Monday, December 31, 2007
This is Audrey waiting for her bath
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Nenie and Becky (you english-language people you) I PROMISE I DO know how to spell. Really. Ask Jon. He will tell you.
I almost hit the floor reading back over some old posts when I realized that I spelled distress destress. How embarrassing. It is such an easy word. Where are those little wavy lines when you need them! And how even more embarrassing if no one caught it. Oops.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We have truly been blessed far beyond measure this year. We have so much to be thankful for. Most of all for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for without Him all the joys of Christmas would not be possible. When I think back over this past year, I can honestly say that once again we have been showered with blessings that we do not deserve. In March we found out we were gonna have a baby! In April we found out it was gonna be twins! In June (after much prayer and discussion) we decided to move and moving to a new place with new people can always be kinda scary but everyone here in the community and especially at Tired Creek have been so generous and loving. We immediatly felt at home and have never felt out of place since. In July we found out we were having a boy AND a girl! We went on MANY preaching trips during the summer and on October 2 our most wonderful boy and girl came a little early! Almost into November we got to bring our little bundles home and had our 1st Thanksgiving as parents. Now we have had our 1st Christmas as parents and other than the 1st one as husband and wife, it has been the best one yet.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
It was a normal monday around here, for me any way. Jon had gone to work and I decided to get out of the bed and go lay on the couch. We had just gotten back from a meeting in Macclenny the day before and I was pretty tired. Nothing unusual. I got up to go use the bathroom and much to my pregnant bladder's dismay, found the water not working. I called the land lord and left a message. By about 12:30 we still had no water so I called Jon to see if he knew of something I could do to make it start running. He told me not to worry, he would see about it when he got home. (I was using the bathroom all this time, just not flushing. Yuck.)
I fell asleep after talking to Jon which was kinda odd, I usually took a nap about 4:00 and my legs felt a little achy. But again, nothing too out of the norm. I woke up about 1:00 and was hungry, so I put some shrimp in the oven and sat back down. When the timer went off, I got up and went into the kitchen. As I was taking the shrimp out and setting them on the counter, I suddenly felt and then heard a HUGE gush. I knew immediatly what had happened but I was in total shock and denial. I was only 31 weeks and I hadn't had ANY pain. I was all alone and totally freaked out. I couldn't get it together enough to decide who to call 1st: the doc or Jon so I called them at the same time.
When Anne answered at the school, I shouted: "Anne my water just broke. Tell Jon to come home NOW!" then I shouted to the nurse the same and she told me to go to the nearest hospital and make sure the twins were okay and then come to Macon. I was frantic because I knew it was to early, they were to small. Then I called my sister, which now thinking about it, probably wasn't the nicest thing seeing how she lives 3 hours from us and what could she really do but freak out herself? But she calmed me down. I was sitting on the couch talking to her when I heard, literally heard, the truck tires screaching down our dirt road. Now you have to be going pretty fast to do that on a dirt road. I saw him come through the gate and almost hit the house! I wish I had had enough mind to have the camera recording him when he came through the door. It was priceless. He had this worried, excited, frantic look on his face and he was hunched over like an old man! He almost didn't know what to do either! I had a bag that while I was waiting on him and hastily packed. Well, I still had not unpacked from Macclenny so I would have been good to go but for some dumb reason I dumped EVERYTHING out onto the bed. When I realized what I had just done, I screamed. And these were the contents that ended up going to the hospital: contact case, solution, brush, deodorant and I think a tooth brush. No clothes. No underwear. Nothing for Jon. No video or still camera. No baby books for their footprints. No car seats. Nothing.
We jumped, well climed, in the van and took off. Oh yeah, in the mean time the nurse had called back and Dr. Durso, who was on call, said to bypass the nearest hospital and just come straight on. Which sounded alot better to me! So we sped around every car, truck, van, semi, red light, cop and while passing the slow ones who would not get out of his way, Jon would give them this nasty look and point at my belly and shout (like they could really hear him!) "she's having a baby"! We live about 2 hours from I-75 so we are travling at the speed of lighting on back roads! Meanwhile, Jon told me that when the principal burst into his room and screamed "your wife's water just broke" he just stared at her and said I know. I just talked to her and told her I would fix it when I got home. "what" she said. And he told her the water was broken at the house. She said "Oh, hold on" and got on the intercom and said "Anne, did Mrs. Mizell say her water or the house water?" And Anne scremed "HER water" when Jon heard that he said He jumped up and ran out! Needless to say, we made to the hospital in time. I didn't even start having contractions until about an hour after we got there. They tried their best to hold the labor off as long as they could. They gave me a steroid shot and some other stuff, well in all visits in the hospital, I've never had so many things hooked up to me!
Mama, Will and Betsy were waiting for us at the hospital when we pulled up and let me tell you it was nice to see some family there for us. We were so frazzled. We couldn't even talk to anyone on the way there we were so nervous. Uncle Hugh did call and really helped to remind me that the Lord is always in control! Well, the rest of the families were burning up the phone lines, especially all those who live out of state, trying to decide what to do since they were trying to hold my labor off. Well, you know the grandparents don't chance nothing, so they all headed that way. Daddy and Nelda made it about 7 or 8 p.m. I think Ronnie and Susan made it about 1 a.m. The next day, all of my aunts and uncles hung out at the hospital and Uncle Lonnie, (since he was so close in Atlanta) Nenie, Becky, Emily, Sydney and Isabella came from Mississippi. I got 2 rounds of steroids in me before James let everyone know he was ready to come. About 4:30 on tuesday his little heart rate kept bottoming out so Dr. Durso decided emergency c-section becasue James was in such destress. Everyone but Uncle Will got to be there for the birth. Poor Will was stuck in class and had his phone turned off. But he got there soon after!
