Sunday, March 17, 2013

Birth Announcement: The Story Behind the Names

View our Prezi created to tell the story of Shadrach and Moses...

Get the Story Here!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jericho's Room Finished! (almost)

...and just in time for the homecoming of Shadrach and Moses (projected sometime between Friday and Sunday!)

The final phase of renovation in Jericho's room was focused on the floors. The excessive amounts of adhesive, water damage, delay in ordered wood and the complications of custom planing and "routing" the red oak all caused this to be a mammoth project. As with most projects I post on this blog, I owe their completion to a half dozen people who gave their time and talents.

The room as a kitchen...


Water damage!

Removing damaged wood

 Construction Zone
Thanks to: Steve for the assistance in fabricating the custom plank flooring
(5/16 thick and 1 1/2 wide!)
Patched in and sanded!
(Thanks to: Ben for carpentry, Father and Simeon for stripping, Susan and Brian for sanding)

Two coats of Cabot stain (pecan) and three coats of Varathane Oil-Based Semi-gloss
Thanks to: Warren and Pop Pop

We bought this bed along with two dressers more than a year ago in anticipation of this day!

What's left? Moulding. The original shoe molding has been sanded and awaits staining and sealing. We couldn't wait any longer to move furniture!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Update: Why We Love\Hate the NICU

After a great prognosis Thursday night, Moses started having breathing incidents and low blood sugar levels. He went from nursing, to supplemental bottle feedings, to a feeding tube. Friday morning we were still hopeful that Shadrach could join us over on the "the good side" but he too began to struggle to control his sugars. The reality is, they are still premature. Premature babies just aren't ready to monitor every little thing on their own, including breathing and saving energy between feedings!

So we are back into that familiar routine (established with Jericho) of visits to the NICU. It is a place full of the most wonderful nurses but also very sick babies, much sicker than our own. Even as we gripe about the inconvenience, we're reminded how blessed we are.

Last night, after dashing home to put coat #2 of poly on Jericho's yet unfinished room, I found Laura in the NICU holding both the boys. A super sweet thing about twins is that there is one cute baby for each parent. Kangaroo care!

Friday, March 1, 2013


Moses Phillip and Shadrach Thomas
5 lbs. 6 oz. and 5 lbs. 2 oz.
10:18 and 10:26 PM
February 28, 2013