Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2 Bundles of Joy!

**Edit: Names! Hello, William (Will) Matthew & Peyton James Jolly :)**
Kimberly sent us these photos from her phone -- they look so much like infant Emma!
The twins...

Emma at about 5 months

We're so happy to announce that, at 1:21 PM today,2 Jolly boys joined the family. They weigh 7 lb 15 oz and 5 lb 11 oz, and both Mom Kimberly and babies are doing great. Dad was on hand to give them each the right names (he insisted they couldn't be named just on the order they arrived alone, and he's probably right), and now Emma is one proud big sister! We can't tell you their names yet, but we will as soon as we know them!

Now we gotta have a giveaway for an occasion this momentous and life-changing! Comment on this post and tell us one of your life-changing moments, or a piece of advice for a family that suddenly has 3 little ones!

The prize? Well, two Fat Quarter Bundles, of course (get it, bundles of joy? Ha-ha?) We'll randomly pick 2 winners who get to choose a Fat Quarter Bundle of their choice.

We'll be posting photos soon! In the meantime, I'll use this as a placeholder :)

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Christy said...

Congrats!!! My best advice is actually something my husband always said to be when I had a hard day raising our two boys...."Enjoy this stage. One day they will be grown. And you are going to miss them." So ENJOY those wonderful children...even their smelly diapers and the sleepless nights you get to cuddle them!
PS. Use your friends to babysit when you need a time out...My neighbor has 5 children, ages 8,4, 2, and 6mo twins. We love watching them!

craftmom said...

Wow Congratulations! My biggest life changing moment was the birth of my daughter, she is a blessing that I treasure every day! Although I do miss all the sewing I used to do before she was born, now I sew after she has gone to bed.

Congratulations to big sister too!

judycinnc said...

A very, very happy birthday to the twins. My great grandchildren, 3-year-old twin girls and little brother is 1 year old and it has literally taken a village to raise them. I pray that Kimberly has VERY loving parents and/or friends to help her. What joy!!! judy c in nc

tami_f said...

CONGRATS on the new additions! :) I think the biggest life altering event had to be my daughter. The only advice that I can think of is pretty common...they say they grow up so fast and it's TRUE! Enjoy EVERY minute of it...the little things will be the ones you remember.

Dream Street Photography said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful day

Catherine Z. said...

Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan, CANADA

Congratulations on the birth of your twin boys!

Twice the joy, twice the love, boys are twice the blessing from above.

Have fun!

mawgaw said...

My Daddy was a twin. He and his brother did everything together their entire lives. My fondest memories were of my Grandpa telling all the things they did when they were little. I always wanted twins or at least twin grandchildren but I just get to enjoy my friends twins and my own special grandchildren.

judycinnc said...

A very, very happy birthday to the Jolly twin boys. My great grandchildren, 3-year-old twin girls and little brother is 1 year old and it has literally taken a village to raise them. I pray that Kimberly has VERY loving parents and/or friends to help her. What joy!!! judy c in nc

Karen said...

Congratulations!!!! One of my life's changing moments was when I finally opened my new sewing machine (had been in a box for two years). I called a few friends over to my house and had a "coming out " party! It opened a whole new world to me in the form of quilting!!! Karen

Claudia said...

Congratulations on the two newest members of the family. No kids to give advise on, but life changing events I have a few of those. As for one that I can talk about it would be getting married to my husband. He has been the best life changing event for the last 12 years.

scrapatches said...

Congratulations! Emma looks perfectly poised to be an adorable, adoring big sister. Altough they are grown and leaving the nest, I had two boys and a girl ... (in that order and no twins ... although many people used to ask us and our sons if they were twins) ... three is a wonderful number. Raising our children was a life long, life changing moment ... and it has sped by much too fast. My advice? Mom and Dad always know what is best for their own children, so I will just say ... treasure every moment!

SandyQuilts said...

Oh my happy happy day for all of you. Life will be hip hop now.

Life changing ... so many in a lifetime at my age now. The births of my own children. Then followed by the births of my GC ... all premies. Life is good, live it to the fullest.

Congrats again.

Lisa D. said...

Congrats on your 2 new blessings. My twin boys were almost the same sizes - 5 lb 11 oz and 7 lb. It's hard at first with twins, but they are a joy like no other. Mine are 12 now and best friends. Best wishes to all of you. Emma looks like a happy and proud big sister!

Jackie Russell said...

Congrats! Do the boys have some red hair like their big sister? My most recent life changing event was the birth of my second Granddaughter.

cbnovick said...

Double Congrats on the baby boys!!!

I have a super quote that has helped me with my 3 kids (ages 19, 12, and 15 months!), especially as they have grown...
"Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious
discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for
performance."
-- Milton R. Saperstein

I hope you have plenty of support for these next several weeks...they are as wondrous as they are tiring (-; Good luck and God bless your family.

Barbara said...

Congratulations .... two boys will be one great adventure. I raised two sons...not twins but only 2 years apart. Raising my children and now to watch them as they raise their children is so very special. My advice.....to let the little things go.....enjoy every moment, the dust on the furniture really doesn't matter.
Hugs, Barb

Kim said...

I also had twins.. and life changes automatically. Everything you do takes almost twice as long. My suggestion is to always have a diaper bag packed.. you never know when you will need to rush out and you don't want to forget anything.
Enjoy!

Starbound Studios said...

How exciting! And congrats to them! One most life-changing event in my life was my wedding day. :o) We're coming up on our one year anniversary, and we couldn't be happier! And I don't really have any advice just yet...I don't have any little ones of my own.

blcollins47 said...

How great to have two at at time! My two middle boys were 11 months apart and they were so close and had such a great time growing up together. Everyone thought they were twins. Oh and by the way I delivered the youngest son at home by myself 38 years ago. What a life changing experience that was. I would do it all over again tomorrow.

