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Welcome to vokohtz.org. Vokohtz is a combination of the names Vokoun and Kohtz, which share a few middle letters. Jamie and Craig will be Kohtzs, and Conner and Abby will be Vokouns, but together we are the Vokohtzs.

Wow. Been a long time. The last time I posted on this blog was over 2 years ago. Lots of stories. Lots of fun. Lots of frustration. So let me tell you about life with two toddlers and two teenagers.

Conner turns 18 next week. Boy, is that nuts. Having two toddlers again has really brought those memories of my first-born back full throttle. What an amazing kid Conner is and was. He has always been the logical one. The wise one...even when he was just a little boy. I remember him crying once because he killed a spider when he was about 4 or 5. His impulse was to kill it (it was in our apartment and he knew I would freak out!) but when he did it he felt so bad. That's Conner. As a mother, Conner has made me so proud. He is responsible, he is funny, he is smart, he is just amazing. It's so great to have a kid that you just know will be okay. I know he is a good person, and he has become an wonderful and caring adult. It's such a great feeling. I'm so happy that I'm his mom.

And next comes Abby. Abby is the most beautiful person I have ever seen...and I'm not just saying that because I'm her mom. She is gorgeous. I love the way that Abby is so comfortable with herself at the age of 16. I wish that I could have been more like her. She can get up on a stage with such ease and grace, and she can entertain a crowd without even trying. She is a natural. I used to worry about Abby. She has always had to change schools, change friends, and adapt. She has never been bothered by change and has always taken it with the grace that comes so naturally to her. But I know it was hard, and she has struggled to find her place. I know now that she has found that place, and I hope that her experiences have helped shape her into the confident and amazing woman that I am seeing her become. Abby has found her niche up on that stage, and she has the ability to bring me to tears with just a few notes or words. Abby is my shining star.

Fast-forward 13 years, and the next child to bless my life was Hadley Mae. From that first ultrasound Hadley was Baby A, and she remained in that position the entire pregnancy. I knew she would be the boss, and she has definitely lived up to that prediction! At the age of 3, I can see her confidence and beauty. She is definitely a daddy's girl, but I love seeing her strong personality shine through. I'm pretty sure that Hadley is a genius, as I'm fairly certain that most children cannot write their name at the age of 3 years and 2 months. Her favorite activity is doing "her work", which is writing her letters. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Hadley, my spunky, stubborn, smart, and beautiful little girl.

And last but definitely not least, is Benjamin. Benny is a true boy, except for his love of princesses of course. He is spontaneous to the point of being erratic, but has so much love in that little heart of his. There is nothing like hearing your little boy say, "I love you, Mommy!". Sometimes he breaks things, sometimes he spits, and sometimes he throws insane tantrums. But most of the time he is a snuggly, cuddly, sweet little boy. He loves puzzles, loves princesses, and loves his Mommy. I am very certain that he is just as intelligent as his twin sister, he just isn't as motivated to do "his work". He lets his sister do the work for him, and when you are a 3 year old boy, that's just fine. Ben is content just sitting back and letting Hadley run the show. But I have a feeling that he will find his own way of running things.

So there it is. My first blog post in several years. I'm going to try to get on here more often as I probably have a lot to say. Today, it's just being a proud mom. I'm so blessed with these wonderful kids. The next one won't be so mushy, I promise.

By Jamie Kohtz on September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hello all! We have finally crawled out of the hole of illness that we have been living in for the past month or so. Last weekend we took Benny to the doctor, and due to his low blood oxygen we started on breathing treatments. On Monday, he went to the doctor again and they put him on an antibiotic for a possible sinus infection. Craig was diagnosed with an ear infection which is getting better and I finally feel human again after several weeks battling my sinus infection. Somewhere along the way Conner and Abby both missed some school due to various illnesses. Whew! Hopefully we all stay healthy for a while.

We have really been enjoying the nice weather here for the past few weeks. Today it was about 80 degrees with no wind. We took the babies for a walk and enjoyed the sunshine! I think some fresh air helps all of us feel better. It's so nice for the babies to get out of the house and experience some nature!

