Sunday, January 28, 2007

Another milestone!!!

I'm finally 28 weeks pregnant today!!! Since 24 weeks, every 2 weeks has been a huge milestone. And while I know 28 weeks is still very early for these little guys to be born, it does give me a sense of relief knowing they have a very good chance for survival if they were to be born now.

When I was pregnant with Cole and Bella, I never really experienced the "nesting phase", probably because I was working full-time and then as soon as I went on maternity leave, I got put on strict bedrest. With this pregnancy, I'm REALLY feeling the "nesting phase" and an urgency to get things done. Unfortunately Tim doesn't share my urgency, which has lead to a series of arguments (usually I end up in tears sobbing how he just doesn't understand what I'm going through). The other day he told me that if the nursery doesn't get done before the babies are born and all the other things that need to get done, than I can just do it after the babies are born, especially if they're in the NICU. My first reaction was "did he really just say that??"....then my second reaction was "where's the closest frying pan so I can hit him upside his thick head!". This was another instance when I broke down into tears, sobbing "when do you think I'm gonna have time to do that AFTER the babies are born....if they're in the NICU, I'll be spending all my time with them there and when I'm home, I'll be pumping breast milk and trying to recover from a c-section and get as much as rest as possible, not to mention still trying to spend time with Cole and Bella....and after the babies are home, I'll have absolutely NO TIME to deal with putting a nursery together, organizing clothes, etc, etc".....I honestly couldn't believe he thought I'd have all the time in the world to get things ready after the babies are here. At one point, I even said to him "What the hell are you thinking????"....he must have forgotten how crazy and chaotic things were when Cole and Bella came home from the NICU and we only had them to take care of. This time around, I'll have 2 newborns and 2 toddlers to care for....I don't even wanna think of how many loads of laundry I'll be doing on a daily basis.

So with all that said, he's supposed to be calling my stepdad sometime this week to set up a time for him to come over and help him get the room ready. My friend Bonnie came over yesterday and helped me organize baby clothes and put them away. She even packed a bag full of clothes for them that I can take to the hospital with me. After yesterday, I felt a huge burden had been lifted from my shoulders. Then this morning, I started making a list of things that Tim can pick up from Target or Babies R Us that we'll at least now I'm feeling like I've been accomplishing things!

Other than that, nothing too exciting going on around here....the kids are doing pretty well at preschool. They had all the 2-yr olds together for the longest time because they were short on staff but they must have hired an aide for the older 2's class because the last couple of weeks, they've had the classes separated. So now there's only maybe 7-8 kids in Cole and Bella's class on a daily basis with 2 teachers. It's so much more calmer and peaceful now....they're also able to follow their lesson plans more easily now and the kids come home almost every time with a new art project they did about something they learned that day. In addition to learning about vegetables that grow in a garden, they learned about the sun, the moon and the stars. Bella is starting to count now too except she skips certain numbers, like the number 3. She was practicing jumping yesterday and she said "1, 2, 4...go" and Tim said "what about the number 3?" and she said "I no lika da number 3".

The potty training is still somewhat of a joke but we're starting to make some headway. Cole has been asking to sit on the potty and he makes an earnest effort to go but his short attention span doesn't allow for him to sit there for the few minutes necessary to make things happen. So after about 30-60 seconds, he gets up and says he can't go. Oh'll happen in time, that's what everyone tells me. Bella is going through the same thing...she wants to use the potty but doesn't have the ability to sit there until it happens. Cole is starting to realize when he has to go but Bella hasn't yet. I told Tim we should just load them both up with undiluted apple juice one day and let them run around naked and see what happens....

That's about it for now....I have an OB appointment on Monday and an NST following right afterwards. Hopefully, both appointments will be uneventful!!!

1 comment:

Jen said...

Yea!!! 28 weeks!!!!

I understand your frustration with getting everything ready. Of course all of the hormones raging through your body right now don't help either. Don't forget after the boys are here, you have a lot of friends and family who will be there for you! Let me know if I can do anything. We are only 20 minutes away. Oh and keep in mind that Tim is a guy and quite often they just don't think like their spouse.

Keep at it with the potty training. It is so frustrating! Potty training Spencer is what finally made me agree with Kevin that 2 kids were enough. I couldn't imagine going through it one more time.

But I think what got us through it was just keeping at it. Giving the kids some kind of reward/positive reinforcement for producing on the potty. I tried to limit the negative reinforcement when they had accidents in their pants, but I have to admit that I may have let my frustration show. Luckily I don't think Spencer or Lauren were scarred for life.

Keep the positive thoughts flowing!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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