Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

The boys are ready for their very first New Year's Eve party tonight! I don't have much time to write, but I just posted a few new pictures of the boys' eating and being cute. I hope you all have a very happy, healthy New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Solid food

Well...the boys started solid food! Riley really enjoyed himself, opening his mouth wide and crying if it took me too long to give him another spoonful. He did a good job with getting the cereal off of the spoon and swallowing, too. Ross had a tougher time with the spoon and swallowing, but he laughed the entire time like it was the best game ever invented! I posted some pics so you can see the cutie pies trying to eat. I know the pics aren't that great, but I was trying to feed both babies and take pics at the same time, so forgive me. I'll get better ones soon. The boys had their RSV shots again this week, and their new weights are wonderful! Ross is now 14lbs 15oz and Riley is 15lbs 7oz. That's the first time that there has been less than a pound difference between them! Ross is catching up! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 16, 2006


Thanks to those of you who voted for the boys in the cutest twins photo contest on! Because they are so darn cute, the boys were chosen out of hundreds of entries as one of 19 sets of twin "Holiday Honeys." Then, thanks to all of your votes, they won a spot among the top five finalists! They won a Santa Sing-Along DVD and will be recognized on the website next week! The boys are enjoying (sort of....) their first Hanukkah. The first night, Ross was completely exhausted and cried for most of the evening. Then, tonight, Riley was worn out and fussy, so we cut our evening short and came home for a bath and bed. I am grateful that they are ready for bed around the same time each night, but it sure does make special events tough! I can't believe the boys will be 5 months old this Thursday. Time flies when you are having fun!! They'll be starting solid food next weekend, so hopefully I will have some very funny pics to post! Thanks for checking in with us!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Another good weekend

Hi, everyone! We had a good weekend, although we did have to make a quick trip to the doctor's Saturday morning because both boys woke up with a cough and a little bit of a rash. But, the doctor said that their lungs sounded great and it was nothing to worry about! They are doing better today and we were able to go out to lunch with our wonderful friend, Carol, who was Riley's nurse in the NICU. We had a fabulous time visiting with her! The boys got weighed at the doctor's, of course, and Ross is now up to 14lbs 1oz and Riley is at 15lbs 1oz. They are really getting big! Check out the new pics I posted. I was playing around with the "sepia" option on my camera and I got some really cute shots of Ross laughing. Riley was in a more pensive mood and I didn't really get too many of him. I'll make sure to catch him next time!

Friday, December 1, 2006

More pics

Check out some cute new pics! The boys are doing great! Last night, they both fell asleep right in the middle of story time!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a fabulous time with all three babies enjoying their first Thanksgiving! There is a cute picture of the three of them on the photo page!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

No more preemie formula

Hi! The boys had their 4 month checkup today and they are doing superbly well!! Ross now weighs 12lbs 15oz and is 22 1/4 inches long. Riley weighs 13lbs 13oz and is 23 1/2 inches long. The doctor was very, very happy with their progress! In fact, they have gained so much weight now that we can stop using the higher calorie preemie formula and switch to regular formula! We also got the go ahead to start trying some solid foods toward the end of next month, so I plan to spend my holiday break from work learning how to spoon feed twins! I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy, happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cousin pics

Aunt Lyssie and Reid came over to visit yesterday! The boys were so adorable together and we got some cute pictures. I posted a couple of them!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Weekly Photo Shoot

We had our weekly photo shoot today! The boys had another good week with their nanny and I am getting more used to being back at work. Riley is getting so strong! He is now able to hold his head and chest up for longer and longer while on his tummy. Ross is still working on lifting his head on his tummy, but he is getting better every day. On the other hand, Ross has nearly perfect head control when he is being held sitting up, and Riley still wobbles around a lot. The boys have their checkup this week, so I will have new weights to post soon. I can't wait to see how much they've grown! In case I don't have a chance to post before next weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Smiles and laughter

Hi! I just posted some new pics I took of the boys this weekend. They are both doing beautifully! We all survived my first week back at work. The boys seemed to adjust far better than I did! The boys are both getting so big! I don't have current weights, but I will post them in a week or so when they go for their 4 month checkup. The are both smiling and laughing more and more, and they are doing better and better with sleeping through the night. time for more news! -Melissa

Friday, November 3, 2006

New pics

I just posted a few new pics of the boys in an adorable outfit that Grandma bought for them!

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Our First Halloween

The boys had a great first Halloween! Ross was Piglet, which was his nickname in the NICU because of how much he loved to eat! Riley was Eeyore, because I thought the costume was adorable! We went to a Moms and Babies movie in the morning with Aunt Lyssie and Cousin Reid and Grandma and then we went visit my classroom at Pittsburgh Classical Academy. All of my friends, and my students, got a kick out seeing the boys and their costumes. Some other great news: Both boys are now smiling and laughing, which is the most beautiful sound in the world! Ross' latest weight is 11lbs 2oz and Riley's latest weight is 12lbs 9oz. Both boys are learning to reach for toys and can hold small objects for a little while. They are making lots of noises now and seem to love to hear themselves! It's so much fun to listen to them experiment with their voices. Don't forget to check out the pictures!! Thanks! -Melissa

Sunday, October 22, 2006


I just posted more pics, so please take a look! Both boys are doing great, getting more and more head control every day. I got them a Bumbo chair, which you can see in the pics. They are both able to sit up in for a little while, and they really seem to enjoy the change in view! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

New weights

Hi, everyone! The boys were at the pediatrician's today for their RSV vaccine so we have new weights to report! Riley now weighs 12lbs which puts him at the 25th percentile for his age! Ross is at 10lbs 3oz which puts him at the 5th percentile! That's the first time Ross has even been on the chart for babies his age which is so exciting! For some reason, I can't send you an email anymore when I post new pics, so if you haven't seen the Steeler's outfits, check out the photo page!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Tiny Steelers Fan

I just posted a bunch of pictures of the boys in their Steeler's outfits. There are lots of cute close ups of their faces! I even caught Ross smiling in one!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

New pics

I caught Riley rolling over in three separate photos, so check out the picture page! I also got some cute photos of the boys together! Ross fell asleep, so there aren't as many of him, but I'll get more of him next time!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Riley rolled over

Big news!! Riley rolled over today! We were playing and having our tummy time and he flipped over onto his back. I don't think he was quite expecting it, because he looked pretty startled and started to cry, but it's still quite an achievement! Ross is holding his head up more and more and has started to roll onto his side a little bit. Both boys are paying attention to toys and cooing and babbling more and more every day.

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Pumpkin Patch

Hi, everyone! The boys are doing beautifully! We had a wonderful day today! We went to Trax Farms with Grandma, Uncle Seth, Aunt Lyssie, Uncle Marc and Cousin Reid. At the farm, there was a huge pile of pumpkins for kids to climb on, but the boys are just a tiny bit too young for climbing, so we took a cute photo of them on my lap on the pumpkins. As you can see, they were both a little sleepy when we took the picture, but I am sure they were having as much fun as we were! Ross was wide awake for most of the day and seemed to enjoy looking around and being outside. Riley decided that it was the perfect time for a nap! As for other exciting news: Both boys are now smiling occasionally which is so gorgeous! Ross is now picking his head up a little more during tummy time and Riley is holding his up for longer and longer. This morning, Riley reached out and batted at a rattle hanging on his bouncy seat! He did it about 6 times in a row, so I am certain that he was doing it on purpose! Also, both kiddos are seeing more and more at farther distances and it is so fun to watch them focus on something and be interested for a few minutes. Thanks for checking in!

