Thursday, March 31, 2011


Bathtime at the Bridges' house goes something like this...
Baby #1 in the kitchen sink

Baby #2 on the floor

Clean Baby #1

Baby #2 in the sink
Clean Baby #1 on the floor

Clean Baby #2

Dressed Baby #2

Clean Babies ready for St. Patrick's Day

In these pictures, Baby #1 is Brooks and Baby #2 is Jackson.

Spring Break

Since Mother's Day Out was closed during Spring Break and their sitter was out of town, I had to make other arrangements for childcare.  So, I took a day of vacation, Mimi and Grand kept them two days (THANK YOU) and I took them to work with me the other two days.  Most everyone in my office was on vacation, so Karen watched them while I got a little work done. 

We are ready to go to work with Mom. 

Brooks is rolling.

Hey Brother, what are you doing?

I'll hold you up.

Is that better?

Naptime on the Boss' couch.

Jackson's awake.

Brooks is still sleeping.

Is it time to go yet?  I've had a rough day at the office.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cubs Opening Day 2011

We are so excited about Cubs Opening Day...we can hardly contain ourselves! 

 Jackson is working on his pitching.


(Brooks is on the left and Jackson is on the right)

Wordless Wednesday - 20 Weeks

*photo courtesy of Ruth Ellis

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Old Self...Where Are You?

Pre-pregnancy, I was probably in the best shape of my life.  I was training for a marathon and had lots of time to commit to my hobby.  I would run on my lunch hour, I would run after work, I would run on the weekends.  Run, Run, Run.  I loved it.  I loved having the fresh air fill my lungs only to escape out my nose.  I loved running in the cold, the rain, even the snow. 

But, now post pregnancy, I just can't seem to regain that zeal.  I want it...I can see it...I just can't seem to grasp it.  It is so close yet so far away.  My body has pretty much returned to normal, but it needs some fine tuning. The boys have left me a little soft. Nothing running can't fix.

For Christmas I finally got that new snazzy watch I've always wanted to keep up with my distance and pace, I have a jogging stroller that I can push the boys in (although this is easier said than done, even if the stroller is designed with this in mind). I have all the accessories I need.  I'm even at a fitness center on Monday nights where I teach dance, but I would rather see my boys for the few minutes I have before class instead of jumping on a treadmill.

Maybe a treadmill like this at home is the solution.  I really want one. I have these grand ideas that once the boys go to sleep or take a nap (although getting them to nap at the same time is difficult) I'll hop on the treadmill and knock out a few miles. But the reality is that after the last baby has gone to sleep, the only thing I want to do is rest before the nightly chores of bottle washing, kitchen cleaning and laundry commence.

I know that once I get started I will fall back into a routine, but getting started is the toughest part.

Any suggestions for getting me over this hump?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Do we look alike?

I often hear "they look so alike."

I just don't see it. 

Maybe it's because I know them so well.  I know all their differences.  They make different funny faces, different noises, eat differently, sleep differently, have different dispositions.  They even cry differently.  One has bigger feet.  One has a bigger belly.  One has more hair.  One has lighter hair.

I love these little guys.  I love them for all their similarities and differences!

Photo courtesy Jade Ellis

Monday, March 21, 2011

Everything Digital

Digital Scrapbooks
I'm not into scrapbooking.  It requires a lot of tools, space and time.  But, I want to document my children's life.  Thanks to Hollywood Housewife, I found a solution to my problem.  Project Life makes this task manageable.  It's all digital so it's something I can work on here and there...all I need is a computer.  Upload all your pictures and with a few clicks and some text your scrapbook is on its way to completion.  Project Life offers a couple of options - daily layouts or monthly layouts.  I chose monthly.  Each month I plug in a few pictures with some text and viola...all done.  Check it will be amazed at how easy and user friendly it is.

Photo Books
Also thanks to Hollywood Housewife, I figured out what to do with all the digital photos from the Boys newborn photo shoot.  In less than an hour, I designed a hardback book using  I also found this site to be very user friendly. I will post pictures of the book when I receive it in the mail.  I think photo books would also make great gifts!

iPhone App
I'm totally addicted to the Instagram app.  If you have an iPhone, download the free app, search for me by name (Kendra Bridges) and choose to "follow" me.  I'm going to take a break from Facebook and post pictures here instead.  So if you have an iPhone join in the fun, then you can take pictures with the app and show me what's going on in your world.  Leave me a comment when you have downloaded the app so I can "follow" you.  Here are a couple of pictures I posted on Instagram over the weekend.

The boys at the beginning of our Sam's shopping trip.

The Boys at the end of the shopping trip.  Brooks was not happy!

Bailey with blooms from our Bradford Pear Tree on her nose. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Fog

Now that we've reached the 4 month mark, I finally feel like the fog has lifted and I've had a chance to reflect.  Here are a few things I've learned along the way.

Don't read all the baby books.
Reading the book is one thing...trying what they say is another.  Feeling like a complete failure when it doesn't work just like the book promises, well, take it from's just not worth it.  Do what works best for your situation.

