Saturday, January 19, 2008

A day in the life....

The last 24 hours in our home has been completely nuts. Garrett has been really fussy and suffering from a fever off and on the last couple of days. I felt like such an idiot yesterday when I noticed him tugging on his ears and I instantly thought "I wonder if he has an ear infection"....so I grabbed our Ear Check Monitor (I read about this in a friend's blog and it is the BEST device, IMO) and sure enough, it signaled that he probably does have an ear infection, esp in his left ear. So I call the dr's office and they can get him in at 6:30 pm....yeah, great, right in the middle of our bedtime routine...but I felt it was urgent for him to be seen so our bedtime routine got all screwed up. I left Tim home with the 3 kids and took Garrett to the dr's office....I got out of the car and started to get the double stroller, when instantly I thought "wait a minute, I only have 1 baby with me...screw the double stroller, I'm just gonna carry him on my shoulder". Yes, I talk to myself a lot these days....oh hell, who am I kidding....I've been talking to myself since I became a mother. Again, as I've said before, 1 child is such a breeze...now I realize that if I only had 1 child, it might seem difficult. But after having to juggle 4 children all at once at the dr's office plenty of times, just having 1 child with me seems so EASY! As I sat in the dr's office, waiting for the dr to come into the room, I fed Garrett a bottle and I think he was just confused as I was...he just had this perplexed look on his face, as if to say "hey, I think I'm missing my right arm...". That's how I felt too, like I was missing a few limbs by not having the other 3 kids with me.

Sure enough, he has a double ear infection so we went down to the pharmacy and got his scrip, while the pharmacist who looked to be about 25 years old (and probably has NO kids) tried to give his best explanation for how to give a baby medicine. He said "sometimes first time moms are a little confused on how to give their baby medicine"....when I stopped laughing hysterically, I said "what makes you think I'm a first-time mom?" and he said "well, you just look young I guess and a little nervous". Again came the laughter...so I said "thank you...you just gave me the compliment of the century...but I'm not nervous, I'm just freakin tired....and, no, he's not my first child. In fact, he's my 3rd child out of 4....2 sets of twins. I have plenty of experience with giving babies medicine". And with that, he didn't say much...I mean, really, what could he say at that point? I practically ripped his head off. The poor guy....

So then this morning, we all get up...Landon's right eye is all red and swollen shut and his left eye is starting to swell too. But he seems in good spirits otherwise but I figured I had better call the dr's office and get him in. I swear, between all 4 kids, I'm at the dr's office at least once a week. I have my own personal parking spot right in front..."Reserved for Run Down, Ragged, Overwhelmed, and Extremely Tired Mom of 4 Very Needy, Very Whiny Kids...Don't Even Think of Parking Here"

While I'm on the phone with the advice nurse, I'm holding Landon trying to answer her questions (are his eyes filled with green gunk, can he see, did he get hit in the eye, are his eyeballs still in tact....I had to laugh at that question...I said "where would his eyeballs be if they weren't in tact" and she said "ma'am, that's a serious question"....well, excuse me for trying to have a sense of humor. In the meantime, I hear Cole screaming in the living room and then he runs into the kitchen, with his nose pouring blood all over the place. Bella's crying because she's upset that Cole's hurt. Tim is trying to ask Cole what happened and I'm like "just stop the bleeding and worry about what happened after it stops"....the nurse is still asking me questions about Landon's eyes. Poor Garrett's sitting on the floor watching all the commotion with a look on his face like "HELLO, is anyone gonna give me a bottle?".....I guess he figured that wasn't gonna happen within the next few seconds and he broke out into hysterical crying, which prompted Landon to start crying, right in my ear. So now we have 4 kids, all crying....1 child with blood pouring out of his nose, 1 child crying b/c she's afraid she's gonna get busted for getting her brother hurt, 1 child with red, swollen eyes who's crying b/c he sees his twin brother crying and 1 child crying just for the hell of it. Yeah, a day in the life....anyone wanna trade???

Okay, so it turns out Cole and Bella were jumping off the sofa onto the floor when Cole bonked his nose on the coffee table, causing it to bleed. Bella had convinced Cole that jumping would be "really cool". The advice nurse told us to give Landon some Benadryl and see if the swelling goes down. If it does, then we know maybe it's an allergy to some kind of food he's eaten. If it doesn't, then it's some kind of eye infection. So the swelling goes down considerably within the 1st 30 minutes of giving it to him but even now his right eye is still a little swollen. Beats the crap outta me what's wrong with him...the only thing we can figure is that we've been giving him and Garrett some yogurt recently and the one he ate yesterday had a little bit of strawberry flavoring in it. So no more yogurt for him until we can figure this out. Thankfully, he's not in any discomfort and doesn't even seem to notice his eye is a little swollen.

Tonight we went to Denny's for dinner.....wanna know why? B/c kids eat free at Denny's on Saturday nights. I know every restaurant in town that offers free dinners for kids and on which nights. I felt so bad for our waitress...the table was a complete mess and so was the floor. Garrett and Landon, who are now eating table food, had thrown most of their food on the floor....Cole spilled his cup of juice all over the table and Bella, who had syrup all over hands, had left sticky handprints all over the chairs. When the waitress handed us our bill, she said "can I get you anything else?" Tim and I laughed. He said, "yeah, how about some sanity?" and I said "how about a babysitter?". She said "the sanity I can't help you with but I could help you with babysitting". I'm kicking myself in the butt now for not taking her seriously and getting her number. I need all the babysitters I can get these days....

Well, the kids are all in bed and Tim just got back from the store with some ice cream. And I need to figure out how to work my new coffee maker b/c Starbucks is getting rather expensive for me to go to every day. My new vice is coffee....and Wellbutrin....let's not forget my beloved Wellbutrin....I simply couldn't live without it....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm a single mother of two sets of twins. Girls that are 8 and boys that are 4. I was so scared at first and then you get a routine and then there comes another set. My twins have different dads and I took no fertility drugs of any kind. My husband and i split about two years ago and I was left with 4 children, no job and I was so lost. I would never change my life in anyway. My children made me the mother I am. They needed me and I needed them it was a horrible struggle But We Made It

Fertile Myrtle said...

I also have 2 sets of twins, both conceived w/o meds and no family history. I came across your blog when doing a google search for advice on twins fighting nap. I read your blogs and cannot believe how much your life seems to parellel mine w/ the kiddos and hubby. I feel a sort of sisterhood to you and just wanted to say 'hi!'. My name is Jen and I live in Roseville, CA

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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