Monday, October 2, 2006

Latest weights

Hi, everyone! I finally got DSL, so now I should be able to post much more often and add lots of new pictures! I just added some more recent pics, so please take a look! The boys are doing beautifully, growing and changing every day. The latest weights, from last week, are: Ross was 7lbs 15oz (I am sure he is over 8lbs by now!) and Riley was 9lbs 9oz. Riley made my day today by smiling for the first time! I couldn't get a pic of him smiling yet, but as soon as I do I will post it. Thanks for checking on us!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

2 month checkup

Hi, all! The boys had their 2 month check up today (can you believe they are two months old, already??) and they are doing great! Ross now weighs 7 lbs 5 oz and is 19 1/2 inches long. Riley weighs 9lbs 1 oz and is 20 3/4 inches long. Both boys are very healthy and the doctor is thrilled with their progress! They did have to get several shots, which was pretty awful, but so far, they are not having any bad reactions. I apologize for not posting any new pictures. I had a whole roll of film that didn't turn out and so I really don't have any to post right now. I will take some more in the next few days and get them online ASAP! Gotta run.....Ross just woke up and he is HUNGRY!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Busy and loving it

Hi, everyone! Again, I'm sorry that I haven't been posting as frequently, but these little guys are keeping me pretty busy! Both boys are doing so well! They are more and more alert and really starting to look around and look for me when they hear my voice. Ross has been having a little trouble with his feedings, so we went to the pediatrician and found out that he has reflux! He is now taking Zantac and should be just fine. Apparently, relux is pretty common in preemies and nothing to worry about. He should outgrow it in a year or so. While we were at the doctor's, both boys got weighed. I almost fell over when I saw the weights: Ross is now 7lbs and Riley is now 8 lbs 11oz!!! They are growing so fast! They are 8 weeks old today and have done so amazingly well! I am so grateful! Next week, they have their two month check up and have to get a few shots. Yikes!! I will post some new pics as soon as I can, but it will probably be a few days. Thanks so much for all of your emails and calls!

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Hi! I know it's been quite a while since I have posted, but the boys have been keeping me busy! They are both doing beautifully, growing stronger and bigger each day. Ross, especially, is far more alert and active than he was before. Riley is still enjoying lots of sleeping between feedings. Both kiddos love to cuddle and I am always thrilled when we have time to relax and cuddle when they are awake. Thanks again to everyone who has been checking on us and calling! We appreciate it!

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Hello, all! The boys and I are having a blast! We have been going out to lunch with Grandma, Aunt Lyssie, and Reid, going to Starbucks (that should not surprise any of you!), visiting our friend, Bob, at Barnes and Noble, and hanging out at home and at Grandma's. Both boys are eating well, sleeping well, and becoming more and more alert. Riley continues to hold his own head up for short periods of time and Ross has started to visually track the toys hanging over his bouncy seat. We had another great doctor's appointment today! Riley gained another five ounces this week and is now 6lbs 8oz. Ross had an enormous growth spurt and gained 12 oz this week!! He now weighs 5lbs 7oz! Because of their excellent growth, the boys will not have any more appointments just for weight checks. They will see the pediatrician next on Sept. 20 for their regularly scheduled two month check up (and immunizations.....yikes!). Thanks for all of your visits, calls, and emails. I am trying to get back to all of you, but I seem to be a little busy these days!! Thanks for understanding!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Check out the new photos...they are all from when the boys came home! No more hospital pictures!! Yeah!

Checking in

Hi, everyone! The boys are doing very well and we are settling into a routine and enjoying being at home. We have even gone out a couple of times. Yesterday, we went to Target which was hilarious! Imagine us with our huge stroller and a zillion back to school shoppers. We have also gone to my mom's for dinner a couple of times. This morning, the boys had a bath and really seemed to enjoy it, which is surprising, because they usually screamed during their baths in the hospital. Yesterday, we had our first "tummy time" and Riley blew my away by holding his own head up and smiling right at me! I guess he doesn't realize that he's only five weeks old (and a preemie) and shouldn't be able to do that yet! I took lots of pics and will post them later today or tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who has called to check on us. I am sure that you all understand if I don't get back to you right away, but I do appreciate your thinking of us.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Life really begins

We are having so much fun!! I am in seventh heaven with these two amazing little people, finally home and healthy. Our first night, both boys did wonderfully, sleeping well and waking up for feedings every 4 hours. I actually got a couple of hours of sleep, too, which was surprising. However, last night, Riley was wide awake and wanted company, so no sleep for me! Today, we had our first check up at the pediatrician and got some exciting news! I have been going through scale all know that weigh in time was the highlight of my day in the NICU and I couldn't wait to see how the boys had done since we've been home. But......both boys had fabulous weight gains! Ross gained back the ounce he had lost right before we left the hospital, plus two more and is now at 4lbs 11oz! Riley stunned us with a 7oz gain in two days and is now 6lbs 3oz! His preemie clothes are actually getting snug on him! Since the boys have been home, we have had so many wonderful moments. Yesterday, we went over to my mom's house for a family dinner and it was so wonderful to see the boys with their Grandma, Uncle Seth, Cousin, Reid, Aunt Lyssie and Uncle Marc! Peppe (our dog) finally got to meet the babies and was wonderful with them! Then, when we came home, I put them together in the bassinet for a few minutes and they immediately rolled toward each other, wrapped their legs together, and held hands. (Yes, of course I snapped some pics and I will post them soon!) In the meantime, I am posting some pics from our last few days in the hospital and will post the most recent ones as soon as I can. Thanks for all of your phone calls and messages!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Welcome Home, my sons!

Welcome home, Ross and Riley!!!!!!!!!!!! Obviously, I am beyond thrilled that my two beautiful, healthy sons have finally come home. It has been a long, long road, but there is no better feeling than looking into the nursery and seeing my children sleeping. How did I get so lucky??? Grandma (my mom) helped me bring the boys home and get us all settled in. Then, Ross got to meet his cousin, Reid, this afternoon when Aunt Lyssie came over to welcome the boys home. Reid, who is just over 9 weeks old, is gorgeous and looks soooo big compared Ross! We took some pictures and I will post them as soon as I can. Riley slept through the visit, but I am sure we will get pics of all three cousins tomorrow. Uncle Seth stopped by to welcome the boys, home, too! I will keep posting when I can! Thanks so much for all of your support and care for the boys!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Car seat test...check!

The boys passed the car seat test!!!!!!!! Yeah! Now, as long as they both have a good evening and a good night....we are headed home! Special thanks to Uncle Marc and Aunt Lyssie for installing the car seats in my car today and for having my apartment cleaned so that tomorrow the boys can come to a nice, clean home! I will try to keep posting as often as possible....but something tells me that I will pretty busy for the next few days! :)

Please, please.....

Just a very quick note to let you all know that the boys are doing beautifully! They are continuing to gain weight (Ross is at 4lbs 9.5oz and Riley is at 5lbs 11.5oz) and have adjusted to our move to Pediatrics very well. Later today, the boys have to pass their car seat tests (sitting in their car seats for an hour without and breathing or heart rate problems) in the hopes that they will be dishcarged on Tuesday. Please keep your fingers crossed that they have a great day and a great night so that we can all go home tomorrow!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

No more NICU

Big news!!! The boys are now in the Pediatric Unit and out of Intensive Care!!! I am so thrilled! I am staying with the boys overnight now, which is wonderful for all three of us! We will (hopefully!) only be there until Tuesday and then the boys will be coming home, as long as they don't have any more brady's (heart rate drops) between now and then. The each had another weight gain last night, so here are the new weights: Ross is at 4lbs 61/2 oz and Riley is at 5lbs 8oz. Thanks so much for all of your support!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Getting closer and closer...