For example:  "Put your baby in his/her crib when sleepy/drowsy not asleep.  Don't let him/her fall asleep on the breast/bottle, your lap, swing, etc.  Start this from the beginning."  Oh, how this gave me the most anxiety. 

Around 2 months I started this with Jackson and he HATED going down in his crib.  He would cry, scream, arch his back.  I'm pretty sure there were a few nights when both of us were crying.  All I wanted him to do was fall asleep in his crib.  After all, that's what the book said to do.  They should fall asleep and wake up in the same place...THEIR CRIB.  The book promises that if you start this early it will payoff later.  I agonized over this.  So many nights I hovered over the crib just trying everything I could to get him to fall asleep.  Pat, sing, ssshhh.  I tried a noise machine.  Trent tried.  Many, many nights of him crying and then I would give in and rock him to sleep, then feel guilty about not doing what the book said to do.  I felt like such a failure for not getting my kid to go to sleep in his crib. 

Now, that we've hit the 4 month mark, I can lay Jackson down in his crib when he is drowsy and off to sleep he goes.  Don't get me wrong, there are some nights I have to rock him to sleep, but bedtime continues to get better and easier.  I realize not every child is the same so who knows, maybe your kid is text book...mine are not! 

No blankets in the bed.
My kids just do better wrapped in a blanket.  I let their arms free, but wrap their legs tight.  Otherwise, they wake themselves up when their legs go jumping.  I figure as long as they are swaddled and the blankets aren't loose, they won't get in their face.  But now that Brooks is rolling over, if I put a blanket on him I take it off before I go to bed since he rolls all over the crib.  Most mornings he is facing the opposite directions of where I placed him.

To Pacifier or Not To Pacifier.
I totally believe in the pacifier.  Some say you should take the pacifier away around 3 months because they have short term memory and will never remember it.  Yada, Yada, Yada.  Brooks loves his pacifier and Jackson sometimes wants it and sometimes doesn't.  But when it comes time for bed or they are having a fussy moment, the pacifier saves the day.  I figure I'll deal with the consequences of my child having a pacifier later, but until then it makes my life a little easier and quieter!

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation takes a hold of your mood, mind and spirit like nothing I've ever experienced before.  However, the beauty is that you are able to push through.  Even when you think you can't hold your eyes open one more minute, when you hear your baby cry, you jump to your feet and take care of their needs.  It's amazing.  Yes, sleep deprivation is taxing, but nothing you can't handle for several months.

I give my babies generic formula.  Yes, knock me if you may, but I talked to my pediatrician about it and he said it is perfectly fine.  I probably wouldn't have tried it if a Doctor friend hadn't given me a couple weeks supply to try.  One look at Brooks and you know he is getting plenty to eat! 

I'm a devout Pampers user.  I tried Huggies early on and remember not liking them, now I'm not sure of my reasoning.  I received a lot of Pampers as gifts and have stuck with them.  See my post on diapers for cost saving tips.

I have snap front sleepers and zip-up sleepers.  Only go with the zip-up sleepers.  Generally, they aren't as cute as the snap front ones, but at 3 AM who cares about cute.  The zip-ups are easy and quick.  We used fleece ones in the winter and are now wearing the thinner cotton ones.  I love the Child of Mine by Carters with the elastic on the feet.  Otherwise their feet have a tendency to get lost up in the legs.

Their finger nails grow like crazy.  I only wish mine grew that fast.  In the beginning I used an emery board, but it didn't get them short enough.  Now, I use baby fingernail clippers.  I've found that it's best to do it while they are eating (this takes two people, one to feed and the other to trim) or while they are taking a bath.  They are very calm in the bath seat, which sits perfectly in my kitchen sink.  The "book" says to trim them while they are sleeping, but who wants to risk waking them up!

Baby Shower Gifts
If you are giving clothing as a gift, please also include a necessary item.  While its fun to buy and give baby clothes (they are just so darn cute), a shower is to help the parents ramp up for the baby.  I know, baby bottles and pacifiers are not that fun to buy, but something everyone needs.  Diapers are always a great gift.  If you don't know what size to get, go a little big like a size 1 or 2.

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things and one of the best gifts you can give your child.  However, all good things must come to an end and I truly believe the hardest part about stopping is just making the decision to stop.  I did it for 3 months, 3 long months.  With twins, it was tough, plus my body didn't make enough for two.  If I just had one baby, I would have had a freezer full, but with two little mouths to feed, I couldn't handle the demand.  Once I gave it up, I felt free, happier (I had a little more of my life back).  Kudos to those working Moms that pump at work.  I did for a month and that was tough. 

So, if you are reading this and you've had your hair in a ponytail for several weeks/months, you're not sure the day of the week, possibly haven't showered in a few days, have spit up all over your clothes, your house is a mess and laundry is piled high, just know that it will get better.  Much better.  Take it from me, a mother of twins...the fog will soon lift!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Snickerdoodle Recipe

I love snickerdoodles and found this recipe to be superior.  Give them a try and let me know if you agree!
For the topping:
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cookie dough:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

To make the cookie dough, stir together the dry ingredients.

