure on your abdomen" and then Joshua was here! Literally- that quick! He cried immediately. He weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Then about 20 seconds later, here came Jules weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces. They were both born at 8:25, which was so neat. He was perfectly fine. She had to go to a transitional room for about an hour, because her breathing was a little "grunty", but other than that, everyone was fine.

I, however, had apparently developed preecampsia. I did not have it last Thursday when I went to the doctor, but they found it before my operation due to a urine test. So, that was a little scary and had to stay in the hospital an extra day to treat it. I have high blood pressure normally, and it was sky high for that day and some of the next. I was on morphine and a magnesium drip after delivery on Friday, and I was so out of it I don't remember much about that day.

We still had a hard time with names, and they were alive for several hours before we settled on Joshua and Julia. But, now that they are named, they couldn't be anything other than Josh and Jules.

We went home from the hospital on the 13th. We are so happy to start our little family!!

Here is a video of their birth. It was so funny. Jake and I were kind of in shock when they came so quick. and the anesthesiologist kind of took Jake and was like, "well, come on, start that video"! He started taking Jake around the operating room everywhere. And then Jake was the best cameraman afterwards.

And of course, nothing would be complete without my infamous slideshows!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

36 Weeks - a Crenshaw Melon

Baby Stribs - 36 Weeks

How your baby's growing: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

How your life's changing: Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you've given birth before, it probably won't happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you'll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they're carrying a bowling ball between their legs!

You might also notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your practitioner and find out when she wants to hear from you. As a general rule, if you're full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn't broken, she'll probably have you wait to come in until you've been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you'll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby's activity or think you're leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.

36 Weeks - Update on me! (and final belly shot!)

I took a regular belly pic and then one front-ways, so you (and I) can see that I was mostly just belly this entire time, thank the Good Lord.

Here we go! We are officially in the final week. And when I say final week, I mean we have three days left. The babies will be here on Friday (or later), if we like it or not. I kind of wish they would decide to come early, just so I can experience some type of labor. I thought we were there on Sunday night. I got about three hours of sleep b/c I was up all night with pretty regular contractions. But, they weren't getting any stronger, then they got further apart, then nothing. Stupid Braxton Hicks.

I can't explain how I'm feeling right now. Its all so unbelievable. I can't believe I have two full-size babies in my belly. I don't feel like I am that big. I really hope they are a good size, and get to come home with us. I know in my head that we will have babies on Friday. But, the other night I woke up in a panic attack actually realizing what this means. I know people have babies all the time, and I know it is life-changing. But I am still terrified as to what that actually means. Our lives will change, and for the better, and for the rest of our lives. I am still just in awe of all this. I can't wait to meet them.

How far along? 36 Weeks, 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss: as of this moment, +40 -45 pounds, which seems to change dramatically througout the day. (trust me on this one, I am dying to get my final total). What is crazy is 40-45 lbs is exactly what I was supposed to gain, and I can't believe I have done so well with that, since I have been eating everything that is put in front of me. (especially this week - I am kind of "indulging" b/c this is the last week I get to)
Maternity clothes? I have about three things I can wear at this point. yea.
Best moment this week: Quinton is in! Let the fun begin! (actually, this is just a quote from Can't Buy Me Love, but this made me thing of it, even though it has nothing to do with Quinton.)
Movement: They are still moving pretty good, I suppose. I guess they are happy where they are are not ready to go anywhere yet. I'm sure it doesn't help that it's 20 degrees outside the womb. These are brilliant babies.
Waist Diameter: I went down an inch. I measured last week at 47 weeks for a single pregnancy. This week I am at 44 weeks. My doctor says its because they have dropped. And I guess by looking at my belly pics, you can kind of tell that too. I think I look a little smaller than I did two weeks ago. 44 inches.
Food cravings: Whatever you have, I'll eat it.
Gender: Baby Stribs are a boy and girl. No extra parts, and yet, still no names :(
Labor Signs: just stupid old Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Do I need to still answer this one
What I miss: Nothing. The time is here!
What I am looking forward to: Babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, babies, babies!!!!!!
Milestones: 36 WEEKS!!!!!
Realization of the week: We are gonna have Baby Striblings!! And they still remain nameless!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Some fun outfits

I obviously am bored today, since I have blogged so much lately. I even told Jake today that I wish they would come b/c I was bored and wanted some babies to play with - HA!! I wanted to share some special outfits with you that are too cute for words.

First off, Babies R us had all their Christmas stuff marked down the other day, so even though I don't have babes yet, I couldn't resist going ahead and buying their Christmas outfits for next year. I mean, I'm sorry, but could you please just die from the cuteness????

Next are the outfits that they will be going home in from the hospital - NEXT WEEK!! EEEEE!! Aren't they precious? Jake's wonderful grandmother got them for us. Yes, I know we have monograms again with no names. But I am sure their names will just be fabulous :)

A white receiving gown with blue monogram, blue hat, and blue and brown polka dot blanket

A white receiving gown with pink monogram, pink hat, and pink polka dot blanket.

Showers!!! - Shower 3

When: Saturday, November 14th
Where: at Mackie's restuarant in Green Hills in Nashville
Given by: Marette Beziat, Gina, Neckar, Jennifer Stribling, and Sumita Banerjee
Who attended: all my Nashville girls, along with Jake's family and mine

Showers!!! - Shower 2

When: Friday, November 6th, 2009

Where: at the home of Steve and Tina Mann

Given by: Steve & Tina Mann, Jeff & Shelley Devereaux, Lori & Nate Fowler, Tom & Andrea Scobie, Kim Hessel, and Brad Lebo
Who attended: this was a couple's shower for friends in Nashville who Jake plays golf with mostly. Also, a few childhood friends of Jake's came as well

Showers!!! - Shower 1

When: Sunday, November 1st

Where: at my Mommy's house in Knoxville

Given by: my longtime friend, Larissa Weber, and helped by mom

Who attended: my Knoxville friends, and friends of my mother

I decided to have professional photos taken at this one, due to Ginny having friends that were photographers! So, thank you to Shelley O'Barr and Annie Fletcher. There is a ton of them for this shower, but they are beautiful photos.