National Prematurity Day

I have about a million pictures of Cora and Ruby, and I always have the hardest time picking which ones to post when I’m reminiscing. So here’s a bunch of them.
It’s National Prematurity Day. My twins were born at 34 weeks exactly,which means they were about 6 weeks early. Although technically they want you to deliver twins 2 weeks early at 38 weeks anyway, even if you make it to the end. 

I remember when I first held both girls for the first time (well, I don’t actually really remember the first time because I was so drugged up. When I say the first time I mean the first time that I was totally cognizant). I just couldn’t believe how teeny tiny they were. I remember thinking that the word precious had just taken on a whole new meaning to me.

Those were long, hard days in the NICU. The doctors kept pushing back the day that we could go home, and I was going crazy in there. What started out as an estimated 1 week long hospital stay turned into 3 weeks. I watched as other babies came into …


As always, we had a wonderful time at Nana and Abba’s house. The high light was going to the Christmas parade and seeing the Clydesdale horses. It was pretty dang cold, and I was really glad Nana had suggested that we bring the girl’s snowsuits with us. Other than their noses, Ruby and Cora were toasty warm! 

Ruby and Abba became best friends this weekend. I guess he has the magic touch with our little stranger danger gal. 

Dayton! Yay!

We’re hanging out with the grandparents this weekend.  Nana made these awesome beanies for the girls. Now they won’t be able to pull their hats off. 

7 months

Ruby and Cora are 7 months old! We had a pediatricians appointment today. Both girls have gained about 1.5 lbs in the past month, they army crawl, and they grab everything they see. Cora thinks it’s funny to scratch people’s faces with her razor sharp talons, and Ruby thinks it’s funny when you react to pain. Weirdos. 
The best update is that they can now ride in the shopping cart, making grocery shopping 1,000 times easier. I used to wear one in a carrier and put the other one in her car seat in the basket. The one in the basket didn’t like being stuck in her car seat, and I couldn’t fit very many items in the basket. Today’s grocery shopping was much more enjoyable for everyone. 

Cora and Ruby have brought me so much joy and love. Being their mom is my greatest blessing!



Austin, Texas

We loved Austin. It’s such a vibrant city. One of the things that Clayton and I both agree that we don’t like about Akron is how dated and old school it is. Austin was a breath of fresh air with it’s cool culture, new businesses popping up everywhere, and overall forward thinking vibe.  

We stayed with our friends the Clements. We met Kennedy and Wyatt when Wyatt was interning with Goodyear a couple of summers ago. We were instant friends and spent most days that summer together. We’ve kept in touch, and when we found out Clayton was going to be attending a 1.5 day conference for work in Austin, we called them up and planned a whole week with them. It was awesome.
On one of the days we toured the state capital building. It’s a few feet taller than the U.S. capital building in D.C. You know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas!

We also made it a priority to try as many of Austin’s most well known restaurants as we could. It. Was. Amazing. The BBQ and Tex-mex were to die for.

My favo…


Man alive! Traveling with babies is so much more work than traveling without them! We flew to Austin, Texas for Clayton’s work trip, and to see our friends. Overall I think we had a pretty good experience with flying for the first time. The girls didn’t seem bothered by the plane or altitude change, they were just sick of being stuck in one spot by the end of the flights. For most of the flights they were happy and easily entertained. We did have a few minutes here or there where Ruby would let out an ear piercing scream, but really airplanes are so loud that it didn’t seem so bad.

We were really lucky and got to sit next to each other on every flight. It made swapping out babies much easier.

We had so much stuff with us, we were like a traveling circus. I felt like everyone was watching us. We were approached at least 10 times by strangers wanting to get a closer look at our twins. 

For the record, I prefer to fly with Delta over Frontier. It was a much more comfortable flight. They hav…