Posts Tagged ‘Twins’

Month of multiples

April 28, 2010

When I take a look at what I’ve got in the blog queue for photos, I feel like I’m seeing double. (Or even triple, hee hee!) We visited some of our favorite twins for a grand adventure in New York City recently, then headed north to hang with our favorite triplet team in New England. And then to top it all off, we get to go to my niece and nephew’s first birthday celebration this weekend coming up, whee!

So first up are these two young men, Matt and Leo.  We had such a great visit, starting at home, then went off to NYC and the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park on a beautiful spring day. Their mom and dad have things WELL in hand, and we marveled at life with fourteen-month-old toddlers. Times two.

More on the NYC branch of our visit in part two, but a quick thanks for a WONDERFUL visit, guys! We miss you!

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Baby love, times two

April 23, 2010

Jack (left) and Caroline (right). Born at 33 1/2 weeks, photographed at home at 40 weeks gestation.

Squeezed for time, yet not wanting to make this family wait even one more minute for these photos, I’m scanning through images to show them the ONE that will represent our shoot as a sneak peek, and I think well, THIS must be it.

Or this one.

Then I keep looking, and I think, THIS must be the one, the one that shows how happy their parents are to have these two home.

…and how much they were anticipated, cherished and loved so long before they arrived.

And then I found this one, which would make the most stoic person ANYWHERE spring a tear or two, and realized I couldn’t possibly limit this sneak peek to just one.

So I didn’t.

Caroline and Jack and their parents shared the same two NICUs that we did nearly four years ago, and we are in full agreement about the amazing teams our babies had, and how grateful we will always be for their expert and loving  care.

And how glad we were to take those babies home.

Congratulation, Erika and Bill! They are delightful!

xo,

Anna

Whoops

April 28, 2009

As I’m looking at that last blog post, where I tell you that I hope the next update I give you about the twins in our family will be many weeks from now, I just have to wonder a little about karma.

As of yesterday morning at 6:39 a.m., my sister is no longer home or pregnant. She and her husband, are, however, the proud parents of a girl and boy, born nearly 10 weeks premature. As many of you saw on Facebook, the initial reports are good and stable, so we will hope and pray for continued good news on the baby front as these little ones grow and mature. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and words of congratulations!

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, look who we had at our place this weekend!

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We had a summit of some of our favorite friends, some with babies and kids, many of them meeting for the first time. Will reveled in his role as oldest, as you can see.

(Henry was unavailable for his closeup, he picked this day to debut a stomach bug, previously unseen in our home.)

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A girl after my own heart. (Of COURSE we had cupcakes, thank you Sarah and Rush!)

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Mmmm.

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This trio, now 14 months old, made their long-awaited debut in our state with their adventurous and completely laid-back parents. We’re so glad you came!

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And the last time you saw this guy, he was about half the size and sleeping. We’ve been waiting for his visit, too, thanks for coming, River!

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And even though Lil just came from across town, we’re so glad she was here, too.

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Next time? We just need to add all the friends we missed this time, and at least two more sets of twins when they are ready to join this mayhem!

Still waiting

April 13, 2009

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She’s still pregnant. Thank goodness.

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And while the hourly ups and downs, including zingers like “we need to deliver you today” (now heard appx. every 18 hours) and “we are concerned about your liver failing” are nearly impossible for even my sister and her husband to keep track of,  as of right now, those babies are still just where they want to be.

Thank you, H & W readers, for your kind thoughts, words and prayers. It’s working.

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Got any suggestions for a name for each of these cherubs?  Jumper and Dancer not currently under consideration, though they would evidently be appropriate names.

No chicken, just babies

March 25, 2009

Hope that wasn’t too tasteless for you all, to have the naked babies anchoring a page on how to cook chicken breasts. By way of apology I give you more twin boys and fewer chicken breasts.

P.S. Cannot WAIT to see what my Google search terms reveal today!

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Aren’t these onesies great? My co-photographer-in-crime for the weekend brought them as a gift for the wee ones, and we wasted no time making them into a photo prop.

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And yes, Leo is larger than his brother Matt. They were just trying to make a point about NOT being identical twins!

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They will have fun with these dollies one day. In the meantime, we had fun with them. A photograph with these colorful friends each month would be a great measure of how much they’ve grown!

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Kinda makes you feel sorry for singleton babies, doesn’t it?

Thanks for having me, boys! Can’t wait til our next snuggle!

Food Friday: Balsamic Chicken

March 20, 2009

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Twin boys, age 2 1/2 weeks, still one week from their due date. Taken March 16, 2009.

Wondering what these gorgeous little loves have to do with Food Friday and chicken? Not much, except I made this when visiting these fellows last weekend, and I am convinced it is so easy even the sleep-deprived, frazzled parents of newborns might be able to make it. Might. Also, I couldn’t wait to post a preview of the photos we took, so here you go. This was my first time photographing twins, and lucky me, it won’t be my last—my sister and brother-in-law are expecting twins this summer, whee!

Matt and Leo are the lovely sons of our dear friends Jess and Dan, and another friend and I got the chance to spend the weekend with this new family of four. If you think cuddling a newborn is heavenly? Try two. While it certainly isn’t easy caring for needy wee ones around the clock and day after day, this mom and dad are already an amazingly synchronized team of completely equal caregiving, and I know they are all going to be just fine. Especially since they live around the corner from one of the world’s most amazing gelato experiences ever—84 flavors, I think.

Balsamic Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried (and if you live near me, I practically have a rosemary hedge, so come take some off my hands)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4-6 Tablespoons white wine (optional)

1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Combine the rosemary, garlic, pepper and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Place the chicken in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and rub with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (We have never done this, and nor would parents of newborn twins–just pour it all together and cook–the flavors are so pungent that advance marination doesn’t seem necessary!)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, spray a heavy roasting pan or iron skillet with cooking spray and place the chicken in the pan. Bake for ten minutes and turn the chicken over. If the drippings begin to stick to the pan, stir in a few tablespoons of water or wine (if using).

Bake about 10 more minutes on other side or until a thermometer in the thickest portion regiters 160 and the juices run clear. If the pan is dry, stir in another tablespoon of water to loosen the drippings. Drizzle the vinegar over the chicken in the pan. (Again, did not do this, mixed it all together and cooked. Nothing was dry.)

Transfer chicken to platter or cutting board.

You can do anything with this chicken–serve it with rice or potato or over pasta with broccoli. I like to make it into a salad, so I slice the chicken into long strips and then add what I have on hand—red pepper, grape tomatoes, cucumber, Parmesan cheese, olives—and sprinkle it all over red leaf lettuce, washed and spun dry. I either make a dressing with oil and vinegar or use Annie’s Goddess Dressing on top. YUM. (And, for those of you in the South Beach Diet way of thinking, all perfectly legal, you can even have blue cheese dressing!)

A great tip for busy families is to make this at the beginning of the week (double it, even!) and use the sliced meat  in sandwiches, salads, soups and quesadillas.

Hope you can find a moment to make this, Jess and Dan! Your boys are amazing and so are you, will send all the photos after the weekend.  xo