I was proud of Jon. He gets very quesy at the site of blood and he stuck it out with me during the section! He has some funny stories about the whole process, especially the one when he saw the doctor jump on me with his elbow to get Audrey out! I was so worried the whole time that I had done something to make this happen so early. But the more I think about it the more I believe that the Lord was delivering us from something far worse where James is concerned. He was in such destress and had such a HARD time that 1st week getting his blood pressure stable and then finding out about his heart condition. These words come to my mind:1.God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants His foot-steps in the sea and rides upon the storm. 2. Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill; He treasures up His bright designs, and works His soverign will. 5. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.
We went through ALOT of bitter tastes the first month of their life, but the flower really is so sweet!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This is pretty much how it went the whole time in front of the tree, as you can see in the picture below this one, the pappies were the only thing that would satisfy them and you can't take a good picture with pappies in your mouth, especially James' big, nasty one!
Excuse this one. I am only somewhat computer/blog literate!
We had a b-day party for my Uncle Frank's 70th b-day tuesday night and they wanted a picture of all the brothers that were there (fyi-this is not all of them) and nobody noticed that a blonde, curly headed little girl had snuck in! That is Hannah Grace and doesn't she look mischevious? Some would say a look she gets from me but.................
We went to the doctor Wednesday and da-da-da-dum: James weighs 8.4 and Bit Bit weighs 7.13
We were so proud. I guess those little clumps of formula in the bottom of her bottle didn't bother her weight gain one bit! The doctor was proud and said they were taking off like lightning!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
1. Never by all that Wal-Mart has of a certain kind of bottle and 10 extra nipples because you have twins and they both eat 8 times a day, until you know that your children are gonna be able to suck on them with out pooping out after 1/2 ounce.
2.Do not buy 8 NUK pacifiers, open and sterilize them because that is what both your niece and nephew used until you know that your children will like them. They both gag on the nuks and now I have 8 pappies that no one will use. Any NUK users out there?
3.Don't buy the biggest can, most expensive formula that Wal-Mart offers until you are sure that it wont cause your children to stay up all night and all day moaning and groaning.
4. Don't buy 1,000 premie diapers because you just know it will take months for your children to grow out of them.
Hey, I know you live and you learn. But honestly living and learning for two at once is getting ridiculously expensive!
The pictures below are of when the kids (and adults) came to visit us in Macon. I honestly don't know who had more fun. The grandparents and aunts who got to see their precious babies in the hospital or these wild indians at the Ronald McDonald House!
We love dong! (aka uncle jon)
Monday, December 10, 2007
Poor Audrey had a tough night last night. She was so restless. She probably only slept about 1 hour between 3 and 8:30 which is not like her. I thought she was just working on a poop but she got that out this morning and is still restless. Hollering out, grunting, twisting around. It is very pittiful. I have a feeling mama is gonna be holding someone an awful lot today!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
When Jon and Will got back from church I ran up to the store to get me a few much needed Dr. Peppers and it was exciting to get of the house on such a pretty day, even if only for a few minutes. When I got back, our land lords daughter called and said she needed to stop by and get the key to the house next door. Jon and Will were fixing to leave as Lynn pulled up to go to the beach to surf for a while. Something I planned for Jon to get out of the house and have a REAL break. Aren't I sweet?! Anyway, I had James in my arms and was outside talking to Lynn after the boys left. Audrey started crying and once I realized she had reached the point of no return I told Lynn I had to go. So I came in and put James down to change Audrey's diaper. Of course he started screaming. I changed Audrey and put her down to change James who never stops crying when you change his diaper. As expected, Audrey let me know what she thought of that! It was well pass their time to eat so I put them on the floor in the living room to fix their bottles. Note, they are still screaming. Like I said I usually can put one of them in their seats and bounce it with my foot while I feed the other and that keeps them satisfied till their turn. Did I mention I couldn't do that this time?
I was at the point of hysteria because I knew there was no help in site for hours. So I somewhat calmly asked the Lord to help me. PLEASE. I immediatly thought about something Nelda had said about balancing one on my knee while feeding them both at the same time. Something I have never had to do. Not only because I always have their seats available ( have I mentioned that yet?) but because I am always afraid that their heads wont be held up right in the correct position and they will choke to death. Well, I had no choice today. So I looked around and saw the boppy that never gets used. I grabed it and put James inside of it. He looked comfortable enough (still screaming though) and put Audrey across my lap and shoved the bottles into their mouths. Instant peace! Poor bit-bit had tears streaming down her face. Even though I had to let them gulp it down, let some if it stream out the sides of their mouths and only be burped once, I did it. They got fed and they didn't choke to death! Hooray for me! I feel as if I could climb Mt. Everest right now. But I wont because they have to eat again in and hour and a half! Maybe the pads will be dry by then!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
One day I will try to get a better shot of this childs head so maybe you can see what I mean when I say his head is identical to his PaPaw's. The hair line, the way his fuzz parts (PaPaw doesn't have fuzz though!) and his forehead. It is really cute!