Monday, May 14, 2007

Have I dropped off the face of the earth yet?

May...geez, I don't know and I can't even begin to guess at what today's date is....I know it's Monday....I think....

I wanted to post these beautiful pics that Bonnie took a few weeks ago....the boys were only 5 weeks old....I had forgotten how small they were!!! The pics came out gorgeous and I'm so proud of them...I'm gonna use a few of them for our birth announcents. Yeah, I suck...have YET to get out birth announcements for my 9 WEEK OLD sons but I've been busy (can I use that excuse or is it null and void after you've used it too often??) And last time I checked there isn't an "overdue" date for when you can send a birth announcement out, although at the rate I'm going I'll probably get their high school graduation announcements out before their birth announcements. Won't the world be shocked?! Anyway, I hope the pics show up here b/c I'm posting them directly from Bonnie's photobucket account...if they don't post, I'll have to re-post them tomorrow.

Garrett....






Landon....















It's amazing how much the little dudes have changed in just these last few weeks since those pics were taken. Landon is so much chunkier now....I sit there and pinch his cheeks constantly and now when I squeeze his thighs, I can actually see cellulite (the one time in your life when cellulite is acceptable and actually adorable is when you are a baby!)....OMG, he's just too cute for words. I think I caught a glimpse of a smile today when I was changing his diaper, although it could've just been pure relief from having a horribly disgusting poopy diaper removed. But when I was changing him I saw him look directly at my face so I smiled at him and I swore he smiled back...sorta....well, it was more like an Elvis Presley kinda smile where half his lip was turned up so I'll consider it a smile in my book, just to make myself feel better. Garrett is still in his own little world, although he is starting to focus more on looking at me when I talk to him. Even Garrett is starting to get a little pudge on him....he's my little fragile guy, even though he has lungs on him that when he cries he could wake people up in another country. My sister thinks he's an "angel baby" because he never cries around her so the other day when he went into one of his crying fits, I called her up and as soon as she said "hello" I put the receiver to his mouth so she could hear "angel baby" scream at the top of his lungs...he literally says "waaa-waaa" when he cries like when you imitate a baby crying. She was shocked and said "what's wrong with him" and I said "oh, nothing...absolutely nothing....he's just crying for the sake of crying and I wanted you to hear it firsthand...your precious little angel baby is crying....". I still think she thinks I must have pricked him with a pin or something to get him to cry like that...she just doesn't believe that "angel baby" would ever cry like that.

How was my Mother's Day? Well, I don't even wanna go there....it was ugly....but it ended on a good note with Tim and I having a lovely conversation that very much needed to happen. We had gotten into a huge fight and we both said some things that were cruel and uncalled for and I ended up telling him that I was packing my bags and leaving...and I would have had I not decided to call Bonnie and ruin her Mother's Day with my crying about how evil my husband is. Then Tim ended up coming upstairs (I had locked myself in the bedroom) and he wanted to talk things out and I told him I needed some more time...I was too angry. Within a couple hours, we had made up and talked and we went to my mom's house to celebrate Mother's day. The babies got held by everyone there. And Cole and Bella were also the center of attention so Tim and I were able to relax and enjoy the day, for the most part. Until evening time came and we realized that none of the kids had gotten a good nap and 7:00 pm rolled around and all hell broke loose....ever wonder what it sounds like when 4 kids cry at the same exact time for absolutely no reason, other than they are so stinkin tired they can't see straight???? All my mom could do was look at me and shake her head....I think that's the first time my mom ever felt sorry for me. And then my stepdad offered to take all 4 kids for us overnight next weekend....my mom's eyes practically popped out of her head. It won't happen....but it was nice of him to offer.

So now another long, busy week is ahead of me....the boys have a doctor's appt tomorrow and they need their shots, I have to have b/w done for my thyroid and I have 2 scrips to fill....all the while, being stopped by strangers asking questions like "twins??", "are they 2 boys or 2 girls?", "how much did they weigh when they were born?", "what are their names?"......and I won't mention the fact that they are our 2nd set of twins b/c the questions get even wierder at that point...."were you trying for twins again?" (huh???? how do you try for twins??), "that's rare, isn't it?" (yeah, thanks for making me feel like a total freak of nature), "did you need help?" (now I'm assuming they must mean did I need medical help but I would love to answer this question saying "um, yeah...my husband might have helped a little here and there for about 5 minutes")....and the one question that EVERYONE asks "how do you do it?".....honestly, I have no idea how I do it.....I live, eat and breathe 2 sets of twins and I don't know how I do it....but I can tell you this, I wouldn't want my life to be any other way....

