Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Happy 6th Birthday P & P!!

As of 11:09 and 11:10 tonight, by babies will be 6 years old! While life before them seems forever ago, it is still hard to believe that they are this old. Kindergarten is drawing to a close, and milestones are giving way to daily learning and maturing. You know, the gradual kind that leaves you wondering how they went to spelling "Thornsbrough" to impress their birthday guests, to signing it (or some other last name :) to their checks!

If you care to read on, here is a short version of Peyton and Paige's birth. I had been in the hospital in early January for 6 days, home for a month, and went back again in eary February. After being in the hospital for over two weeks the second time, I felt like it could go on for a while. We had set goals for putting off the birth. 36 weeks seemed impossible, so 34 weeks was a goal I had set. That would have been mid April. But the first important goal to meet was to make it to 28 weeks. 28 weeks is a huge achievement that makes a difference in how well a preemie does. When I was first hospitalized, I was 20 weeks, not even compatible with life. The second time, 25 1/2 weeks, a time when major complications are more likely, God again allowed the labor to be stopped. I was given a great deal of grace and peace from God that my girls were going to do well. Early Friday morning, February 25, I was awoken by my water breaking. Labor did not start, so I was placed on antibiotics and closer monitoring. Several hours later, an ultrasound would reveal adequate fluid levels even in the one ruptured water sac. The wait continued, but not for long. That evening, Brad and I were watching TV, and what must have been the other sac ruptured. This time, labor began and was not stoppable. From there, labor progressed quickly and Peyton was nearly born before the c-section could be done (necessary because Baby B was breech). So Peyton Amanda (2 pound 6 1/2 ounces) and Paige Elizabeth (2 pound 5 1/2 ounces) were born by c-section while I was under general anesthesia. We brought them home exactly 9 weeks later, 3 weeks before their due date. We had a rollercoaster ride in three seperate NICU's before it was over, but we were and still are incredibly blessed by their good health.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fun at the Circus

The girls enjoyed an evening out at the circus last night. Paige, Peyton and cousins Brookelyn and Lauren are smiling for the camera below.
Peyton at the front of the elephant, with Lauren Brookelyn, Paige and other children behind. Looks like a fun ride to me!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day from P & P

Peyton and Paige are dressed in their pink and purple and headed to the circus tonight! Brad and I had planned to take them tommorrow night, since I have to work tonight. My sisters-in-law Amie and Brittany offered to take them tonight along with my two nieces. I am sorry not to see the kids enjoy their first circus, but I know they will have a great time with their cousins! Maybe there will be some good pics of them there to post. Anyway, this is pose time after getting ready to go. Almost 6 and they look so grown up! The view from Baltic Drive today is a pretty cute one!Sandy

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bithday least what I have so far..

A few weeks from the 6th birthday bash, and it is time to get "birthday pictures." I am very cheap about going to get them professionally done, so I often try to do it myself. Last year this worked great, we will see this year. I have to have something that i think is good enough to blow up for my wall. For any shocked mothers, I will hire a professional photographer when senior pictures and weddings come along, don't worry!! I just can't get over how grown up they are looking.
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Peyton Amanda (almost) 6 years old

Paige Elizabeth (not bad with the head coverup) almost 6 yrs old

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A future in hair dressing...or not??

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My daughter Paige is quite good with scissors. I bought both girls safety scissors a few years ago, and Paige needed very little instructions. She is very good at staying along the lines and cutting carefully. This is a far cry from her mother at her age. I stick to my "left handed" excuse, which somehow excuses my bad handwriting, too. Peyton's cutting isn't quite as good, I think it is lack of patients, but she is getting there. Especially now that she has to cut things for her sister. This is because Paige is grounded from any kind of scissors right now. There is a very good reason for this mean mom decision. Paige cut her own hair for the second time this week. The first time wasn't too bad, but we made sure she knew how unacceptable it was. This time, she climbed up on my sink and used actual hair scissors to create a lovely bald spot right in front. I discovered the evidence before I saw the finished product. I didn't call for the girls to come and see me, I just said "Paaaaiiige!!" I actually had to leave the house and go for a drive after seeing it. Paige was mortified, and very embarrassed, which might be the best possible punishment. So yesterday, I went "headband shopping." So in all pictures for the next year or so, people will think that I am having flashbacks to Olivia Newton John's "physical" video! Anyway, I think the bald spot, is sort of hid by the band, but maybe I am just trying to make myself feel better. The view from Baltic Drive today is the top of Paige's head, literally. Sandy