Welcome, Boys!

Welcome to the world, Lawson and Levi!! We have been expecting you! :)

 On Tuesday, November 6th at 12:28 and 12:29, Lawson and Levi Haas were welcomed by into our family and our hearts. So many people were gathered outside to catch a glimpse of them and I don’t remember a thing… Everything happened so fast and unexpectantly. 

I was scheduled for a c-section on Thurs. the 8th, due to the fact that Levi was still in a breech position,  but around 4 am on Tues. the 6th, my body started to let me know that God was the one who schedules births and He had different plans. After calling back and forth with the nurses at the hospital, they suggested that I go to my OBGYN to check if I was dilating. Reluctantly, I agreed and with my grocery list in hand (just in case I wasn’t, I needed to grocery shop before the big day!), I went to the doctor. As I checked myself in, I immediately put the pen down and entered through the doors. Something just happened…
As I exited the bathroom, the nurse looked at me and immediately showed me to a room. The doctor began the exam and said, “Well, you are 4 cm. Do you feel like having two babies today?” WHAT??? No, wait, I need one more day! I still have to mop, vacuum and grocery shop. I wasn’t prepared!” The only thing I HAD prepared was Landrey’s bags to stay with her Nana and Papa. Had I remembered to put my hair dryer in my bag? What about extra socks? I hadn’t done my final check of things! 

I immediately called Jason, who was awaiting news from me and told him I was heading to the hospital. His voice sounded just as shocked as mine. Not sure why… babies come when THEY are ready, not the parents, yet we were thinking that we had more time! I left the doctor’s office and made my way to the hospital. Upon entering the Labor and Delivery doors, I was greeted by a team of nurses waiting for my arrival. Knowing that HE is in complete control, I couldn’t have picked a better team of doctors and nurses if I had the choice. Every nurse I had met for my weekly non-stress tests happened to be working that day, the doctor on-call was the doctor schedule to do the c-section in two days and the pediatrician on rotation that particular day was Landrey’s pediatrician… I even knew the nurse anesthetist on call! So thankful for a gracious, all-knowing God.

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Lawson Joseph
6 lbs. 7 oz.
12:58 pm

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Levi Jonathan
5 lbs. 15 oz.
12:59 pm

No more had Jason arrived, my  IV was administered and I was being wheeled back in the OR. I hadn’t brought my bags or Jason’s bags, but luckily, the camera just happened to be in my vehicle. “Did I charge the batteries?” I needed more time! I asked Jason to run down to the parking lot and get it. The nurse said he would have just enough time and she was right. As Jason dressed himself in hospital pull-over scrubs, I was being prepped for surgery. There was actually a minute that the room went silent and all stood still, waiting the arrival of “dad”. Finally, the time came. Jason sat next to me, held my hand and we looked at one another as we heard the first cry of one of the twins. It seemed like only seconds later, we were looking at one another again, this time with slight anxiety as we heard the sound of two crying babies. Lawson and Levi had arrived.

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The room was filled with so many people who I actually lost count. A team of nurses, my OBGYN, a pediatrician, an anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist , I even gave my permission for a nursing student to witness the birth of our boys. You name it, they were in there. Everyone was ready to jump into action, if the twins’ needed it. Having a gracious and loving God, our boys were born without a single complication and required no specialized care, just well-deserved hugs and kisses. The Lord asks us to cast ALL our cares and concerns to Him and HE will handle them. The thoughts of the things that so many twins need medically after birth ran through our minds constantly during this pregnancy, but I did as He asked of me and turned them over to the most all-knowing and wonderful physician there is-God. I still found myself holding my breath until we heard each of their cries, but words of thanks were spoken to Him over and over that day and continue to this very morning. 

After hearing the cries of the boys, that was the last thing I remember. I am so thankful that I was able to be coherent for the delivery, but not feeling myself breathe was making me panicky, so I was given something to relax…and I did! According to some family members, I am quite the comedian while on prescription meds. :) 

I am so thankful for my family! I was so exhausted right after the boys’ birth, that I wasn’t able to capture those special moments immediately after, but my family was sure I didn’t miss them! Thanks everyone!

Landrey seeing her brothers for the first time in the nursery.

Landrey seeing her brothers for the first time in the nursery.