Deb said...

Ahh, you don't want to hear about my life-changing event. Not on such a gloriously-happy day...(Gotta be careful what you wish for when you ask people to share such a story..)
Congratulations and Many Blessings to your wonderful family. enjoy EVERY moment. Even the not-so-perfect ones...

Gina said...

Blessings to the family......the birth of your twins causes me to pause and recollect the day my twins arrived to the joy of their older sister. The first year is busy BUT tremendously joyfull. If you are nursing, prepare a night-time snack....crackers and cheese, apple slices, and plenty of liquid (water is the best) and set it by the bedside. While you are nursing 'in the dark' you can snack and recharge your system. You need the extra nutrition and liquids to produce milk for two! My DH prepared the snack for me each night for the first six weeks.....it was wonderful!!
I will joyously await a photo of your newest miracles!

skippingdaisies said...

Congratulations! How exciting two wonderful bundles of joy. Well having children is certainly very life changing....We had two girls, aged 8 & 6, and then a wonderful surprise a boy. This was 2.5yrs ago, and I cannot imagine life without my 3 children. There are certainly challenging times-but thats life with children.
The only advice I can give, is accept help when offered-don't be proud and try to do everything yourself. People who don't want to help won't offer!! Good luck and looking forward to seeing some pics.

Terry said...

Congratulations! All I can say is enjoy every little moment when the kids are little because before you know it, they'll be teenagers!! LOL Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

teresamnj said...

How wonderful! Two new little babies to love. I have a daughter and two sons also, but my daughter is the youngest, born 5 years after the boys, who are 17 months apart. My piece of advice is to try to give each of them their own special time with mommy and daddy on a regular basis, whether it is once a week or once a month. Sometimes we are so busy that we forget they are individual little people with their own likes and dislikes. Most of all though, have fun and enjoy each and every moment, as all of us who have grown children know, it goes by way too fast. God bless!

Barbara said...

Such wonderful news, congratulations to the new family! My advice for the new family is in the way of a poem, sorry, I don't know the author. It was on an embroidery that my Mom made for me when I was expecting my 1st child and I found it so true.

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow, for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow, so quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

PunkiePie said...

Congratulations! My advice to the "new" mom is to try not to be SuperMom. Take any help given to you. You're going to need the rest and Emma is going to want her Mommy in tip top condition. And just love those new baby boys.

Congratulations again to everyone!

anniebeez said...

Congrats Kimberly!! Wow twins-that is so cool! I always wanted twins. My best advice-take time to rock them gently, smell their heads and don't get drawn back to work too soon! Work will always be there, but those little babies grow like weeds! Its time to savor...and take lots of video-you will be so happy you did when you are 25 years down the line like I am and your precious babies are going off to college and getting married! Life is sweet!

HeatherGroves said...

Congratulations on the new babies! As a mom of three-year-old twins myself I can imagine the joy and trepidation that they are feeling. My best pieces of advice for the new family are to 1) make the older one feel important in the twins lives and 2)take any offers of help that you get. You have twin infants, it is not the time to be a martyr. You will be amazed at how people love to help out when there are two babies involved. Make a list of things you need help with and keep it by the phone so that when someone calls and says "do you need anything" you are prepared to say "Yes, could you pick up a gallon of milk for me", etc. It really makes a difference that first month of sleep deprivation. Congrats again. Twins are a blessing and well worth the extra effort. (hgroves@krenim.org)

HeatherGirl said...

Congratulations on the twinners! I too am a recent mom of twins (Isaac, 4 lbs 8 oz, and Lily 5 lbs 8 oz) and WOW, what a life changing event! My advice to you is take lots of videos of the first few months because for some reason, between being sleep deprived and overwhelmed, you'll forget lots of things. My twins are now 9 weeks old and they have changed so much and it has gone by way to fast! I cherish those early videos, even of them sleeping. Oh... and we still haven't figured out a middle name for our little Isaac. Can't wait to see what you name your two little guys!

KZK said...

Congratulations!
One of my biggest life-changing experiences was sending my husband off to war... then welcoming him HOME! :)
God bless those who serve!
And may He also bless your lovely new babies!
KZK

Katie said...

Congrats!...My best piece of advice is to take care of yourself...Accept lots of help and get plenty of rest...Take care, Katie

Mattandme said...

Congratulations! My advice (as an aunt, not a mom- yet) is to make sure you stop and enjoy the moments- the smell of newborn baby, the feel in your arms, the touch of their baby hair. Don't get so caught up in feeding, changing diapers, sleeping, etc, that you forget to remember those things. My nephew is already 2 weeks old today and I will just sit and hold him, look at him, remember his beautiful baby face. So sweet!

Congratulations on the precious babies!

dkfranklin1 at yahoo dot com

Nichole said...

Congratulations! What exciting news! Life altering events most special to me are the birth of each of my children. Such a miracle to welcome new ones to the world and get to know their unique personalities. Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily said...

Two life changing events: meeting my huband and giving birth to my son, Henry - both equally as important.
My advice - keep your marriage as a priority and the rest will fall in line. :)

rxm0m said...

Double CONGRATS on the birth of the twins! I am sure Emma will enjoy being the Big Sis'.
One of my giggest life changing moments was holding daughter #3 after a VERY complicated pregnancy.
I was just thrilled and thankful that she was alive--and part of our family. She is the one who made our "Family O' Five" complete.
The only advice I can offer is Enjoy the Ride!

CAlili said...

My life-changing moment was marrying my husband. I was hesitant to get married because so many end poorly but every day has been a blessing. I am so grateful for my life with him and our three beautiful children (all under 6). I certainly don't get to sew as much as I would like but there will be time for that later I hope. Enjoy your babies!

