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20 Weeks! Holy Sh** Time Flies!

20 Weeks! Holy Sh** Time Flies!

On Saturday, Erin and I hit the 20 weeks thresh hold and we couldn’t be more excited, although we still have a ton of stuff left to do before the arrival of Baby A  & Baby B.  We have picked out the cribs and the stroller that “we” want, I kid it is a great stroller Erin told me and that is why it is the one we want.  I really am kidding good thing she is in Dallas because Erin would strangle me with that sentence.  I’m going to brag about myself here for a second, we went to look at cribs and strollers the Saturday of the OSU and Michigan game, I missed the entire second half, I should get some husband of the year votes for that.  Admittedly, I’m not an OSU or Michigan fan but that is not the point.  I’m sure everyone has, but have you noticed how small baby’s clothes are, we have started to get some clothes to our house and these things are tiny, but when you have two of everything it starts to take up space.  We have a walk-in closet in the room we are using for the nursery and it is getting filled with diapers, clothes, and other baby stuff we can barely open the door.  It is coming fast and we are enjoying this whole process.  

Erin traveled to Dallas today for work till Wednesday, her last bit of travel until the babies are born.  I have a feeling these babies are going to be huge!  They were 8 & 9 oz. at the last ultrasound and that is the size they are supposed to be if they were a single baby, being twins and supposedly sharing everything theoretically they should be smaller.  No medical experience here just an armchair observation.  Although Saturday night a couple of my neighbors and I were talking about them getting us a lodge when they are linemen in the NFL.  Let’s Hope!  Not revealing anything here but after seeing their bone structure and feet size plus watching what Erin is eating and not gaining a pound these cats are boys and they are going to be biggins.  When I was born I was 10lbs 12oz and Michael was 10lbs 10oz, right now most of you reading this just gasped and said, “your poor mother” and I agree with you God bless that lady we were pains from the beginning!   Honestly, I do not care if they are boys or girls as long as they are healthy, one day one of my co-workers told me they are going to be girls and they will have me wrapped around their finger, all probably true.  Then she said that one day when they are about 3 or 4 they are going to want to have a tea party right in the middle of a college football game.  I told her that is fine as long as they understand that Daddy’s tea comes from the green bottle.   

This Friday will be the real test as we have started the ultrasound’s every two weeks and I won’t be able to make everyone, by the way, I am so jealous!  I think it will be tough for Erin especially when the technician tells her that she can tell her what gender it is to hold strong and not find out.  I hope she holds out, we’ve made it this far might as well go the distance.  I am coming around to the idea of being the guy that gets to walk out of the room and announce to everyone whether they are boys or girls.  I think that will be really cool!

A lot of times we classify people as courageous or selfless, but what I witnessed the last four years was one of the most courageous and selfless things I’ve ever seen.  This week one of Erin’s favorite Aunts, Martha Kappa died from a prolonged battle with breast cancer.  Aunt Bitty, as she was affectionately known put up a fight against this awful disease not for herself but for her family.  She exhausted every option she could to hang on for her husband, three daughters, 8 siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews. Admittedly I did not spend a whole lot of time with Aunt B, but I’ve gotten to know her daughters pretty well and also a lot of people that she has obviously touched during her life and if what they say is true that a person’s legacy is defined by those left behind Godspeed and rest in peace Aunt Bitty you’ve done great.  

This weekend we lost another national treasure in 41 George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America.  I read this weekend as everyone was memorializing his death on Twitter that, “You may not have agreed with his politics, but you knew for a fact that he loved his country.”  The man was a Navy pilot, Vice President of the United States and President of the United States he spent his life in service to our country.  The letter he wrote as he departed the oval office to Bill Clinton was a reflection of what he was about and who he was as a man, he was humble and grateful to a country that elected him to lead the country. Godspeed 41 as you and Mrs. Bush are united, we can only hope that the next President of the United States is as humbled by the awesome responsibility as you were.  