Hi, everyone! Ross has moved into an open crib and so far, he is doing a great job of keeping himself warm! Riley had a great weight gain last night and is now 5lbs 7oz! He was also measured and is 18 inches long, which is not a big change from last week, but that's ok because he has gained so much weight. Ross lost a tiny bit of weight yesterday, probably because he was moved to an open crib and had to use so many calories to keep himself warm. However, he was also measured and is now 17 1/2 inches long which is a big jump! The doctors are considering changing him to a higher calorie formula to boost his weight gain. It looks like we will be moving to the Pediatric Unit tomorrow, which is a big step! I will be able to stay with the boys and sleep in their room, so we can start to prepare for coming home!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

New pics

Please be sure to check out the new photos! The boys are doing well. They both had great weight gains once again and Ross is now at 4lbs 4.5oz and Riley is now at 5lbs 5oz. They are big boys and I love their chubby cheeks!! Ross is now doing a great job maintaining his own temperature and is almost ready for an open crib, which is a big step in getting ready to go home. The boys are eating well, sleeping calmly, and generally doing beautifully. Depending on how the next few days go, the boys may be moved to a step down unit where I can stay overnight with them, in preparation for them coming home. Of course, it all depends on how they continue to make progress, so please keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I'm back

Hi, everyone! I am being discharged from the hospital today and am feeling much better. My pancreatitis is all gone and my gall bladder has been removed. I certainly didn't want to spend 6 days in the hospital, but at least I knew the boys were safe and well cared for while I recovered. I was also happy to be able to walk down to the NICU several times each day to visit with them while I was in the hospital. A very special thank you to my sister for posting and letting everyone know why I was out of touch for a few days. The boys are doing well! They have each gained some weight since I last posted and here are their current weights: Ross is at 4lbs 2.7oz and Riley is at 5lbs 2.7oz. Riley actually hasn't gained in the past couple of days, so he is going to get formula with some extra calories to see if we can boost his weight gain. Also, he is a little anemic, but the doctors ran some tests and determined that he is making new red blood cells at a good rate and should be just fine. Both boys are now on "demand" feeding which means that they can eat whenever they are hungry (although they are not allowed to go longer than 4 hours without eating) and can eat as much as they want. Ross and Riley are each eating close to 2 1/2 oz at each feeding! That's very similar to what full term newborns eat, which is so exciting! Finally, both boys are still having a few brady's (heart rate drops), which is still expected for preemies at their age. However, that means that neither kiddo is quite ready to come home yet, since they have to go 7 days without a brady before being discharged. So, that's the update! Thanks for checking and caring so much about the boys! -Melissa

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Hi, this is Melissa's sister Ilyssa posting today. Sorry it has been a while since our last post; things have been sort of hectic. Ross and Riley are both doing well and continuing to grow each day. Melissa, however, is not doing quite as well. She is in the hospital and has to have her gallbladder removed. She will unfortunately be there until Wednesday or Thursday. However, she is able to visit the babies frequently, which makes being there not as bad. She's not in terrible discomfort anymore, just pretty tired, as she prepares for surgery. I'll try to post news about the babies every couple of days if possible. As always, Melis says thanks for all of your notes, calls, and general support.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

More great weight gains! Ross is now at 3lbs 8.6oz (that's a whole pound of growth since his birth!!). Riley is now at 4lbs 12.3oz...he is a very big boy! My mom and I had a great night with the kiddos last night, getting them washed up, weighed, and fed before they fell asleep. Thanks again for the phone calls, emails, and messages on the message board. I appreciate all of your support!

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Holding my breath....

It's been an exciting morning here so far! First of all, last night both boys had another weight gain. Ross is now 3lbs 6.9oz and continues to love to eat! The doctors increased the amount he is eating at each feeding and he is thrilled! Riley had a tremendous weight gain of 4oz in one day and now weighs 4lbs 10.4oz!! The doctors have decided that he can now eat whatever he wants at each feeding. More exciting news for Riley - he is now big enough to maintain his own body temperature and doesn't need to be in an incubator anymore! He has also been transferred to a regular bassinet. I also got some news this morning that is almost too exciting to think about. First, Riley has to finish his course of IV antibiotics (he still has six more days). Then, as long as he has no more bradys (heart rate drops), maintains his own temperature, continues to gain weight and does well with his feedings - HE CAN COME HOME!!!!! That's a lot of goals and he has to meet them all, so I am trying not to get my hopes up. We will just have to wait and see how he does.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

No more tubes!

I had a wonderful suprise waiting for me when I got to the hospital today. Both boys' feeding tubes have been removed and they are taking all feedings by mouth. Riley had a little trouble staying awake for one of his feedings, but he did better the next time. Ross seems to have a neverending appetite and always finishes his whole bottle. The boys look so gorgeous without any tubes on their faces. Special thanks to Karen and Cindy for coming to visit today!
More great weight gains....Ross is now at 3lbs 5.9oz and Riley is at 4lbs 6.6 oz. They are both taking all feedings by mouth and Ross' feeding tube is scheduled to be disconnected today! Riley's will stay in until the 10th and then his should be disconnected, too, as long as he continues to do well with his feedings. We had a great visit last night with my mom and sister. My sister got to hold Riley for the first time! Both boys were alert and looking around and both did very well with their bottles. Ross was a little chilly so the nurse bundled him up very well and he looked even tinier than usual, but still so adorable! We took a picture and I will post it when I can.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Better news

Quick update...the boys are both doing well. Riley's heart rate is nice and stable again, thanks to the quick work of the doctors and nurses and the meds they put him on. His face is much less swollen and his eye is completely better! He is taking almost all of his feedings by mouth now, which is wonderful. Also, he had a great gain of 2 oz yesterday and weighed in at 4lbs 5.2oz! Ross is also doing a super job! He is taking all of his feedings by mouth and loves to eat! He also gained and weighed in at 3lbs 4.4oz.

Sunday, August 6, 2006

Scary times

It has been a bit of a tough 24 hours, but things are looking up now. Riley continued to have even more trouble with his heart rate dropping and then, late last night, the left side of his face became red, hard, and swollen, and he was unable to open his left eye. The doctors did lots of bloodwork to determine what was going on and they figured out that he was battling an infection somewhere. So, they started IV antibiotics at midnight last night. Today, he had a CT scan and was seen by an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist, who determined that he has an infected parotid gland (salivary gland), which is causing the swelling. The antibiotics have already started to work and the swelling is going down and he is now able to open his eye again. Thankfully, the antibiotics should completely solve the problem and he should be absolutely fine. The doctors feel that the heart rate dips were due to him fighting the infection, and thankfully, he is having far fewer of them now (all preemies have a few dips but he was having too many!). More good news for Riley....he gained another ounce and now weighs 4 lbs 3oz! Ross also had another gain and is now at 3lbs 3oz. For those of you who have been to visit and have seen Ross' bellybutton....yes, it is weird looking. But, he had an x-ray today and the doctors discovered that he has a hernia, which is why his bellybutton looks that way. It is no big deal and will either get better on his own, or he may have to have it repaired when he is 5 years old. Thankfully, it's nothing we have to worry about now! Thanks for checking on the boys!

Saturday, August 5, 2006

Ross is continuing to do beautifully with learning to drink from a bottle. He has really gotten the hang of it and seems to look forward to eating, which is a great sign. Riley is also learning, although, he is having a little more trouble coordinating sucking, swallowing, and breathing in the right order. He had a bit of a tough evening last night with some heart rate dips, but he is doing much better today.

Friday, August 4, 2006


Another wonderfully exciting day! Ross now weighs 3lbs 1oz and is 14 3/4 inches long!! Riley now weighs 4lbs 2.1oz and is 17 1/2 inches long! I am so proud of how well my boys are growing! Also, both kiddos are making amazing progress with learning to drink from a bottle! Ross took three whole bottles today! His nurse has nicknamed him "Piglet"! Riley took one whole bottle and part of another one today, but he was sound asleep for his third one. I am thrilled with how fast they are learning. Thanks to all of you for reading these updates and for your messages on the message board!

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Just a quick mom, sister and I went to the hospital tonight for the nightly weigh-in and bath time and we got some exciting news! Ross now weighs 2 lbs 15.9 oz (so close to 3lbs!!) and Riley weighs a whopping 4lbs 1.1 oz!! Yeah!!!!

