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 :)

381 comments:

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Barbie said...

Congratulations...wow, two bundles of joy! My biggest life-changing events were the births of my two little ones. Life-changing for the better. And my advice, don't nap when the babies are sleeping: SEW!

Marielle said...

no experience with twins so good luck but we do have three kids under 5. You go from being able tag team to needing to be in midst of triange type upkeep 24/7.

So my only advice is to take your vitamins (especially with two boys, I have two as well) and get as much rest as they'll give you.

Jan said...

Congrats. I'm old, so I'm had many life changing moments. One that's funny is when we were empty nesters, not retired yet, and our 21 year old called and said she was moving home!, and wasn't going to pay rent!, because she was going to save every penny to by a house. Oh, was that a shocker. Well she did, and she did.

HobbyGirl said...

Congratulations. Twins would certainly be life changing. Getting married was pretty life changing for me, with many more changes to come. Good luck.

Cyndi Walker said...

Congratulations to all! So glad to hear everyone is healthy, safe and sound. Can't wait to see the pictures of the whole family!

anniedavis said...

Congratulations! I would have to say that having children is the one event that is the most life changing. Wait - you mean, eat somewhere other than BK or McDonalds? My "little ones" are now 19 and 21, and rarely do I STILL every go anywere but there! :)

~Michelle~ said...

Congrats to the whole family! I don't have kids (yet), so thus far, the biggest life changing even has been getting married, which has been great!

Cathy said...

Congratulations! Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Emma certainly looks happy. The birth of my daughter was life-changing for me - suddenly, complete responsibility for another person. And it has been wonderful, rewarding, enjoyable - all good things!

Samantha said...

Congratulations to all, but esp the big sister! Her world will never quite be the same... I don't think anything has changed my life as much as my 2 children- and they're not even twins!

Sarah said...

Wow--three young kids! My biggest life changing event so far has been getting married--I'm sure I will change that when I start having kids though.

Jen said...

Congratulations!!! My life changing life event would have to be my wedding last year. I'm sure that will be trumped once we have kids, but not yet.

Multiples run in my DHs family, and our neighbors had twin boys too, and everyone always says take lots of photos and videos because it's going to be so crazy hectic that you won't remember the first year at all. You'll cherish those memories later on.

Quilt Monkey said...

Congratulations! I can't believe I happened to pop into the blog at this moment! Truly a life changing event for me was beginning to teach my quilting class. I had no idea how it would transform me, and how it would build my confidence. The resulting self-assured me has been able to weather difficult situations and a job change more easily. Have fun with the little ones and thanks for having this giveaway!

Annelies Dease said...

Oh my....double the joy!!! So many things come to my mind about how life alters, but meeting my husband and the joy of our life together is the first thing that comes to mind.
Congrats to the BIG sister. XXX Annelies

badlandsquilts said...

Find a good calendar system, whether it's an online one both parents can log into/download to phones/outlook or a wall or desk calendar... One of those that has a separate line per family member as you will have to many appts to coordinate and now some even have lines to add your menu that you can coordinate how much/what you want to cook based on your days activities and then you take that weeks calendar/menu to have to only go to the store once for the week... Hopefully this is clearer than mud! Congrats!

Molly said...

Congratulations to you all! I definitely agree that having my two children have been the most life-changing events for me. :)

minski39 said...

Congratulations! My life changing event happened just less than 3 months ago upon the arrival of our first daughter, Lily. Advice? Let big sis help; she'll love it, and the help will be nice, too!!! Again, congrats to the whole family! Enjoy every second!

Kate said...

Congratulations! My life changing moment was having my twins, my first childrem and my world dramatically changed. My advice is take one day at a time and every day it will get easier. 3 children will bring so much love and joy!

Debra said...

My absolutely most life changing event was becoming the mother of a teenager...my new husband's lovely daughter! It is now six years later and I cannot even imagine life without her!

Dutchy said...

Oh wow, two babies , I only had one, and that was live changing, so with two it'll be an even bigger change?? ;-))It'll be busier for sure.
Congatulations!!!

Anne said...

Congratulations! Advice? I'd just say, don't sweat the small stuff. Let it roll off you. Less stress that way! Oh, a get lots of sleep. (Hmmm, wishful thinking probably!)

jaybird said...

emma is quite an adorable placeholder!! but i do look forward to seeing the boys! life changing.. probably when i bought my house... and my tip is take one thing at a time.. people try and make it everything they thought they ever wanted all at once and it is much less stressful to do one room at a time... as for kids... i think the same could work... try and take one thing at a time... or two in this case!!

ellsworth family said...

A HUGE congrats to the new parents and big sister. I just recently had twins (3.5 months old, our numbers 3&4) and the biggest advice I could give is to take one day at a time! Don't worry about everything else that is going on.
Do what you can at the same time (feeding/changing diapers), that way it is more like taking care of one baby. It took me a little bit to figure out the tandem feeding, but it works GREAT! I don't spend near as much time feeding. If one wakes up at night I make sure the other one gets up also to eat, that way I can sleep a little more.
Let big sisters feel needed and helpful. Sleep when your little ones sleep. LET PEOPLE HELP. That is always a hard one for me. I hate having other clean my house, but LET THEM!
Enjoy!!! This is such a wonderful time and although it may seem a little overwhelming right now, it gets better. I would totally have twins again. Congrats again, I am so happy for you all!

kaiolohiakids said...

Wow-twins would be great! I guess my life-changing moments were when my kids were born & when they each got married! The empty nest was a little different, but I have grown to love it!

Amy said...

Congrats on the TWINS. Since I'm not a mom myself - the life changing moments for me are the births of my 7 nieces and nephews. Most of them have quilts made with Fat Quarter Shop Fabric. My advise is get as much sleep as you can. :-)

Jodie said...