This week was also a historic week as Notre Dame made the College Football Playoff and that means they get the Clemson Tigers in AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This has been a turn around of epic proportions as the Irish were 4-8 just 2 short years ago.  Since that time ND is 22-3.  Brian Kelly the Head Football Coach made some organization changing moves after the 4-8 season in 2016.  The leadership that Kelly showed by making those tough decisions showed that he is the best man for the job.  Notre Dame routinely plays the toughest schedule in the country and to be able to navigate that to a 12-0 record just two years after going 4-8 is nothing short of remarkable.  Here’s to the Irish making a run at ending their 30-year national championship drought.  Go Irish!

20 weeks in 16 at most to go.  That’s just four short months.  Thank you to everyone for your support, I appreciate it as does Erin.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  

Halfway there and Loving Every Minute of It!

Halfway there and Loving Every Minute of It!

Today was a huge day, the eighteen-week ultrasound we saw arms, legs, hands, fingers, feet, kidneys, brains, all kinds of stuff.  Erin and I were both nervous as heck last night as we are going into every ultrasound, but this one we felt was huge since it was the first one since our “scare” about 4 weeks ago.  They did kind of give us an idea about what the scare was, he saw a blood clot on the ultrasound so that was probably what it was and a good thing that it is clotted.  Again I am beyond amazed that they can tell what they can see on those ultrasounds.  To me, it seems that there are a bunch of parts floating around in a blob but somehow these amazing people at the Cleveland Clinic can see and tell the difference, amazing!  At one point during the ultrasound, Erin looked at me and said, “Can you believe that this is going on inside of me?”  It truly is miraculous how the creation of human beings happen.  The babies are progressing quite nicely as we again heard their heartbeats and were so thrilled. The babies are weighing in at 9oz and 8oz so they are sharing already, which is a good thing.  We are still not finding out the gender, today was the first day we could have, Erin did waffle a little on the table today but I am proud of her she held strong.  I am no expert but by the looks of the size of the hands and feet on the babies, they better hope they are boys.

This is an amazing journey that I love being on with Erin, I could not imagine missing one of these appointments and not seeing our family growing right before our eyes.   We have been through so much on this journey from miscarrying two years ago through IVF shots round one then the first egg not taking and then insertion of the next two eggs with one taking and shots round two through five weeks of pregnancy.  Now we are where we are 18 weeks deep, we have to go to ultrasounds every two weeks until we deliver in March.  Our due date is still the same, April 20th but that is the full 40 weeks and we will not go farther than 36 weeks which will put us around March 23rd.  My wife is as amazed as am I when people tell her that they love reading the story of our journey. 

My father’s birthday was November 8th and it allowed me to reflect on what a fantastic father and grandfather he is and will continue to be when the twins get here.  First off there is one thing about my father that he is proud of he is an Irish, Catholic, Democrat and if you ever talk to him you will know that within seconds.  This pales only in his pride in his four sons and his 6 soon to be 8 grandchildren, we know that he loves us and would do anything for us.  My Dad is a giver he gave of himself as long as I can remember, he volunteer coached football at St. Joseph grade school for 19 years and among other things a few years ago he announced to us that in lieu of Father’s day, Christmas, and Birthday gifts he wanted us to donate to Christ The King School in Chicago.  The school is located in a section of Chicago call Austen, it is poor and violent and the Jesuits went in to try and help so my father wanted to help the cause so that is what we do in his name.  There are times when it scares me to death about being a father to these two coming in March, but knowing that I have a mentor and a role model in my father to help me along the way eases my fears.

Now that I got all of the sappy stuff about my father out of the way here are some of the best memories that I have of him.  When we were younger the state championship games were held in Massillon, 20 minutes from where we grew up.  He would only take us if there was a Catholic school playing because as he would say he needed someone to cheer for.  Another time there was a situation happening and one of my cousins asked him what he was going to do about it and he responded with “Pray and Drink Beer” which remains his email to this day.  Growing up he told us that God put us on the earth for two reasons, “Have a good time, and help other people.” He is the greatest guy that I know and am happy that he will be ever present in my children’s lives.  