Miss Jean said...

I've had so many life changing moments. Haven't we all. But I'm going to say becoming a grandmother. It's the best.

Congratulations and I can't wait to see the babies!!

Sue said...

Congrats!!! Now you're all a bit more Jolly!!! Sorry- was that too corny?

So happy for you all!
Sue Shepherd

SophiaAster said...

Congratulations, Jollys!!! I spent a lot of time help my sister & her hubby when they had twin girls (and two little boys at home). My advice: accept babysitting offers, casseroles, etc and enjoy every second! My nieces are now 4 years old and that time went by so fast. I can still remember the soft, sweet, baby smell when I first held them in the hospital in their little pink caps.

Lindzie said...

Congrats! I hope that everything goes well with the new changes. I just had a baby...and it's my first so I'm still trying to adjust to everything as well.

Gnomemade said...

Congratulations. The bundles of joy are just precious! Life changing moments, well there have been lots of them (even in just 28 years), but the most recent would by a proposal of marriage from my bf of 7.5 years!

Laura said...

No advice - just enjoy the experience! Congratulations.

bruinbr said...

congratulations x2!! The biggest life changer for us was the birth of our daughter 5 months ago! We're still just figuring things out! :P

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh my goodness, I got a little bit weepy when I read this post. A huge, heartfelt Congratulations and tender hugs to all, and oh how I wish I could talk to Emma and hear her sweet little voice telling me all about it...she is so beautiful! Do the boys have read hair too? WOW ! 7 lbs and 5 lbs (well really closer to 8 lbs and 6 lbs. That's a heck of a lot of babies you were carrying Kimberly!!! One of my most life changing experiences was when my 16year old (just barely) daughter gave birth to our first grandchild. She finished school and went on to become a nurse. AS for the tiny baby boy I watched come into this world...he will soon to be graduating from four years at the University with a degree as a computer engineer and an officer in the Air Force. Definitely life changing to be a grandma at 37 years old and end up raising grandchildren until your nearly 60!!! BUT it was a blessing in disguise. As for advice on suddenly having 3 little ones, all I can say is SAVOR EVERY MOMENT because it truly feels as though we blinked and 20 years was gone!!! Hugs, and God Bless.

Ruthie said...

Congratulations of the birth of your two beautiful little boys. What fun they will have with their big sister, Emma.
My life-changing moment would have to be the moment my first child was born. Who knew how much love one could have for something so new.

ksclodfelter said...

Congratulations on the twins! Enjoy every moment!
My life changing moment was the birth of my first child. She is truly a blessing! She was due to be born on June 29, 1994. However, my Grandmother passed away earlier that morning from her battle with cancer. She was a wonderful Grandmother who taught me to embroider and eventually sparked my interest in quilting. Needless to say, my baby doctor did not want to induce me on the day my Grandmother passed. Eventually, I had my daughter the day of her funeral. I feel there is a lot of my Grandma in my daughter! If they would have only had the chance to meet...

Corrie said...

My husband is a twin and all I can say is be prepared to have tons of fun. My mother in law loved having twins. Enjoy every minute, they grow up too fast!

Peaceful Piecer said...

Congratulations!! Twins...double the fun

Lori said...

A big congratulations on the new babies! How very exciting! My best advice is to take people up on their offer to help and ask for help when needed. Take one hour at a time and get sleep when you can sneak it in. Everything is better when you're well rested. :) I wish you and your family the best!

epban said...

Congratulations on the twins! My advice...enjoy every moment of their childhood! My "baby" is off to college next week and it seems like these last 18 years were a whirlwind...Savor their babyhood, toddlerhood etc.

haphap47 said...

Congrats^2!! They are already so cute (and sometimes that doesn't happen and they look like aliens when they're so new).

elizabeth said...

Those pictures are so precious! And go along with my biggest life changing event recently - my granddaughter being born. She's 2 now and is the light of my world. Congratulations on your two new lights. :)

Cara said...

Congrats on the new arrivals. They are adorable.
The only advice that I ever give is to enjoy them, and be thankful that you were blessed with healthy children. No matter how tired you are, no matter how frustrated, look at them and be thankful they can cry, can scream, and throw up on you clean shirt. Too many never get to.

The Last Yard said...

Oh they are so beautiful... Thats the best life changing experience you could ever want... Mine has to be when my son graduated and went off to college. One more left to get there. Congrats make sure to take time for your self and Date night is important too.

Stephanie D. said...

Congratulations! Don't know that I want to share any but the cliche life-changing events, but my best advice would be to get every wink of sleep you can and don't feel obligated to clean house. Accept every offer of help that comes your way--those will drop off soon enough, but will help get you through the early weeks. Let people come water or weed your yard, run errands, bring meals, take Emma out for some special time, watch the twins while you take a nap. Anything that will help you get your rest and build your strength up again.

Nicole said...

Congratulations to the Jolly family! My life changing moment was the birth of my son and daughter, no doubt about it. Sewing-wise, my life changing moment was completing my first shift dress back in the 60's. I was hooked on sewing and never looked back.
Advice to new parents? Be grateful each and every day for your precious family.

Rafael's Mum said...

Just wanted to say congratulations and they are gorgeous! No earth shattering tips here... We all know them really (sleep when you can and don't feel guilty about silly things like housework!).. best of luck!

The Winn's said...

What wonderful news! I would have to say that moving from Denver to Phoenix was pretty life changing. New schools for the kids, new job for the hubby and making new friends, not to mention the weather change. It's all in your attitude whether the changes are good or bad! ( We make them good)

laura Sokol said...