So glad everyone is happy and healthy. So amazing to add to your family and even more blessed with twins. I would have to say life changing for me was 3 1/2 years ago, leaving my job to start my own photography business, so scary and exciting at the same time, but so worth it. Good luck in the coming days and try to enjoy. Take Care!

LindaSonia said...

Heartiest Congratulations!!! My life changing event was recently retiring... a far cry from what is on your doorstep, but trust me, equally as joy filled!!

LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

snapdragons said...

Probably so many people's life changing moments will center around just a few life events... mine isn't very unusual. It was meeting my husband. At nearly-28 I was reading books with titles like "Singled Out" and "The Godmother" and finding ways to reconcile the prospect of lifelong singlehood with my lifelong dream of being married and having a family. Maybe accepting that possibility was what Fate was waiting for, because right around that time I had a first date with a tall, handsome, talkative man who quizzed me hard about commitment, children, and sharing breakfast cereal. Though we now tell ourselves that we didn't "think it was so" till the fourth date, I surely did think that he was the first real possibility from the very first...

Heidi said...

Congratulations!! That is wonderful. For me most of my life changing events seem to be centered around my 5 children. I didn't have any twins but I have some friends who have. My advice would be to take things a day a time and try not to get too stressed about keeping the house clean or having the dishes done all the time. Those things can wait. Just hug & love on those babies!

Alyson said...

Congrats! As a mother of little ones very close together get used to hearing..."Wow, you've got your hands full!" or "You are very busy". Anyway, it is great. Take it one day at a time and take any help you can get. That was my mistake, trying to do everything myself. Congrats again!

Gretchen said...

Congratulations!!! I don't have any kids but here's my shot at some advice: never underestimate the restorative power of a good nap, a good cry, or a good laugh (sometimes you need all three).

RC said...

Congrats to the entire Jolly family. =) Those are really nice sized babies for twins! My advice is to make sure Kimberly remembers to take care of mommy. ;-)

Jill said...

Congratulations! One of my life changing moments was twelve years ago today when I married my husband. Who knew then all the things we would go through and how hard we would always have to work to be a team. It has been a great twelve years though and I can't wait to see what the next twelve hold in store.

CBear said...

Congrats!

As the mommy to two under two, my only advice is to seek the joy in each day. When you are covered in poo, babies and are so tired you can't see straight - remember the joy you have right in front of you.

dotti white said...

Congratulations times two on the birth of two little precious ones! So wonderful! As far as the caring for two new babies plus little Emma, I would say remember to take care of yourself so you can take care of them. This might look like accepting the help and support of friends and family. Also, prioritize what is the most important for each day! Have fun!

jillquilts said...

Congratulations!! I'm guessing that with 2 this advice would go double ... Sleep when they sleep!

Can't wait to see pictures!

Rebecca said...

Wow!!! Congratulations!!!! It was most amazing when my first little girl was born! After having 2 boys, plus 2 stepsons, I wanted a little girls SOOO badly. The ultrasound tech had said she couldn't tell for sure but that little thing there looked like it might be a boy. We were ecstatic when she was born and we were told she was a girl. Words can't describe the joy I felt! Now another girl and another boy later, my life is so full, and so complete! My advice is to remember that everything that needs to get done today will likely still be there tomorrow, so enjoy the time with those little guys!!!

Aimee said...

Congratulations, congratulations!! What wonderful news! Can't wait to hear the names and see pictures.

As a mom of twins, my advice is to have Kimberly join your local Moms of Multiples group ASAP. Meeting other moms who've been there, done that (or were going through it at the same time!) saved my life. It is HARD work initially, but so worth it. My twins are now 4.5 and are the best of friends.

miss~nance said...

Congratulations, twins boys, wow, very exiting.

Like the other mums my biggest life changing events were the birth of my 2 chilred (23 &21 next week).

I am going to echo the advise that you take any help offered. My niece is the mother of 8 month old twins and a 2 & 4 year old. She wanted to prove she can do it all herself and fell in a big heap and still struggles big time everyday despite the offer of help. I also think take one day at a time and rest as much as you can when the boys are sleeping. Have a specific play box for your daughter that she only plays with at the twins feed time including possibly her own baby.

All the best. I am very much looking forward to seeing pics.

Gail
gcom31@optusnet.com.au

Vicky said...

My life never changed, so here's my advice for the Jolly family with THREE little ones: take-out, nannies, housekeepers, Mommy's Day Out, Daddy's Day Out, earplugs ... wait, just kidding on that last one - I think!

Congratulations to Kimberly and Kevin on this blessed event! Miss Emma is going to be a dynamite big sister! xo

Shmbo said...

Oh! How exciting. Congratulations to all the Jollys.

vintagebaby said...

My advice would be to enjoy every minute of everyday. Their childhoods will pass in the blink of a eye and you will wonder how it could be over so quickly. CONGRATULATIONS to you ALL!!!!1

junglewife said...

Congratulations! My biggest life changing events were definitely the births of my two daughters! Can't top that in my book :-)

Everyone's had great advice so far - sleep when you can, take all the help you can get. But also know when to say No. The babies don't belong to anyone else, and ultimately it's the parents who make the decisions. Don't let anyone else completely take over!

ritacor said...

Congratulations to Kimberly and the whole family!
I can imagine what you´re all going trough. My life-chaging experience was also when my 2 twin-boys were born. They are already turning 13 this month, nut I still vividly remember when they were born :)
Adbie, from a twin´s mum: nurse them at the same time when they are newborns, and and feed them at the same time still when they are older. That will save you precious time to spen with your babies!

Becky said...

Congratulations! We are anxiously waiting to see pictures and read names of the two little ones. The first thing that came to mind for advice was something my brother and SIL did with their twin boys. They had a notebook for each twin. They (or whoever provided help) entered each time the baby was fed, diapered, rocked etc This was done in a separate journal for each baby. In the middle of the night, it was sometimes hard to remember what had been done. Congratulations to the Jolly family!!!!!