Hadley is her busy little self, and she started crawling and standing up this week. I think our days are numbered before she starts walking. She is one determined little girl! Benjamin might not be far behind....the past few days he has been getting up on his hands and trying to get into crawling position. We have some baby-proofing to do! We have a baby gate up so that they can't fall down the stairs, and we are trying to remember to keep the bathroom door closed. We just need a few cabinet locks and we should be good to go.

One more milestone that I am very excited about is that we have switched both babies over to formula (which means I can stop pumping soon)! We have enough frozen breast milk so that we can mix the bottles 50/50 and that should get them through until they are a year old. I started eating dairy products again a few months ago and it hasn't bothered them a bit, so we went with a milk-based formula (which is cheaper than the alternative). I am very happy that they had breast milk for 8 months, which is a pretty big accomplishment for twins! I'm very ready to quit and I'm hoping that in a week or two I'll be completely done. I'm taking it slow to ease the discomfort. They even slept all night long last night....from 7:30pm to 6:30 am! Hopefully that continues....I would be SO thrilled to get a few solid nights of sleep.

Both babies are doing great with their baby food and they will eat pretty much anything these days....even Hadley! They usually have cereal and fruit or vegetables for every meal, and today they had yogurt for the first time. They both really like it! Hadley loves anything with apples in it, and Benjamin just loves food in general. We have been trying to give them Cheerios and cut up bananas, but Hadley immediately throws everything on the floor. Benny picks them up and gets them in his mouth, but gags on anything that isn't pureed. We will keep trying!

Here are a few pictures from the past week. They are getting to be SO much fun! We are so very blessed to have these perfect little babies.

Benny is such a happy little guy!

So pretty. Love those little teeth!

Ben and Hadley love each other (most of the time)!

I looked over and saw this happening yesterday. Little stinker!

Ben is such a little cutie. Love him!

Every kid loves a box.

Our little rock star.

By Jamie Kohtz on March 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

As the title indicates, we have been battling a plague-like illness for the past two weeks. It started with little Hadley, who seems to have had 3 different bugs over the past 2 weeks. She ran a fever the first weekend, then she had no fever but horrible diarrhea, then she had a fever with a cough. She has been well since Tuesday, and has been going to daycare. She is back to her curious self. Benny started running a fever on Tuesday, and he had a horrible croupy cough with it. One night he was having trouble breathing, so we spent some time outside in the cold air which helped open his airways so that he could catch his breath! A humidifier has helped. He went to daycare on Monday but has been home ever since. I came down with the plague on Wednesday, and by Friday I felt like I was going to die! I tried to stay home with Benny but I had to call Craig....I could barely lift little Benny. I spent most of the day in bed yesterday. I think I'm feeling better today....but I'm definitely not 100%. I showered, so that's a big step!

Needless to say, Craig and I both missed a lot of work last week. I was at work on Tuesday, and then 1/2 day on Thursday. Hopefully next week is better. I'm trying to finish up a lot of projects and reports before I move into my new role on March 16. Time is flying!

Other than constant illness, things are going okay. Hadley is starting to pull herself up on toys and things, so I think it's only a matter of time before she is completely mobile. She is one very determined little girl! She is such a cutie. Benny is happy sitting and playing....and jumping in the jumparoo!! He doesn't roll over at all, but he is a really good sitter and he has mastered the task of picking up his binky and putting it in his mouth. He is such a happy little guy. Even when he is sick he always has a smile for us. What a trooper.

Hadley quit eating her baby food about 2 weeks ago (when she started getting sick) and we are slowly getting her to eat again. She would just clamp her little mouth shut and refuse to eat anything at all! She has started eating a few things like apples and pears. Hopefully we can get her to eat a few vegetables, but at this point I'm happy with anything! Ben is still a baby food disposal. He eats everything and a lot of it!

One last bit of news, we are so happy to welcome our little Swiss God-Daughter Addilyn Marie Haas! Addilyn was born on March 1 and she weighed 7.3 pounds and she is just perfect! Congratulations to Haley and Thomas for creating such a beautiful little girl! We have to wait until July to meet her, but we get to see lots and pictures and it will make it that much more exciting when July comes. Yippee!!