Gaining weight

More excellent weight gains to report! Ross is now at 2lbs 14.8 oz and Riley is weighing in at 3lbs 15.1 oz. They are both learning to drink from a bottle and to nurse and are taking more and more food by mouth, which is fantastic! The doctors think that they will be ready to move to a step down unit in about a week!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Getting bigger

Another great day with the boys! Ross gained another two ounces and now weighs 2lbs 13.3 oz. Riley also had a gain and now weighs 3 lbs 12.1oz. We had lots of cuddle time, bath time, and diaper changes today. Tonight, I got to hold them both at the same time during their feedings. I just left the hospital after tucking both boys in for the night and they were sleeping soundly, sucking on their pacifiers.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Ross and Riley are having a wonderful afternoon, cuddling with mom and singing songs. Both boys are wide awake and playful today! I was actually able to feed Ross a few sips from a bottle, and he did a super job of learning to suck and swallow. He seemed a little confused about what to do, but he got the hang of it fairly quickly. Then, later on I got to feed Riley from a bottle and he was able to take 9cc's by mouth! I am so proud of him! It's amazing how fast they are both growing and changing. They each seem to have grown eyelashes over night! Also, Ross' face is filling out and his cheeks actually look a tiny bit pudgy today. They are both simply gorgeous!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

silly time

We had wonderful evening! I got to give Riley his bath, which he actually seemed to enjoy. He was wide awake and alert the whole time and didn't cry at all. Ross, on the other hand, screamed through his entire bath and let everyone know that he was most unhappy! Aunt Lyssie and our friend, Lynn, came to visit, which was so much fun! The wonderful nurses put both boys together on our boppy pillow and we took some photos of the boys hanging out together. As soon as I get them, I will post them. They are hilarious! I was able to hold both boys at the same time during their feedings, which was special for all three of us. They were both wide awake at the beginning and slowly drifted off to sleep while I was holding them. It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening! Another great bit of news...both boys are gaining weight! Just like all babies, they lost some weight right after they were born and are now gaining it back. Ross has already surpassed his birth weight and is now at 2lbs 11 oz and Riley is on his way back up at 3 lbs 11oz.

Special night

What a special night! Grandma and I got to spend a couple of hours with the boys. I got to give both boys a bath, which relaxed them both. Actually, it relaxed Riley so much that he pooped all over his freshly made bed right after his bath! We had our nightly weigh in and both boys gained again!! Ross is now 2 lbs 11.4 oz and Riley is now 3 lbs 12.1 oz. Finally, Grandma and I each held one of the babies during their feeding while they fell asleep.

Getting dressed

It's time to get dressed! Both boys are now allowed to wear t-shirts or onesies. Yesterday, I got to dress Riley in his first T-shirt and hopefully, Ross will get dressed later today. I will get some photos of them dressed and post them as soon as I can. I had wonderful cuddle time with both little guys yesterday, but there isn't too much else new to report. Both boys had nice, quiet nights and are doing well again today.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Happy One Week Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Ross and Riley!! The boys are one week old today!!!Both babies are continuing to make super progress! Riley's IV has now been discontinued and he is breathing room air, without any support! Ross' feedings are going beautifully and he is now eating the maximum amount for his size. He has also gained 1.5 ounces, which is great! Riley is actually eating almost as much as Ross now, but he will continue to have some more increases in his feedings since he is a little bit bigger. I was finally able to nurse Ross for a couple of minutes yesterday, and I have been able to nurse Riley a few more times, too. Yesterday, we had a fabulous time with Aunt Lyssie (my sister Ilyssa) when she got to spend some time with both boys. Both little guys were pretty sleepy during her visit, but it was still fun to take pictures of both kiddos with her. The nurses have started to let me do more and more with each baby, and it makes me feel so good to be more involved in their care. I have been able to take their temperatures, change diapers, get them in and out of their incubators, swaddle them, and help with their baths. Check out the photo gallery...I just posted lots of new pics!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Double armful of love

Last night was incredible! I got to hold both of my sons at the same time! It was a moment I have been waiting for, and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. A very special thank you to Candice for coming to pick me up and take me over to visit the boys! We took tons of photos and I am hoping to get them online and posted later today. Both boys are doing beautifully, breathing room air, moving along with their feedings, and just generally making great progess!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


My dear friend Emily took me to the NICU this afternoon to visit the boys (I can't drive for another few days because of the c-section) and we had a wonderful time! The best news is that Riley has been breathing room air all day with only minor nasal cannula support. He has not needed any oxygen support all day! Yeah! Also, the current plan is to remove Riley's IV tomorrow night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I was able to hold both boys and Riley nursed again for a couple of minutes. Riley made an adorable face that looked suspiciously like a smile. I didn't think that babies could smile this early, but his nurse told me that she thought it looked like a smile, too, and that there was no way to tell if it was a reflex or a real smile. So, she suggested that we consider it a smile! I'm heading back over there tonight, so I'll add some more news tomorrow!

Portable Ross

When I called to check on the boys early this morning, the nurses had some exciting updates! Ross' IV was removed last night and he is doing just fine without it. Now that he is no longer connected to the IV, he is more "portable" and the nurses were able to take him to visit Riley for some photos! I can't wait to see them!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Quick update...

Great news! Riley is off of the C-PAP machine and only has some minor nasal oxygen support! His feedings have increased and this afternoon I got to change his diaper and nurse him for the first time!!! Ross has made such great progress with his feedings that his IV will be removed tonight! Way to go, kiddos!

More good news

More good news! The boys continue to make amazing progress! Ross is now getting over half of his nourishment with tube feedings and is quickly reducing his dependence on IV supplements. Riley has also started tube feedings and is doing beautifully with them! Both boys are now able to use a pacifier, which is an important step in learning to suck and to eat. Riley is also making great gains in his breathing and steadily decreasing his need for oxygen support. Both babies are becoming more and more alert and interactive, making eye contact and crying when they are hungry or want attention. It's amazing to see how quickly they are learning and growing! On a silly note, both boys have met the important milestone of peeing all over a freshly made bed! The NICU nurses have been so amazing with helping me to learn about the boys' care and allowing me to hold them as often as I can. Last night, I got to spend some time with each boy, cuddling and singing. It was a bittersweet time, because when I hold them, time stands still and there is nothing in the world that could make me happier. And yet, I was discharged from the hospital yesterday and it was terribly hard to go home without them. However, I will be with them every day, and I am so grateful that I live close enough to be able to visit as often as I'd like. Thanks so much for your wonderful emails, phone calls, and messages on the message board! Your support means so much to me, my family, and the babies!

Monday, July 24, 2006

The beginning.....

Ross and Riley were born via c-section on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 3:22 pm (Ross) and 3:25 pm (Riley). Ross weighed 2lbs 8oz and was 14 inches long and Riley weighed 3 lbs 14 oz and was 16.5 inches long. Ross was taken immediately to the NICU, where he let everyone know that he was ready to party! He used his fabulously healthy lungs to tell everyone exactly what he thought by crying loudly! He has been breathing room air without assistance since he was born, which is an amazing accomplishment for such a little guy. The nurses tell us that he is a "feisty, wild man" and we are thrilled to hear it. I have been able to hold him for short periods each day so far and our cuddle time has been the highlight of my days. Riley had to have surgery to remove a testicular torsion (twisted testicle) immediately after birth. He was transported to Children's Hospital where the surgery was performed and then transferred back to the NICU at West Penn on Saturday. (The surgery went perfectly and he will have no residual problems in that area!) He needed a little bit of help breathing after the surgery and was on a ventilator for a short time, but is now breathing much more on his own with only C-PAP (pressurized oxygen) for help. He has let the NICU nurses know that he prefers to hang out in peace and quiet and has been making steady progress with his breathing each day. Yesterday, I finally got to hold him for the first time! We had 15 minutes to cuddle, which was incredible. Both boys are dealing with a bit of jaundice, which is extremely common for preemies and will be resolved soon. They are also dealing with some feeding issues and will make slow and steady progress in that area, too. We all have a bit of a long road ahead of us, but the boys are here and safe. The nurses and doctors in the NICU are amazing and I am so grateful to have such skilled people caring for my sons. No one knows yet how long the boys will have to stay in the hospital, but we will all do whatever it takes to get them home strong and healthy. Thank you all for your prayers, visits, phone calls, and emails. Your support has been amazing and I appreciate it all so much. Please let me know if you want to come meet the boys and I will arrange a visit for you!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Archived Messages from the Carepage

These are all of the wonderful messages that were left for the boys and I on the Carepage. I wanted to save them all so that the boys could read them when they are older, and see how many people loved them!