Congratulations. I have to say adding the third was altering. In good and adjustment ways. Heading to the store for the first time with all three should be done with planning... make sure everyone is fed and clean then make sure that big sis has snacks hidden in your diaperbag. When they are sleeping don't sleep but make some mommy time with Emma. She will really be missing your attention.
Congrats again!!!

Cindi D said...

Congradulations: I am so excited for you. Life changing events, was the birth of our daughter who is now 15, advise, just try to stay organized and plan for the unexpected.

Mary said...

When our second child was born, our pediatrician said, "Your son has just been freed!" to which I replied, What??? His answer, you have someone else to worry about and watch 24 hours a day...He was right, but I have to say, I managed to keep an eye and my heart on both then and now that they are both adults. Much joy comes with each child and new worlds to explore!

Vicky said...

They're SO beautiful!!!

suz said...

Congrats on those beautiful babies! My biggest life changing experience was the birth of my son - I was over 30 and at that time it was almost unheard of! My newest change is that said "baby" is about to move out on his own (he went away to college, but this will be way different!) My advice - rest when you can, accept any and all offers of help-don't be super-Mom-being Mom is more than enough, and finally, boys have great toys! I still play with Legos!

The Calico Cat said...

The birth of my now 8 month old some was my biggest life changing moment hands down!

Richelle said...

Congratulations! Who couldn't love such cute little boys! They will be the best of friends for life. Congratulations again!

quiltnmaryf said...

Just having children for the first time is a life altering experience-but for me, having three was huge! You only have two hands! Yikes! How do you manage three kids? Well, take a deep breath, and realize that it is all going to work out! Love them each with all their little differences. They grow up way too fast!

VincentMom said...

Congratulations to Kim & Kevin & Emma! My advice is to not worry about anything but your family for a long and as much as you can. Enjoy this new family beginning!

Esther said...

Congratulations.... I had twin boys over 30 years ago and the only advise that I can give them is that it gets easier as they get older because they will have each other to play with.

//Annika said...

Well, apart from my 3 girls (now age 15, 13 & 8) the most life-changing happening must be when I started the only swedish quilt magazine 2½ years ago. To start a company and making a magazine all by myself has been a huge thing in me and my familys life. Right now the two oldest girls are helping me to pack magazines that the subscribers are waiting for. It's a little fun, the name on my magazine is actually "Fat Quarter" =o)
Warm regards from Sweden
//Annika

lil said...

congratulations also from me, they are so very cute

what changed my life, I think it was my very first patchwork class
that was the beginning of a passion that leeds me now to Africa where I will give a class in an orphanage, isn't that cool

sranft said...

Congrats!! So beautiful! My advise would be to enjoy those little ones. They grow up too fast.

Emily Trost said...

They are adorable! My life changing experience is being a mom to the 2 cutest little girls ever! They are a handful & I can't even imagine 3 little ones right now! A friend of mine just had twins & she already had 3! Now she is a mother of 5! (http://haywusup.blogspot.com/) She's a trooper, you're a trooper! My advice would be that one day you are going to miss all the little cuddles, hugs, smiles, and yes even the messy handprints all over the house. The house will always need to be cleaned, but your children are only this age once, so enjoy it to it's fullest!
Emily Trost

julia said...

Great to hear, that the two bundles arrived safely in their family...they look so sweet!
Life-changing experience? Hmmm...until now I think I haven't exprerienced (m)any of those moments.
But for me, it was a great discovery that I don't have to be perfect (work & private) to be loved. So, the only advice I can give, is to enjoy every minute you have with your family {and don't forget to write down those cute words/anecdotes/episodes from the second/third born! I'm the second & my mother only (could!) do it for my older sister...;o)}.
Congrats to the Jolly's that the two most precious "items" have been put from the "COMING SOON" section to "WHAT'S NEW"!
Cheers, Julia

mamaspark said...

Having kids is my biggest life changing event. As for advice, since my kids are grown, I would have to say savor the small, everyday things that happen. Don't wish them away, even though you may struggle through sometimes, take the time to enjoy the little things. Kids are only little once and you can't do over! congratulations on 2 beautiful, healthy children added to your family!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Congratulations to the whole Jolly family!! They are some sweet looking babies and I'm sure Big Sister Emma is thrilled! My biggest life changing moment was the birth of my 2 kids too. However, with them 8 years apart, the second one was a much more laid back experience. So he's a little less polished and rarely has shoes on! It's all good! Best of luck! Jenn

Dianne said...

My life changing moment was when I met my husband. Never did I think that I would fall in love with a country boy from Texas! This suburban chick was CONVINCED that true love could only be found in the city! However, I was proven wrong, and now we have been together for almost 10 years and have 2 gorgeous little boys! Congrats to everyone...and I wish you many hours of hugs and kisses and cuddles in between feedings :)

MN2NM said...

Congratulations! They are beautiful. So far my life changing moments are getting married and then moving across the country.

Meghann said...

First off Congrats on your new bundles of joy:) I have had two life changing experiences the first was when I married by husband in 2001 and the second was when I gave birth to my bundle of joy in November of 2006. The only advice I can give you..which you probably already know...is enjoy it while you can as they grow up way to fast.

Bonnie- Cotton Way said...

Congratulations and Congratulations! Glad to hear they both arrived healthy! They are adorable! My advice, snuggle, snuggle, snuggle because before you know it they will be teenagers!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations twice! The boys are adorable. My life changing moment would be the birth of my first child. I immediately began to cry at such a miracle. My advice is don't sweat the small stuff. If it won't matter ten years from now, don't fret about it. Enjoy those little ones.

~Jess said...

CONGRATULATIONS! One of my life changing moments was finding out we were pregnant, after 3 years of trying and numerous doctors visits!

All 3 of those kids are absolutely precious! Congrats again!

Maria said...