Becky said...

Congratulations! We are anxiously waiting to see pictures and read names of the two little ones. The first thing that came to mind for advice was something my brother and SIL did with their twin boys. They had a notebook for each twin. They (or whoever provided help) entered each time the baby was fed, diapered, rocked etc This was done in a separate journal for each baby. In the middle of the night, it was sometimes hard to remember what had been done. Congratulations to the Jolly family!!!!!

Kathryn said...

Congratulations on the new additions. My life-changing event was marrying into a family of 6 children. Flexibility and love without limits will take you to wonderful places.
Kathie L from Allentown

onthehilltop said...

Congratulations! I had a friend with twin boys and they brought her so much joy! Being a newlywed I don't have that much advice, but I certainly have lots of well wishes!

scottylover said...

Well, I have no children, so I can't give you any advice on that! :) Life changing moment..Hmm...I guess it would have to be when my nephew was born. He was so tiny and fragile. Made me realize just how fragile life is. He's a strapping 16 (almost 17) year old now!

Sandy A in St. Louis

acecraig100 said...

How wonderful. Congratulations! My advice is don't worry about the little things. Slow down. If you don't accomplish everything you want to do today, it is okay. Take time to enjoy what you did accomplish. Tomorrow will be a brand new start.

Nancy said...

Congrats on the boys!! My biggest life changing moment happened 17 years ago when my son was born. I was 40... I thought I had surgery to prevent pregnancy, but alas it didn't work!! LOL I guess the laugh was on me...

Lizziebeth said...

Congratulations on the birth of your twin boys. I know you will have your hands full.

Pat said...

Congratulations! Hold them close and love them lots. Enjoy them they grow up so fast.

Carol said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to find out their names. I don't have any children but I'm thinking the best advice is to make sure to give Emma attention as well. Sometimes the new babies get all the attention. I'm sure Emma is going to be a good little helper. Oh yeah, do the boys have red hair too or is it too early to tell?

Spencer Family said...

Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see pictures of them. Biggest life changing moment would have to be sons birth. It's when I became a MOM!

Cindy said...

What great news!! My advice is to love and appreciate every moment with them. It may not seem like it now, but they really do grow up so fast.

meg99 said...

Congratulations to you all!
I could hardly go to bed before seeing the next twitt from"Almost time".
My life changed when I was born,went abroad the first time,got married, and everyday!
Please enjoy every minute with your new family.
I can't wait to see the pictures!

Susan D said...

Well that's wonderful news! Congradulations everyone, especially big sister. What a wonderful picture that is. Can't wait to see pictures of all 3 siblings. Good going!

andrea creates said...

Congratulations-how wonderful!

KarenS said...

Congratulations! Having twin boys was definitely my most life changing event. They will turn 29 next month and are still amazing me all the time.

My best advice is sleep whenever you can, don't worry about housework and don't turn down any offer of help no matter how small. Oh, and have fun!

Peanut Blossom said...

Such exciting news, glad to hear things went smoothly! Only advice I can possibly offer is to keep a sense of humor as best as possible for those first few months and try to remember it will get easier for everyone before you know it! I hear the second time around it is a little easier to appreciate how tiny they are knowing how fast it all goes. Best of luck!!

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Sherri said...

Congratulations! Two wonderful bundles of joy must be so much fun! My biggest life-changing experience would have to be the emergency c-section of my youngest child. Thankfully, I had a wonderful doctor and was truly blessed---everything turned out fine!

THE QUILT SHED said...

Wow!!! That's fantastic news for me today. You have made my day.... Congrats to Kim, Kevin and Emma on having two little treasures to add to their family. My greatest live changing moment or moments - giving birth to our beautiful four children!! They are now 18, 17, 15 and 9 and are fabulous. Too add a fat quarter bundle to my stash would be heaven.....Best wishes, Cheryl, Brisbane, Australia

Karen said...

Congratulations! Of course my 2 kids were life changing, but another significant event was giving in to the kids and getting a dog. Who knew I would become a dog person?! It was a wonderful expanding event in our family.

Wishing you all the best!

Please enter me in the drawing.

peggy said...

OMG look at that gorgeous redhead...I could eat her up!!!
I hope the 2 boys are as cute as her!!!
Having children is in my experience enough of a life altering experience as any....but the most rewarding!
Peggy in NJ

Beth said...

I can't imagine twins! I wish the Jolly family lots of love and sleep!

sashaknits said...

I have always wanted hair that beautiful coppery orange color. What a gorgeous big sister!

Michelle said...

Many congratulation to Kimberly and her family, the birth of twins is both amazing and daunting at the same time (twin girls aged 5 here so I know where you are coming from). Big sister looks so happy...and somewhat overwhelmed (not one but TWO brothers???) but she will be an amazing helper. My biggest hint has already been said, take it one day at a time. And of course, take some extra time with Emma, I know our oldest had a hard time with us dealing with the twins and I finally had to step back and realize that she was feeling lonely. We started having our Mommy and Me dates, we would go out for lunch and she would get to pick what we did, just her and I or just her and dad. We still continue it to this day and its brought our family together in such a great way.

Families are such a blessing, congrats again :)

Michelle

Shari said...

Congratulations! I admit the jump from 1 to 2 was harder than adjusting to 1 so I can only imagine a jump to 3---you're outnumbered!

My advice? Mix it up! While routine and structure is necessary to a child so is a little non-routine. Eat dessert first. Picnic on the living room. Stay in your pajamas all day and watch movies together. My boys accept the routine of every day knowing that on occasion we throw it all away!

Now you'll realize that we need more fabric lines for boys!

wendysquilting said...

Congratulations!!!
no multiples for me but I do have 4 daughters, and my advice is to cherish each and every day, find humor and enjoy the gift you've been given. Also housework always waits, children grow up so quickly, this weekend my oldest married her sweetie it seems like yesterday she was playing barbies.

