It takes a village and our first family picture

Here is our first family picture, taken in the NICU just before Jeremiah came home. Can’t believe how big the boys are now!

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Our first family picture in the NICU

Late pictures: From the boys’ one month celebration! Click HERE for their one month update. We were a week late, but it was a MUST to celebrate the boys’ one month birthday! The nice thing about waiting a week was that it was Grandparents’ Day! It was perfect having both sets of grandparents with the boys to celebrate two special occasions.

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Happy One Month, Adrian & Jeremiah!

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Caught a smile!

I just wanted to write about how amazing our support system has been. It is true: It takes a village to raise a child. In our case, it must take a village X 2!!! There is no possible way we could have ever taken care of these babies on our own. My family has been such a great help, even before the babies were here and I was on strict bed rest. Not only do they come over to help care for the boys, relieving me and the hubs so we can take naps and showers or run errands, they cook and provide food for us! Whether it’s home-cooked meals, take out, or fast food, they make sure that we are fed. This has helped immensely as I even forget to eat a meal during the day. My days are such a blur even though they feel so long. It’s nice to have relief and a moment where I can just take my mind off the babies and get a breather. Of course I miss them all the time and want to be with them always, but I really think I’d go insane if I didn’t smell the roses or remember to take care of myself.

Here’s my family! Mom, dad, and sis 🙂

With Grama & Grampa!

With Grama & Grampa!

With Auntie Ninang!

With Auntie Ninang!

The hubs’ parents stayed with us for almost two weeks. They helped out a lot in caring for the boys and helping us around the house. Jing’s mom especially cooked up a storm! It was nice that the boys got to spend time with their grandparents. They’re looking forward to seeing them again soon!

With Lolo and Lola!

With Lolo and Lola!

Remember that chocolate cake I was diggin’ into? It was from the boys’ celebration…

COSTCO CHOCOLATE CAKE = YUM!

COSTCO CHOCOLATE CAKE = YUM!

Happy Grandparents’ Day!!!

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With Lolo & Grampa

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With Grama & Lola

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With Auntie Ninang

A lot of family and friends have visited and it’s been wonderful having them meet the babies. We’re exhausted and can barely entertain, but I guess that’s OK! One particular visit I want to highlight is from these kiddos. I have seen these kids grow up and I can’t believe they are meeting MY babies now! By the way, Noah (left) and Naty (2nd from right) are twinsies themselves and were in our wedding!

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Happy 18th, Micayla!!!!!!

We really wish we could be there for your big party. The boys love you and miss you!

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The days are long, but the years are short

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Adrian (l) and Jeremiah (r)

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Adrian (l) and Jeremiah (r)

“The days are long, but the years are short.” I’ve been hearing and seeing this saying a lot, and especially since the boys were born. It’s ringing more true each moment that passes by.

The days are long: So far the boys have been home since this past Sunday, only a few days ago, and yet I feel like we’ve been running marathon after marathon on empty! Each day really feels long. My body aches and feels so fatigued that I tell myself the day must almost be over, and yet I glance at the clock only to find it’s 7:30 pm! Then I take on the night shift to relieve the hubs after he watched the boys during the beginning of the night and I can’t believe what I’m seeing on the clock then: 3 am… 4 am… 5 am… then the sun rises and I see 6 am… 7 am… I don’t mean to stare at the clock, but between feeding both boys, changing them, soothing them, and pumping that breast milk, I can only take a short nap before I have to wake up and do it all over again! It’s madness! I miss the days when they were in my belly, when all I had to really worry about was myself: resting and eating and sticking to that bed rest. Oh how I should have known how easy I had it! It would never again be so easy to care for these babies.

The years are short: Not to get ahead of myself, but I can already see why they say that the years are short. In fact, in just a few days, our boys will be a month old!!! I am already feeling sad at how fast they’re growing! Pretty much EVERYONE tells us how fast time flies and how much we’d better embrace these early moments because they are over so soon. At first it was so hard to believe people as they told us things get easier and soon we’ll miss these days. How can we believe them when our brains and bodies are telling us that we are insane for having to put in this much work and barely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? I get sad thinking my body will never catch up on sleep at this point. That I may not feel a restful night’s sleep for a long, long time. That even when I do get to sleep, my mind will never turn off because it is constantly thinking of the boys and their needs. But despite all of these complaints, I do not want to wake up and all of a sudden look back wondering where the time has gone. I do cherish each moment with this boys and embrace their small size, their needs, and these trying times. It’s such a bittersweet thing.

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Some highlights of our week…

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We made it outside of the house! Here’s the hubs pushing our DOUBLE FRAME STROLLER to the doctor’s office! It was such an endeavor to pack the diaper bag, double check that we had everything, and actually make the visit there and back home! Luckily, the office is so close to home so the trip was not too bad. The part we worried about the most was feeding and changing the boys while we are out. But we survived!

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The boys cooling down because the heat was extreme! They were both sweating in their carseats 😦 So sorry, babies!!!


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The hubs having fun “juggling” two babies!

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Adrian at his pediatrician’s visit!

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Jeremiah at his pediatrician’s visit!

We are so thankful for the helping hands we have among us. Mom, Dad, and sister have been such lifesavers, allowing us to take much needed naps, reminding us to EAT, and giving us breaks to just get away from the boys and re-establish some normalcy in our lives. Here’s Adrian with Auntie Ninang! 🙂

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Thanks for reading! Check out my birth story and maternity shoot posts, too! 🙂