In my delirium I think I managed to take a few pictures. Of course I'll steal a picture of Addilyn from Haley's blog so that we can show off our cute little niece!

Benny loves computers just like his daddy!

Poor little Hadley...not feeling very well.

More fun in the laundry baskets!

Hadley is so pretty...even with a runny nose!

Another more subtle Hadley photo bomb moment.

Hadley decided that she loves her swing again! Such a cutie!

Just hanging out in our jammies!!

Hadley is surveying the territory in preparation for crawling.

And here is our beautiful little niece, Addilyn! A new cousin for Ben and Hadley (Conner and Abby, too!)

By Jamie Kohtz on March 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Happy February 19th from the Vokohtz family! The twins will be 7 months old tomorrow. It's hard to believe that they will be a year old in 5 months. Time is flying! It's both good and bad. I'm very glad that we have been keeping up with this blog. It will be fun for the twins to be able to look back on this when they are older. It's a virtual baby book!

We were all healthy for a few weeks, but we got a call from daycare on Friday that Hadley was running a fever again. She was not herself all weekend. Our daycare said that they knew something was wrong with her when she went to sleep without crying and throwing a fit. Oh Hadley! She was pretty lethargic all weekend. She was still running a fever before bed, so we might be making another trip to the doctor tomorrow. I think 4 days with a fever is worth a visit to see if she has something else wrong. I think she might be getting another tooth. They say it is an old wives tale, but I really believe that they run fevers when they are teething. Benny is feeling good and he doesn't have any teeth yet. I'm sure he will soon!

Benny is such a good eater. He will eat pretty much anything we try to give him....even if it makes him gag! Tonight he had squash and green beans. Hadley is much more picky. She wouldn't eat any of her squash. I knew she wouldn't eat green beans so we tried some prunes. She had a few bites and was done with that too. Ben usually eats her leftovers. She usually eats a little better than she has been. I'm sure it's because she isn't feeling well. She seems to love pears and carrots the most so far. She was eating so many carrots I was afraid she would turn orange!

Not much else to report. We are ready for some nice weather....I can't wait to get out for walks with the babies and Bowie. Abby is in Arizona right now with her dad at a horse show. She said it's really nice there! She comes back to the cold tomorrow. Conner stayed here....he isn't interested in horse shows.

We are anxiously awaiting the birth of our new niece on March 1 when Haley and Thomas will be welcoming their baby girl into the world. Conner, Abby, Ben and Hadley are excited to meet their new little Swiss cousin. Also, Craig and I are going to be the Godparents! We are thrilled about all of it....and we can't wait until we get to meet her in July. We are excited to see Haley and Thomas also!

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks. I think Ben said "dada" today. He doesn't know what he was saying, but it sure was cute!!

Benny food face!

This is just funny. PHOTOBOMBER!

Ben loves the iPad!

I think Hadley might actually eat her hand. At least she will be eating something.

You can see her little teeth! She wasn't crying....just screaming.

Hadley was very happy...as long as she was sitting in the laundry basket. Whatever it takes.

Playing in Hadley's crib. Naked babies!!

By Jamie Kohtz on February 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Another busy week for the Vokohtz family! Benjamin started off the week with a cold and a fever. Craig stayed home with him on Monday. I stayed home with both of them on Tuesday (Hadley started running a fever also). I noticed that Ben would scream if I touched his right ear, so I took him to the doctor to get it checked out. Sure enough, he had an ear infection. We started him on an antibiotic, and he is feeling much better now. On Wednesday they were feeling better, and they had their 6 month checkups (yes, back to the doctor again). Benny weighs 16.5 lbs and Hadley weighs 14 lbs. He is such a Bubba! They had to get vaccinations, and I got a call from daycare that Ben was running a fever that afternoon so I had to pick him up. I'm sure that it was because of the shots, but rules are rules. Thursday we were finally all well, and Craig and I both got a full day of work in. Whew! Another crazy week.