Amy said...

Oh YEA! Two sweet baby boys...and from their weights it sounds like are nice and healthy! That truly is wonderful news. There is nothing like a new baby, and lucky you gets TWO!! I can imagine it will take time to adjust to your new big family, but treasure each and every moment. It goes by too quickly.

Amy said...

One of my biggest life-changing moments was this past December when I quit my job in order to pursue a more creative career! Thanks for the giveaway!

hknittel said...

Congrats!!!! Wow, three little ones. I haven't had one of those great life changing events yet, but my best life changing even was when my niece was born. Even though she's 3000 miles away, she's still MY niece. Congrats again, keeps lots of diapers on hand.

Carol in E TN said...

Congrats on the birth of the twins! I saw this quote on a blog today and it said, "Keep calm and carry on". I think this is appropriate! And enjoy them, the'll be grown before you know it!
libertythreads@charter.net

Kelly said...

Congrats to the happy family! Since I have no little ones of my own, I would say that some of my biggest life-changing moments were when my nephews were born. Who knew a heart could grow so big so quickly?

Patchwork Penguin said...

Congratulations!!!! I remember when my twins were born; 24 minutes apart; one was 7'15" the other 7'9". My life changing moment? I would say the stillbirth of our son 15 months before the twins (both girls) were born. Losing him made me realize what was really important.... and I cherished them and their older sister (who was 8 when they were born) that much more.

My advice? Let the dustballs lay where they are and except any and all help you are offered.

Hugs!!!

Michele said...

Congratulations to the new family.
Having children was life changing as was becoming a foster parent. Best advice?? Try to find humor in chaos or unplanned moments.

Lisa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Jo Anne said...

Congratulations on your double blessings. The most life-changing was the birth of my first child. #7 was just a little more in the fold. My advice, accept help when offered. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Chookyblue...... said...

congrats to Kimberly and family on the safe arrival of the boys........

PamKittyMorning said...

CONGRATULATIONS! WELCOME LITTLE BABIES!

Auntie Pami said...

I've never had kids, but I've been around a lot of them. My best advice is have a good Auntie that will watch Emma once in a while to give her attention since twins are busy little people. It helps Mom & Dad (ask my brother--he has two twin boys and an older daughter). Not sure if Auntie can handle the boys--they are four & full of themselves! Congrats!!!!

Hilary Mercer said...

I havent popped them out yet but if I had three little ones I would try not to get behind on laundry. :) Well, I guess you could always sew more. Congratulations on the little ones!

Cecilia e Helena said...

Congratulations on the new babies, I'm so happy for you!
I don't know if this giveaway is world-wide (I'm from Brazil), but here I am. A life-changing moment for me was, definitely, the birth of my beautiful daghter. She is now 7 years old, and all I can say is that she is a blessing!
Love
Helena

Cecilia e Helena said...

Sorry... I meant 'daughter'!

Tigger said...

Congratulations, Kimberly, Kevin and big sister Emma!! I can't wait to see what the names are.

Don't know about my biggest (there's been lotsa big ones) but one of them was moving from my comfy, suburban, close to everything house out to the country where the closest convenience is a feed store.

amylouwho said...

Oh how I love babies! Congrats on the twins! Can't wait to see pictures!

I think one of my biggest life changing moments was when my daughter was born. All of a sudden my parent filters kicked in and I became Mama Bear. I liked it. :)

Karen said...

Congratulations on the boys! Boys are wonderful!
Life changing event-my 3 children and now my 4 red headed grandchildren. I love being a Mimi!

Michaela said...

Congratulations! The birth of my own sons was my biggest life changing moment. As for advice, keep grandma and your best girlfriend on speed dial. Best wishes : )

Cherie said...

Wow! I only had one at a time, and I feel overwhelmed! My only advice is to do what YOU feel is right and forget the rest (comments, suggestions, etc). Parents are the experts on their children!

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

Congrats! Wow they were nice weights for twins! The best advice I can give you is alcohol and earplugs.

Jeannie said...

Congratulations! Enjoy every moment for they grow up far too soon.

The Old Broad said...

Congratulations! Try to get as much sleep as you can and don't try to be perfect is my advice. My life changing events was the birth of my two kids. Happiest moments of my life!

Sweet P said...

Congratulations on your new sons The births of my three sons were life changing. My one piece of advice? Love them, hug them and always smile. Remember, they grow up fast.

Ruth B said...

Congratulations! What wonderful and exciting news. Can't wait to see pictures. Everyone loves babies because they remind us of everything good and precious in the world. What a blessing!

SGreen said...

No kids yet, so my biggest changes were getting married and buying a house! Congrats on the healthy baby boys!!!

Tammy said...

My life changing moment was when I met my husband and I always swore I'd never get married after seeing my parents in action.

Beth said...

Congrats on the bouncing baby boys! Though I only have one daughter, I'd say enjoy every day with them, they grow up soooooo fast! Before you know it they will be ornery teens LOL

Ally said...

Congrats!!! How wonderful! My most life changing moment was definitely the moment(s) that my sons were born, nothing compares to that first moment you meet the little creature that you've nutured for the past nine months.

Christy said...

WoW! Huge Congratulations to the very blessed family! Best wishes for lots of sleep in the coming months! My biggest life changers was the birth of my first little girl. My husband and I went from being two individuals, to two very humbled teammates! Every day being a mom can feel like a life changer, though!!! Anyway, congrats and enjoy those babies!

julie said...

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful gift, two healthy babies. God bless all of you. My advice, although I have 2 girls (age 4 years and 4 months), is to sew whenever possible. Even if it is for just a few minutes, sewing is soothing. Enjoy your new bundles and your beautiful daughter!

Vickie E said...

Congrats! I am very happy for you.
Having my 2 daughters was the biggest changing moment in my life by far.

Jackie said...

