Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6 days post transfer

It's still early, but the wait was painstaking (seriously, Wren took this test at 430 am because she couldn't wait!). We have a BFP 6 days post transfer!!!!!!!!!!!! Granted, this is just a home urine test (blood work scheduled for Oct 1st), but we'll take it! Wren is also all ready showing multiple signs of pregnancy: tender breasts, emotional, tiredness, head cold, etc.

Baby bird #3 expected to hatch June 2015!!!!!!!

For now, we are keeping this to ourselves and blog friends...,ssssshhhhh, keep it a secret.

With happy hearts,
Finch and Wren

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Transfer Day

10:50 am -- Here we are, the day has come (insanely quickly, might I add)!!!! I'm currently sitting in the waiting room while Wren is receiving a pre-transfer acupuncture treatment. Our FET is scheduled at noon. Please be sure to send all your best positive energy, baby-making ju-ju our way. After the FET we will return for a second acupuncture session and then head home for the day. Wren is on a strict warm food only eating plan to provide the most optimal incubation chance for implantation. Pregnancy teas laced with raspberry and goji berries, soups, oatmeal etc.

Incredible to be going through this experience again. We of course are still anxious and semi-nervous, but on a much different level than our previous transfer. Knowing the procedures and expectations has put us more at ease, more comfortable with this process. This. Process. That. Is. Going. To. Create. A. New. Life. A. New. Tiny. Human. To. Add. To. Our. Family.

Again, keep us in your thoughts and we will keep you posted.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Migrating back to Blogland

Greetings old friends in Blogland! After our 2 year hiatus from writing, Wren and I have decided it's time to blog again. We find ourselves, not as overwhelmed in the toddler years as we did during the infant stage. We have missed blogging and following along with some of our favorite blogs. Luckily, we have connected with several of you via other social media sites and have truly enjoyed having you as a part of our lives.

So, after two years, it would seem we have a lot of catching up to do. O and J are now 2 1/2 -- soon to be 3 in Dec (crazy, right??!!). They bring us so much joy, love and laughter every day. They are completely fearless, loving, caring, early to rise, energetic, onery, anything-with-four-wheels-obsessed boys. The best way I can catch you up is with a picture slide show:

This photo is from our Second Parent Adoption Sept 17th 2012. What a wonderful day in court this was!

 Here are O and J in the Fall of '13
This was during a vacation to DC Jan '14. Our hotel room overlooked a very busy intersection AND a firestation! They were beside themselves watching every taxi, garbage truck, bus and firetruck that passed.

The boys also have refined taste in their sweets! We had to stop in DC cupcakes while in town

These are from their 2 year photos

Mama and her boys -- all snow/winter birds for sure!

Spring '14 brings the trains out of the mountains. These two have locomotive fever...

and a great sense of style!

Mondays and Thursdays are THE BEST at our house -- garbage day! Yeah, we are on a first name basis with the driver

Beating the summer' 14 heat with the splashpad

Rocket Pops on Memorial Day

Meeting Burt and Ernie on summer vacation to Sesame Place

Boston Pride

Their first MLB game at Fenway

Picking flowers for Mommy at a local farm

P-town dunes -- adorable!

Mommy and her beach bums!

Searching for ''treasure'' (shells) with Mama

Blast off!!!!!

4th of July fireworks

They are some bike ridin' fools!

Our beautiful family <3

So, that has been our adventures in raising these sweet fellas! There were times when we felt like we were just treading water, doing the best we could to keep it together for that day. But we have navigated our way through it. It's not always rainbows and butterflies, but honestly, there is no other way either one of us would have had it. Hard to picture our life with only a singleton. Even through the chaos -- IT'S. JUST. TOO. MUCH. LOVE!!!!!!! 

Now that we are all caught up -- there is some other news we would like to share....

****WE ARE TTC 3.0****

Yes, indeed friends, we are so excited to be expanding our family! Wren is going to carry again. If you remember, we have 6 frosties put back. Our FET (frozen embryo transfer) is set for Sept 18th. Right now Wren is on estrogen injectibles and will progesterone around the 12th. We are set to transfer ONE embryo for now....I think. We keep debating back and forth between one or two, haha.
Ahhhhhhh, here we are, finding ourselves in all too familiar waters; Dr's appointments, bloodwork, birth control ***womp, womp, womp***, all the medication. And yet, all totally and completely worth it to bring another amazing little life into our world.  

We look forward to sharing and chronicling our journey with you all again. Much love to you all!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First County Fair

Ahhhhh, the county fair -- a symbol of summer around these parts. Every August, kids around the county bring out their animals they spent all year raising and show them. Last year when Wren and I went, the boys were still in utero and were still only affectionately known as Baby A (who we were convinced was a GIRL) and Baby B. So this year, we headed out to give the boys their first fair experience and to see the animals.

