Ava rolled over!!!

Just wanted to share with you all that Ava rolled over from her front to her back yesterday! It was so exciting. We had an assisted roll over in the afternoon so I knew it would be soon that she did it on her own so we waited for her Appa (dad) to come home and low and behold - she rolled over right before our eyes! It took her about 5 minutes but she did it all by herself! We are so proud!!! :) Here is a picture of her working on her push ups - although she's not too happy about it!

Ava lifting her head up!

Noah has had some great smiles so we wanted to share that too!

Noah's smiles

Ava: "How you doin?"
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Merry Christmas!

This has been the best Christmas that Nathan and I could have ever asked for! Thank you all for your love & support this year. Noah and Ava are so lucky to have been born into such an amazing network of friends and family!

Santa

Ava

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Noah's stocking

I was born the day after Christmas so there were still Christmas decorations up at the hospital when I was born. My parents loved the giant stockings at the hospital so they brought one home and put me in it. Twenty-nine years later, I'm posting pictures of my babies in the very same stocking. Life sure is amazing!


Katrina in stocking



The best Christmas present!

Who's baby is it anyway?

Everyone keeps asking us who looks like who so we thought it might be fun to post some pictures of us as babies and you can decide! We think that it changes on a daily basis! :)

If you need some more pics of the twins to decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157622922093374/


Nathan

Nathan at hospital



Katrina

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Nathan

Nathan



Katrina

Katrina with mom



Nathan

Nathan in bath



Katrina

Katrina 2



Nathan

Nathan photo shoot



Katrina

Katrina on couch

Cuteness

This has been our first week on our own and I am happy to say that we are doing well. We're all a bit tired but doing well. It's been fun trying to figure out how to do things and making things work. The kids, Forrest and I even made it to Babies R Us on our own! But really, most days we just sit around looking at the twins. Who needs cable when you've got twins right?

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Happy First Thanksgiving!

Ava & Noah had a great first Thanksgiving! Their Uncle David flew out to surprise us so we spent the holiday with him and with Harabuji (Grandpa) and Haramuni (Grandma). Here are some pics from the holiday and the last week or so. As always, check out our flickr for more :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157622798260140/

Their first Thanksgiving!
Thanks to Nekesa for the "first Thanksgiving" bibs!



Lauren, Michelle & Chris

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Ava

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Ava smiling

I promised we would post a video of Ava so here it is! She's been a little bit harder to catch on camera but well worth the wait!


Adventures

It's been a hectic couple of weeks but all is well in the Lee household. My sister, Laura, was here for a while after my parents left and now Nathan's dad is here to help. We literally could not have gotten this far without all this help! I'm not sure anyone will ever visit again because there is no sleep for our helpers - Noah & Ava make sure of that!

We had our first outing last week - Astor place, Kmart & our new favorite tacqueria. It was quite the adventure!

I've posted new pics to our flickr and will continue to post to this set for the rest of the month so make sure you check it out!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157622798260140/

The twins first outing - Astor Place

Laura's super swaddle



Noah

Sleepy time

Two weeks old!

It's hard to believe that they are already two weeks old! It's been a great two weeks - although we really haven't slept much since the 24th! Noah & Ava are doing well, both are gaining weight and seem to be growing constantly. They are becoming more and more alert and we are starting to see some of their personalities come out.

Forrest returned home this week and seems to be adjusting well. I'm sure it was a big shock for him to leave and come back to a completely rearranged apartment with two newborns. I tried to warn him but I don't think he really understood the whole pregnancy thing! They also had their first visitor, Uncle Daniel who is also Forrest's favorite dogsitter (I apologize to all other dogsitters reading this but it is true :)

We'll try to get a video of Ava up soon but for now, enjoy Noah hamming it up!

This week's flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157622584599827/



Aunt Laura & Noah

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Noah

First Halloween

Hanging out with Forrest

Their first visitor

Ava & Grandpa

Ava & Yia Yia

Ava smiling

Family traits

It has been so fun to see the twins interact with each other. Uncle Chris & Aunt Ruth got us a great video camera to help us capture these moments for the twins. Thanks Miltiades family! Ironically, one of the first moments we recorded reminded me so much of their son, my cousin Steven. When he was young, he used to sit in my lap and reach up and hold my ear while he was sucking his thumb. While we were in the hospital, Ava found Noah's ear and was so calmed by it.


The Arrival of Noah & Ava

Around 7 am I got up to use the bathroom. Nathan was up and all of the sudden we heard what sounded like a bubble pop followed by a gush of water. We both thought, "no, this can't be it, we're just being paranoid." I stood up and realized that it was indeed my water breaking and we were going to have two kids by the end of the day! That's when the Lamaze breathing came in handy! :)

We got to the hospital around 8 am and by 10 am I was being rolled back for the c-section (baby boy was breech and baby girl was oblique so that was our only option). It was not a pleasant experience but everything went well. My mom & my sister were both in town to help me with being on bedrest so it was such a blessing to have them there for the twins arrival also.

Noah HyoSung Anderson Lee was born at 10:46 and Ava SunMi Nicole Lee was born at 10:47. Noah was 5 lbs 6 oz, 19 inches long and Ava was 5 lbs 2 oz, 18 3/4 long. They both got a 9 out of 10 on their Apgar score (overall health/reaction/color scores for newborns) which is amazing since they were so early and the hospital never gives out 10s! They got to hang out with us in the recovery room for a bit and then met us upstairs. We were in the hospital until Tuesday.

Here are a few pics & a video that the anesthesiologist was able to take on his I-phone and show me since I wasn't able to see the twins yet. There are many more pics on our flickr site :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157622699040988/

Arriving at the hospital

Laura & I in the recovery room

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Ava

Noah

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Mom & Umma

Twin Pregnancy

I didn't think we would ever do a Blog, actually, I think I swore not to. But given that we want to keep you all updated on Noah & Ava, I finally gave in! :) So here goes:

We first found out we were pregnant in March. We were excited and overwhelmed - especially as we found out that three of our dearest friends were also expecting. Our first doctor's appointment was just a blur. We don't remember much of anything after she said "ummm... do twins run in your family?" The pregnancy was a tough journey but overall, I was healthy throughout. We had a preterm labor scare at 32 weeks but they were able to stop that through some meds and bedrest. Here are some pictures of my ever growing belly. Check out our flickr page for more:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets

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11 Weeks 2

Girl

Boy

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Pre-term labor scare - Week 32

Last Ultrasound - Week 35