Wednesday, 27 June 2012


I have been informed that I missed some very important birthday buddies of the girls.

So, please add to the list of people born on July 5th:

Great Uncle Doug Scott

Cousin Sean Harkins

And wishing them both a very happy birthday next week as well :)

One Week to Go! Some Statistics...

Well, we are down to the last week, and I thought I would share some interesting stats about my girls and other things in general.

1. By the end of the day on July 4th, Janae and Esther will have been in their casts for exactly 12 weeks, 84 days, about 2016 hours and 120,960 minutes.

2. The girls have been through collectively:
3 cast changes (Janae 2, Esther 1)
7 x-rays
2 CT scans
About 1000 size 1 diapers

3. Since getting their casts on, they have both cut 5 teeth - Janae has 7 teeth total and Esther has 5 (soon to be 6).

4. "Approximately 1 out of every 20 full-term babies has some hip instability and 2-3 out of every 1,000 infants will require treatment." - International Hip Dysplasia Institute

5. The girls will now be going into Rhino Cruiser Hip Braces, 24 hours a day for the first 6 weeks, slowly reducing the amount of time a day after that. It will likely be November at the earliest before the end of the whole process.

6. July 5th, Janae and Esther's first birthday is the 187th day of the year (in this leap year)

7. The girls share a birthday with:
Cecil Rhodes (1853)
 Robbie Robertson (1943)

8. It is independence day on July 5th in Algeria, Cape Verde and Venezuela

9. Slaves were emancipated in New York City on July 5th, 1827

10. The Salvation army was founded on July 5th, 1865

And 11. July 5th, 2011 The Snyder family welcomed two beautiful girls into their growing family.

Can't wait to celebrate!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

9 Weeks In...

Well, we are nine weeks into this chaos and finally I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Three weeks I can deal with. Especially since Hubby is almost done his afternoon shift stretch, the weather is gorgeous, and I have the girls' first birthday to plan as well.

I am just stunned and amazed, as I am sure you all are too, that my little babies are going to be one year old. It seems like just yesterday I was waddling around, getting pitiful looks from friends, family and complete strangers alike. The first few days are kind of a blur, but I remember all of the love and support we received in those days (and still are receiving every day!) and I am so thankful that we have such great friends and family and neighbours too!

 It was also this time last year that Hubby and I celebrated our fifth anniversary. Hubby whisked me away for an amazing getaway just the two of us in Collingwood - it was the most thoughtful and romantic surprise he has ever given me. It also gave us some much needed down time together. Something we could really use this year for our sixth anniversary! 

But have no fear, we are going to get some hours to ourselves this weekend - the kids are taken care of and we are going out! No idea what we are doing or where we are going, but I really don't care as long as it is just the two of us and we can eat our food hot, hold each other's hands and walk at our own pace.

Here are some updated photos of the girls - have a great night!
P.S. They have leg warmers on - Janae's new cast is green and Esther's is rainbow!

Friday, 1 June 2012


It is the 1st of June and it looks like April out there! at least the corn is up and my garden is looking great so far (just ignore the weeds :)

Sorry I haven't written an update in a while!

Last Friday, Janae and Esther had their casts changed - which means we are half-way! Well, now we are over half-way, 7.5 weeks in. The girls are looking good in their new casts and their hips are where they should be! Janae is sporting a new bright green cast and Esther is gorgeous in a colourful rainbow pattern - you gotta see it to believe it! I will work on posting some pictures soon (once I can get a good shot that is!)

We also were given the date for their final cast removal! July 6th! So, the countdown is on. This is the day after the girls' first birthday, so we will have two things to celebrate that week - we'll most likely combine the two events in one big party :)

They did just fine at the hospital and seem to be comfortable in their new casts, though I am a little concerned about space for growing, especially around their legs. But we'll monitor their feet and make sure circulation is good for the next 5 weeks.

Janae has figured out how to "crawl" in her cast and is having fun pulling herself around and pushing herself in circles. Esther is less enthused about being on her stomach, so she hasn't ventured there yet. It will be fun to see what mischief these two will get into when they are really able to motor around!
I can't wait!