Oliver introducing himself to Mr. Ed the Horse


Oliver and Jack debate which came first -- the egg or these laying hens

Wren explaining to the boys this is also where milk comes from :)

Oliver and Finch

Baa, baa, shaved sheep -- what happened to your wool?

Hanging out with the Jersey cows

All in all I think they had a good time checking everything out. Next year will be a different story with them wanting to touch everything I'm sure.

In other news, we will be taking our first official family vacation the end of this week. We are packing up and heading to Va Beach. Wren and I are very much looking forward to getting away and relaxing. As well as seeing how the boys react to their first beach experience.

Also, I haven't even gotten to write about our adoption process..... Oddly enough, WV is one of the few states that allows second parent adoption for same-sex couples. We have several friends in the immediate area that have all gone through the process without a glitch. And of course, that's not how the dice rolled for us, but it all seems to be working out. Luck of the draw, we ended up with a judge who requested either an in-home study or a letter from our minister. Now mind you, none of our other friends had either of those requests. There is apparently no exact protocol or guideline to follow, it is all the judges' discretion. So, thank goodness, we have a church we occasionally attend and our minister wrote a letter of recommendation -- along with about 5 other members of the church and a very large letter campaign from friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. We handed our attorney about 50 letters (over-kill?? Maybe, but it got the point across to the judge) for the judge, all in favor of our adoption. That was almost a month ago and we have been on pins and needles ever since...waiting to see if the judge accepted them or will now still require the home study. Well...we just got new yesterday of our court date for September 17th!!!!! So it looks like it's all a goooooooo!!!!!

Leaving you on that positive note! Hope you're all having a great week.

Finch, Wren, Oliver and Jack

Thursday, July 19, 2012

7 Months of Bliss

I know, I know -- we have become terrible bloggers. It's just sooooo hard to find the time. Several of you have been on my mind lately and I miss the "blog-family", even though several of you follow along on FB. We would like to share some updates on the boys.

Oliver and Jack are growing so fast, it's hard to imagine how very small they were at birth. They are both amost 20 lbs, eating like horses and Wren has still been able to keep up with breastfeeding. They are happy, giggling, squealing,  babbling, jumping, so loving and almost crawling little beings of emense energy. So here are the past 7 months in pictures:

Newborn: December

Sweet, sweet snuggling boys

One Month: January

Mommy with her handsome men

Hanging out with Mama

2 Months: Feburary

Oliver grinning because he loves his Mommy

Our Valentine's

Little owls that have blessed our nest!

Getting stronger with tummy time

3 Months: March

St Patty's Day pics -- Yes we REALLY did dress them like leprachans!


Me wee little lad, Jack

This is one of my favorite earlier pics of Oliver

Jack with his flirty smile

4 Months: April

Oliver getting some snuggle time with Mama

Play time in the play yard that has taken over the living room :)

The boys in their Easter suites, looking very dapper

Snuggle bunny Oliver

Cuddle bunny Jack

5 Months: May

Celebrating our first Mother's Day with a picnic in the park


Oliver and "sophie"

Memorial day -- first time at the pool

Mama and Oliver

Mommy and Jack

Aunt Julie with the boys

Mama and Jack

Mommy and Oliver

6 Months: June
AKA -- DC Pride

Big boys sitting in their high chairs

First time staying in a hotel -- living up the luxuries. Room service in bed!

Mommy and boys at Dupont Circle

Getting ready for the Pride parade -- Oliver and Jack made some shiney new friends

Mommy and Oliver sharing a moment

Our beautiful family

Proud Mama

We marched in the DC parade this year with Rainbow Families. The boys were a big hit -- here Wren is marching and waving to the crowd.

After the parade, the boys were so happy and proud

I love this pic!
Back home in WV. We took a small hike one afternoon.

7 Months: July

Oliver and Jack love playing with each other

Oliver, a budding pianist!

Jack's dashing smile

Oliver and Jack -- best buds

Mama and Oliver

Mama and Jack

Oliver with the flowers

Jack with the flowers

Brothers -- "I always got your back, bro."

Mommy and her boys

My world :)

Oliver loves the grass

Oliver (left) Jack (right)

Love his potato face smile!

Mommy and Jack

Mommy playing with Oliver

the boys knocked out from great-grandma's house. She wore them out!

The boys make their first field appearence!



Mama and Oliver in game day gear

7 months has seemed to just fly by. We are so smitten by our little guys. Now that you are all caught up, here's hoping we can get back into blogging and keep you up to date with all the joy filling our lives.

 You may ask -- how do they do it with twins?? It's simple really.....COFFEE! Some days are rough, but we can't imagine our life any different. Every day is a joy, even if it starts at 6am --- at least they have smiling faces that early. Wren and I's relationship is stronger than ever. It has to be, otherwise everything would collapse. We work very well as a team.

Thank you to all who have emailed, commented, given your support etc during our blog absence. We hope you are all doing well and hope to hear from you soon again!


Finch, Wren, Oliver and Jack