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Whirlwind!

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind for our family! (I know I will look back and laugh at what I NOW consider to be a whirlwind…). Second crib arrived, of course, broken. Had to wait for the new parts to arrive, but now the nursery is complete with nearly TWO of everything! The boys have been passing their nst (non-stress tests) with flying colors and their estimated weight is around 6 lbs. I am a whopping 37 weeks now and with that being said, Jason and I are scheduled to meet our little guys on….. Nov. 8th!!!!! I can hardly wait!!

Landrey has been showing more and more excitement now that the newest addition to the family has arrived…a new cousin named, Cohen! She adores him! He was actually born on her birthday and feeding time is pure bliss for her. She loves holding his bottle and just staring at him. I hope she still has that awe when the boys arrive and there are TWO babies crying for attention! What a great little helper she will be for me! I have a feeling the hardest part for her will be her wanting to do more than she will be allowed to do. I might have to keep my eye on those baby swings…I may turn around only to find one of the boys gone and in her babydoll stroller!!

As I mentioned earlier, Landrey had a wonderful gift on her birthday, a new cousin. This has to be the sweetest picture I have seen in a while. She has nothing but pure happiness written on her face here.  So sweet!

We celebrated Landrey’s 3rd birthday this year with a wonderful lunch after church, filled with family, presents and surprises! Being that this birthday was much smaller than previous years, Landrey picked out her cake at our local Wal-Mart. It was the tackiest, most adorable Fairy Barbie cake I have ever seen and she loved it! :)

I did mention surprises earlier, didn’t I? Well, surprise #1 was a present from her Nana and Papa that couldn’t have put a bigger smile on her face… a scooter complete with a Barbie helmet. Riding this scooter has now become an everyday thing… Thanks Nana and Papa! :)

Ok… surprise #2.

A NEW COUSIN!! (Coming in April…) We are so excited for Aunt Jen and Uncle Mike! What a blessing-all these babies!! We are all anxiously awaiting the news of the baby’s gender. Go team PINK!! If not, that would make girls:1 and boys: 6!! She does love her cousins, though! She wouldn’t trade them for anything!

Being that Landrey’s birthday falls during a busy time of year for Jason’s work schedule and we are usually out-of-town, we decided to take advantage of being in Myrtle Beach, SC and share some fun times at some fun attractions. Although we live on the East Coast, our aquariums are around 2 hours away, so we were excited to take Landrey to one. She loved it! Well, all except the dinosaur exhibit. I do have to admit, the dinosaurs were so lifelike, they made you feel slightly uneasy, even for Jason and I. :)

There were, however, so many exhibits that she DID enjoy. Walking through the aquarium, I couldn’t help but notice how she clung to Jason. Every time I turned around to show her something, her arms were wrapped around his neck and they were both laughing or interacting with the many things the aquarium showcased. Two peas in a pod, those two are!!

Showers of Blessings

When asking busy people to take time out of their busy schedules to attend a shower on a Monday night, you have expect that people are just that, busy, and while they would love to attend, some just cannot. So true, yes, but not for some very special people to me. 

From left to right: Carla, Sarah (cousin), Grammy (grandmother) Janie (sister), Mom and Me. (Little helpers Brooklyn and Cody, also pictured. )

As I was becoming amazed at the turnout and all of the support people were showing by attending, I glanced out the front door to see if my mother had arrived yet. For a second, I thought my eyes were playing a trick on me. As I focused harder, it was clear.   My cousin, Sarah (whom I had not seen in years), my dear friend Carla (a long time friend of the family’s) and I couldn’t believe it- my grandmother were all walking up the driveway! My grandmother had given me a sweet hug and kiss goodbye two weeks earlier to head back to West Virginia until the babies arrived. What a wonderful surprise!!! My night was truly complete with friends and family who loved me and whom I loved so much in return…

Me and my mother-in-law

With the generosity of all those whom attended and continue to bless us with baby gifts, the boys’ closet is now filled with lots of blue, wash clothes are now an array of blues, greens and dinosaurs and all the baby boy blankets make the dresser drawer hard to close. I find myself just standing in their sweet little nursery and giving thanks to the Lord for all He has given to us.