Congratulations times Two!!! I don't have advice for twins, but I know that you will be having tons of fun!! And burning lots of energy too. Can't wait to hear their names.

Deb Silva said...

Breathe. Keep breathing. Don't stop breathing. Nice deep breaths.

sweetbabies00 said...

Congratulations! Thrilling times ahead for all. Being a twin and being a big sister and at some point, you're counting to three everytime you leave the house or walk in the mall. LOL

Conquilts said...

Congratulations to the ENTIRE family! Hmmm, advice, just love them with all your might, even when they become teenagers. My life changing moment, besides having my boys was one month after having #3, having to move 5 hours away from my parents and other family members and losing my support system. I had to be a "real grownup".

Connie

Holley said...

My advice is that petroleum jelly is the best diaper rash preventative that there is.

Congratulations on the double bundles of joy and the Magic number three children in the house!

Enjoy!

erinmalia said...

realizing it's already been said, birth of my son was easily the most life-changing thing to ever happen to me. whoa! but congratulations, and here's to a quick recovery, mom!

Mary Beth said...

Congrats! As a mom of 4, my advice is..........your house will never be perfectly clean for a long time. You have more important things to concern yourself w/. Let the housework slide.

Cathy M said...

Oh my goodness. My advice is if someone offers to help you--say YES!!!!

rachel griffith said...

oh yayyy!!!
congrats on the jolly boys!!!
and trust me, we have 3, and it's not as hard as people make it out to be.
promise.

{i'm ready for 2 more.}

my heart is happy that god blessed yall's family.

Coffee_Queen said...

Congratulations on the birth of your twin baby boys! Glad to hear you are all doing well. A friend of mine had twins and she said that she napped in the afternoons when her twins napped. She said it helped make up for some of the lost sleep at night.

marykathryn said...

You are blessed. Wishing you all the best as your family grows.

:0)

kelly said...

Congratulations! so far, my biggest life change was going off to college. It was my first time on my own, and the place I would meet my husband and so many forever friends. My wedding was a life change, and I'm sure kids will be one day too, but that first taste of freedom and responsibility was a big stepping stone. Here's to happy and healthy babies!

May said...

Congratulations on the new family members!

alice232 said...

Congratulations! What a blessed family! 5 years ago yesterday, I found out that I was expecting my first child. It was a life changing moment even though it was impossible to really understand all that encompassed.

So happy for you!

free indeed said...

Wonderful news! congratulations! I've had 6 of my own and really loved motherhood. Every stage was life changing! And now, a new stage; a life changing stage is about to happen...our youngest is heading off to college in a few short weeks and hubby and I will be alone after...count them....30 YEARS!!!! I can hardly wait, and yet I think we'll be so bored without anyone at the dinner table with us....it'll be weird, yet I amso looking forward to only having to pick up after hubs and myself....ahhhh!

Tamara said...

Congratulations on these new additions! Take a few minutes every day to reflect on the joys of your family and the blessings!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on being blessed with twins! We only have one child and are desperately hoping that god will someday bless us with more. So my advice would be...don't listen to all the people that say children get spoiled when you hold them too much. Hold them, and hug them for as long as you can because they grow up way too fast. And whether you like it or not, one day they will want you to stop holding them!

thismomsews said...

Children are definitely life changing! We have two boys and each have changed our family for the better. Also my husband and I are going to celebrate our 10th anniversary this weekend, so we consider ourselves very blessed.

Slack said...

Yay! Congratulations to the Jolly family!

Advice: remember to take time for Mom and Dad. It's good for your children to see you go on dates and spend time together. Babysitters are good things!

Kaye said...

Congratulations to All! Your Grandaughter is absolutely adorable and I am sure will be a big help for Mom. I am a Mom of 5 and Nana of 10. The only advice I would give is what my Dear Mom gave to me-- God gives all parents instincts to help in the raising of our Children. If you listen to your instincts 99% of the time you will be right. You have gotten a Huge Blessing, Enjoy

Nicole said...

Life changer?? Is there anything more life changing than having children?? I can't imagine anything rocking my world than when my 2nd daughter arrived. It was a good shake up, but boy howdy was there a learning curve!

Mary said...

Congratulations times Two! Having just spent a week with a newborn granddaughter, I am all about that sweet, sweet smell. Enjoy.

shelley said...

So very happy for your little family! How fun to be a big sister in your house. A life-changing moment in our house has been our first heading off to college. There's always another corner to turn. Enjoy every moment!

Shells said...

My advice is to give up any cleaning ambitions your family may have. Relax and enjoy your kids.

Denise said...

Congrats!! My Dear Daughter just gave us her good news of baby due in March. Dad and Big Sister (age of 7) and her Sister Dog, are really really excited! Nothing beats that new baby smell!! Enjoy the double whiffs of joy!

CARIBBEAN QUILTERS 'CAROLYN' said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful journey in life. One of my life changing experiences was the day I stopped smoking. I realized I had brought my kids into this world not to be poisons but to flourish life a flower in the wild open field of life. God's creation, a healthy child is a miracle to be nourished with love.
Kimberly you have lots of love and warmth..Lots of Blessings to your new family.
Carolyn Terrier

Paula Prass said...

Just coming to say YEAH for the 2 newest members!

Nancy said...

As a twin myself, enjoy them! My twin sister and I are best friends. It's an awesome relationship. Advice? Remember they are 2 separate individuals, and stress that. My sister and I used to get presents to share a lot, growing up, for well-meaning friends/relatives. They thought of us as one unit, not thinking. It was not fun... LOL!
Life-changing moment for me? Living through Katrina, and then finding out that God had something so much better for us than what we had. God is good, all the time!

Nancy

fancystitching said...

Congratulations! Advice: Rock, rock, rock... they grow too large for rocking and cuddling WAY too fast!
Kat

Ginny said...