This week the Avon Eagles will be playing in the state semi-finals against Akron Hoban.  It has long been my goal since I started coaching to practice on Thanksgiving morning and finally in my 15th year we are accomplishing this feat. Here’s to one more week playing together, let it rip Friday and see what happens!  Avon is a special place and this is a year that I will always remember in my football life.   

Happy Thanksgiving from The Peters

This is for sure a glimpse into the future
Week 17 Updates and Don’t Tell Me, Show Me

Week 17 Updates and Don’t Tell Me, Show Me

In comparison to last week, this week was a figurative breeze.  Erin reported that she felt that the babies are growing and she was feeling pregnant, but overall she is doing great!  We go for our next ultrasound in a couple of weeks on November 20th there will be a ton more to update as we see all the anatomy and get their sizes.  The question, as we get closer, will be can Erin holdout or will she break down and find out the gender?

Tuesday is the mid-term election day, I know what you are thinking but this will not be a political blog endorsing any candidates.  This blog is about exercising your rights and getting out and using your voice to elect our leaders.  The following Saturday will be Veteran’s Day and everyone will be posting on social media “Thank You For Your Service”.  These words will ring hollow for me because we will see the election numbers and they will be right around 50%, which is a slap in the face to all veterans.  I’m not going to sit here and preach to you about this candidate is better than another or the other garbage that you see on TV or in the mail.   I am just asking you to vote, get out and be a participant in your government.  The thing that drives me crazy is the people that complain about our government and then do nothing to help and change it, by participating in the democracy.

In America, we have a government that only works if its citizens participate.  There are countries around the world that are fighting to the death literally for the rights that we as Americans take for granted.  As Americans, we have won life’s lottery by being born in the United States of America and instead of being grateful for what we have been given, Americans are sitting on their rear ends and not doing their part.  In America, we have a voice as citizens and if you choose to not use your voice, please do not tell me on Saturday “Thank You for your Service”.  Please walk on by without insulting me because you feel that thanking me is what you should do because it is Veteran’s Day.  The best way to thank a veteran is by voting and doing the one thing that many have died for so you can have a voice.  The biggest thanks I can get will be seeing the stickers that say “I Voted Today!”

This week was pretty easy as far as the pregnancy goes and remember on Tuesday please, please get out and vote! Love you guys and remember to vote on Tuesday or early vote today!

Babies Update Week 16

Babies Update Week 16

As we embark on week 16 we had a surprise ultrasound last Friday as we had a scare at 4:30 am, but no worries the high-risk Dr. told us all was normal.  As we were sitting in the ultrasound for 45 minutes we saw our babies again and heard their heartbeats,  we saw their heads and arms and legs and also saw their stomachs for the first time.  Going to these ultrasounds is more exciting than any football game I have ever participated in as a player or a coach.  The technology that the hospital possesses is amazing, the fact that they can see the babies and tell which part is which is fascinating to me.  To see these two growing inside of their beautiful mother is certainly one of the great wonders of nature.  The babies are now 11cm long, at 16 weeks we have another 16-20 weeks to go before they are here.  When you type that or say that out loud 16-20 weeks is not that long, it is a good NFL teams season.

We are getting ready, making a list and checking it twice so that we are ready for the babies in the spring.  (excuse my Christmas reference as Erin has been inundating me with Hallmark Christmas movies already!) We are painting the nursery alabaster, which apparently is white but not white more like buttercream frosting on a cake.  Also, I’m told it is Johanna Gaines’s favorite color!  I wish Chip would get his rear end up here and paint then! It is a little overwhelming making a registry and shopping for the things that you are going to need when the babies get here.  We went shopping for a stroller on Sunday, that was not as enjoyable trek as one might think.  We, Erin, like this stroller by UppaBaby this thing apparently is the Cadillac of strollers and putting two in this thing makes it really something.  It rolls really good and folds down so I’m pretty sure that we are going to get that one.  The next thing we are looking at is cribs, those also are something especially the ones we are looking at, apparently, the kids will be able to use these until they leave for college, which will be nice.  When you are looking for this stuff it really makes everything real, and it makes it really real when you multiply it by two for everything.