Mama needs to sleep whenever she gets a chance! Those chances may not come as often as she'd like!

Eileen said...

Congratulations! I have three kids too but mine are teens and twenties, and arrived one at at time so no experience with twins. But my advice to you would be to treasure the moments, be silly, laugh a lot and enjoy the smiles and giggles, they are priceless!

Ann said...

Sleep whenever you can.
Shower whenever you can.
Laugh as much as you can and when all else fails - let the dam break and cry it all out. Any of these will make it all better if mommy is not around with a kiss.

Becky said...

My advice would be to have patience and don't sweat the small stuff. If your house is dirty, so what! Enjoy them while they're little, mine are grown and I miss them being little so bad I'd pay to have it again.

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Enjoy your precious bundles of joy, and little Emma as well.
Sarah

JLI said...

Congratulations on the 2 precious boys that joined your family.
I was never blessed with children but have many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. My life changing event happened over 10 years ago when I took a hand quilting class in order to complete a quilt top that my Grandmother had hand pieced in the 40's.

Patricia said...

Congrats! They are adorable! I love your blog! My only advice would be to soak up all of this time w/those precious little boys and your beautiful little girl, too! They grow up so fast and i know everyone says that, but it's so true! Just hug them, snuggle, cuddle, love on them as much as u can!

Little Miss Shabby said...

Congrats!! I will agree with many of the previous posters that having kids is def. one of the most life changing events you will ever have.

Piece of advise: Enjoy your kiddos, your housework will still be there later. 10 years from now you will not remember the time you spent with your dishes but, you will remember the time spent with your kids. =)

RustyBird said...

My biggest life changing event was moving from a big city to a small rural community.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Oh they do look like their sister. How sweet.

Amy said...

Congratulations on the 2 new Jolly's!!! I love Emma's red hair!!!

jlk said...

I am currently cooking up baby #4 (due in December), and my advice is that you won't be able to get everything done, and that's okay. Kids grow up too fast, and the important thing is not to vaccuum, but to love them.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! Bundles of Joy for sure. Pictures are so cute. My advice -- spoil them ALL rotten!!! {giggle}

lynn ann said...

Gods blessing. Patience and never turn down a helping hand no matter how big or small it seems. My son was born during a huge thunder storm and for the first six months he fit the day. I say this with a smile on my face. It was 29 years ago. Enjoy the moment.

Peggy said...

Wow! Congratulations! I have two grown kids and four grandchildren under 9. Advice: Never wake a sleeping baby unless the house is on fire...and then call the fire dept first!!! Have a blast and love every minute.

Sue said...

Congrats!
I have a couple pieces of advise.
Enjoy the babies, the dirty dishes and laundry will be there when they leave the nest. You want to look back and remember baby memories not soap suds.
Also as parents you only have so much of you to give. Make time to replenish yourself on a routine basis. If you don't you will run out of yourself to give and then the whole family will suffer.

pojeda said...

What a wonderful joy you have with twins! Congratulations to both Mommy, Daddy and sister big sister Emma! Remember Emma in the gift giving to the twins so she does not feel left out of the excitement!

My life changing experience have been many due to my age, but, the one I remember the most was when my daughter gave birth to my grandson. Oh what joy! And complete terror! He was born with a diaphramatic (sp?) hernia, and 1 out of 2 babies born with this do not survive. He was transferred to the Dallas Childrens hospital by helicopter, lived another day to have the surgery and lived through that. Fast forward to now, and he is 11 years old and completely healthy! God does work through prayer! He is so very precious to all of us!
My advice to the new parents...do not turn down any help with the babies! If someone wants to help with laundry, housework, etc so you and your husband can have a break, TAKE IT! That will do wonders for your sanity and your marriage!
Again, Congratulations!

Lori said...

Life changing moments for me were the day I met my husband, and the day my nephew was born. These two days totally changed my life for the better. I am sure when we have children of our own those days will be right up there!!!

CONGRATS TO THE NEW MOMMA & DADDY & BIG SISTER!!!

G.Coleman said...

Having each of our three children has been life-changing for me. It's amazing how your heart really does swell to accommodate each new member and once they enter your life, you forget what life was like without them.
Congratulations on your new safe arrivals and every blessing to your newly expanded family!

aaaandreaaaa said...

Although I haven't had babies getting two hyper bundles of joy in my jack russell poochies has changed my life. They make me smile, and I love all of their energy.

lauraweaver said...

Congrats!!! They are so cute! I have not had the joy of having my own kids, but I would have to say that when my sister had her first, and now second and third (2 girls and a boy) that changed my life. Spending time with my neices and now a nephew has changed my view on what's important. When you turn down going out with friends to stay in and watch Elmo...well its a good thing! Congratulations and enjoy!

C. said...

As someone who has desperately wanted kids for years but doesn't have any yet, I'd say enjoy every second for those of us who are jealous! Very happy for you!

Amanda said...

Congratulations! They are beautiful! My advice is to get a really big rocking chair and rock all three!

They're precious!

Amy said...

My bit of advice - make sure that Mom and Dad have some couple time every week and go out on a date, even if it's only a walk around the block!

Congratulations, and enjoy the ride!

Best, Amy

Carrie in KC said...

I don't know that I have any great words of wisdom. My life changed in gigantic proportions when I had each of my children. I can't imagine having two at once!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Bonny said...

Congratulations on your Twins! How very exciting.
My life changing event was when our Granddaughter, Kaylee was born 2 years ago and I was able to quit
work to be a stay at home Grammie! I love it!
We have such fun and now her Grandpa retired and he
gets to stay at home with us. While I read to her and
dance with her, Grandpa takes her bug hunting.
Bonny

Susan Muller said...