(Jen, I could not stop laughing at your comment in my last entry about Tim brushing my hair for 2 hours....no one can replace you, my darling!!! If I even look at Tim with a hairbrush in my hand, he takes off running....)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Well, that was easy....

Tonight, as I was getting the kids ready for bed, Cole came up to me and said "Mommy, I have to go pee in the potty". So I got him into the bathroom and I was about to put the potty training seat on the toilet and he said "no, I have to sit on the potty"...okay.....so I go to put him on the toilet frontwards and he says "no, backwards". I had to laugh at this point...here's this 2 yr old who isn't potty trained telling ME how he wanted to go pee. Much to my amazement, as soon as I sat him backwards on the potty, he held his little pee-pee down to aim into the toilet and he peed!!!!! All by himself!!!!! Bella was standing there with me and she was screaming with excitement and so was I....I think I might have even gotten a little teary-eyed. I couldn't believe it...the only thing I can think is that he must be watching some of the other kids at school who are potty trained. So we continued to make a huge deal out of this and we celebrated with candy....Cole promised to pee in the potty again tomorrow!!! I'm just so excited and I pray this is the beginning of the end of diapers for him....Tim and I added up how much we're spending on diapers per month between the 4 kids....it would make you sick!!! Is it sad that the first thing I thought of was how much money we'll save when Cole and Bella are out of diapers, rather than how exciting it is that my two oldest children are growing up and able to use the potty????

So I started the babies on that probiotic powder that Michele recommended and so far, so good...I called our pedi to get his opinion on it and he said he supports the use of probiotics and that he's seen it make a difference in some of his patients. Now the soy formula has done wonders for both little guys, although Landon still spits-up and Garrett still suffers from some gas but not as bad as it was before when not eating soy....so I added in the mix of the probiotic, based on what Michele said, to help with the rest of the digestion issues. The first day they were on it, no gas at all!!! I couldn't believe how well they both slept...so peacefully and they seemed much happier. They even went a whole 5 hours between feedings last night....yeah!!! I increased their formula intake by 1/2 an ounce so I think that combined with the probiotic definitely made a difference in getting them to stay asleep longer. What really sucked though was that at 3:00 am, when the babies normally would be waking up for their feeding, Cole woke up screaming because at some point Bella left their room and came into bed with me and she must have shut their bedroom door. He woke up, it was completely dark in their room and he freaked out. It took him a few minutes to settle down and then I went back to bed....an hour later, Garrett was up crying for a bottle.

I have a few minutes to post pictures so here goes.....ugh...for some reason, it's not letting me post pictures so I'll have to figure it out tomorrow when I have more time. Right now, I have to make enough bottles to get us through until the morning and then I have to get to bed.....

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The latest....

Amidst all the illness, we are prevailing!! I think the colds that all 4 kids had is on its way out along with the nasty pinkeye. The boys still have thrush but we're treating that daily and it's starting to look better and I can tell they feel better as well. Although we had a relapse for a couple days....we were about to run out of the medicine and so I called the 24-hour pharmacy refill number, thinking the medicine would be ready in...um, 24 hours as it says and as it says on the prescription bottle....so come Sunday afternoon, the medicine still isn't ready and so the boys went Sunday evening without medication. Come Monday morning, their little tongues were coated with that white crap again...ugh!! Monday morning I call the pharmacy and it's STILL not ready. So I decide to go in to the pharmacy in person and bitch someone out and the pharmacy tech says to me "oh, we don't process orders on the weekend"....so I practically screamed in her face "well, you might wanna mention that on your 24-HOUR RECORDER"!!!! Not her fault, I realize that but someone had to get the brunt of my anger....try treating your twin newborns for thrush and have it practically gone and then it comes back in less than 24 hours because they don't process freakin orders on the weekend!!!! She did sympathize with me, although a better way for her to show her sympathy would have been to offer to babysit all 4 kids for me for a few hours so I could get a nap but no such luck. She filled the order for me in 20 minutes while I chased Cole and Bella around the pharmacy, trying to get them to act civilized, while other people stared at me and some even daring to ask "oh, are they twins?"....as if I want to have a conversation with people about them being twins while they're running around the pharmacy out of control. And one woman even referred to Cole and Bella as "the most gorgeous children she had ever seen", particularly because of their white-blonde hair and blue eyes. I almost asked her if she wanted to take them home with her.....I was just not feeling the "Supermom" vibe that day I think....