Our next Dr. visit is November 20th, where we will see all of the anatomies and it is D-Day.  The day that we could find out the gender, and we will all be holding our breath to see if Erin can hold out.  I still have my doubts but the question will be answered on the 20th!

I am going to try and update the babies progress and how Erin is feeling every week so you guys do not have to worry.  Erin did tell me that she thinks they are going to be boys and that her mother had a dream that they are boys, so all I’m asking is does Chuck Kyle have another 18 years in him??

We love everyone and thank you so much for your support, and are so excited for Baby A and Baby B in the spring!

2 Heartbeats 4 Legs & 4 Arms

2 Heartbeats 4 Legs & 4 Arms

This week was a big week as I turned 41 years old a week ago.  I know many of you would have lost a bet not sure if I was going to make it this far.  As I look back at all of the blessings that I have had in my life I am amazed that one person can have it go so right for them.  Erin and I talk about this all the time the number of things that had to fall just right for us to have met in the first place and now we are expecting twins in the spring.  Sometimes I have to say it aloud so I remind myself that it is real and we are so excited.  Something this wonderful isn’t supposed to happen to a guy like me, from coming home after my third semester of college with a whopping 1.1 GPA and my father uttering the best thing he has probably ever said to me: “I am not spending one more dime on your education!”  I will never forget when they made me call Coach Corradini that night and tell him I was not coming back to MSJ.  It did lead me to one of the best decisions I have ever made, joining the United States Army.  I grew up and grew up fast spending almost 13 months in Iraq in a war zone will do that to you.  When I got out I graduated from Kent State University and started teaching, got my Masters degree from Ohio University and love every day that I get to go to work for the Willoughby-Eastlake school district and coach football at Avon High School.  I married my best friend and without a doubt the best person that I know three years ago this December and now we are awaiting the arrival of our identical twins this spring.  If you would have told me seven years ago this would be my life, I would have told you that you were nuts! Now I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!

Enough about me, because I know that you guys are here for the updates on the babies. We had an ultrasound today.  It has been two weeks since the last one and it has felt like it was two months.  During that time we went to Cincinnati for a weekend and this Saturday we had our families over for my birthday dinner.  We had a lot going on but today was always at the front of our minds, the twins are always at the front of our minds.  The ultrasound nurse, I think that is what she is called, took all kinds of pictures we got to hear the heartbeats again, she measured them and they measured about the same.  This is good because it means that one is not taking all of the nutrients and they are sharing, I’m sure they get that from me.  They had good spine lengths and good skin thickness on their necks, as Dr. Kory said as he walked in the room, “Everything is looking great!”  We are so pumped, we get to go back to get another ultrasound where they look at their anatomy development and we can find out the gender if we want, but so far Erin is holding out at first I thought it was to spite her mother and her sister but also she has a good bet with her father if we don’t find out.  Keep holding out honey!

Week 11 updates and the Ryder Cup

Week 11 updates and the Ryder Cup

The babies are coming! The babies are coming!  The twins are consuming our lives and it is awesome!  There isn’t a second that goes by the I do not think about them or that Erin or I am not discussing them.  We have started to receive clothes for the babies and they are so small.  This time the pregnancy has become real, from hearing heartbeats to receiving gifts and shopping for cribs, shits getting real over here at the Peters’s! I believe this weekend we settled on two boy’s names and two girl’s names, I will reveal them at a later time, but I will tell you this they are strong, classy and fun.

When I think about the coming of the babies in the spring, people have asked me all kinds of questions.  One of my favorites being if I am going to be alright if they are girls?  Of course, I can’t put them back!  I have also been asked if they are boys am I going to make them play football? My answer to this question is simple I am not going to make them do anything besides work hard and be a good person.  These two qualities were taught to me and my brothers by our parents and I hope to instill these qualities in my children.  If you know my father you have probably heard a few of his famous sayings, one of our favorites is “God put us on the earth for two reasons, have a good time and help other people.”  This is what really matters, how you treat others will get you further than anything in this world and as long as the one thing people say about our children is that they are good people I will consider them successful.  The other thing that I believe is that no matter what you do, do it as well as you can.  If you are a ditch digger be the greatest ditch digger that you can be if you are a salesperson be the best salesperson that you can. No matter what you are doing do it as well as you can.  In Brian Kight’s Focus 3 part of it says “Be The Best Version of You Everyday” being a good person and working hard will help you be the best version of you and that is my hope for my coming babies.  Too many times people are worried about what they have, instead of what they can do for others.  I will teach my children to be servant leaders by putting the needs of others in front of theirs.