Hadley's second little tooth came in on Wednesday. Those suckers are razor sharp....I sure hope Benny doesn't fall victim to her bites! She is such a little stinker. She still hates to nap, but we are used to fighting through it now. She always screams and if I bounce her in my arms she falls asleep. Ben is so easy....he just lays in his crib and falls asleep on his own. At least one of them is low maintenance.

We are introducing new foods to them about every 3-4 days. So far they love carrots, they like butternut squash and sweet potatoes, and they hate broccoli. The last three days have been broccoli days, and they haven't eaten much at all. Ben will eat anything but he was gagging a little on that broccoli. I really can't say I blame them. I love broccoli, but it's a little strange in liquid form. Tonight they get mashed potatoes, so hopefully it's a meal they will like.

We got a bunch of snow this weekend. It's funny....my weekend was pretty much the same as always....I probably wouldn't have gotten out at all if it was 50 degrees outside! Sad but true. I'm really looking forward to warm weather so that we can go for walks in the stroller again. I'm getting a little stir crazy. Luckily Conner and Abby were here to keep us company this week. Craig has been busy working on a closet down in the basement, so Conner and Abby are always a big help! I'm sure Craig will post some pictures when he gets it finished. It's a closet under the staircase where we will put our games and a filing cabinet. It is really nice!

One other highlight of this week...our pediatrician told me to start trying a little dairy to see if the babies can tolerate it. Over the weekend I had a tiny wedge of frozen pizza, some naan bread with butter, and a little bit of sour cream in my chili. They seem to be handling it very well! It's promising. I'll still follow the diet for the most part, but it's nice to know I can have a slice of pizza or a little butter without bothering the babies. I'm about 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight, so I don't want to chow down on a bunch of cheese and balloon! It sure is nice fitting into all of my clothes!

Here are some pictures from this week. I just can't believe how fast the babies are changing. It really is amazing. They are just delightful!

Conner and Benjamin taking a nap together. What a good big brother!

Trekkie babies! Ensign Benny, leave Ensign Hadleys bow alone!

Our view of the snow (and Bowie)

The babies have taken over our house. See for yourself.

Another picture of our little Trekkies. Beam me up, Benny!

By Jamie Kohtz on February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wow...this has been a wild and crazy week! So much happened this week....I don't even know if I can remember everything. Last Sunday seems like it was SO long ago. This will probably be a long blog post, so bear with me!

We will start with Monday. It was the babies first day at daycare. Craig, Conner, Abby and I all went to the daycare at 7:15am to drop off the twins. I had lost a lot of sleep the previous week worrying about how I was going to carry them into daycare at the same time. They are getting too heavy to lug around in their infant carriers, but I can't carry both of them for fear I would drop them. For the first few days I lugged them in their carriers. It was hard. They did really well their first day, and the daycare teachers (Miss Katrina and Miss Karen) loved them!

Day 2. I took them by myself that day, and lugged them in their carriers again. It was still hard. Craig left for his business trip to Las Vegas, so I was solo that evening. They did well at daycare again, and we got home, ate some sweet potatoes, took baths and they were in bed asleep by 7:30. They slept until 5am and had bottles, and then they slept until I woke them at 6:45 to get ready for daycare. What a breeze! I could do this by myself easy-peasy! At least that's what I thought......

Day 3. We got to daycare okay, and this time I used our new Jeep Double Umbrella Stroller to wheel them in to daycare. So much easier! That will be our new system. I have to bundle them up a little more, but it works really slick. Well worth the $95 for the stroller. We had a good evening as well. Then came the night. I was up with various babies (I can't recall which at each timepoint) at 11:30, 1:30 until 3:30, then at 4. It was nuts and I was completely exhausted when my alarm went off at 5:30.

Day 4. I'm pooped. Daycare went fine again, and our evening went okay, but I'm starting to feel the stress. Mealtime is stressful....I would sit in between their high-chairs and alternate giving each baby a bite. The baby that wasn't getting the bite would cry for more, and then Hadley would usually end up so mad that she wouldn't eat at all. Bathtime was stressful as well. I sat one baby in a high chair while I bathed the other one. They went to bed fine, but I decided that I was going to find a friend to help me out on Friday night. I was exhausted. Hadley was up for several hours again that night. I had no idea what was wrong with her. She just cried and cried. I think I may have cried a little too out of sheer exhaustion!