Congrats! Just play, enjoy every single moment! It goes by so fast and you will look back and wish you could have those days back again. Can't wait to see pictures and how much big sister loves the twins!

MichelleB said...

Congrats to the Jolly House! Life changing - definitely having kids. I had 3 kids, 4 and under, and I loved it. It's a bit hectic, but really, I'd go back to those days in a heartbeat.

Karen said...

Congrats on the two little ones. My life changing moment was when my first Grandchild was born, the same year I turned 50. I made a couple of promises to myself that I haven't gone back on yet in ten years.
Enjoy all three grandchildren. They are so precious.
Karen
www.stitchingcircle.com

Dawn said...

Congratulaitons!! My life changing moment is the birth of my son because when you become a mother for the first time comes a huge responsibility. A great one!

girlsmama said...

Congrats! Glad all are well. My biggest moment was birth of number 4, who was a premie!

As for advice, remember there is no normal. :) Just roll with the punches...

LK said...

Wonderful news!! Enjoy each & every moment you have with your new bundles of joy!!

foofanagle said...

SO many big congrats! Twins! Goodness...I can barely keep up with one. My only advice is take all of the help that's offered and ASK for help when you need it. I'm sure there's a lot of people around the JOllys that would love to help out with meals or bathroom scrubbing or babysitting. Can't wait to hear the names!

Caryn P said...

Marrying my husband Ed was a life changing moment for me! The end of the single life and the start of a new one with him. Combine that with going to seminary at the same time.....
God bless you Kimberly and your whole family, including these brand new baby boys!

Crazy In Pieces said...

Congratulations on the babies! My baby is grown now but I often remember the joy of his life.
God Bless You All!

Sandy said...

One of my life changing moments was definitely the birth of my first grandchild. What a delirious feeling. Second only to the birth of my first child.
And he will be 14 this year. Wow, how the time flies!

Feeder of the Hungry Beans said...

Congratulations! My only advice is to enjoy each tiny moment as it comes!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow, congratulations to Kimberly and all!! And still thirty-one years late, I have to say my life changing moment was my first born son. It was the most awesome day of my life and I will never forget it!

kristinorth said...

Congratulations! I have 3, and you should take lots of pictures and video since they grow up so quickly! I can't believe my baby is 3 already!

Nicole said...

Congratulations!!!

My most life changing event so far would probably be getting married.

Jeannette said...

congratulations to all, the most momentous occasion would have been baby nos 6 after a eight year gapand moving to a bigger house when she was 7 days old.

highwaycottage said...

Congratulations on 2 lovely little boys !! Advice - enjoy every moment, they grow up so fast.

Stormy said...

Congrats on the wonderful additions to the family! My most recent life changing moment was becoming an empty nester when my son joined the Army. He is now in Germany and it's hard to believe that he's all grown up! Treasure those little ones while they are young cause they will grow up way too quickly!

Julie, Edie, and Brittany said...

Congrats on the twins! How wonderful and what fun it will be! I'm sure Miss Emma will be a sweet big sis! I don't think anything in my life changed as much as becoming a mother. Hold them close - they grow up too fast! Oh - and take LOTS of pictures!!

R said...

I never thought becoming a grandmother would change my life like becoming a mother did. Well it did, loving a little someone that you watch your child being parent to is life changing!

My advise is to worry about all the other stuff later in life, and keep your babies(all 3 of them)close while they need and want to be close to you. It goes by SO fast!

Beth from Ca.

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said...

What a wonderful day! Congratulations! Like everyone else, becoming a mother was the most life changing event for me. I have loved every minute (almost) since Hudson was born. Here's a teething tip: Put some water in a baby bottle and freeze upside down. Then let the baby naw on the frozen nipple. =)

Karen said...

I have 3 sons, now 17, 20, 21. I kept a mason jar by the washer/dryer. I always put the little stuff I'd get out of their pockets into this jar. It was so fun to see the kinds of things a little boy considers "treasures" to save in his pocket. It has lego people, plastic animals, sticks, rocks...I could just keep going! Oh yeah, keep that thing covered when you change their diapers or you'll get a shower!

angela said...

Congrats!
The birth of my daughters (5 and 3) were the biggest life changing moments for me. In an instant, seeing those tiny babies laid on my chest, I knew the deepest love imaginable. My life changed the second I caught my first glimpse of them! And now, my oldest is headed off to Kindergarten this year! wah!
My advice... let it go and just live. The dust will be back tomorrow even if you clean it up today. There will be dirty laundry and dirty dishes. That's okay. Just be with those babies (all 3a) as much as humanly possible. I think, I KNOW, we need them as much as they need us.
Now I'm off to peek at my sleeping babies! :)

Kelly said...

Congratulations!! My most life changing moment was the birth of my 5th and last daughter, I felt so utterly complete. My advice is simply to do the best you can with the information and support you have available, and learn to say YES to help!

MJinMichigan said...

Congratulations! Enjoy them while you can...time passes very quickly. My 'bundle of joy' will turn 30 this year! Please enter me in the drawing.

Di~ said...

How exciting! Emma is so so cute! Advice: don't let every little thing upset you. Life changing for me was the day, 18 years ago, when my girls were young... I stood by the refrigerator and made a promise to myself that from now on I would not let every little thing upset me. ...sure need a fat quarter pack Thanks for the chance to win!

Sheryl said...

Hi Congrats to all ..how wonderful.
My advice to the mother of three is "don't sweat the small stuff"! In later years they (and you) won't care that their shirt wasn't ironed or that you had spaghetti three nights in a row. They will however care that you took the time to read to them, cuddle them and took the time to teach them wrong from right.
Baby boys are wonderful things (I have had three) but it's a good idea to invest in some ear plugs! :-)

Kim West said...

Congratulations! Emma will be a great big sister!!

Colleen said...

