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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

It’s been a crazy year that can basically be summed up in a few lines: Max got cancer, we went to the Olympics, we had twins, and we traveled to Namhae, Vietnam, Seoul, and Japan (for the new year). Whew!

When I look back at these photos, it’s hard to believe that I was pregnant earlier this year. This year has gone by so extremely fast, and while I’m so excited to see what the new year holds for us, it’s also so bittersweet knowing that next year I’ll be looking back at these Christmas photos, and wondering what happened to my little babies. Insert crying emoji.

I had all kinds of plans this Christmas that included baking German cookies and taking a billion family photos (no matching pj photos…yet). Instead, we only opened half of the twins’ gifts, watched the old animated Grinch cartoon, and ate about a bowl full of Christmas candy. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow since it’s technically Christmas back in the States.

Hope y’all are having a happy holiday!

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Twins | 100 Days Celebration (Baek-il 백일)

twins | 100 days celebration (baek-il 백일)

The twins turned 100 days old last week! Or wait, was that the week before? No, it was last week. Yeah. Last week. The past few months all sort of blend together in one long, endless day of feeding, changing, and putting to bed. Plus, it’s about 3 am right now. I’m going with last week.

Let’s try this again.

We celebrated the twins’ 100th day, or Baek-il (백일) last week!

(Also, can you believe I posted 2x in the same week? I can’t.)

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Twins | Three Months

twins // 3 months old

The twins turned three months old last week a couple weeks ago (it’s taken me a long time to get this post together).

It was the fastest three months of my life.

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Motherhood Right Now

motherhood // newborn twins

It’s been a while.

Time has flown by so quickly. Spring turned into summer and now here we are, nearly three months later, at the midway point for the year, the twins growing practically overnight.

I don’t even know where to start, so I’m just going to start somewhere in the middle, even though we’re still at the very beginning.

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The Twins Have Arrived!

twins // 3 days old

Welcome to the world, Maggie & Gus!

I think I may have jinxed myself with my last post

The twins arrived a couple weeks earlier than expected, just shy of 36 weeks, on Monday morning, April 16. Everything happened so unexpectedly, quickly, and dramatically, that we’ve only just now been able to catch our breath and really process everything that has happened in the past week. I know I promised no birth stories, but I feel like my birth story falls into the category of “one day you’ll look back on this and laugh.” Or at the very least, one day, when the twins are screaming at me how much they hate my guts, I’ll point them to their birth story and guilt trip the heck out of them.

But more on that later…

Despite being born preterm, the twins thankfully didn’t require any NICU time. We spent four days in the hospital and were all released together just a couple days ago. Now we are back home, adjusting to our new lives and getting very little sleep.

“This is the worst part.”
“You’ll hate this stage, but you’ll get through it.”
“Prepare to never sleep again!”
“Twins? (Insert annoying laughter) Glad it’s you and not us.”

And on and on with the so-called “advice” that we never asked for.

I know we are still at the very beginning. The part of a child’s life that everyone has told us repeatedly will be the hardest part. Maybe we are still just completely naive, but we haven’t felt that way at all, especially given all that we’ve been through. If anything, I’m already feeling super sentimental that a week has nearly passed by so quickly and that the twins will never be this tiny again.

It is hard, yes. We are tired, yes. But we are also so very grateful, so filled with love, and so blissfully happy to have our twins home at last.


Ready, But Not Ready

baby bump // 34 wks

People keep asking me how I feel as I get closer to my due date (and the bigger my baby bump becomes). My answer to a relatively simple question is, naturally, somewhat complicated.

I feel both ready and not ready at the same time.

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In Memory

Uncle Ho Ngoc Nguyen

my uncle at our wedding in 2010

Late last week, just before my mom’s flight from Houston was due to take off, I received a text message from my brother that my mom had missed her flight. Apparently, she had just missed the two-hour deadline to check in luggage (she had already checked in online the night before) and therefore was not allowed to board her flight to Korea. A member of the airport staff was contacted and she also expressed confusion as to why my mom was not allowed to check in. Essentially, nobody wanted to override the airline attendant’s decision, and so my mom was grounded, her flight rescheduled for the following day.

Several hours later, my mom emailed me to tell me that my uncle had passed away.

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30 Weeks!

baby // 30 wks

I made it to 30 weeks!

It probably looks like I’m about to pop in the above photo, but I had just chugged a liter of water and the combination of arching my back and a 3/4 turn didn’t exactly create the most slimming of poses. Not that I was really worried about that because obviously, I’m pregnant. Just not necessarily “ready to pop” (as everyone likes to tell me) pregnant…yet.

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