Day 5. It's Friday! TGIF! Daddy finally comes home today....probably not until midnight but we are excited! By this time I was a pro at getting them in and out of daycare. They did so well for their first week! Hadley had 3 blowouts, but other than that it went very well. My friend Lori came over to help me get them fed and to bed, and I was SO appreciative of her help! Having another person makes it seem so much easier. We got them to bed by 7:15, and I went to bed at 9. Craig got home around midnight. He was very excited to see the babies, and he got to see them a lot that night! I think he finally got to bed around 4am at which time I took over. Hadley was up ALL night long! I was starting to fear that all of the sleep training was ruined. What was wrong with her?

Well the next morning we found out what was wrong with Miss Hadley. A new tooth! She had one tooth that had cut through, and another one almost ready to break the skin. Poor baby! We were glad to know there was a reason for her insomnia. No teeth yet for Benny. I think he is going to live his life being bossed and tormented by his sister. But he is so easy going, I don't think he will care! We checked to make sure he didn't have any teeth....he is such an easy baby he probably won't even fuss when his first tooth comes in.

And then to top it all off, this morning Benjamin woke up with a fever of 101.5! The poor little guy has a cold. He probably caught it from me...I was home sick the week before. They both had stuffy noses all week (on top of everything else) and now he has the fever. We will see what happens in the morning...I might have to stay home with him if he still has a temp.

Whew! What a week. I'm glad we all survived! Craig had a good time in Vegas....he has lots of stories about the debauchery that took place. Of course Craig wasn't involved, but there were stories of public urination, jail time, puking in trash cans, and getting kicked out of hotels. It was even alleged that some of Craig's co-workers (not the Lincoln ones) caused $4000 damage to their hotel room and there were pools of blood on the floor! Craig will have to verify that information.

And one last bit of information.....I got a new job! It's still with Pfizer, but I got a position in the Quality Assurance group as a Compliance Associate. My current job is supervising the microbiology Quality Control laboratory, where the vaccines are tested before they can be released. For my new job I will be working with the group that produces bacterial antigens. I will make sure that they follow all of the regulations required to produce vaccines, and I will be the person who releases the products. I start on March 16, and I have a lot to finish up with my current job before then. I'll be really busy!!

And here are some pictures from the week. Hadley's new tooth is still to little to see, but hopefully we can get her to show it off in a few weeks.

Benjamin in his big boy car seat! This will go in daddy's truck.

Hadley and Ben love their Jump-a-Roo!!

Hadley LOVES Bowie! He loves the babies too and it really good with them.

Little Hadley. If you look closely she has dog hair stuck to her face from kissing Bowie!

Ben is such a little teddy bear. I just want to hug him!

By Jamie Kohtz on January 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Just got the babies off to dreamland, so I thought I'd do a little blogging. It started snowing about an hour ago and it's really starting to accumulate. We haven't had much snow this year, so this will be a change for us in the morning.

Speaking of changes, Friday was Grandma Anne's last day babysitting the twins. She said it's amazing how much easier they are now. It was pretty hard to get through the day back when they were 14 weeks old! We have come a long way, baby (or babies)! I'm so glad that she was able to come help us out for a few months, and I'm sure it will be an experience she will never forget. Grandpa Kent was on his way home from Cleveland and got stuck in a Chicago snowstorm, so we had a really nice dinner on Friday night (sans Grandpa). Craig cooked beef tenderloin and shrimp. It was absolutely delicious....a perfect meal to celebrate Grandma Anne's time with us. Thank you Grandma Anne....we all love you!

