Kaitlin’s new helmet

Kaitlin went in to have her head scanned for her new head-shaping helmet today. She had a flat spot on the back of her head, probably from being squished in mommy’s belly with Ella, so she’ll have to wear the helmet for several months to try to correct it. She’s supposed to wear it 23 hours a day. Some babies don’t mind them at all, some have a problem with it. She was a total trooper during the actual scanning, so we’re optimistic she’ll deal with it ok. At least she’ll have some good protection for when she takes a big spill…

Kaitlin getting her head scanned Kaitlin getting her head scanned Kaitlin in her new helmet Kaitlin in her new helmet 

The girls’ first swim day

Well the girls’ first swim day started out a lot better than it ended. We had a lot of fun dressing them in their new swimsuits and doing an impromptu photo shoot. The actual getting in the water part? Not so much fun. Neither Kaitlin or Ella were having any of it. Oh well, we’ll keep trying.

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The Six Month Update

Kaitlin and Ella on bed

Well we’re coming up to six months and I guess it’s pretty clear we’re a little busier these days than we used to be. We’ve still got a stack of thank you notes to write so if haven’t received yours yet, just know that I decided to spend the time writing this instead. Here’s a little state of the union on the girls:

Kaitlin smiling

Kaitlin
Nickname: Bloobs

Kaitlin’s the more reserved one. Getting a smile out of her takes a little work, so you really feel like you earned it when you get one. We call her Bloobs because the doctor remarked that she had blueberries for eyes and it just kinda stuck. A few weeks ago, we noticed the back of her head had a flat spot on it, something that is fairly common with twins. We took her in for a 3d head scan and they are going to mold a little plastic helmet that she’ll have to wear for a few months to get her head back into shape. Some babies get so attached to the helmets that they don’t want to take them off, while others hate them. So we’ll see which one Kaitlin is soon.

Ella smirking

Ella
Nickname: Gizmo

Ella won the race for first tooth, with a little stump poking through in the front just today. She’s called Gizmo because she’s always trying to break things and she turns evil when we feed her after midnight (for those of you that remember the movie Gremlins). She’s a perpetual motion machine. You know how they said Barry Sanders was such a good runner because his legs never stopped churning? Well I think Ella could take him in a 40-yard dash. If she could only figure out how to walk. Also, I’m pretty sure she has Tourette’s but just doesn’t know the words yet.

More pictures – now with less facial hair

Here are a few things I learned in my first six days of fatherhood:

  • They put a big sheet up during a C-section, but after delivery they may take it down without warning. Be careful where you look.
  • Baby poo is supposed to be black and tar-like and (thankfully) doesn’t smell yet.
  • Everybody “knows someone who has twins.”
  • Babies drink more than anybody I went to college with.

There’s a lot more to learn, I’m sure. It’s been a crazy week but I’ve never had so much fun in all my life. More pics…

Ella

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Kaitlin

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Day one recap

Wow, to say that this was a big day is a bit of an understatement. Here’s how it all went down…

Melissa and I woke up pretty early this morning, neither of us could really sleep in anticipation of the big day. We finished packing up, threw the car seats (which we still need to figure out) in the back of the car, and headed out to Melissa’s folks to drop Rudy off for his extended vacation.

The before pic

We got to the hospital at around 10:30, and before we knew it Melissa was drugged up and I was looking ubercool in a set of blue scrubs and shower cap. I thought my beard was annoying before, but it was a real treat with that mask on. I sat in the hall and waited for the doctors to finish prepping Melissa so I amused myself by taking a few self portraits.

Waiting for surgery

The actual procedure went very quickly. As soon as I heard Kaitlin crying, a wave of calm came over me. It wasn’t long before her sister was joining in.

Kaitlin being measured Ella fresh out of the oven Ella Our first moment with the girls

Melissa got a little loopy towards the end. She doesn’t even remember us taking our group photo. They took her to recovery and I accompanied the girls to the nursery. One thing I was not prepared for was all the walking. Prior to the delivery, I made three trips down to the lobby and to the car. Melissa insisted we take our bags up with us, and as soon as we walked into triage they suggested I take them back to the car. It wouldn’t have been a huge deal if Melissa’s bag didn’t weight 300 pounds. Once I got back, we realized we had left the cord blood kits in her bag, so it was back to the car for me. After that, it was time to take her purse back. Fast forward through the delivery, and I started shuttling people two at a time up to the nursery to view the munchkins.

Kaitlin chillin' Kaitlin at full volume

Eventually, everyone was brought to the hospital room we will be calling home for the next few days. The girls have been really great so far, doing a lot of sleeping and not too much crying. I’ve been reading Melissa your comments, so keep ‘em coming. Between the video and the photo cameras I’ve been whipping out, I think the nurses all think I’m slightly nuts.

Melissa with both girls for the first time Melissa and Ella Grandma Kathy and Kaitlin Ella snoozin' Grandpop Warren and Kaitlin Pappa Layne and Ella

That’s it for now. I’ll post another update tomorrow night.