Congratulations Melissa!!!
Moira Keller
July 24, 2006 at 09:12 AM EDT
Thank you for sharing with me the birth of your sons!!! How WONDERFUL!!! I'm sure they will continue to improve and grow.They are in fabulous hands at Childrens. I would love to come and see Ross and Riley sometime soon(great names!). They are so fortunate to have you as their mom!
Lots of Love & prayers, Moira Keller
PS JD is away at Camp, but is going to be SO excited!

Congrats from the Burgmiester and Lovelylady
Carl Burgos
July 24, 2006 at 09:14 AM EDT
Melis, It is wonderful to hear that you and your little dooziers are doing well. We send our best, and hope to see you ALL sooner than later. I can't wait to get together with your crew AND Drex's crew PLUS our one and only Patrick (7 months already). All is well here. Chat soon. BURGOS

Patti lou Devine
July 24, 2006 at 09:39 AM EDT
Two handsome boys!!! They are so adorable!! My girls can't wait to babysit them!! Congrats!! Love B

Victoria DeVeau
July 24, 2006 at 10:30 AM EDT
Melissa, I am so happy for you and will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like your beautiful boys are making good progress, and I hope you are feeling better too. Having survived two c-sections myself, I can empathize a bit. Take care of yourself too. Can't wait for more updates and pictures.
Lots of love, Vicki

Stephanie Cohen
July 24, 2006 at 10:31 AM EDT
Hey Melissa - I am so excited for you and can not wait to meet the boys in September. They are adorable :)

Welcome, Ross and Riley
Peter Berger
July 24, 2006 at 12:10 PM EDT
Melissa, congratulations on having two wonderful boys. We look forward to meeting them. Love, Peter, Annette, Lydia, Dmitri, and Aaron.

Congratulations Melissa - Welcome Ross and Riley!!!
Becca Adrian
July 24, 2006 at 01:29 PM EDT
Melissa - I am overjoyed with excitement that the boys have arrived safely! I cannot wait to meet them soon! I know things will be extremely busy but when you are ready for a visit email or call! Enjoy these precious gifts and love every minute!

Welcome Ross and Riley!!
Stacy Rush
July 24, 2006 at 03:45 PM EDT
Oh Melissa.... your little ones are gorgeous! I have tears in my eyes just hearing about them. We are so happy to hear that everyone is happy and healthy. We can't wait to meet them!
Love, Stacy, Gary and Zackary

Mommy's hands are full now!
Sara Sikora
July 24, 2006 at 03:53 PM EDT
Ringold, Congratulations and good job. You made it - now comes the fun part! The boys are such cuties and I'm sure they have such unique personalities already. Love the names!! Can't wait to see them!
Love, Sikora

Welcome to our new nephews!!!!
Sandy Cash
July 24, 2006 at 03:58 PM EDT
Melissa, they are too adorable for words!!! We can't wait to meet them and are so thrilled for you.
Much love from Sandy and David

Cindy Glew
July 24, 2006 at 04:01 PM EDT
Congratulations Mommy Melissa! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to meet those sweet baby boys. I'm glad that you are all doing well. They are so precious! You must be so proud and excited!
Love, Cindy :)

Happy Birthday Ross and Riley!
Emily Pollock
July 24, 2006 at 07:15 PM EDT
Dear Ross and Riley, Welcome to this world. We have been waiting for you guys for a very long time! Be prepared boys! A lot of people are going to want to visit with you and give you tons of hugs and kisses. Enjoy every moment of it. Mel, this is your finest accomplishment yet. Ross and Riley are simply perfect and too adorable for words. I can't wait to strap my little baby harness on and take the boys for their very first outing with you. Of course you know where that will be to. STARBUCKS! Can we get Starbucks in a bottle? Love to you and the little ones. How lucky you truely are.
Love, Emily

Welcome boys!
Joyce Dzadovsky
July 24, 2006 at 08:54 PM EDT
Congratulations, Melissa and welcome to Ross and Riley!! I would really like to meet them when everybody is ready!! Talk to you soon. Enjoy!
Joyce Dzadovsky

Melissa Hughes
July 25, 2006 at 09:01 AM EDT
I am so happy for you Melis! They are such cute little boys. I can't wait to see more pictures! Talk to you soon.
love, Melissa, John & Riley

Welcome Ross and Riley!
Paula Davis
July 25, 2006 at 04:20 PM EDT
Melissa, the boys are simply beautiful! I can't wait to show their pictures to Jason (I'm sure the questions will be priceless!) Their growth and development is just marvelous and we wish all of you the very, very best!
Paula, Eric, Kathryn and Jason Davis

Jennifer Miller
July 25, 2006 at 10:28 PM EDT
It was so wonderful seeing the little guys on Sunday...I'm so glad they've turned out to be spunky little fighters...just like Mom! We all can't wait until they come home--the girls can't wait to meet "Spaghetti & Meatball"!!
Love you, biddy!! Jen (and Jason & Angela & Lainey, too!)

Two New Bibliophiles!
Bob Metz
July 26, 2006 at 09:53 AM EDT
Congratulations, Melissa! I hope you and the boys are all doing well. Let me know when they're reading for their first Storytime.

Karen Thomas
July 27, 2006 at 06:05 PM EDT
I finally checked my email and got a look at the pictures. Of course, the boys are just beautiful!! I can't wait to see the new pictures. Call if you need me.

Two Beautiful Armsfull
Bob Metz
July 28, 2006 at 07:35 AM EDT
How great to hold both of your sons at once! I'm so happy to read that they're both getting stronger. Take care. You're all in my thoughts. (You know the source of all those good vibes for the three of you coming from the other end of Murray Avenue.)

Oh My Gosh
Stephanie Cohen
July 28, 2006 at 03:38 PM EDT
Melissa - they are the cutest little boys - I can not believe they are real. I have showed everyone in my office the pictures and I can't wait to meet them when I come to meet Reid. My best to you and your family.
Love, Stephanie

New Pics...
Cindy Glew
July 28, 2006 at 03:52 PM EDT
The new pictures are sooooooo sweet & precious!!! :)

Oh my God, you are amazing!
Karen Thomas
July 29, 2006 at 10:42 AM EDT
Melissa (Mommy or should I say "Ross' & Riley's Mommy" because that's what you'll be known as for the next 18 years), I just can't believe I'm looking at your sons. It's so incredible. Who could think there is no God? They are each a miracle in and of themselves. They are certainly "fearfully and wonderfully made". (Don't ask for the verse reference, I have to look it up.)

Go Boys-Great Progress!
Bob Metz
August 01, 2006 at 07:00 AM EDT
Ross and Riley are really making great developmental progress. It's so delightful to hear all of your daily good news. Thanks, Melissa, for letting everyone experience these extra special days through your emails and this blog.

I'm so happy for you!
Sara Sikora
August 02, 2006 at 02:52 PM EDT
I can't believe how strong those boys are getting. They are so handsome too!! I live for the daily're such an awesome mommy!!

love the updates!!
Joyce Dzadovsky
August 02, 2006 at 06:39 PM EDT
Melissa, What great progress the little guys are making!!! I check my email every night to make sure I catch the "latest"!! I am so happy for you.