When you first hear the words “twins”, so many emotions fill your heart and your thoughts. Many of which are, “How in the world are we going to afford this??” I would find an adorable outfit or a baby toy and would pick it up to purchase it, only to realize that I had to buy two. Adding the price of both pieces up in my head, it quickly became more than I wanted to spend, and back they went. This was done on many occasions. To have people who love you so generously supply so many of our needs AND wants for these babies still warms my heart and Jason and I are so very thankful…

The adorable, nautical themed cake

  

At our last ultrasound visit, I was given yet another little surprise.  The ultrasound tech that has been with us through this whole experience has become a dear friend and with myself, Jason, my mom, grandmother, sister and Landrey all in the room to see how the boys’ progress was looking on the ultrasound, she decided to give us a close glimpse. With a push of a button, the images became incredibly real and clear. We all gasped and looked on more intensely.  We were looking at them in 3-D… Truly amazing experience, if you have never experienced it. Jason and I didn’t have this detailed ultrasound with Landrey, so this was a real treat! My first thought immediately was…. they looked like Jason. Boy, his genes are strong!! :)

Levi Jonathan
2 lbs. 1 oz.

Landrey Elizabeth
1 week old

Lawson Joseph
2 lbs. 4 oz.

With the night ending quite late, a surprise for Landrey was to come in the morning. Remembering our sweet little Landrey, people also showered her with “big sister” gifts. How thoughtful!!! When she woke up the next morning, it looked like Christmas for her! Presents and paper was flying everywhere and she was one happy little girl! Can you tell? :)

Yay! A big sister shirt to wear to the hospital!

A movie to watch in the van!

A new princess dress and stickers!

A cupcake play set!

Coloring book and crayons!

Twin babies that she adores and has named “Levi and Lawson”. These babies now go everywhere with us!

Thanks to EVERYONE who made the shower a success and so special for me and my whole family. I know so much of what each of you did probably went unnoticed, but it didn’t go unappreciated. So much preparation went into it (food, decor, cake, invitations, etc.) and I cannot say enough “thank you’s” to all of the hosts, Mrs. Norma for graciously opening her home to everyone  and to Mrs. Tammy, who put in countless hours preparing and organizing. I love you all!!!

Not Without A Fight

The top of the twins’ heads. They were snuggling.

With us knowing that one of the twins was a boy, the suspense was killing us to know if the second baby was going to be a best bud with his brother, or a sweet sister to Landrey. As the ultrasound began, immediately… it was a boy. No wait! It’s a girl! It was doing it again. This baby was not going to show us what we wanted to see without a fight! “NO!!!!!” This was the third time we were trying to see what its gender was and it was still being stubborn. Ok, kid. We get it. Ya’ got a sense of humor….

After many attempts and various positions, the Dr. was called in to give his opinion. My friend, Emily, who does the ultrasounds, commented that in 8 years of doing this, she has never had a baby to give her this much trouble. A sign of things to come, perhaps?

A knock at the door and the doctor came in. No more than he set foot through the threshold, the gender was evident on the screen. 100% confident and without a doubt, it was another BOY! The doctor laughed as he said, “You needed me to confirm this?” It was so clear! We were having twin boys!


On a funny note, the doctor that came into the room was the same doctor that delivered Landrey and we love him! He is so sweet and soft-spoken. Standing a generous 5’6″, he has a very gentle and meek personality and I find that he mainly greets people with a sweet smile, verses a loud hello and hefty hand shake. As he looked at the boys facing one another with their legs flared open, he burst out saying, “Look! They are already having their first competition!” I nearly fell off the table and everyone started to laugh… This was so out of character for him to say a comment like that, but it just what we need to break the tension. I still find myself giggling when I think of him saying that.

Both Boys!

My mother-in-law has since given us our very first baby boy gifts, complete with matching blue outfits and matching blue teddy bears. That now makes the count at a whopping 4 items in our house that are blue!! :) Even Landrey’s wash cloths are, what else? PINK! We have pink overload in our home. Doesn’t everyone with a little girl who is almost three?? I have loved every minute of it, too, but I do find myself loving the blue that is sneaking in. :)

I am scheduled again to go back this coming Tuesday for various observations on the boys, along with measurement testing, Downs screening and organ checks. This is always a nervous time. I know God is in control and He has created them exactly the way He sees fit, but please pray that all the tests and observations appear normal. We are thankful that the boys appear healthy so far.

