12 July 2014

Invitation to join my HeyTell network

I'd like to invite you to join my HeyTell network so we can send each other voice messages.

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22 June 2012

April/May 2012

Easter Sunday 

The girls are growing and changing so much and life at our house is getting crazy!  Hope and Genevieve both have their own little personalities, so I’ve written a few things about each of them.  They are funny little girls…two nuts just like their mama and dada! 

Hope Allison                                 
Hope is a busy little girl.  She only sits still to eat and sleep.  Now that she’s crawling she is everywhere.  She is also pulling up to stand anywhere and everywhere she can.  It’s so fun to watch her.  It’s easy to let her explore at home because everything is kid friendly, however when I take her to other people’s homes it is crazy.  She is a bit aggressive with others, especially her sister.  She doesn’t know she’s hurting her, and sometimes Genevieve thinks it’s funny and other times she screams out for help. Hope just doesn’t know how strong she is…and she is really strong for a baby.  She babbles like crazy saying, “mama” and “dada”, “baba” and “nana” and she giggles a lot.  She loves to eat!  I think she would eat all day if I let her.  She loves anything you give her…baby food and finger food.  She lights up with smiles when she sees her daddy! She is a daddy's girl for sure! For her future I think she is going to be athletic and independent.  She is so sweet and her laugh is contagious.  I love it! 
Hope now has 7 teeth, 3 on the bottom and 4 on top.  She’s working on a few more on top…chewing on anything she can!  At her 9 month check-up she weighed 19lbs 11oz.  She’s is getting so big…I can’t believe it. 

Genevieve Hannah
Genevieve is a content baby.  She is not crawling just yet, but she’s working on it.  She enjoys just sitting and playing with a few toys.  She is fascinated by the details in everything, from a tiny toy to the patterns on her clothes.  I am sure she will be artistic in the future.  She is really fascinated by her hands and really into clapping her hands and banging toys together.  It’s too cute!  She is a little ham in front of people…kind of like her mommy!  She loves to make people laugh…also like her mommy! She is a cuddle bug and she loves to be held.  She loves to babble just like her sister, her favorite phrase is “Uh-Oh”  and she’s also a squealer.  She cracks me up everyday! 
Genevieve now has 7 teeth, 4 on bottom and 3 on top.  She is also working on a few more on top.  At her 9 month check-up she weighed 18lbs 15oz….my big girl!

Being a mommy just keeps getting better.  I finally feel like we have a good routine each day and we go on play dates every week now!  I’m really enjoying the girls more and more each day…falling in deeper love with them every day as well!
During the play dates the girls are experiencing children of all ages and they love toddlers.  They enjoy watching them play and they laugh so much when they are around.  It’s so cute!  Now that they are sitting up and crawling they are really interacting with other kids and each other.  I have a few videos of the girls playing with each other…they always make each other laugh.  They play peek a boo with each other and of course Hope wants to wrestle with Genevieve. 
While it is so much fun around here these days…I still have my moments.  The past few months I have felt overwhelmed and lonely at times. As I think any stay-at-home mom feels from time to time to time.  Motherhood is the hardest job and the greatest job.   God continues you to teach me so much about myself through motherhood and raising babies. 
I can’t believe my babies are almost 1 year old…where did the time go?  Thank you God for the most amazing 9 months ever….Thank you for your faithfulness and protection…Thank you for creating life…Thank you for grace and mercy…Thank you for the gift of motherhood!  God’s timing is always the best and he is always faithful. 
Recently I’ve been thinking back to the days of going through infertility and loss.. I’ve been asking God to remind me of that journey. I want to remember what He taught me and I want to minister to others on that same path.  It is hard, but I know God is faithful and he will use the journey for greater purposes.  I found that my identity was not in becoming a mommy but in Christ alone…I learned total dependence on God and now as I am a mommy, I need Him even more.  I want to be reminded that I did not create Hope and Genevieve, they are a gift from God and He created them.  I am to take care of them on this earth and I need Him by my side each day.  I recently read a poem in my Infertility/Pregnancy Loss Newsletter and it brought tears to my eyes and reminded me once again of our journey and the journey of so many couples are facing each day.  Erik and I have recently had experiences where we had to think back to the day we lost Ivy and the day we lost Ephraim…we’ve experienced flashbacks and pain, but God has used our loss to help us minister to others.  He uses everything in our lives for His greater glory.  Praise God!

