Saturday, February 28, 2009
Like I said in the beginning of this post, I feel like sleep is the magic answer to 'some' of my issues! And I thought I was sleep deprived at times in college - not even close.
I went shopping with the kids this morning and came back exhausted. I went to Old Navy and actually went into a dressing room and tried clothes on. It wasn't pretty but I figured that the one pair of pants I have just aren't cutting it anymore. I ended up with jeans for $19, a cardigan and a cami. Matt said that it looks cute on me...but it's his job to say that. I've lost another 6 lbs but still have a way to go - twenty something pounds left.
I've stumbled across some other Mom blogs that have twins and an older child/children and they've really been helping me hold on to my sanity. One that I have been reading, http://3underthree.blogspot.com/ has so much in it that echoes my life very closely. Granted Heather has one less child than I do but she very much goes through the same things as I do since her daughter is close in age to her twins. I really feel like no one I know can begin to identify with my life. Just the sheer shock of going from two kids to four is enough to make any one's head spin. I want to try to get together IRL with some other Mom's of twins plus an older child but the Mother's of Multiples organizations around me don't meet when I'm able to attend. They usually meet at 7pm, the kids bedtime and Matt isn't around usually to watch them while I go alone.
This blog post will have to be finished later - Maddie just had a blow out in her brand spankin' new outfit. It's white. Poop is brown/green/yellowish. Not good people, not good.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here are some recent pictures...the first one is of me with all my girls!! I have virtually NO pictures with me in them and then I finally get one and it's one with me having a HORRIBLE hair day! lol The second picture is supposed to be of the girls doing tummy time but the just keep rolling over so tummy time turned into "roll over as fast as possible" time! The last one is of all the kids...We can never get them all to look and smile at the same time! Evan kind of looks a little funny since he's saying "cheese" and I think we caught him in the "eese" portion of that.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The electric is now finished and we just have to buy light fixtures and baseboard heaters. I still need to to figure out what color to paint the walls and what color carpet we want to install. I just want neutrals since hopefully the house will be on the market in the not too distant future. But who knows.
I found a few new blogs that I've been reading lately about other Mom's with twins who also have older children. It makes me feel so much more 'sane' reading how similar our experiences are. Sometimes I just feel like there is NO ONE who understands. I also sometimes feel like such a freak when I tell people who old our kids are and they just look at me like, "Don't you know what birth control is?!"...I always feel the need to tell them that they were all PLANNED! Well---we didn't plan on having twins but we did plan having another child close in age to our other two. I'll have to add the other blog links to this page.
Today didn't exactly go as planned - we were planning on working upstairs on the twins room but now that's not happening for reasons I won't go into. I'm going to go to Target and the outlets as soon as Ev wakes up from his nap and then it'll be time for dinner and bed so this day is pretty much shot.
(I'm sorry this blog is so random...I've had very little sleep these last two nights!)
I did go and get my tattoo on Friday. It was more painful than I thought it would be at certain times! It hurt on my ribs and my hip bone! Almost five hours later it was finished and I left there, got in my car and cried. I saw it finished and three dimensional from all of the swelling and just cried. But now that it looks normal and doesn't hurt so much I like it. I'm trying to keep it from getting scabs but it's hard just because of the location. I haven't worn anything but lounge pants since Friday, I feel like such a bum! I still can't believe I actually did it, especially since I really never ever thought I would get one and never really wanted one until recently. I'll post pictures of it at some point after it is healed maybe. I'm not really into showing it off though. We will see.
In other news, the kids are all good. The babies are still eating like piggies - drinking about 6 oz at some feedings and all of the sudden having no rhyme or reason to their feeding schedule. They are holding toys and starting to pick up everything they can and put it in their mouths! I can't believe how big they are. We take Grace and Ev to the doctor tomorrow for much overdue checkups - Mommy of the year award to me!
Well - I have more random news but both babies are fussing even the one strapped to my chest as I try to type this!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This is the house we rented for vacation this year...I cannot wait! I keep daydreaming about how much fun the kids are going to have with the private pool and beach just steps away!! There's a hot tub for the adults after the kiddos are in bed! I am so excited!!!!!!!! The countdown can't go fast enough!
I am just so excited for the summer! The big kids are going to have a blast this summer playing in the sandbox and pool in the yard! We're going to finally put the fence up as soon as the ground thaws so I won't have to worry about the kids running off! lol
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yesterday was wonderful!!! We went for two walks and the kids loved it!! The fresh air was so nice. I even opened the windows for a little while just to get some of the stale air out of here and some clean-non germy air in! I cannot wait for Spring! I wanted to get the kids to the park yesterday but it just didn't happen. Hopefully we'll get another mild day soon and we can go. I looove my new stroller!! I've taken it on 3 walks so far and it's just perfect! We get some stares because no one has a stroller like it but I don't care, it gets us out of the house all together! As for today, the wind is unreal! Yesterday really made me 'hungry' for vacation this year! I think we're going to have a blast!!
Matt gets his bonus Friday and it wasn't as big as last year since the economy sucks but at least it's something! It will help tremendously with the remaining hospital bills. I also have to go shopping to get Maddie and Leah some 6 months size clothes since they're growing out of everything I have! I think I'm just going to go to Carters and hope for some clearance stuff remaining. I am placing an order with Old Navy since they're having their Baby Sale.
Well--I better take advantage of Maddie and Leah napping and go take a shower!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have to cut this short, It's lunch time for all and they're making it known!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Matt is back to work after being off since Tuesday morning. He works today, Saturday and Sunday day shift, has off on Monday and then works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, and then off next weekend. I hate this rack of work days. It seems like every month we're just counting the days until is week off that month. It's worth it though.
I am going to try to get together with my sister and niece this weekend for a short visit at her house. Grace loves playing with Ellie and it's supposed to be nice outside so maybe the big kids can all go to the park for a little bit. We'll see.
Today is all about cleaning and playing with the kids. Both Maddie and Leah are rolling over now so tummy time seems like a thing of the past, as soon as they go on their belly it's right over on their backs. But they are grabbing at things and starting to hold toys in their hands so we have other things to do.
On a much different note, Matt's Grandmother found out yesterday she has cancer most likely. They did a biopsy and all signs point to cancer. They are going to take a section of the mass out on Monday and find out just what it is. It's so scary. I'm trying not to think about it until Thursday when the results come in. One day at a time.
Monday, February 2, 2009
As for the big kids, they are so bored it's unreal. I try to think of creative things to do to break up the monotony of being home all the time but I'm pretty much out of ideas. Yesterday we made castle cakes and decorated them gingerbread house style. That was fun. We did foam art the other day and lots of construction paper things that I cut out at night after the kids are in bed and they get to glue together. I just can't think of anything "new" to do. I guess a little Internet research is in order, as if I have time for that...I barely have time to blog!!
I'm hoping to get together with TJ and Molly soon. We barely see them, everyone is just so busy all the time, and Matt works 2 weekends a month so that really narrows it down.
Breastfeeding is going horribly. It's getting harder instead of easier. The babies no longer want to tandem nurse so it's taking up sooo much time during the day trying to complete a feeding doing it one at a time. I'm still taking reglan to try to increase my milk supply but think that I'm constantly dehydrated so that's not helping. And a side effect of reglan is that it makes you hungry!!! I don't need that!!!!! I'm still hanging on though nursing when I can and pumping when I can so I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I really think that if the babies didn't need to go into the hospital right after they were born this would have been much easier. The formula in the beginning that we had to give them, according to the doctors, is what really messed us up and we haven't recovered.
Last night the girls woke up together for every feeding so that helped a lot!!! Hopefully good sleeping is on the horizon!!