We got home the evening of March 26th and it has been a blur ever since. It is hard to imagine Ava and Libby are 16 days old and that I have to return to school tomorrow to finish out the year. From the day we arrived at our house with these precious angels, they have been perfect. All they have done is be perfect, we moved their pac ‘n plays into the living room so that they could get used to noise and they sleep right through everything TV, dog barking, people over, etc. They eat about every 2-3 hours even at night so Erin and I have been getting sleep at 2-3 hours a clip at night. Everything has been going swimmingly at the Peters’ household.
Telling them apart has been a bit of a challenge for everyone including yours truly. We tried painting Libby’s toenail but that was an epic fail since she always has her foot covered. They have no visible birthmarks on their face, but we did find one on Ava’s thigh, not that that helps unless all she has on is her diaper, which is never. The only thing we did find is that Libby’s face is a bit longer, while Ava’s face is a bit more like her Dad’s, chubby! This will be a good thing to remember if you ever decide to come visit since their mom is insistent on dressing them alike, for now.
We have had a few outings since the girls have been home from the hospital, admittedly most of them have been to the Dr. On that note both girls are over their birth weights which indicates that they are eating well. I’m assuming they get that honestly too. We have taken them to Target, Whole Foods, Westside Irish American Club (obviously) and yesterday we went and visited the Easter Bunny at Babycakes in Rocky River. After we saw the Easter Bunny we walked around River had lunch and enjoyed the beautiful Saturday. Last night, was our first night out as Erin’s parents came over to babysit, I hope they never get tired of the trip from Columbia, as we went to a birthday party last night for a few hours. These babies are rock stars anywhere we go they are the topic of conversation and people ohh and ahh over them and how beautiful they are, I think I’m going to be in trouble down the line.
My wife amazes me every single day to the point that sometimes I forget that she had major surgery. She is up and about feeding, changing, holding, and snuggling the girls at every turn. I have to admit that I was a little worried about the middle of the night feedings with her. I’m not sure if you guys have ever met Erin before she has had her coffee but it’s not a nice place to be (obviously I’m joking). We have taken 4 am flights places before and there has not been a word spoken in the car least I get pushed out on the road at 55 mph. I am a bit more of a morning person so that is the big difference between the two of us and my wanting to chit chat is not welcome. Erin has been amazing and honestly I never thought she wouldn’t be she feeds them pumps then goes back to bed, and repeat in 2-3 hours. She never complains and I fall more in love with her each day watching her interactions with the girls.
Erin and I were watching the news Thursday morning and the 5 day forecast came on and I got sad because I go back to work on Monday. I’m not sad I have to go back to work, I’m sad that I have to leave my girls tomorrow morning. I love my job and can’t wait to get back to the students and finish the year strong. I’m not gonna lie though I’m going to be thinking about my girls all day long. Which leads me to my point Erin was extremely nervous that I am going back to work and she will be at home by herself with the girls for the first time. My mother, the saint that she is, is coming up tonight to stay with us for the week and it really put Erin’s mind at ease. The following week Erin has someone coming over everyday to be with her. Between Mark, Erin’s father, Aunt Kate, Erin’s Aunt, Erin’s mother Barb, and our neighbors my mind will be at ease that Erin will be good to go while I finish the school year. People really are amazing and we couldn’t have asked to be surrounded by better family or neighbors that are willing to do whatever is needed.
Enjoy the greatest sports time of the year, March Madness, Masters and Baseball is starting. Can’t wait till summer and all the adventures that the 5 of us are going to go on. Love you guys have a great week!