I didn't have twins, but I have 3 girls, each 15 months apart, so I had 3 kids 2 1/2 and under. It was a fun, crazy zoo! My best piece of advice is to always make each one feel special in some way. And enjoy the craziness... they grow so quickly and you will find you miss it when they are older :o)

Meg said...

That's a big adjustment! I'm not a mom, but I'm the oldest of 7 kids, and did a lot of "mom-ing" over the years. My best advice is--never be afraid to ask for help. Family, friends, neighbors, guildies--they likely want to help but don't want to overstep bounds or don't know what you need. Tell them! People want to feel useful, and even if it's just running an errand, it will help you out in the long run, too. Good luck and congrats!

Collette said...

Oh, congratulations! So exciting. (And I do love that photo of Emma so just keep it up there as long as you like!)

My biggest life changing moment was when we found out that our son's birth mother picked us to adopt him and he came home with us a mere 6 days later. Talk about a lot of trips to Target! :-) He's still amazing even though he's headed into two with a vengeance--laughing hysterically over everything then screaming and kicking for 30 seconds followed by a swift return to everything is so, so funny. Ah, two. He is still the most life changing thing that happens to me every day. In a good way!

Amy said...

Congratulations! ENJOY every moment...you've been given very special gifts. Savor this time...they grow up so fast! (And, as I mother of a little boy...my advice is to stock up on Spray-n-Wash!)

Stasia said...

Congratulations! So glad all went well!

Adorable pic of Emma! :)

Advice for family with three children, from one of three siblings... take turns getting to choose (ice cream flavor, toys, places to go, what to do) and keep rotating it, so as not to go by age or birth order. And don't get all three the same of anything - treat each one as the individual they are!

Life changing moment? Moving from the city to a farm, without seeing the house my husband purchased first. Never, ever, ever again...

I think your life-changing moment is MUCH more positive!!!

CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for keeping us in the loop!

myfavoriteplace said...

So exciting! My advice is to never be shy about accepting or asking for help. People who love you are more than happy to jump in when you need a hand.

spidr said...

Congratulatoins and blessings to you all, beautiful family! Our family jumped from 3 to 5 the exact same way; my identical girls followed my boy! My advice to sweet mom Kim is put them on a schedule. A matronly old nurse told me that the day my girls were born; she gave me a clipboard and a pen and told me to record EVERY feeding and diaper change and look for patterns, pushing one to wait a smidge longer to feed and one to wake up a bit earler until they were one right after the other. It made ALL the difference in the world! Those baby girls are 18 and their big brother JUST got married this weekend. Enjoy them! That same nurse also told me the first 6 weeks are the hardest so I kept a calendar and crossed off each day...it may have been in my mind only, but it worked!

Renee G said...

Congratulations! This is fantastic. We have two boys as well as I have to say our first child was the biggest shock we experienced. We went from being able to go somewhere on a moments notice -- to being lucky to arrive anywhere before noon. Congratulations on the little ones. I miss those days.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Amy Gordon-Pruden said...

Congratulations! wow, twins! I only have one 5 year old (it's enough for me!) so I can't give advice on three although I did think it would be nice to have twins so you could get it all over and done with at once. Anyway, a life changing moment for me was after I divorced my husband two years ago and finally stepped out on my own. I was so fragile and didn't think I could do it but just look at me now, I rock!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Congratulations to all! It is soooo exciting. Advice....hmmmmm....hard to come up with advice because they have already done this once. I guess I would say to let others lend a hand whenever they offer....oh and I do suggest washing baby socks in a mesh lingerie bag so they do not get lost. I also had twin boys in my classroom this year and one has "always" sported bangs while the other never has and kept it cropped...which is nice for the teacher.

Tami said...

Congrats!!! Life changing events...I married a man who had 2 teenagers, got pregnant withing 9 months of marriage and when that little guy was 11 months old I was 9 months pregnant with baby #2 and moving from WA to TN by myself to wait for the rest of my clan to arrive. It was go then with the 11 month old and the other one still in womb or travel with 2 little ones, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 teenage boy and a husband along with whatever belongings we could maybe fit into a dodge intrepid. What is the best advice I could offer? Roll with it. There will be so many sleepless nights and so many moments of wondering what your doing BUT those moments fly by (as Mom and Dad already know with Emma). My little ones are 3 and 4 and I'd take back the year 2006 in a heart beat...just to hold the little ones so close to me again. Just to be the only one up in the middle of the night getting to know my little ones in a way no one else has.

Natalie Jost said...

AWESOME! Congratulations! My life changed drastically when my twins were born a couple of years ago, and it was equally difficult for our daughter who was barely 5 when they were born. She loves them now but it was a tough road for her. We've learned to have date nights just for her. We get a sitter for the twins and take her to dinner, then bring her back home to play with the sitter while we go out on our date!

My advice would be to take all the help you can get and don't try to be supermom. I have a hard time accepting help, much less asking for it, so that first 6 months was horrible for me until I learned to let people help.

Congratulations again and God bless you!

Jane said...

What wonderful news! Hope everyone is healthy and happy.
Every day is a life-changing experience...it's just that we don't usually see how small decisions alter our paths.
Best advice is to do whatever works for you! When someone tells you how it "should" be done, smile and do what you need to do. :)

Mondstein said...

Congratulation to that great news.
The birth of my daugther was truly the biggest change and challange of my life.. ;-)) also, when i met my husband. From the moment i saw him i knew, i wll marry him. Now we are married for 15 years and happy together.
have a great day and please put me in..
MAike

Erika said...

Congratulations! and welcome little babies.

NanainCA said...

Congrats! Children are the angels! My life changed when my girls were born and graced me with 10fingers and 10little toes each 30yrs ago, watching my daughter with 3 children 6mos, 2 Today!!, and 6yrs old. Life is very busy with the oldest into to sports and my daughters trys to do it all! As someone else stated here let the dust stay and dishes in the sink. Time will pass so fast and dust will still be there however those babies will be big boys and emma will be dancing, or playing a sport of some sort, dont miss anything they do for dust,dishes etc. Little boys are just sweet and loving. Have a wonderful time Emma with your Bothers.
Sheri

merumo said...