I love the new pictures!
Jennifer Miller
August 02, 2006 at 08:36 PM EDT
Congratulations on the great progress..I can't wait to see the boys again! Give me a call and let me know how you're doing!
Love, Biddy

Handsome Sons!!
Patti lou Devine
August 03, 2006 at 09:08 AM EDT
I can't believe how much the children have changed!!!! They are amazing!!! Thank you so much for the details and pictures. "Our Kids" love to see the updates. Give xoxo to Riley and Ross. Love B

Karen Thomas
August 04, 2006 at 12:55 PM EDT
I think that one picture (near the bottom of the page) where you are holding the boys (dressed) and looking up at the camera with that big smile should be called "Proud Mama". They look great in pictures, but even more beautiful in person.
Love ya, Karen

Such beautiful boys!!!
Candice Stanko
August 04, 2006 at 09:21 PM EDT
If possible, Ross and Riley have gotten even cuter since I saw them (almost) 2 weeks ago... I am so happy to hear that they have gained so much weight too. How exciting! I am so happy for you and your family!
Love, Candice

Adorable Babies!
Beth Redding
August 04, 2006 at 10:46 PM EDT
Ross and Riley are adorable! I am so happy to hear they are doing well! I've been keeping up with the updates daily. I hope to meet them soon.
Love, Beth

Thanks for the Updates!
Becca Adrian
August 05, 2006 at 07:04 AM EDT
Hey Melissa - so glad to see the updates on the boys! They are growing wonderfully and so beautiful! You look great with them!! Take care and talk soon
~ becky

Hi Melissa!!!
Cindy Glew
August 06, 2006 at 08:20 AM EDT
Melissa, I'm so glad to hear the boys are doing well and making such nice progress! I look forward to reading the updates. I love the pictures, especially the one Karen talked about with you holding both boys close together & looking into the camera. That is such a sweet picture!!! My personal favorite! :) Have a great day with Ross and Riley!!!
Love, Cindy :)

Glad the little ones are doing well.
Justin Drexler
August 08, 2006 at 11:05 AM EDT
Hey, their Ringold. I am glad that everything is going well with both babies development. I really want to see them but right now all three kids are sick and I am sick. I check the updates everyday to make sure that both little ones are doing well. Pierce said Hi and he said that he hopes the babies will come home soon. These are his exact words,"I want to see the babies right now." Take care of yourself and your baby dooziers. Talk to you later.

Stacy Rush
August 08, 2006 at 09:22 PM EDT
I just can't believe how far they've come! Mama looks great on you. We can't wait to meet them. The updates are some of the highlights of our day!

Exciting News
Carl Burgos
August 09, 2006 at 02:03 PM EDT
Melissa, We are glad to hear the boys are making such progress!!We are so happy for you. I check your updates everyday. We are all doing great. We just found out that we are expecting again!! I am due Feb. 8.Its still sinking in that we will have one more bundle of joy to add to our family. We will keep in touch and hopfully get by to see you soon.
Luv Carl and Michelle

Reply:Congrats!Melissa Ringold August 09, 2006 at 06:47 PM EDTCongratulations! I am so happy for you guys! That's wonderful news!

How exciting!!
Patti lou Devine
August 09, 2006 at 03:13 PM EDT
Melissa, How exciting!!!! My fingers and toes are all cross. I love this site. Thank you so much for the updates. My family loves to hear about the babies. and Carl Congrats about your exciting news too.
Take care B

Cindy Glew
August 10, 2006 at 09:42 AM EDT
I'm so happy to hear of your fantastic news!!! Have a wonderful day with your sweet babies!!! :)

Justin Drexler
August 10, 2006 at 11:09 AM EDT
Ringold I am always one who likes to hear the good news. That is awesome that they are doing well. Also, I heard about Burgos that is cool to. In his email he said that he is due Feb. 8th. I would pay to see him deliver the baby and not Michelle. Keep in touch their Ringold.

So Glad to hear...
Victoria DeVeau
August 10, 2006 at 12:57 PM EDT
I am so happy that things are going well for the three of you. I showed my girls all the pictures this morning and they thought they were the cutest little guys they've ever seen. (Notice how they forget about their little brother!)It's wonderful to check in on you each day. It makes me feel a little closer to the action! Take care and keep up the good work!
Lots of love! Vicki

Those little piggies!
Karen Thomas
August 12, 2006 at 07:26 PM EDT
So glad to hear the boys are moving along on the weight scale. Will be in touch soon. My family is coming to town this week, but maybe I can see you later in the week. Call if you need me.

what progress!
Joyce Dzadovsky
August 13, 2006 at 03:38 PM EDT
Hi, We were on vacation this past week and was thrilled to check my email when we got back home to see how well the little guys are doing! I really missed my daily "fix" of Ross and Riley! Hang in there, Melissa. I'm sure your surgery will go well. I'll continue to keep you all in my prayers!
Joyce Dzadovsky

Heartful of thanks
Catherine Ciccone
August 15, 2006 at 11:41 PM EDT
Melissa, So sorry it has taken so long for me to get in touch. Was out of town, but have been reading about the boys' wonderful progress and am so excited for you all. However, I am sorry that you have to deal with health issues now. I will continue to pray not only for Ross and Riley, but also for your healing after the surgery. Please take good care of yourself and hope to speak with you sometime in the near future. You deserve much happiness! Thank you for a wonderful ESY experience!!!
love, Cathy C.

In thought & prayer
Karen Thomas
August 17, 2006 at 08:34 AM EDT
Hi Melissa, I'm so sorry I haven't been able to be with you during your hospitalization. I know your family is taking good care of you, but I wish I could have been there. I will be out of town for the weekend, but I'll be in to see you guys at the beginning of next week.
Love to all, Karen

Glad you are all well!
Cindy Glew
August 17, 2006 at 05:39 PM EDT
Hi Melissa, Sorry to hear you were sick, but I'm glad to hear that you are doing better and that the boys are doing well too! I love the new pictures and am so happy to see Riley in an open crib! It's so wonderful to get these great updates! Have a fantastic day!
Love, Cindy :)

Good news all around
Janice Burgett
August 18, 2006 at 09:21 AM EDT
Melissa Sorry to hear about your surgery but glad that you are doing well and that the boys are too. Will keep my fingers crossed that you will all be going home ASAP.

Stephanie Cohen
August 18, 2006 at 01:31 PM EDT
Hey Melissa - I am glad to hear the surgery went well and even more glad to hear you will be able to spend the night with the boys soon. I am counting down the days till I come to town where I can finally meet Reid and Ross and Riley. I look forward to spending time with the whole family. Give everyone my love from SD.

Good News
Amy Stuter
August 19, 2006 at 06:49 PM EDT
Hi Melissa, Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! Sounds like those boys are chugging along just great. They will be home in no time!
Amy Stuter

SO thrilled for you!
Moira Keller
August 20, 2006 at 09:52 AM EDT
Melissa, your boys are beautiful and we are so glad that they are doing so well and that YOU are doing well now! You have been through a lot! JD recently got home from Camp and he is thrilled to see the pics of the babies and of you. We would love to stop by and see you all once you are home and settled for a while, maybe in the Fall!
Moira & JD Keller

don't hurry home
Suzanne Burnette
August 20, 2006 at 02:44 PM EDT
dear melissa, relax and enjoy all your help at the hopital!!! I know you are anxious to get home with the boys....but it is hard to take care of two little ones on your own! So enjoy the help. Happy early one month birthday!!! 5lbs8oz... is bigger than either of my twins arrived home weighing!!!
lots of love, suzanne

Fingers Crossed...
Cindy Glew
August 21, 2006 at 07:55 AM EDT
Good luck with the car seat test today Ross & Riley!!! I think Mommy is ready to take you little guys home!!!
Love, Cindy :)

How Exciting!
Becca Adrian A
ugust 21, 2006 at 07:59 PM EDT
Hey Melissa - so excited to see the boys passed the test! And you will probably get to take them home tomorrow. Can you see if your sister and bil are available to clean my house to??? :) Glad you are feeling better too! Can't wait to see you and meet the lil guys!

Janice Burgett
August 22, 2006 at 07:15 AM EDT
Melissa So tickled that you and the boys will be heading home soon!

Stacy Rush
August 23, 2006 at 10:05 AM EDT
Melissa, So glad you and the boys are home. I can't imagine the excitement you are feeling as you start the next phase with your little ones. We can't wait to meet them!
Love, Gary, Stacy, and Zackary

Beth Redding
August 23, 2006 at 09:12 PM EDT
I'm so glad to hear that the babies are home! Hope you are all doing well!
Take care, Beth

Joyce Dzadovsky
August 23, 2006 at 09:14 PM EDT
I am so happy that you have your whole family home with you!! Enjoy!! Get as much rest as you can. I'd love to see you and the boys. Will call soon!

How wonderful!
Cindy Glew
August 24, 2006 at 07:10 PM EDT
I'm so glad the boys are finally home & that you all are doing so well. How exciting!!! Enjoy it! Love hearing these great updates! :)

Beautiful, BIG boys!!
Janice Burgett
August 25, 2006 at 08:31 AM EDT
Melissa So happy the boys are home with you and continuing to gain weight and thrive. They are so cute!!!

