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Celebrating turning the big ONE!

Today was Ashlynn and Tierney’s first birthday party!!!! We got to celebrate with family and friends. The girls are so spoiled and so loved! Here are some pics!

Ashlynn and I

Tierney and I

Skyping daddy who is deployed.

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Coming up on a year!!!!

One year ago this was me:

Looking back, I’m amazed at what my body could do!!! I was so lucky to get to be a part of such an amazing journey! In just a few weeks the girls turn 1!!!

They are beautiful, smart, funny little girls and I am so lucky to have them as my nieces! Melissa is doing such a great job as a mom. She has them saying words, walking with assistance, and waving hi and bye over FaceTime!

Court is still deployed and we all miss him terribly! The girls FaceTime with him every day. We are hoping he will be home in June.

Here are some of the girls 1 year pics!

I’ve never been that sad about cake… so, I don’t get it! Haha 😂

My life has pretty much been the same. Going on 7 months at the new job and finally getting the hang of things! I’ve been working on getting my body back and losing more!

Since my heaviest weight, I am down 95 lbs. I am down 45 lbs from my prepregnancy weight. I am currently 95 lbs lighter than the top pic– but I’m not carrying twins 😂

Here’s me!

Lovin life!

We have a birthday party planned for the girls in a new days! I’m excited! I’ll update after and share some pics!!!

Stay tuned!!!!

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11 months!

The girls are 11 months! Holy cow!!! Time has flow by!

This was me a year ago:

And now we have these beautiful babies!!!!

Tierney is on the left, Ashlynn is on the right.

They’re both eating, talking, saying “mama” and walking with assistance! They look like they’re 12!!! Where have my baby nieces gone?!

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The big day!

Melissa and I spent the day in Lincoln, Nebraska attending the Legislative hearing for LB 795. This is the bill we are trying to get passed. Basically, the bill would allow for an “Acknowledgement of Maternity” which means the biological mother would go on the birth certificate (not the carrier) at birth! This would eliminate the whole adoption process!

We testified before the Judiciary Committee today. If they decide to move the bill on, it will be taken to the floor for debate.

A friend has recorded our testimony, so once she has that uploaded to YouTube I will share it!

We also had KETVs Andrew Ozaki with us and he filmed the hearing and we did a short interview with him. KETV will air a short story TONIGHT at 10! If you don’t live in the viewing area, you can stream it live at KETV.

Senator McDonnell did a fantastic job prepping for this bill. He believes we will have enough votes to push it through; however, we did get some push back from one Senator. We are hoping to smooth things over with him prior to the vote!

It was a long, exhausting, emotional day for both of us! We are so excited to hear the outcome!

One year ago…

KETVs Julie Cornell’s original story

Stay tuned…!

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Playing catch up…!

Hi there!!! I know it’s been a few months since I’ve updated! All is well over here. The girls are 10 months old!!!

Tierney

Tierney, top. Ashlynn, bottom.

Ashlynn is now crawling. Tierney, we think, is going to skip crawling and go straight to walking! Ashlynn loves ALL food (she is SO Auten). Tierney is a picky eater, but is learning to enjoy table foods!

The girls had a great first Christmas!

As I mentioned before, we have been working with Senator McDonnells office here in Nebraska. We are attempting to amend Nebraska law to include being a gestational carrier. We want to add an “acknowledgment of maternity” which everyone would sign prior to the birth acknowledging that the intended mother IS the mother (and not the carrier). This would then allow the intended mother to go on the birth certificate at birth!

Our hearing/testimony is this Friday, February 2nd in Lincoln. If you would like to stream the hearing-here is the link:

http://netnebraska.org/basic-page/television/live-demand-state-government

Hearing

Click the judiciary link – room 1113 to watch.

I will update you after the hearing!!!

Stay tuned!!!!

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6 months! 

Six months ago, almost to the minute now (my appt was at 3:30) I was sitting on my couch like a beached whale. Dreading getting up and getting dressed because it took so much effort. I was using my belly as a table for my pasta. I even took pics that day!! 


I had no idea those would be my last belly pics! 

Our appt with hot doc was at 3:30. We were anticipating a c section the following day so this was supposed to be a quick follow up! 

That didn’t happen!  

My blood pressure had gone up and I had a headache (signs of preeclampsia) so hot doc decided to deliver that day!  

They wheeled me over to the hospital and Tierney was born at 6:40 and Ashlynn was born at 6:41!  What a crazy day! 

Here are the little nuggets today! 


They are sitting up by themselves and they love baby food!  Tierney (left) is more reserved and shy. Ashlynn loves to smile and will talk to anyone!  She’s a busy body!  They are both so unique. I love them so much!  

I even got to see them today – my sister needed help for a bit so I helped her with the girls. 

Ashlynn and I
Tierney and I

Happy six months girls!  Aunt Lisa loves you!