WOW!! I too am the Mom of twin boys!! Mine are 33yrs old. Advice: Enjoy them even though you will be very busy. You and hubby are special because you were chosen to be the parents of 2 babies at once!!!!
PS. I love ordering from Fat Quarter Shop and tell all my friends about you.

Frieda said...

My life changing day was the birth of my daughter after 22 hours of labor. She changed our lives for the better(our son helped also) My advice is to just enjoy them everyday and know that time really does fly by.

DebrafromMD said...

Two little boys-what a treat! Congratulations to the happy family.
My biggest life changing moment was meeting my husband. Everything good in my life is better when shared with him.

Betty said...

Congrats to the family on the two wonderful babies. My most recent life changing moment was the moment I was retired- It's wonderful and I love it.

Lisa said...

My advice is just hug, kiss and love them all every minute of the day! You have a beautiful family, enjoy them!


Lisa

Gitte said...

Congratulations. My life changing moment was when we had our third son. The two big boys were 8 and 11, and there wasn't ment to be any more babies in our family. But now we wouldn't be without the little darling any of us. Enjoy your children at all time, they grow up so fast.

aztel2000 said...

They are just adorable--congratulations!! I'd would advise you to accept any offers of help you may get--lol!! What fun you are going to have!

Sharon said...

Wow, twice the fun! Congrats to two healthy babies. Life changing event? Moving to the USA and all things that followed.

Love 2 Quilt said...

Congratulations..........such a joyous occasion. One of my life changing experiences was when I married young and within 5 years I had three babies.

Patsy said...

Congratulations on the arrival of Will and Peyton. My advise is to accept all the help offered by family and friends so you don't wear out. Enjoy them and Emma.

beth said...

Congratulations to all of you!! You have already experienced the biggest joy when Emma was born in becoming parents..life just isn't the same anymore and you can't imagine life without her. Then you bring another child or in your case 2 children into the family and you wonder how you can love them when you love Emma so much... its because your heart grows to love them, you already started that process as you were expecting them and over time that love will just keep on expanding. Right now, I became a new grandma and once again a new person joined our family and I just can't imagine our family without her and my love for her is just simply amazing. Watching my daughter as a mom makes my love for her grow again as well.
Again congratulations and best wishes for a happy wonderful family life!!

Beth Street
Stockton, CA
Mother of 2 grown daughters and grandma of one granddaughter

Tammy in Ontario, Canada said...

Congratulations on the twins and how wonderful to have two brothers for Emma. My life changing momment occured the minute my son was born 15 years ago---nothings been the same since- some bad- most good! I would have loved to have twins but it wasn't in the cards.

Abby said...

So excited for you all. Can't even imagine what two babies would be like. I'm sure Emma is going to be the best helper around!

Abby

Mary Burn said...

My life changing moment came when I retired and started taking care of my 6 month old granddaughter. It was a marvelous 2 1/2 years until my daughter decided to be a Stay at Home Mom. My granddaughter is now 15 and is the light of my life.
Congratulations on your twins -- I know you will enjoy every minute that you get to spend with them.
Mary

Lynn said...

Congratulations! The sagest advise I ever got was, "When children are small, you have to change solutions as often as you change diapers."

mingdai said...

What adorable babies! Congratulations to the Jolly family on their new arrivals.

Ming

Diane said...

When you pray for those sweet boys and their lovely sister, remember that God knew them before they were knit together in their mother's womb and loves them even more than you do................of course, He wants the best for them and has a plan for their lives....Jeremiah 29:11. Now that is comforting! God bless your family abundantly

Jeannine said...

Congratulations! Now it's time for tag-team diaper changing.

My life-changing experience was taking my son home for the first time. It was that stomach-sinking "What do I do NOW??" feeling.

He's 4 now, and a happy healthy little boy, so I guess I did somthing right!

Kerry said...

Wow, three beautiful children!!
Just enjoy every moment!!

Lisa said...

Congratulations! We have 4 young sons (no multiples though) and it's a blast! Sometimes when things get a little hairy around here I think about all those parents whose babies are grown, and what they wouldn't give to have them back as children to read them a story, bake cookies with them, watch them playing when they don't know your looking, and tuck them in at night. Thinking about what will all too soon be over makes me able to enjoy my boys even when they're being little rascals!

Jeannie said...

Life is full of memories, they fade over time but our mind recalls these special days by looking at photos, so take lots of photos and enjoy every good and bad momnent, and always try and find the humour in every day.
Your babies are beautiful
Hugs Jeannie
the dogs, cat and chicken in Australia.

Emily said...

Congratulations on the new little ones! My life-changing moment was a few days after my marriage when we drove from the west to the east. Life has never been the same since. ; )

Doodlebug Gail said...

Congratulations to the whole Jolly family and welcome to the world little boys!

I have no experience with twins but a friend does and she said that to keep organised she printed up a daily schedule for care givers to complete. eg: if someone changed twin #1's diaper at 8am it was marked down so that the other care givers could see what had happened. Same thing with bottle feeding and napping .... everything was marked down so everyone knew what baby had done what.

Robin said...

Congrats!!! I am glad to hear both mom and babies are doing fine!! Wow....two babies at one time...I had my two boys 18 months apart, that was life changing for me....suddenly having two kids in diapers running around wanting all of me all at once!


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mascanlon said...

My moments were the birth of my three children, each added their own measure of joy to our lives. So sweet and their names fit them already.

Vicki said...

Congratulations x 2!!

How wonderful for you all! May you have many years of happiness!

My life-changing experience? Getting married for the first time at age 48!

