2013, From My Perspective

We kicked our year off with Alicia being released from the hospital on New Year’s Day. Our boys were still there in the NICU, so it made leaving incredibly difficult, but we drove the hour+ distance back and forth every single day until they were released because we weren’t going to miss a chance to see them. Those boys were fighters too! They did so well the 2 1/2 weeks that they were there in the NICU! We conquered new milestones almost daily! They had some really incredible people taking care of them too, like Teri Killough. We always hated leaving them, but we knew they were in fantastic hands, especially when Teri was working!

The rest of the year for us was full of so many firsts! That first -extremely careful- drive home from the hospital. That first totally sleepless night that they were home — we no longer had the heart monitors hooked up, which is something we were used to and somewhat dependent on, so both Alicia and myself would wake up (what seemed like) every 5 minutes to see if they were still ok. Beyond all of that though, our boys grew like weeds and we started having a whole lot more “firsts” while watching them grow! It’s truly amazing how much happens in the first year of their lives!

The boys' first feedingThe boys’ first actual feeding, 2 days after they were born.

Our Amazing Nurse, Teri! Our amazing nurse that took fantastic care of our boys for us, Teri Killough, on the day we were getting to go home!

The boys say Peace Out to UABThe boys say Peace Out to UAB!

Finally home!Finally home, after 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU!

Brothers together at home for the first timeBrothers together at home for the first time

Sophie was instantly a great big sisterSophie was instantly a great big sister

Our First Family PhotoOur First Family Photo

Ninja-ing Feeding TimeI learned pretty early on how to become a ninja with twin newborns (I also dedicate this photo to Teri, heh)

Received my Pebble SmartwatchReceived my Pebble Smartwatch and it rocked as much as I hoped

This mommy and daddy are both loving lifeThis mommy and daddy are both loving life <3

Our First EasterOur First Easter

Started holding their heads up betterGetting better at holding our heads up on our own!

Warmer weather let us start getting out and enjoy some sunshineWarmer weather allowed us to finally get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine!

UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion DayOur favorite RNICU Nurse, Teri Killough, seeing the boys for the first time since January 16th at the UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!

UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!

Our First Experience with Baby FoodOur First Experience with Baby Food

The day the boys first started actually playing with their toysThe day the boys first started actually playing with their toys

Alicia's First Mother's DayAlicia’s First Mother’s Day!

Cam's 8th Grade GraduationCam’s 8th Grade Graduation

New QOTSA Album!First New Queens of the Stone Age Album in 6 Years!

My First Father's Day!My First Father’s Day!

Goodbye Glencoe ElementaryGoodbye Glencoe Elementary

Surprised Mommy at Work on Her BirthdaySurprised Mommy at Work on Her Birthday

Our First 4th of JulyOur First 4th of July

We love hanging out with our best buddy, SawyerWe love hanging out with our best buddy, Sawyer

Our first dip in a poolOur first dip in a pool

Alicia finally got her white PebbleAlicia finally got her white Pebble

Our first time in an actual poolOur first time in an actual pool

Our First Vacation and Trip to the BeachOur First Vacation and Trip to the Beach — and Phoenix ate sand lol

Family Beach Photo1st Vacation Family Photo

Our 1st Alabama Football Game DayOur 1st Alabama Football Game Day

Sawyer's 1st Birthday Sawyer’s 1st Birthday!

The boys ninja'd the transition from their infant sleepers to their cribsThe boys ninja’d the transition from their infant sleepers to their cribs

Watched Bama Games with FriendsWatched Bama Games with Friends

The Boys Started CrawlingThe Boys Started Crawling!

Nine Inch Nails Releases a New Album after a 5 year hiatusNine Inch Nails Releases a New Album after a 5 year hiatus!

Said goodbye to Breaking BadWe said goodbye to Breaking Bad, one of the greatest Dramas on TV *sad*

Horrorfest 2013Horrorfest 2013 went well, even with 2 babies in the house!

Carved Pumpkins with Camden and the BoysCarved Pumpkins with Alicia, Camden and the Boys

Hanging out with daddy on his birthdayHanging out with Daddy on his 30th Birthday

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tension Tour with FriendsNine Inch Nails 2013 Tension Tour with Friends!

Our First HalloweenOur First Halloween! We went as Classic Monsters, Dracula & Frankenstein

Our 5th AnniversaryAlicia and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary! Here’s to many, many more!

First time the boys ate spaghettiFirst time the boys ate spaghetti, Daddy’s favorite meal

Both boys ended up getting RSVBoth boys ended up getting RSV :/

Kingston stood by himselfKingston stood up by himself and looked as surprised as we were!

Our First ThanksgivingOur First Thanksgiving!

Went Thanksgiving Deal Shopping, because we're crazyThanksgiving Deal Shopping, because we’re crazy and apparently didn’t have enough excitement in our lives already.

Snowflake Festival & Lighting CeremonyOur First Snowflake Festival & Lighting Ceremony

We Met Santa! But weren't fans.We Met Santa! But weren’t huge fans.

Watched the Gadsden Christmas ParadeWatched the Gadsden Christmas Parade

The Boys Started WalkingThe Boys Started Walking!

Went to the Falls and rode the train to look at the lightsWent to the Falls and rode the train to look at the lights


The Boys’ First time to see the lights in Ball Play

Our Very 1st Christmas as a Family of 4Our Very 1st Christmas as a Family of 4!

The Boys' 1st Birthday!The Boys’ 1st Birthday!


Here’s a quick look back at how much each of our boys have grown throughout 2013:

Phoenix

Kingston


That’s it for my look back at 2013, from my point of view. I have a feeling that 2014 for the Dunaway clan is going to be another one that’s full of a whole-lot-of-awesome as we continue to watch these crazy kids grow!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve tonight — be safe out there! We wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

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