It’s amazing to see our life today and to think back to where we’ve been. God is good all the time, all the time God is good.

02 April 2012

Growing too fast! Feb/Mar 2012

Valentine's Day. My beauties in pink!

Genevieve always has her arms and hands out...she wants to fly!

Hope is my smiley girl.

We want food...we want food!
They always pose for the camera.

All ready for a walk in our awesome jogging stroller!

At the zoo with daddy!


Time is flying by in the Bayer house. My babies are growing too fast. The older they get, the more fun they get. They are such happy girls. Lots of smiling and giggling each day.

In February both girls cut the two front bottom teeth...that was fun. Then in March, Hope got her two front top teeth...even more fun. Cutting teeth is no fun...two years of this...are you kidding me? In February they were able to begin sitting up somewhat unsupported. I would put the boppy pillows behind them to give them extra support. I decided to take away the pillows and now they are sitting up great, unsupported! No crawling yet...and that's ok. They are so busy without crawling, I can't imagine how that will change things. It's hard to keep them happy with one activity for very long, so we have tons of options at our house..tons of toys on the floor of course, books, exersaucers, jumperoo, pack-n-play, and two strollers. The warm weather in March was amazing, we were able to walk each day. The girls love the jogging stroller and walking is such a good break for me...and exercise too of course! We took a water babies class in February and realized how much the girls enjoy the water. We have a pool in our subdivision, so I really want them to get to use to the water. The class was fun for them and for us. Erik even dunked them a few times...I objected of course..but they always laughed afterwards. In March we got to take them to the zoo for the first time. Not sure how much they really looked at the animals or understood...but Erik and enjoyed it.
They are officially eating baby food. They eat mostly vegetables and we are slowly introducing fruit. So far they like all the vegetables I have prepared for them. I am enjoying making my own baby food, occasionally I buy them some packaged food as a treat. They do enjoy the Puffs. I actually found some organic puffs at Target. It's so cute to see them feed themselves the puffs...when I get the container out of the cabinet they go crazy. I think they like them!

Parenting is hard work, but I truly want God to show me the parent he wants me to be. When we were a childless couple, we often thought about our own parenting style and looked at our friends parenting styles for help in finding our own. Now I realize during our babies' first year, it's about survival and sleep. We are making decisions so that we can all survive and get sleep. You never realize how important sleep is, until your lacking. Thankfully the girls are sleeping through the night. The main reason for night waking recently is those darn teeth. Then for the last week Hope has decided to wake at 2am and roll around and get on her knees...I think she may be practicing to prepare to crawl...we shall see if these 2am sessions pay off if she crawls soon! HaHa!

Most days we have a good routine and nap schedule...and some days we don't. At times I try to figure it out and wonder if I should change the schedule or try something else, but then I remember that I can't figure it all out. Babies are humans and some days they just want to be human and not be scheduled. I am truly learning to go with the flow...as I've said in previous blog posts. I feel myself more relaxed and just following the lead they give me each day. I am able to have at least 30 minutes of quiet time each morning during the first nap...that has been so helpful for me. I make it my priority when I put them down for nap...I don't do dishes or clean anything, I sit down and dive into God's word and time with Him. That makes the day so smooth and my heart and mind are ready to face the adventures and the challenges. A few days ago my devotional specifically said - "Nothing is as important as spending time with Me"...that is so true. When I've not made that time with God a priority or skipped over it too quick I notice a huge difference in my day and my attitude. I look forward to that time each morning, a time to be renewed. I want my girls to know how important that time is as well. I always remember my mom having her time with God and working on her bible study. Thanks mom for putting God first!
The other issue I've talked about in previous posts is my control issues. God continues to teach me to release control and in a devotional a few weeks ago He got very specific with me..."In order to let go of control, you need to rest in My presence, where you are complete. As you release more and more control, remember that I never let go of your hand."