My advice? Rest as much as you can, and enjoy!!!

dokiquilts said...

oh my. i was in the exact same position a couple of years ago! i also have an older child (a boy who's now 5) and a set of twins (girl & boy who are now 3). what can i say. it's HARD the 1st few (around 24) months!!! well, it's still hard now. but it's a lot better and the kids play really well together--i even have time to quilt now :-) good luck--get lots of rest--don't say no to anybody who offers to help (especially with baby-sitting!) and truly--it gets easier and you'll think how lucky you are to have 3 kids so close in age together!

Ellen B. said...

Congratulations! My sister had twin boys and they are one of the greatest joys of my life. My advice is to get household help, immediately. Get someone to come in five days a week for a while and help you with all of the cleaning and be an extra hand. You will never have this time, again. Enjoy every minute and let someone else clean the bathrooms and change the sheets. If you get someone good, they could help you wash bottles and make the endless supply of formula that will be needed for two very hungry twin boys.
Best wishes!
Ellen B

Noela said...

Becoming a grandmother was a life changing event for me. You an spoil them and not feel quilty about it. Congratulations Mum Dad Emma and the twins grandparents too.

MonicaP said...

I've had quite a few life changing events. The most challenging for my husband and me is sticking to what we've built through all the changes. Congratulations to the Jolly's on their double blessed event!

Pauline said...

Congratulations! How wonderful! My major life changing events were the birth of my two children, now ages 40 and 32, and the birth of each of my granddaughters, now 7, 5, and 3. My advice to you would be to try to savor every moment, because they seem to grow up in a flash! So happy for you all!

DonnaP said...

You're pictures are beautiful and so are your children. Congrats to the 3 of you on the additions. Enjoy them always through thick and thin. Blessings!

Candy S said...

With #3 on the way...it's good to be reminded of some of the above advice! I say sleep when you can, pray when you rock/nurse, and take all the help offered!

stitchkat said...

Congratulations! Get every moment of sleep when you can! I was 5 years old in 1954 when my twin brothers were born - back in the day before twins were routinely diagnosed. The first my mother knew was on the delivery table where the story is our family doc said: "Peggy, there's two of them" and my mother said: "Charlie, you're keeping one!"

Dear Emma, having two little brothers can be lots of fun, if troublesome. Enjoy bossing them around while you can!
Katherine

Greenmare said...

oh they are just so precious! and big sister is totally precious too, just what two little boys need, a really good big sister.
I would have to agree that any babies are life altering. No twins in our family, but we did have 3 in five years, then five years later we had our "trailer". It was truly like starting over! that was almost 16 years ago, and having them all move along and begin their "own" lives is equally life altering! And all in a GOOD way too!

Love 2 Quilt said...

Tell Emma she is a great big sister and will have so much fun with her brothers. Congratulations.......enjoy them while they are little. They grow too fast. And hold them, and cuddle them, I don't believe you can spoil a baby with loving them too much!!

Golfheader said...

Double blessing to you and your family!!! My mom turned 82 on the twins birthday, I am so delighted!!! My mom is special, some call her a saint. She had 6 beautiful girls and 3 handsome boys. My light changing moment was in 1977, when I attended a "Search" in West Texas, and discovered a personal relationship with Jesus my Lord!!!

pojeda said...

Twins! Double the love and joy! Congratulations to the whole family!

My advice is to love the twins and include Emma in everything you do with the twins. Make sure to spend as much time as you can with your husband so you can keep the marriage happy. And don't turn down any help that is offered! Mommy needs her rest at this time!
Enjoy your babies!

loulee said...

Congratulations on your bundles of joy.

quiltsister said...

Two little boys! What a delight. Congratulations , I'm sure they will be twice as nice.

Deb said...

Congratulations! I always wanted twins! We were blessed with four who are now young adults. Enjoy them every minute is my advice. It is so true that they grow up quicky...and we have found that sleepless nights, changing diapers, fevers, and midnight ER visits are nothing compared with the growing up experiences you have when they're older. Only by the Lord's grace have we been there and come through it.

Loretta said...

God Bless the new additions to the Jolly Family. Blessings to the rest of the family too. My advice is to always maintain your sense of humor. You'll need it at times with these little guys!

Deb said...

Congradulations! OMG, your babies are so precious. And that picture of Emma is just adorable.
Enjoy every moment, as they grow so fast.

Kari said...

So happy for your new arrivals! Best wishes!!

My advice is to make sure to call anyone who can help you, to give you all the time you can to take care of yourself and enjoy your expanded family. And, keep a list of restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies that deliver. :)

Cotter said...

I just had my third baby a few months ago. My advice would be to breath. Seriously.

Eileen said...

My what Joy, The most wonderful time in my life was hte birth of my daughter some 50 years ago. Has been a great ride. Little Emma wil be a great big sister and helper. Let her to as much as she wants.
My DD has since had 4, no twins but 2 girls 24 months apart were almost like twins. They are now both in collage and 21-23. What a jouney ahead for this family. Hugs to all

Quilt Hollow said...

I absolutely love their names! My life changing event was after living near family for 29 years moving overseas pregnant with my first son! That was major!

LZ said...

My life-changing moment was the birth of my first grandchild. I was in the delivery room with my oldest daughter and her husband and got to witness this long-awaited and much anticipated baby boy's arrival. Needless to say, I shed some tears.

May Kristin said...

Congratulations on a double blessing! And lots of congratulations to a little big sister!
I guess my life-changing experience was when we got our last, very much wanted child. It turned our lives up side down, she was born with Downs Syndrome. But she is a very loved and loving child, she has the best smiles and hugs you can ever get!
One of the things I learned, was that you can never take anything in life for granted, and what you at first moment think is a tragedy, can become a blessing!
Below is a link to a little post I wrote more than a year ago about my little princess!
http://krispquilt.blogspot.com/2008/04/my-little-princess.html#comments
Take care and enjoy the kids!

carolann said...