So tomorrow is a big day for us....our first day at daycare. We are going to a place called Kelly's Kids. It's a small daycare center very close to our house and to work. It will be very convenient for us. We visited several times, and I think I'll feel okay dropping them off in the morning, but we will see how it goes! Craig and I will both go tomorrow morning for the first day. Then on Tuesday, Craig leaves for Las Vegas and I will be flying solo with the twins until Friday. Holy crap....I hope I make it! I've never had to get them to bed by myself or get them ready in the morning (and get myself ready!). Since we are just starting daycare we don't have an established routine. This week will be very interesting and I'm sure it will be exhausting! We met a couple this weekend at our neighbor's birthday party who take their daughter there. She was born 5 days before Ben and Hadley...so they already got to meet a little friend! Wish me luck. I'll post an update next weekend and let you know how everything went. I'm sure we will be fine. :)

And for this week's milestone report....Ben and Hadley turned 6 months old on January 20! We made it half a year. Whew! Ben decided to roll over that day as well, but apparently he only wanted Grandma to see it. We are still waiting for him to show us how he rolls (ha ha)! Hadley is sitting up by herself pretty well now. It's so nice to just sit them down and play. It keeps them much more entertained. This week they ate carrots and sweet potatoes. Ben LOVES his food now...he eats big spoon-fulls and always wants more! Hadley is a little more fussy and doesn't eat a whole lot yet. She will get the hang of it.

And here are a few pictures from the week.

We will miss Grandma Anne, but we will see her very soon!

Abby and I went shopping....pretty new dress!

Little Randy (Christmas Story reference)

Playing together...so cute! In outfits from Aunt Haley and Uncle Thomas :)

Ben always has his tongue out!

Hadley is SO pretty....just like her big sister!

By Jamie Kohtz on January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Another week, a few more milestones in the lives of Benjamin and Hadley. I am amazed every day by these babies, and how COMPLETELY different they are from each other! If you didn't know they were twins, you would never guess it. They are definitely not two peas in a pod! They sure do love each other, though.

This week Benjamin mastered his sitting. He can sit up on his own very well now, and this really makes life a lot easier for mom and dad (and grandma). He will sit and play with his abundance of toys for long periods of time. He very rarely falls over now....sometimes Bowie will run by and he will get excited and go headfirst into the carpet. He takes it pretty well. Hadley can sit up also, but she chooses to roll around all over the place. She is much too busy to remain stationary for any amount of time. I think she is going to be our little "trouble". She has a mind of her own, and she lets everyone know it! She can roll across the entire living room now....time for daddy to put up those safety gates! We don't want the babies to follow in mommy's footsteps and go head-first down the stairs. (That story can remain untold for the time-being).

Last night (January 13) was their first meal of solid food! Grandma Anne prepared a butternut squash by baking it in the oven and then putting it in the food processor. It is really delicious! I put it into some little containers and froze most of it, and kept some in the fridge for the next few days. We are going to try to prepare most of their baby food (saves a lot of $$). They seemed to like the taste...a few funny faces but nothing too crazy. They each ate about a tablespoon and they were done. Pretty good for the first real meal! We will try it again tonight. It's so much fun to use their high chairs and feed them. They are growing up so fast! It seems like yesterday that they were born. Time flies when you are crazy busy with twins!

They are sleeping pretty well now. They usually wake up and cry at least once before midnight (for some reason), but they are sleeping until at least 3-5 am before they want a bottle. Not bad! They are usually asleep by 7pm, so mom and dad get some time to get things done (or just relax!). They are such good babies.

Here are some pictures of the cuties over the past week. We sure love these babies!!

Bowie has two new besties! They all love each other.

Benny is such a big boy...sitting up all by himself!

Crawling is just around the corner for little Hadley. SCARY!

Ready for some dinner!

I guess this squash tastes okay.....

So far, so good. What's all the fuss about?

This isn't my milk!!! I'm mad!

Mommy has to work full time now. :o(

By Jamie Kohtz on January 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Well with the New Year brings another milestone for the Vokohtz family....Craig's 40th birthday! We celebrated the big 4-Oh on Saturday, January 7 with all of his friends and family. I surprised him with a party at our neighborhood restaurant, Toast. Somehow, I actually managed to keep it a secret and I think he really was surprised! I told him that we were meeting our neighbors Katie and Drew for a few drinks to get him to the restaurant. It was a lot of fun...I think about 50 of our friends and family were there! Afterward we went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (Dish) with some of our favorite friends (Doug and Marci). It was a really good day. We even got to stay at a hotel so that we could sleep in, thanks to my mom and dad who stayed with Ben and Hadley.