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving."
Psalm 95:1-2

Thank you to all my faithful friends and family who read my posts...I tend to ramble. I am trying harder to keep up with the blog monthly. I want the blog to be like a baby book for the girls. Lots of memories captured in these posts. Thanks for allowing me to share my life with all of you and thanks for loving our family.

03 February 2012

December 2011 and January 2012

Cutting down our Christmas tree!

Hope opening her first gift

Christmas morning!

Genevieve opening a Christmas gift.

A mirror image!

Smiling and playing

Always looking so cute!

The girls love when daddy plays his guitar

Tummy time with Daddy

These past few months have flown by and I can't believe the girls will be 6 months old on February 9th. They truly amaze me each day. They are growing and changing so fast. They are at such a fun age. They are giggling and making a ton of noises. They are finally relating to each other a little bit, looking at each other and smiling, even touching each other. They are constantly on their bellies and so ready to begin crawling...I'm just waiting for that day when they do start moving. They are rolling around like crazy and playing with their feet...they both have gotten a foot in their mouths!

Christmas was wonderful. Having the girls here was truly a blessing for us and our family. They got a lot of great stuff, lots of fun toys that they will enjoy soon...right now mom and dad just play with them while the girls watch! I got teary eyed at the Christmas Eve Service at church...remembering back to last year and knowing I was pregnant and praying for the Lord's protection over the pregnancy. The girls got to meet some more Aunt's, Uncle's and Cousins at Christmas. We were blessed to have Erik's siblings in town with there families. It was a busy couple of weeks, but so much fun. We were also blessed to be able to attend a candlelight vigil for our babies in heaven. Our infant loss support group holds a vigil each year at Christmas. Families with babies in heaven come and light a candle and remember those children we lost. It was a precious time this year as we sat and lit our candles and held our new babies in our arms. What an emotional evening it was.

December flew by and January arrived with me celebrating my 33rd birthday on January 2nd. January also brought a tooth for Genevieve. She got her 1st tooth! Hope has yet to show any teeth, but I can tell they are coming soon. Both girls always have a hand or a toy in their mouths, chewing away. We introduced food last week, at first they were really into it, but that faded after a few days. So we are just waiting to introduce more food for a bit, just rice cereal for now.

How's life with 6 month old twins? Busy busy. They may not be moving yet, but they are still keeping me moving. They get bored with activities so quick that it's hard to keep up and keep them both happy. Like any stay at home mom, some days I want to laugh all day, some days I want to cry all day, and other days I want to bang my head against a wall. Never a dull moment. Being a full time mom of twins has been the most challenging experience of my life. While it is so amazing and rewarding...man it's exhausting. God has been teaching me so much about myself through motherhood. I am learning to let go of control issues and be in the moment. It's hard for me to "go with the flow". I am a very scheduled person, always watching the clock and calculating my day. Did you know you can't really do that with two babies who can't tell time? haha ! They don't care what time it is when they are hungry they are hungry and when they are tired they are tired. I'm learning, slowly but surely. Those days when I feel like I can't figure it out...I turn to God and use His strength. He continues to reassure me that He is here...even though some days I can't feel His presence. A few weeks ago I felt like I was drowning and so I went to the Lord and read my devotional for that day...it said
Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide.
Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to your will, be attentive to Me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank Me for this day of life, recognizing that it is a precious, unrepeatable gift. Trust that I am with you each moment, whether you sense My Presence or not. A thankful, trusting attitude helps you to see events in your life from My perspective. Expect each day to contain surprises. Be willing to follow wherever I lead.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

God knew just what I needed to hear that day. Each day with my girls is a gift and I am truly trying to be in the moment each day and be thankful! It will still be hard, yes, and it will still be exhausting, yes, but with God I will get through those days! I may still cry and bang my head against the wall...but this too shall pass.

I promise not to let another 2 months pass by before posting more pictures and updates. Thanks for reading my ramblings.
Love to you all,