Congrats on your two new bundles of joy! No children of my own, but I am the big sister to five younger siblings, so I am sure Emma will be a great help. I would say one of my happier life changing moments was when I was about 5 years old and my grandmother taught me to sew. I used to sit and watch her sewing on her old Singer. I was fascinated by watching and I started out making very simple Barbie clothes by hand.

Amanda said...

Congratulation on the new additions! There will never be a dull moment from now on :)

Diane said...

Congratulations!

luvtoquilt said...

I'm late to the party, because I've been out of town, but one of my happiest moments was much like yours. Our youngest daughter gave birth to our second grandchild on our wedding anniversary and she named her Ruby, which is our last name. Ruby lives up to her name and is an 18-month-old jewel! My advice to a young family -- prayer and patience!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What cute little bundles of joy. How very exciting. I bet Kimberly is happy to see them in person.
My life changing moment was just recently being able to move back to Missouri. It was a good moment.
Thanks for doing the contest.
And Congrats on the babies Kimberly.

Peggy said...

Just wanted to add that these babies are just plain gorgeous! I've spent seven weeks this summer taking care of my three granddaughters. It is so wonderful to share time with children and grandchildren. Enjoy every minute.

Diane said...

Congrats on the twins - so precious!! What a generous giveaway!! Count me in!!

L. Gray said...

Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your new arrivals and their beautiful big sister anticipating their arrival. My life changing moments have been meeting and marrying my wonderful husband. I am one lucky woman. I have also been fortunate to have nieces and a nephew arrive. Congratulations to the entire Jolly family!

K Cotton said...

Congratulations! When my son was born at 27 weeks and weigh only 2lbs. 9oz., god gave me a life long challenge. Now he is almost 11 years old and playing ice hockey.

Ima Baglady said...

Too cute!

mamabug said...

Congratulations....I did have 2 kids in 2 years they are 16 months apart and each others best friend. Don't compare but take notes from birth to adulthood to really remember which did this or said that because it does become a jumble :) Best wishes Kathie k.bugbee@att.net

mamabug said...

Congratulations....I did have 2 kids in 2 years they are 16 months apart and each others best friend. Don't compare but take notes from birth to adulthood to really remember which did this or said that because it does become a jumble :) Best wishes Kathie k.bugbee@att.net

Helz said...

Twins are such a Blessing... Congratulations !!! Don't forget little Emma with all the excitement special quality family time just for her is Soooo... important just now especially whilst coming to grips with being a Big Sister... VIP role :0) Smiles

Susan said...

My biggest life-changing event was going from being an empty nester to raising our newborn granddaughter. And even though it was a very big change in our lives, I wouldn't change a moment of it. She is such a joy. Congratulations on the birth of your twin boys. They are adorable :o)

Helen said...

Many congratulations of the safe arrival of your twin boys. My best advice is not to worry - every stage of development is just a phase and it will change tomorrow into something different. Also, take plenty of photos and write down those milestones - time flashes past so quickly - you will forget!

Threeundertwo said...

Congratulations!! As someone who had 3 babies under two years old, I can tell you that it's the greatest thing in the world. You have a built-in playgroup, and you'll enjoy watching the different ways they pair up to play.

I recommend the great advice over at howdoyoudoit.com. It's a great site by and for moms of multiples. I've guest-posted a few times there as well.

Try to keep them in sync - think "routine" not schedule. If everybody naps at the same time, mom gets to put her feet up!

Lara said...

Congratulations Jolly Family! Fantastic news! (I'm a little slow on the uptake!) Little boys are just the sweetest! Most days I just have my 2 under, but 3 days a week I have my nephew which makes it 3 under 2! Advice? Hmmm - accept offers of help. Plant some trees to offset using the clothes dryer so you won't feel guilty! Sometimes it's the only way to get that never ending pile of washing done!! Enjoy those loving little snuggles :) before long Will and Peyton will be on the go go go! Take care and big congratulations again!!!

Mary said...

Our life changing event was the discovery that I was pregnant when I brought home our second afopted child. Eight months later I was the mother of three under three! Those three were later joined by three more, born to us. What a blessed life we have had!

momid5 said...

Advice? Leashes...now it is not so bad..they are like twilltape zippered sleeveles vests..with of course the important part being about 36 inches of belt webbing in back..with a looped handle for the adult. When the two littles go walking together...It is a safety issue; unless there is a village of child herders available! GRINS!
Yes I used them and had (luckily) inherited them from my mother who used them with me and my sister..we are now grandmothers..more Grins!
I would love to win the fat quarters..two much FUN

stacysews said...

Congratulations! They are absolutely beautiful!

lisa said...

congrats! I actually can share in your joy and panic, I gave birth to my second on the 5th too! Just one at a time for me though! My oldest is three and having her was my bigest life changing event, I was 23 and out of college for only a month before she came into the world. Having her, and now her sweet little sister (7lb40z at 3:51am on the 5th just to brag and boast =) ) has taught me more about myself and my husband than anythign else could have.

OneHotMoma said...

Congrats!!! Each time I became a new mom, it was life changing. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of things, I got to refigure motherhood out with a new little one. Life is never dull with kids. Enjoy each moment!

Sipiweske Quilts said...

Oh how exciting! Not one but two little cuties . . . the household routine will be changed forever. Having kids IS the most life changing moment and every new joy and hurdle that comes along with raising them is also sometimes life changing! Enjoy those babes! - Marlene

faith said...

how wonderful! maybe not my most life changing, but up there was going on my first outing with my three kids (born just under three years apart). it was a success!

DailyFamily said...

Life changing moments? The birth of each of my 6 children. Advice? Communicate! I had to tell my husband when I needed a break with each new baby. But when he knew, he could help.

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