Sunday, November 8, 2009

Park Day

After a cold and VERY rainy October in Chicago, we are now having a gorgeous, clear, warm, and dry November. Go figure...

Anyway, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather this weekend and go to the park on Saturday. Here are some pictures of Jackson and Ellie on the swings...their favorite :)

Then and Now...

Before the twins were born my mom gave us a wonderful moses basket that ended up being a life-saver during the newborn stage. Because Ellie and Jackson were so used to being close before they were born, one of the only ways we could get them to sleep was snuggled in this moses basket together. They loved it!! Here are a couple of pictures of them back in the is crazy to see how small they were :)

Well....since the babies have gotten bigger we are now using the moses basket to hold blankets in the nursery. The other night, we were changing some things around in there and had pulled the moses basket out and emptied all of the blankets out of it.

As you can see from the pictures below Jackson must have remembered his early love of the basket because he could not get enough of it. Ellie...not so much :) Jackson kept crawling in and bouncing up and down. We would take him out and he would climb right back in and start to bounce. We tried to recreate some of the pictures from above, but as you will see, that didn't work out so well. Jackson ended up loving it so much that he had his bedtime bottle in there as well....he just didn't want to get out! Here are some pics of the fiasco:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Follow the Yellow Brick Road....

For the twins first Halloween, we decided to go with a family theme. The four of us along with Stacey, Kevin, and Kagan all decided to go as characters from The Wizard of Oz. It was a great time! Here are some pictures from the evening:

all of us

Kagan the lion, Ellie as Dorothy, and Jackson the scarecrow

the 4 of us




Ellie is not so sure about these two witches

Happy Halloween!!!

We're back!!!

After many months of putting off blog posts we are here to TRY to get back into it. We are sorry to those of you who were loyal readers but we are going to try to make a comeback and start posting again. Our last post was the day after Jackson and Ellie were born and now, here we are just 11 days shy of their 11 month birthday! So much has happened, they have changed so much, and we will do our best to catch you up or at least let you know where they are now :)

We can't promise that we will post every day or even every other day, but we will try our best to post often enough to let our readers know what is going on.

So, here we go...and we hope that our next blog post will come at some point before we send them off to college :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

They're here!!!!

Late on the night of Friday, December 12th, our twins came into this world! Jackson Christopher Nickoloff was born at 11:22 PM weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 20 inches long. His sister, Ellison Anne Nickoloff, followed at 11:24 PM weighing 5 lbs. 3 inches and measuring 19.5 inches long. Jackson and Ellie are perfect in every way, they are beautiful!

We apologize for not posting earlier, but Sarah ended up needing to have a c-section and the recovery has been rough, although she feels much, much better this morning. Also, the babies glucose levels were borderline low right after their birth so they were sent to the Special Care Nursery at about 5AM on the 13th. As of last night, their glucose levels were at great levels and they should be joining us in our room later today which we are so excited for!!! Sarah was only able to go to see Jackson and Ellie once yesterday because of her recovery. However, Chris was down there a lot visiting with them. Although, we were both able to hold them and be with them for the hours after their birth, we can't wait to have them with us all the time. Hopefully it will not be too long today.

So, overall, everyone is doing wonderfully. We will post pictures as soon as we can from the hospital. Stacey is posting some pictures on snapfish so she will send them out shortly and we can forward it on to anyone that would like to see them!

We promise to be in touch,
Chris, Sarah, Jackson, and Ellie Nickoloff :)

Overall, everyone is doing great, babies, mom, and dad!

Friday, December 12, 2008

At Hospital

Hello everyone.

We are here and settled in. Sarah is doing great and it hopefully won't be long now. The Pitocin was started at 9:20. The contractions were getting intense for a moment and were coming right on top of each other so Sarah got an epidural around 1:00 and is feeling much better now.

We will continue to keep everyone posted. Thanks again for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Chris & Sarah