Home Sweet Home!!!
Patti lou Devine
August 25, 2006 at 08:11 PM EDT
Oh My.... They are so handsome and adorable in thier carseats and cribs!! I cant wait to see you all!!!
Hugs and kisses to all B

Catherine Ciccone
August 27, 2006 at 09:51 PM EDT
Congratulations Melissa and boys on being healthy and coming home. I can feel your joy in both pictures and dialogue!! The boys are so big and just beautiful! Many blessings!
Cathy C.

What double joy!
Ann Bregman rascoe
August 29, 2006 at 08:59 AM EDT
Dear Melissa, Eric and I enjoyed the pics and your progress notes so much! You are indeed a lucky woman to have these wonderful little boys and to be able to care for them after all you have been through physically. May you all be blessed with good health, peace and may all your dreams for them come true. We can't wait to see you and Ross and Riley.
Love, Ann and Eric Rascoe

Stephanie Cohen
September 22, 2006 at 02:08 PM EDT
Hey Melissa - I just want to tell you how awesome it was to see you and finally meet Ross and Riley. I am so glad to hear everyone is doing well.

Adorable Pics!!!
Cindy Glew
October 02, 2006 at 08:18 AM EDT
Hi Melissa, I love the new pictures! The boys look fantastic! Glad to hear you are all doing well. You must be thrilled with their progress & I'm soooo happy for you! :)
Love, Cindy

Victoria DeVeau
October 02, 2006 at 02:03 PM EDT
Hey Melissa, I can't believe how quickly they've grown. They look beautiful! Nothing beats having a baby (or babies!) in the house! I am so happy for you.
Lots of love, Vicki

Amy Stuter
October 03, 2006 at 04:23 PM EDT
Hi Melis, Wow, the boys are growing so much. They look so handsome:) Heartbreakers already! Looks like they are doing great. Hope you are all feeling great.
Love, Amy

Stacy Rush
October 09, 2006 at 08:53 AM EDT
Melis, I cannot believe how big the boys are already! The pumpkin patch picture is great! We took Zackary there last week. I'm so happy that you and the boys are doing well. You'll all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Did I mention that come January there will be a little GIRL for Ross and Riley to play with? :-)
Love, Stacy

Woo hoo!
Carol Schmidt
October 13, 2006 at 09:22 PM EDT
I am soooo impressed! I just knew from the very beginning that these boys were going to go far! Carol

what a joy!
Ann Bregman rascoe
October 14, 2006 at 07:22 AM EDT
Dear Melissa, I enjoy the updates so much. It is apparent that you enjoy your children and that they are developing beautifully. Thanks for sharing with us. Give a special hug from Eric and me.
Ann Rascoe

rolling right along!!
Joyce Dzadovsky
October 15, 2006 at 06:58 PM EDT
Melissa, The pictures of Riley rolling over are too cute!!! Ross will be soon and then watch out!! Hope you continue to enjoy every minute of them.
Joyce Dzadovsky

Big boys!!
Jennifer Miller
October 17, 2006 at 07:45 PM EDT
Those Steeler outfits are too cute! I can't wait to come and visit the boys...and hug them and squeeze them!
Love, Biddy

Michelle Phillip
October 19, 2006 at 08:17 AM EDT
The boys a wondeful and you look fantastic. I can not wait to meet the little guys. Now gage will have two new friends. They look wonderful and healthy. I hope to see you soon.
Phillip Lady.....

Proud MAMA!!! :)
Cindy Glew
October 19, 2006 at 05:38 PM EDT
OH MELISSA!!! The boys are looking soooo fantastic!!! They are getting so big! It's hard to believe how little they once were. I just LOVE their little Steeler outfits! You must be walking on sunshine!!!
Love, Cindy :)

Too Cute!
Carol Schmidt
October 19, 2006 at 11:07 PM EDT
Hi Meslissa! The boys just get more and more handsome! I really do enjoy the updates. Give them each a huge hug from me.
Love, Carol

Way to go Mom!
Karen Thomas
October 28, 2006 at 12:23 PM EDT
They just keep getting bigger and more beautiful every time I see them! Can't wait to get my hands on them again.

Oh my Goodness!!!
Cindy Glew
November 01, 2006 at 08:30 PM EST
Melissa, WOW!!! I can't believe how big they are getting. Those pictures are absolutely adorable! And their faces... OH SOOOOOO CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! I just love the Halloween costumes! Too precious! I bet the kids at school were so thrilled to see you & the boys! Enjoy your week.
Love, Cindy :)

Tracey Sanderson
November 02, 2006 at 09:50 AM EST
The boys look great. I LOVE the costumes!!!! Thanks for the updates.

Stephanie Cohen
November 02, 2006 at 11:16 AM EST
Hey Melissa - I can't believe how big they are getting. It wasn't that long ago that I was there. I hope you are all doing well and your babies are beautiful!!!! The costumes are adorable. Take care!!!!

Too cute!
Beth Redding
November 02, 2006 at 08:17 PM EST
I can't believe how big they are getting! The costumes are adorable. I am so jealous that I missed your visit to PCA. Take care! Hug the babies for me!
- Beth

so adorable
Ann Bregman rascoe
November 13, 2006 at 08:45 AM EST
Melissa, we enjoy the boy's photos so much, since we are now in Fla for the winter and won't be seeing you or them for a long time. They are wonderful and it sounds as if they are making excellent progress. You must look forward to the weekends so that you can be home with them all day and night. Right? Thanks for sharing.
ann and Eric

Paula Davis
November 13, 2006 at 05:25 PM EST
Melissa - I just can't believe how big the boys are getting! I don't know if they could be any cuter. The costumes are just cracking me up!!

So Exciting!!!
Dianne Kukic
November 19, 2006 at 10:06 AM EST
Hi, It is so much fun to get updates of these beautiful little guys!!!I look forward to the emails of them!!! Melissa, this is such a wondeful idea! Hoping to see them in person soon!! Take care and keep these great pictures coming!!
Dianne Kukic

Dinosaur Outfits!
Cindy Glew
November 19, 2006 at 11:03 AM EST
OMG! They look so darn cute!!! Those outfits, those little button noses, their smiles!!! TOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!

can they be any cuter??????
Joyce Dzadovsky
November 20, 2006 at 07:40 PM EST
Melissa, These guys get cuter and cuter!!! I can't believe how big they are! The pics with their cousin are too sweet!!

Such Blessings!
Becca Adrian
November 27, 2006 at 12:03 PM EST
Melissa - they are getting so big! And cute as ever! It is so nice to see the progress and see them! They are both growing so big! glad the return to work is going well1 Talk care and talk soon!

You Make My Day!!!!
Dianne Kukic
December 01, 2006 at 09:43 AM EST
Just seeing these adorable little guys is such a pleasure!!!I love all of the new pictures!! keep them coming!!
Dianne Kukic

They are too cute!
Carol Schmidt
December 01, 2006 at 03:14 PM EST
Melissa, The boys just get cuter each and every day! I can't wait to see them and actually get to cuddle them!
Love, Carol

Cute, Twinkling, Squeezable!!!
Cindy Glew
December 02, 2006 at 11:22 AM EST
Melissa, Those cute lil' smiles! Those twinkling eyes! Those squeezable lil' cheeks! They look soooooo happy!!! :)

Dianne Kukic
December 27, 2006 at 09:23 AM EST
I love all of the new pictures!! They ARE the cutest twins ever!!!You have captured sooo many kodak moments!!!!Hope your holidays are Grand!!!Tell the boys Hello!!!!
Dianne Kukic

Looking Good!
Becca Adrian
December 31, 2006 at 09:06 AM EST
The boys are irrestible! Glad they are doing so well! Hope you have a wonderful New Years!