Just a Bonus!

The plot thickens and the mystery continues. No really, it does! As of yesterday, I have had two ultrasounds since my last post to determine the genders of the babies. Why two you ask? Well, the results are in and it will answer your question.

Baby A is a….. BOY!!! We are so excited about this! I think little boys are the cutest things and what guy doesn’t want a little boy to pal around with and teach to throw a ball? I am so excited for our family to share the thrills that come along with raising a little boy!

Baby A is a BOY!

    And Baby B is a….. MYSTERY!! Yep! Even after two separate ultrasounds in two separate weeks, Baby B is determined not to cooperate. How much more suspense can we take? :)
I do have to admit though, that I sort of like not knowing. While we think we have an idea, and I am still not able to plan the nursery or buy anything “twinsy” yet, the anticipation is surprisingly fun.

Baby B is mystery!

Now the fun part begins…names! Picking one name? Not all that difficult. Choosing two names? Difficult. Should we stay with the “L” theme? Change it up? One thing is for sure, no rhyming names will be used! ha! Sorry all of you who liked Barry and Larry, Stacy and Tracy or Sam and Pam. :)

Despite the lackof knowing what it is, the Lord has blessed us with a beautiful daughter and a confirmed son and so that makes our little mystery baby, just a bonus in our eyes.

Next ultrasound is Tues., so check back to see what Baby B decides to do!

Double the blessing, double the surprise!

I have had another doctors appointment since my last blog and everything is looking great, so far! Both babies are growing right on target and the heart rates were strong, baby A at 165 and Baby B at 169. I have to admit that I am excited to get an ultrasound every time I go.  I just love seeing them move and squirm. I invited my friend, Tabitha,to join me for my latest ultrasound. It’s not everyday you get to see twins, so she was just as excited to go as I was to share this special blessing with her.   Right away, baby A showed that it wanted no part of it and put its hand behind its head and gave us a bottom shot. Baby B, however, was a little more excited to “see us”. It showed us its tiny legs and feet, was constantly kicking and arching its back and was not shy about showing us its hand coordination. They were adorable to watch. I find it amazing that you can fall in love with another human before even meeting it, within seconds…. What a blessing God has bestowed upon our family.

Baby B. Aren’t those the cutest little legs and feet?

Baby A. Notice its little hand behind its head. So sweet!

That being said, the shock is beginning to wear off (slowly) and I have bursts of excitement, especially when I see cute little matching outfits.  I may not know what they are yet, but window shopping for them is really fun!  :)

I am now around 15 weeks and thankfully, my good friend is my ultrasound tech during this whole process. I am so grateful for this. She is such an encourager for me and is constantly texting me and checking  on me. She has even decided to fulfill my curiosity a little earlier than normal… Normally, many doctors offices make you wait until you are 20 weeks to find out the gender of your baby, but we have a special appointment THIS WEEK to find out!!! Yay!!! At my last appointment, just at 12 weeks, she said she could tell what Baby A was, but Baby B wouldn’t be still long enough to tell. AND, there is now a possibility that there is a membrane separating them now, which means the possibility of having different genders! She said it just wasn’t clear enough to tell and I may possibly need to have a level 2 ultrasound at Duke or Wake Med (hospitals in Raleigh/Durham that specialize in multiple births) to positively determine that.

This discovery would mean that they still share a placenta, therefore still possibly being identical, or possibly being fraternal! So many surprises and possibilities! It is just such a weight off my shoulders knowing that Gods plan for that is perfect and I have no say so. It really feels like it’s Christmas as a child. I now I have a huge present coming in a few days and I can see it under the tree, I can even hold it and admire it, but have no clue what’s inside. Oh, that was such torture as a child, wasn’t it?  :)

The discovery of separate sacs also means far less risks for all of us, so please keep us in your prayers in these coming days and months.

So what do you think??? Be sure to take the poll on the top, right side of the blog. I would love to see what YOU think!! Check back soon to see if you were right! :)  

 

We’re Seeing Double!

No need to rub your eyes or press refresh on your computer… you are seeing it right!! We are expecting TWINS!!