Congrats to your family! Hope you are doing well as well as two new babies... My life changing moment was to come to this country, to the US and learned quilting :)))

Kathie said...

congratulations!
take the time each day to enjoy each one of your children and remember Emma will need a bit more attention since everyone will be in awe of the boys.
Take lots and lots of pictures something I regret as my girls got older not doing enough of.
Kathie

Lilly said...

Congratulations!
I don't have children yet but my mom always says that you need to sleep while the babies are sleeping otherwise you'd never be able to rest ^^
And enjoy your beautiful family!
Thanks a lot.

Judith said...

Congrats on both baby's. My Life changing moment was that I met my husband, started quilting and when I broke my leg.

cshamp said...

Just take everything one day at a time! My oldest was 3 1/2 when number three came along... things will be crazy, but a good kind of crazy!

rogerik said...

Congratulations! Hope you'll all be very happy.
I'm young yet so I can't honestly say I've had too many life-changing moments... I'd have to say graduating high school and getting accepted into the uni course I'm doing now.
Thanks for the competition :)

Chris said...

Wonderful news! Twin boys - sounds like double the fun, how exciting!

My life changing moment - marrying for the second time, going from an only son to a mother of three! We were later joined by a second son & life has never been the same since!

Chris x

Shannan said...

Congratulations!! Having kids is definitely a life changing moment. My best advice is to take things one day, one event at a time.

Debbie said...

Congratulations to the Jolly family and to beautiful big sister, Emma! Life changing moment? Moving across the country and a month later giving birth to my son who joined his barely 2-year-old sister in our new home.

My only advice would be to take it one day at a time, don't let the little things (like piles of laundry and a sinkful of dirty cups) get you down and enjoy.

Nichole said...

congratulations! while i do not have children, from my outside looking in perspective, it seems like one of the best things you can do with your kids if give each of them one on one time.

Louise said...

Wow, congratulations! I only have two, so I can't give any tips on having 3 - I can only imagine what it must be like to have 2 newborns at once :) I guess that in my life I've had many moments that have sent me down a new path, but finding out that I was pregnant and then meeting my 2 children would have to be the greatest :)

chimes said...

Congratulations! Twins?! Oh my. :) Emma will be one happy big sister!

My life-changing event was when I decided to move out on my own. I hadn't lived on my own before and was afraid to do so without a roommate. I had been a very dependent person before moving out and now I'm extremely independent. Complete personality change! I found myself and found several hobbies that I love.

Good luck with the new babies! I'd give advice on that, but I have no clue since I'm not a parent. All I have to say is goooood luck!

Helen said...

Congratulations on the birth of your twins!

One of my biggest life-changing events is when my sister and three of her teen-aged children came to live with me. I went from living alone to living with four other people. It was an adjustment, but I am richer for the experience.

Robyn *Ü* said...

what a cutie. The only advice I can offer is lots of sleep!!

upstateLisa said...

Wow! How exciting!!! No particular advice for living with three little ones... but try to enjoy them. They grow so fast. Life changing moments... lots of 'em! My oldest daughter told her grandparents on the way to meet her new baby brother at the hospital that she really wanted a sister!!! Oh well. She got one three years later!

Nikki said...

Hello Jolly twins!! So delighted that everything went OK and that the babies are both healthy :)

My life-changing moment was the day that I left all of my family in Canada and moved to England to share my life with someone whom I originally met online! 10 years later and I'm as happy as a bunny (still!) :)

Nikki

Melanie said...

Congratulations! My biggest life changing event was the birth of our twins in 2003....my advise: set a schedule, and STICK TO IT...it's what kept me sort of sane!

Melanie (rphmel30@yahoo.com)

Maria McGill said...

Congrats!! I had 4 kids in 5 years, none twins but they were all certainly life changing events! My advise, now that you're officially outnumbered, always remember to take things one at a time. You're not an octopus and can't handle more than one thing at a time - it's overwhelming when it can't get done and too many "projects" just leads to lots of unfinished to-do's. Same with the kids, you're going to feel stretched in so many directions, so give them each a turn and remind them that you love them all the same.

Carrie P. said...

Oh that picture of Emma is so sweet.
Congratulations on the new baby boys. So glad to hear that all is well.
A life changing event for me was when my husband, children, and I moved to North Carolina from Florida. So many great things have happened in our lives.

sunporchquilts said...

Congratulations! My advice is enjoy every second, and take LOTS of pictures - it goes by way too quick!

annette said...

How absolutely FABULOUS!!! Congratulations. Kidlets are definitely life changing - for the better - always. The joy and wonder they have brough to my life. The love that they give and make me feel - Life Changig!! Accept the help that people offer and take each day slowly - new routines take time to establish - that would be my very best advice.

Lesliebee said...

Wow, and congrats!
My only advice is to enjoy every moment that you get. I had only one but now that she is 25 I have so many wonderful memories....

nanann said...

Congratulations!

I can't imagine any advice since I've not been there done that with twins!

As for my own life-changing event, it would have to be becoming a stay-at-home-mom. Flipped our world around, but it sure has been fun!

quiltwhereyoupark said...

Congrats! Wow, such a blessed day for your family. Attending the birth of my grandchildren was my most recent life altering event. LIFE IS GOOD!!!

quazymama said...

How wonderful! What a great day!

A life changing moment for me was when I adopted my foster daughter and she became my very own. It was a great day that we celebrate every year.

God Bless,
Cathy

Megan said...

Congratulations! I guess my life is pretty devoid of life-altering experiences to this point. My biggest life-changing experience was going from being a student to getting a real full-time job! (sounds silly, I know) No more homework or studying, but I do have to get up every. morning.

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