In a bowl with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and continue to mix, then add the eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough 1 hour if it's sticky or difficult to handle.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut then roll them in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until puffed up and the surface is slightly cracked. Let cool on the sheet pan a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

I prefer them a little chewy, so I only bake for about 8 minutes.

Recipe courtesy Gale Gand


Thanks to the help of Ruth, Robin, Debbie and Kristen, I've complied a list of Trent and my family's birthdays.  You can view this list by clicking on the Birthday List located on the right side of the screen.  I'll also highlight the current month's birthdays as well. 

A few items to note:
  • The year begins and ends with birthdays of two great women...Juanita and Rose.
  • The date with the most birthdays is June 11.
  • December has the most birthdays (10), followed by March, June and July (each have 9).
If I missed anyone or have incorrect information please let me know by leaving a comment.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Diapers, Diapers and more Diapers

By my guesstimation, the Boys have used roughly 1,600 diapers in 17 weeksWow, that's a big number! 

I've purchased diapers at Target, Wal-Mart, Babies R Us and Sam's.  By far, Sam's is the cheapest, however, I recently found that is even cheaper than Sam's.  Here is how...

If you sign up for Amazon Mom, which is free, then use Sign and Save Delivery, you save 30% on each order, plus free shipping and no tax.  I had a box of 200+ diapers sitting on my porch within in a couple of days.  I saved over $13 on that one box.  I didn't even have to find time to make a run to Sam's just to buy diapers.  This savings applies to all types of baby and household items, including baby formula.

So, if you currently or soon plan to purchase diapers, wipes, formula, etc. I highly recommend checking out Amazon Mom. 

If you know of any other cost saving tips please leave them in the comments section!

My Village

My Village is Grand.

It consists of endless amounts of family and friends.  I could not have survived this journey thus far without each and everyone of them. 

Today I salute my cousin, Jade. 

I haven't spent a lot of time with her as an adult since there are 13 years between us. When I left Ardmore she was around 5 years old. I got to see here on occasion and each year that we celebrated Christmas in Kansas.

For the past few weeks, Jade has kept the Boys a couple of days a week.  This means for me that I don't have to load up the Boys and all their necessities for daycare.  These two mornings a week for me are glorious!  Sometimes the hardest and most stressful part of the day is the morning...getting everyone fed, dressed, bottles made, bags packed, car seats loaded in the car, car seats unloaded at school and carried with all their garb to their classroom.  For the Boys, it means one on one time. 

Each morning I look forward to seeing what color socks she will wear or what color fingernail polish she'll sport. To quote her, "I don't do anything black and white." She is such a joy to be around.

Throughout the day, she sends me updates on how the Boys are doing; I really look forward to these.

One day I received this along with all these pictures.

"While Brooks took an almost 4 hour nap, Jackson and I had a photoshoot.  Brooks joined in after his nap."

Not going to lie, this one kind of creeps me out.
Look at Bailey in the background.  She just wants to join in the fun.

Knowing my kiddos are loved and cared for makes going to work so much easier.  Thank you, Jade, for that gift!

Stayed tuned as I highlight more of my Village in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I See You

Since birth, the Boys haven't acknowledged each other no matter how close we put them.  We would hold them face to face and they would look the other way.  But this changed in the past week or so.  They finally started to "see" each other and even laugh at each other. 

Hey Brother, try mine!
(Brooks is on the left, Jackson on the right)

Four Month Doctor's Visit

The Boys had their 4 month well check yesterday and they checked out great!  Brooks weighed 12 lbs 9 oz and Jackson weighed 12 lbs.  Even though there's only a half pound difference between the two, Brooks feels so much heavier. 

When I hold the Boys I think they are getting so big, but when I saw a little girl in the Doctor's office that was their same age, I realized how small they still are.  Since they're twins and arrived three weeks early, they probably won't catch up to other kids their age for a couple of years.  Currently they are in the 3rd and 5th percentile for height and weight. 

They received their second round of shots and were not happy about it.  This photo was taken BEFORE their shots. 

Doctor V said we could start incorporating food, but I'm going to hold off until we get closer to the 6 month mark.  The thought of feeding two with a spoon is scary.  I need to invest in a good drop cloth for my kitchen floor!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Robin!

We love you and can't wait to see you in a few weeks.

 - This picture was taken in December 2010. Brooks is on the left and Jackson is on the right.  They were so tiny.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The old adage...

The old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words," is very true. Just take a look at this picture.

Oh, I just love this picture; it is so telling of each of their current personalities. I use the word "current," because 3 months ago I would have said the opposite about each of them.

Brooks (on the left) - He is such a bruiser! He grunts, he burps, he slobbers, he gulps and just looks so ornery! I love this picture of him. He is all smiles and just wants his Brother to talk to him. He also only has on one sock. The little rug rat is constantly rolling over and kicks off his socks.

Jackson (on the right) - He is so angelic! Just look at that face of his. He is a very quiet eater, he doesn't burp, he has an Elvis smile and bats his eyes. He loves to coo and giggle. I just want to kiss his cheeks all day long.

I'm eager to see how their personalities will continue to change.