I thought I was ready for a night away, but I got really emotional this morning and I kept crying! I really missed the babies. I was glad to get home.

Here are a few pictures from the birthday festivities.

Conner was celebrating!

So was Abby.

There were plenty of grandmas to hold the babies!

So many friends with so many babies!

Craig with our friends Doug and Marci.

Daddy and Hadley, with her strange wig on. She looks like a little doll!

By Jamie Kohtz on January 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wow...it's been a while! The last blog post was when we had the babies in July. We really haven't had much down time since then. Boy, two babies are a lot of work! But twice the work = twice the joy. Here are the highlights of the past 6 months:

On July 20, Benjamin Steele and Hadley Mae were born! Since we had them the old fashioned way (plus a good epideural) we only stayed in the hospital for a few days. I think we went home on the following Saturday.

Things were a huge blur for the first two months. The babies slept in our room until they were 2 months old. We found that they slept the best in their *removable* swing seat and bouncy seat. They would wake up every 2-3 hours to eat, and Craig and I would just take turns. I tried breast-feeding for about 4 days...needless to say I couldn't handle all of the feedings by myself! After those first 4 painful days, the breastfeeding consultant at our pediatrician's office suggested that I try pumping to let myself heal. Over 5 months later, I'm still exclusively pumping and bottle feeding them the breast milk. It's a little more work, but this way I get some help with the feedings!

At 7 weeks I had my first nervous breakdown. Ben and Hadley were SO fussy and wouldn't nap during the day. We noticed that their poop looked funny also. We called the doctor and took in some poop samples....there was blood in their stools. They both had MSPI (milk-soy protein intolerance). We had two choices: (1) put them on hideously expensive formula or (2) Jamie goes on a special diet absent of soy protein and dairy. We chose the second option. It took about 6 weeks for them to get better, but it finally happened. Jamie was back in her pre-pregnancy jeans in no time at all without all of that cheese! I guess that was a good thing....but it's been tough!

After we got the MSPI thing figured out, life was a lot easier and happier! We now have two very happy and healthy babies. It is such a joy to watch them grow and learn. Ben is our flirt. He smiles at everyone and shows off his cute little dimples. He loves to snuggle and EAT! He is about 2 or 3 pounds bigger than Hadley...I'm figuring he weighs about 15 or 16 pounds now. Hadley is a very cute and VERY stubborn little girl! She is always alert and looking around her, but she hates to take naps during the day! She will fight it with every bit of determination she has. She screams, pinches, squirms, and swings her arms...while yawning and rubbing her eyes because she is so exhausted. We aren't really sure what to do with her.....she is sleeping right now after fighting and crying for about an hour. Hopefully this nap lasts a little while longer! What a little stinker! She is such a good baby otherwise. They are both sleeping really well at night. I guess I'd rather have them sleep at night and stay awake during the day. It's nice to get a little break, though!

My mom has been staying with us during the week to take care of the babies while we are at work. I went back to work on November 2nd part-time. I start back full time this week. Mom will stay for another 3 weeks, and then the babies will go to day-care at a center called Kelly's Kids starting on January 23. It's a really nice place and it's close to where we live. I'm very thankful for my mom, and that we didn't have to take them to day care until they were 6 months old. Thanks, mom!

Conner and Abby have been taking it all in stride. They are always willing to help hold a baby or get something for us when we are busy. They help clean up the house and whatever else we need. We appreciate both of them so much....I know it's a lot to ask of two teenagers! They are the best kids in the world, and we are so blessed to have them. Ben and Hadley are so lucky to have such an amazing big brother and sister! We love you Conner and Abby!

Well there you have it. The last 6 months in a nutshell. Here are some pictures that help tell the story. Enjoy!

I look pretty good after having two babies!

Proud daddy

Big sister and brother

This is how we could feed both babies at the same time!

Oops...somebody wake her up! Common sight for the first few months.

Three months old!

So tired of bottles.....

Pretty Hadley Mae


First Christmas with Santa!

Five months old. So cute!

By Jamie Kohtz on January 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



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