This weekend in Paris the Ryder Cup took place between American golfers and European golfers.  I love the Ryder Cup and events like it where we can all be Americans for a weekend.  America is the greatest country in the world with freedoms like no other but somewhere we get lost in appreciating what we have and what we are afforded.  America has lost the ability to admit when it is wrong.  It does not matter when someone takes a certain side they will fight to the death that they are not wrong even though they know deep down that they are wrong.  Also as Americans, we have lost the ability to listen, really listen to each other when we have discourse.  A lot of times we hear but we do not listen to the other side of a disagreement.  We are to busy formulating our rebuttal instead of listening to the other side.  Too many times in this country people think the longest, loudest talker is always right.  When we do not listen to each other we also lose the ability to see things from the other person’s perspective.  As Americans, we need to listen to each other, be good people, and work hard and America will continue to have a bright future.  Oh, and by the way, the American lost the Ryder Cup to the Europeans 17.5-10.5.  We will see you in Wisconsin in 2020 Europe!

We Live in the Grey Area of Life

We Live in the Grey Area of Life

As I read my Facebook/Twitter timelines it occurs to me that Nike using Colin Kaepernick as their spokesperson has really riled some people up.  Let’s boil this down to what Kaepernick has done:

  1. He exercised his right to free speech and to peacefully protest police brutality, this was not protesting the anthem or the flag, that was just the stage that he used same as Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968.
  2. He basically made himself a pariah in the NFL because he wasn’t good enough to be that big of a distraction and still be a starting QB in the NFL.
  3. He has continued his work even while being out of the league by donating to police training and helping to reduce excessive force and racial profiling.
  4. Now Nike has dropped an ad campaign with Kaepernick with the title “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

What Kaepernick did by peacefully protesting is what America is all about.  Is America great? You better believe it, but at the same time, America also has some flaws that we need to work on.  Kaepernick put his entire livelihood on the line in the same vein as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tommie Smith, and John Carlos.  Kaepernick was bringing awareness to a problem in American society that needed attention and had the stage of the NFL to do it.  The peaceful protest leads to Kaepernick being an outcast in the eyes of the NFL.  It turned out Kaepernick wasn’t a good enough QB to still be in the league with the distraction he would have brought to the team.  Colin has not played an NFL game in two years, because he decided that his cause was more important than his playing career.  Kaep has proven that he is dedicated to his cause by continuing to raise money for excessive force training and racial profiling.  Two days ago Nike launched an ad campaign depicting Kaepernick with the saying “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything”

The outrage to this ad has been unbelievable, I had a 2 hour Facebook discussion about it and I was essentially agreeing with this person the whole time.  Here is the problem people want a 100% win about everything.  They need a black and white answer to every question, well guess what people we live in an intensely grey world.  I was reading this morning and people were all up in arms about the way Kaepernick was exercising his rights and I also read veteran responses answering “I did not protect your freedoms so that I could tell you how to use them.” This is America there are no 100% wins that is because we have freedom and are not run by a police state.

America was founded by a group of immigrant protestors that were tired of being oppressed by England, and they wanted change.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lead peaceful protests all around the south as part of the civil rights movement to exact change.  Peaceful protests are a great part of American history and also what makes America great. What also makes America great is the fact that we can have these discussions where no one is right but that we also do not have to fear for our lives because we disagree.  In America Kaepernick is allowed to peacefully protest, Nike is allowed to hire him as their spokesperson, and if you do not like that you are allowed to boycott all Nike products.  This is the way America works and this is the way America works best.  Everyone has their own individual rights to express and exercise how they want without the fear of repercussion from the government. Democracy is not easy my friends if it were everyone, would do it.  God Bless America!