Jason and I knew that we were expecting again and had a 6 week appointment this past Tues. to have an untrasound, just to see if we could hear our sweet little baby’s heartbeat. Right away, I was told I wasn’t 6 weeks along…more like 8 1/2.  Shock #1! “Ok”,  I thought,  “this changes when we wanted to tell people, but that’s no biggie.” If I thought that was a shock, I would soon be schooled in the definition of being SHOCKED!

 Both babies heartbeats. Average: 160 and 161. Wonderful!!

Immediately, we saw a sweet little baby and its heart was beating strong and steady! We were thrilled! As the measurements of it were being recorded, Jason and I looked at the screen intensely watching its heart race. As we were glancing at our baby on the screen in front of us, yet another figure appeared. It looked identical in shape to the baby we had been watching…. I gasped. I looked at my friend, Emily, who was performing the ultrasound and her eyes became enormous and her mouth struggled not to burst with a smile. “Yep! There’s TWO”, she exclaimed!!  Shock #2.

I remember Jason saying,  “You’ve got to be kidding me” and then his head went between his legs, while I immediately burst into tears. Sweet little Landrey was with us and she began to rub my arm and telling me that it was ok, Mommy. Such a sweet little girl. What a wonderful helper she will be to me. :)

I really don’t even remember getting off the table or walking out of the ultrasound room, to be honest. Jason ended up taking Landrey to McDonald’s, just to get her out of the office while I had my examination and I can only remember asking my friend, Emily, for something for a headache and then staring at the floor in the waiting room until someone (not even sure who) called my name to be brought back to an exam room. I also vaguely remember someone telling me to take deep breaths. :)

Well, that was almost a week ago and while we still have many moments of disbelief and shock, Jason and I have shared our wonderful news with our family and friends and I now find myself having moments of excitement and glances into our future with THREE children under 3!

I am already showing ( quite a bit, actually) and am feeling all the lovely (insert sarcasm here) stretching and pulling sensations that come along with expecting a baby. Much earlier than previously, but I have been told many of the sensations felt at 16 to 30 weeks will be felt at 8 to 12 weeks. YIKES! I began to compile a list of the items that would be needed for the upcoming arrival of our twins and I soon realized, it was like starting over! We need a crib, infant carrier, stroller, you name it! And I believe I have all of about 4 bottles in our house. Oh boy….. let the fun begin!

I find myself taking many pauses while typing this… mainly because I have so much running through my mind and can’t seem to put everything into words. There are so many emotions, feelings, thoughts, concerns and fears that we are facing, but I have to keep reminding myself that God saw Jason and I both fit to be the parents to these two babies and we have to put our FULL trust in Him. Please pray for all of us during this time. We only pray for healthy babies these next few months and for healthy births come November.

I have always known that our church family was one of the best, but the outpouring of love and support we have already received has really blown me away. I do believe that our preacher has to be one of the most excited of anyone! He just looks at me and grins from ear to ear and even mentioned the twins from the pulpit this past Sunday morning.  Not sure how many shades of red our faces turned…

I am so thankful for this blog and for being able to share our wonderful news with so many friends and family across the world! Please keep us in your prayers and I will be keeping you updated!!  :)

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hotdog!!

Although it was a bit chilly outside, Jason and I decided to take Landrey for her first Hot dog a few weeks ago. Now, when we say a hot dog, we mean a HOT DOG!! And to get one of those, there is only one place…
Growing up in South Florida, I thought a hot dog was, well, just a hot dog! Good old beef hot dogs that you threw on a bun and voila! But here in NC, having your first hot dog is an event, complete with pictures. Good thing we know just the place for the perfect experience AND the perfect hotdog!! James’ hotdogs have been around for years and is still known by many as “Rudy’s Hotdogs”. Now that Mr. Rudy has gone to be with our Lord, his son, James, hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to keeping the tradition alive. You can count on every seat to be filled and orders flying out the door every time you go. And what a convenient location…directly across the street from our church. (If you’re in need of a preacher around 12 everyday, that’s where you will find them!)

Landrey and I got there just a bit before Jason did, so we had a fun time taking pictures with her friend, Mr. James. She just loves him…. he always makes it a point to pass her Sunday School Classroom and give her a high five on Sunday mornings. So sweet! Landrey’s little brown eyes lit up when we walked inside and she saw him standing there behind the counter.

