Sitting Up, Valentine's Day, My Birthday, and Pictures!
Abel and Belle are growing up so quickly now! They can both sit up alone and Belle is army crawling...soon to be real crawling. Both have cut the same 2 teeth on their bottom gums. They had their 2nd appointment with the Occupational Therapist last week (she meets with them every 4 months until their 1st birthday since they were born prematurely) and they are doing fantastic! Belle is developmentally at her birthage - between 7-8 months old. Abel is developmentally at his adjusted age - 6-7 months old. They are wearing 6-9 month clothing, in size 3 diapers, and eating grains, fruits, veggies, meats, snack puffs, yogurt, and pudding now...and drinking 25-30 oz of formula a day. They still struggle with reflux, especially Belle, but it has improved some since their newborn phase. Belle has been able to sleep in her crib since November now, which is a HUGE praise! They sleep 12 hours a night (which started at the end of November) and take about a 1-2 hour nap a day in their swings which they are quickly outgrowing! Below are 3 slideshows of Abel, Belle, and other festivities (photos taken by my talented sister, Grace). Since my birthday is on Valentine's Day, Aaron and I went on a date to Longhorn Steakhouse while our pastor and wife baby-sat the twins - what a gift they gave us! :) Sadly, Aaron is not in any of the pictures below because he had his Annual Physical Inventory at his store and worked all weekend so Abel, Belle, and I spent the weekend with my family and celebrated mine and my sister's birthdays. We are so blessed that God chose us to shepherd Abel and Belle...we love them so much and are so grateful for them!
We were married on December 17, 2005 and are trying to honor the Savior with our lives. God laid embryo adoption on our hearts after first reading about it in 2006. In 2009, we began pursuing embryo adoption. We have adopted a total of 10 babies: 8 are now in Heaven with the Lord and 2, our boy/girl twins, Abel and Belle were born at 31 weeks on June 4, 2011!
Aaron is currently writing his first book titled, "God is NOT a God of Second Chances...and Other Good News from the Gospel" which will be available in 2014.