Happy New Year
Ann Bregman rascoe
January 01, 2007 at 07:19 AM EST
Hi Everyone, We just returned from a visit to Brazil, visited Eric's family and had a wonderful time. Getting back to "normal" whatever that is! We really enjoy seeing the pics of Riley and Ross, loving their smiles and chubby cheeks. They are quite amazing considering their beginning sizes and development. We wish you the very best for the new year and for many more to come. Love to all, Ann and Eric

Cindy Glew
January 16, 2007 at 04:30 PM EST
OMG Melissa!!! Those videos are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!! I took the liberty of interpreting & Ross was trying to say, "Hey Mommy, I really, really love you!!" They are getting so big & look so sweet & happy! :)

Happy Birthday, Ross and Riley!!!
Joyce Dzadovsky
January 21, 2007 at 08:46 PM EST
Six months old already????? They just keep getting cuter and cuter! I have GOT to see them in person!!!!

Happy birthday!
Jennifer Miller
January 24, 2007 at 04:34 PM EST
Happy half-birthday to Ross and Riley! And happy belated birthday to Mom!

Dianne Kukic
February 02, 2007 at 10:46 AM EST
Your stories about the boys are so precious!! They are exciting and I am always looking forward to the next one! Keep them coming
Dianne Kukic

The Wiggle Dance...
Cindy Glew
February 07, 2007 at 04:07 PM EST
OMG!!! You are sooooo funny!!! I love the wiggle dance!

Karen Thomas
March 11, 2007 at 06:38 PM EDT
Hey Melissa, Please note that in the "cute new outfit" picture that Riley's socks are coming off. Just thought you'd want to know:)

You are so funny!
Melissa Ringold
March 11, 2007 at 08:01 PM EDT
That's how I know it's Riley! I put those socks on him on purpose! You crack me up!

How Cute
Stephanie Cohen
March 26, 2007 at 10:53 AM EDT
Hey Melissa - the boys are getting so big and they are so adorable. I can't believe how fast they are growing. Riley's little smile is priceless. Ross also.

enjoying the weather
Joyce Dzadovsky
March 27, 2007 at 10:44 AM EDT
I love the stroller pic. They look so relaxed! I love getting news and pictures of the little guys!

Dianne Kukic
April 02, 2007 at 08:52 AM EDT
I absolutely loved the videos. I have watched them 10 times each!!!!! They are wonderful!!Take more and longer! Beter than a movie
Dianne Kukic

Love them all!!!
Cindy Glew
April 02, 2007 at 04:18 PM EDT
LOVE the raincoats! LOVE the swings! LOVE the stroller! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Those pictures are soooooo sweet!!!

New Mom
Karen Thomas
April 04, 2007 at 08:07 PM EDT
I know you're still learning, but those price tags come off:)
Love ya! Karen P.S. I love them!!!!

Getting so big!
Carol Schmidt
April 12, 2007 at 10:20 PM EDT
I can't believe the boys are getting so big . . . big enough for the playground swings! I can remember when they were too small the the infant swing in the unit! They look absolutely adorable in their raincoats. And their videos were wonderful . . . especially Riley playing peek-a-boo and laughing. Hugs and Kisses to both boys!

Karen Thomas
April 22, 2007 at 04:11 PM EDT
Hey, it worked! Mum, Mum, Mum, Mum.

Joyce Dzadovsky
April 22, 2007 at 07:46 PM EDT
That is too cute!!!! I really think he meant it for you!!! I can't believe how big they are getting and how much they've changed!! Continue to enjoy every moment!!!

Precious Moments
Dianne Kukic
May 04, 2007 at 11:04 AM EDT
There are no words to describe how precious the video is!!!That is the cutest little voice!! I am really looking forward to seeing these little guys in person some time soon!!

what a joy
Ann Bregman rascoe
May 04, 2007 at 11:19 AM EDT
We should say what JOYS are the BOYS! It sounds and looks as if they are progressing beautifully and your pleasure in all of their big and little steps forward is so wonderful. Can't wait to see them this summer.
Love from both of us, Ann and Eric

Hey Mama!
Stacy Rush
May 06, 2007 at 04:45 PM EDT
Oh My! I am in tears having watched the video. You must be so proud of those beautiful boys. They just keep getting bigger and bigger.
Love, Stacy

Two Cool Dudes...
Cindy Glew
May 20, 2007 at 09:40 PM EDT
Melissa, Look at them sitting up! Sooo cute with the sunglasses! They are getting so big and are just sooo beautiful! I just love all of your pictures!!! :)

Cuter and Cuter
Carol Schmidt
June 02, 2007 at 07:17 AM EDT
Hi Melissa, Riley, and Ross! Just when I think the boys can't possibly get more handsome, you post new pictures! They are absolutely beautiful little boys. Hugs and Kisses to all three of you! Carol

Ross the Irish Dancer!
Cindy Glew
June 10, 2007 at 07:42 PM EDT
LOVE the videos! Ross looks like a little Irish dancer laying on the floor doing his wiggle dance! LOL! TOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!

Tracey Sanderson
June 15, 2007 at 11:03 AM EDT
They look great! I can't believe how big they are!!!

Too Darn Cute!!!
Candice Stanko
July 03, 2007 at 09:36 PM EDT
So glad I was able to see the boys(finally!!). They look so adorable! I really miss hearing daily updates!!!!!!

Happy, Happy Birthday Twins!!
Carol Schmidt
July 20, 2007 at 07:57 PM EDT
Melissa--The montage was absolutely beautiful . . . I got goose bumps and leakey eyeballs! Its hard to believe Riley and Ross were that tiny a year ago. What a wonderful, blessed year the three of you have had.
Love, Carol

Happy Birthday Ross and Riley!!!
Catherine Ciccone
July 20, 2007 at 11:10 PM EDT
Hugs and kisses to both your handsome boys on their first birthday! Congratulations on being a wonderful Mom Melissa! My nieces are staying over tonight and saw the video. They think the boys are so "cute" and that their Granma is "pretty"! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!!!
love, Cathy C. and her neices, Natalie and Danielle

Happy Birthday!
Cindy Glew
July 21, 2007 at 08:47 AM EDT
BEAUTIFUL SLIDESHOW!!! They boys have come so far. It's hard to believe it's been a year already. Happy birthday Ross and Riley! Have a fantastic day, Melissa! :)

Happy Belated!
Stacy Rush
August 02, 2007 at 10:01 PM EDT
Happy Belated Birthday, boys. I'm sorry I missed the big day. The slideshow is beautiful. I am so happy for you. I'm all teary eyed right now! We love you!

Catherine Ciccone
August 15, 2007 at 10:18 AM EDT
Gosh Melissa, what a week you had!!! Happy to hear that the boys are feeling better and that your power is back. They are so handsome and grown!!! Such happy fellows, I love seeing pictures of them. Enjoy the rest of our carefree days...miss seeing you and hope to speak with sometime next month.
love, Cathy

So cute on Rosh Hashana!!
Candice Stanko
September 15, 2007 at 10:10 PM EDT
The boys looked absolutely adorable on the holiday!! I love those ties!

lovin the language
Catherine Ciccone
September 17, 2007 at 08:37 PM EDT
Hi Melissa, Such growing up young "men"... I love that you are documenting first words...such a surprise coming from YOU!! NOT!!! A "good New Year" to you and many blessings. Think of you every time I am at Starbucks. Kiss those handsome happy boys for me!
Cathy C.

Ann Bregman rascoe
October 05, 2007 at 09:39 PM EDT
Hi Melissa, Ross and Riley, After not seeing the boys for about 5 months, we were amazed at their progress, their expressiveness, their sizes and the responsiveness to their environment. Cousin Reid is also a good looking boy; (love that curly hair!)and it is so great to see all 3 together plus Uncle Seth and Granny! We will try to get over before we leave on Oct. 21. Thanks for sharing the pics and keep them coming.
Best from both of us, Ann and Eric

Cuter by the Day!!!!
Dianne Kukic
October 11, 2007 at 02:37 PM EDT
The boys are gorgeous!!! The pictures are fabulous and the stories are wonderful!!!! I really can't wait to see them in person. ( hope it can be soon)

what cute little "pumpkins"
Joyce Dzadovsky
October 17, 2007 at 08:13 PM EDT
I love the comparison between pictures from last year to this year. They have changed soooo much!! You are so blessed. Enjoy!!!
Joyce Dzadovsky