As the three of us sat down to wait for our order, it was apparent that this experience was really getting to Landrey. Ohh, the anticipation!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She knew something good was coming, but wasn’t quite sure what it was. As the food came out, smelling good and steaming hot, we said our blessing and began to dig in! I wasn’t quite brave enough to give her the hotdog whole, but she didn’t seem to mind. Complete with a fresh bag of chips and an ice-cold fountain drink (don’t you just love those!), Landrey was a very happy girl!

 Thanks, Mr. James for making our first hotdog experience a great one, complete with full bellies, lots of laughs and great memories!

Landrey, Mr. James and James' mother, Ms. Chestnut.

Mission Accomplished!

Soo very proud of our little Landrey! She is officially potty trained! We have success! It only took about four days ( a day short of perfection, according to the internet. ha!) A friend of mine suggested a book Called Potty Training 1-2-3 and I thought it really helped me prepare Landrey and myself! It gave very simple tips on phrases to say for encouragement and actually leans more on the side of rewarding for staying dry verses actually “using the potty”. A idea that I had never gave much thought to, but really works! The book is very thin and easy to read (you could definitely knock this book out in a few hours.) Did I mention, cheap, too? :) Everything you would want in a book, huh?

I did, however fall into the category of “pull-ups or no pull-ups”. Because our family is at church every time the doors are unlocked, I thought it wouldn’t be fair to just throw Landrey into her classes and expect her to tell her teachers EVERY time she had to go, and to have the poor nursery workers clean up messes, if they occured. Sooo….. I do allow her to wear a pull-up to church. At home, however, it is Cinderella and Princess undies all day. :) So proud of her!!

I was planning on sharing some precious pictures with everyone of Chick-fil-A’s Daddy/Daughter Date Night, but unfortunately, Landrey was sick with coughing and wheezing. I was so disappointed for her. A princess theme, on top of that, I hated she wasn’t well enough to go, but here will be more date nights, no doubt!

I will share, however, some pictures that just make me smile. A friend of mine is very blessed with the talent of sewing. Something I have tried my hand at, but am definitely NOT great at! I am in awe of her work and how quickly she can just throw something together! With all of her creations coming together, she needed a little one to wear and photograph her beautiful creations and I volunteered Landrey. Little did I know that Landrey would love playing dress up and pretending each piece of clothing was a “princess dress”. I had more fun watching her than I anticipated! Jason and I definitely have our hands full with her!

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Full Steam Ahead… All Aboard?!!?

Gas 2011 Average: $3.11                                                     Gas 2012 Average: $3.32

Milk 2011 Average: $3.50                                                     Milk Today Average: $3.76

Average cost of diapers for entire year of 2011:  $1,200      Average estimated cost for                                                                                                 diapers for 2012: $1,500

As seen above, the costs of everyday products are going nowhere but up, including diapers and so…. we are now entering the potty-training journey!  I was actually a little excited about this transition until I began doing  some research on tips and techniques…. “What method? Pull-ups or no pull-ups? Buy this product and that product to ensure success. Good potty-training should only take 3 days. Excellent potty-training should only take ONE day! Quit and try again later or just keep going?” I found myself wishing these days would hurry up and we could get past this stage! It wasn’t long after that, I found myself regretting those very thoughts! I was talking with my mother and we began to discuss how fast time goes by and her next statement stopped me cold. “If I had three wishes, it would be to hold all three of you as babies, just once more.” I began to blink rapidly to hold back tears. Only a mother would wish for that…… (Well, maybe a mother not trying to potty-train ha!)

When Landrey has a boo-boo, I can sympathize and understand. When she is excited about a new friend or toy, I can relate….but potty-training, I am having a hard time with! We, of course cannot remember being potty-trained, but we are supposed to know exactly what to do to make it happen and make it happen successfully! Sigh….

As of yesterday, the kitchen has a fresh stash of candy (bribes) waiting for Landrey as she attempts to be a successful potty-trainer and I have a fresh stash of paper towels, Clorox and ibuprofen! :) Let the fun begin full steam ahead!!  All aboard!!