In the midst of all this, somehow Tim and I managed to catch laryngitis....you'd think it was from yelling at the kids but I actually have been able to maintain some kind of patience with all the kids. Tim's voice is back but mine still doesn't exist....Tim's loving life. Cole asked me where my voice went and I told him that Bella took it and he said to Bella "give Mommy back her voice"....I forget that 2 yr olds have NO sense of humor.

I have tons of pictures to post but not sure I have the time right now, as I'm about 15 minutes away from feeding the boys, but I will definitely post some either tonight or tomorrow. They have grown so much, it's incredible. They don't look like the tiny 3 lb and 5 lb babies that they were almost 8 weeks ago. And somehow, miraculously without even trying, we've developed a nice little routine during the day....so they eat every 4 hours and then stay awake for a little while after that while I dance around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to entertain them (how does one entertain 2 newborns????) and then when they start showing signs of being tired (or maybe they're completely bored or just plain sick of my entertainment), I swaddle them up and put them in their swings and they're usually asleep within 10 minutes. They take 3 naps a day..the morning nap is usually about 2 hours, the midafternoon nap is usually 3 hours and then the late afternoon nap is about 2 hours. It's perfect and they hardly fuss anymore during the day....they are GREAT sleepers. My friend Tori told me that her kids are GREAT sleepers and I just could never get what she meant by that....now I can!!!! Cole and Bella were horrible nappers when they were this age.

As for the evening routine, well, we're trying to get a handle on that. My friend, Michele, who could make millions of dollars writing a book sharing all her wonderful tips, has given me advice on how to develop a routine as well as my friend Sandra, who had her baby sleeping through the night (12 hours!!!) at the tender age of 9 weeks, thanks to Michele!!! I realize Garrett and Landon won't quite make it 12 hours at 9 weeks because they were preemies and still have a way to go until they can do that but I'm aiming for a good 5-6 hour stretch at night. And I've noticed in the last week or two that the boys are more fussy in the evening. We've been keeping them downstairs with us after their 7:00 pm feeding, with the lights on, the tv on and the dishwasher running. And when Tim and I are liking each other, we'll talk....but on most nights, we're rather annoyed with one another (and that's putting it lightly) so we just watch tv without talking. So I was starting to think all this noise was overstimulating them and not allowing them to have that wind-down time they need to fall asleep. So I shot off an e-mail to Michele....sort of like a Multiples Mom SOS (Michele has triplets and a singleton!!!!) and she shared more tips with me and told me what NOT to do anymore at this point. Last night, Tim hadn't had a chance to put up the video monitors yet so I didn't want to put the boys in their room yet so I kept them downstairs after their feeding but I turned off all the lights, with the exception of a nightlight in the kitchen, turned off the tv and didn't run the dishwasher. I put them to sleep in their swings, with some very soft lullaby music playing, and OMG...they were asleep in 15 minutes with very little fussing. And when they did fuss, instead of picking them up and trying to rock them, I just went over to them and said "ssshhhh" a few times and rubbed their little foreheads and it was just enough to get them on their way to visit Mr Sandman. At 8:30, the house was completely quiet!!!!!! But then Bella decided she didn't want to sleep....oh well, can't win them all in one evening I suppose. Tonight, the boys will go down in their room since Tim was able to get the cameras up late last night. The other problem we have is that we bring them upstairs in the middle of the night for the rest of the night and then Cole and Bella wake up early and come into our room and that wakes the boys up. So they really need to be in their own room so we'll see how that goes tonight....

Goodness, in the time it took me to type all that, I could've posted pics but now it's feeding time and the boys are starting to stir...funny how their little tummies know it's time to eat. The soy formula has done wonders for them...hardly any more gas!!!! But when they do pass gas or poop, it smells like death....Tim says it smells like a weapon of mass destruction has just gone off in the house. I don't even want to begin to describe what our diaper champs smell like when Tim empties them, between all 4 kids' poopy diapers. It's almost as if we need to leave the house and let it air out for 24 hours. We have GOT to get Cole and Bella potty trained ASAP.

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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