Thursday, May 31, 2012

What Life is Like

I know people think we're crazy that we take the kids with us on lots of outings during the weekends, but it's our sanity. I always feel better when I've left the house at least once. If one of us has to run an errand, we all go. It gets us out of the house. It teaches them how to behave in public. And apparently we like to torture ourselves.

This was the second time we ever put the babies in the front of the cart at Costco. Seriously. Aren't they adorable?
 At target we have discovered these amazing carts below. Connor can stand, which makes him more manageable and we strapped Aiden in with big brother and Connor was thrilled! Aiden...not so much!
 We've been working A LOT on sitting up, pulling up, etc. to try to get them interested in crawling or standing. In the morning on days when I'm home by myself with them I put them in their little play
"jail" and let them practice reaching, playing, and sitting.
 They aren't quite thrilled about it.
 Connor, for the most part, is super helpful, sweet and kind. Has turned into such a helper. If you come over, you'll hear him saying, "Mama, babies need diaper? Babies need milk? Babies need...?" It's very sweet.
The babies have just started fighting. They regularly play tug-o-war with toys and cry when one takes a toy from the other. Right now it's pretty easy to distract them with different toys, but I can see this being an issue when they're older. Eeek. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A 3-Year-Old and A Secret

We are struggling in this household. We are being tested - a sort of parenting test Hunger Games Style. Only one will survive. Will it be Connor? Mama? Daddy? The babies? Whew. Of course I'm being highly dramatic, but sometimes it feels like that. Someone once told me the three-year-old age was harder than the two-year-old stage and I actually smugly thought, "Ha! NOTHING could be harder than having an almost two-year-old and being on bedrest pregnant with twins. NOTHING." Well, thanks Lord. I get it. Loud and Clear.

A typical day involves a lot of prayers. I try to peer through the layers of tantrums and "NO MAMA I DON'T HAVE TO!!!!"'s to remember that somewhere in there is also the sweet child who says, "I love your kisses, Mama!" and snuggles me on the couch because he loves me "to the moooooon and baaack!" All of this is emotional because (a) parenting is emotional and (b) it is all compounded by the fact that I've been keeping a secret from my blog readers. And I have felt so alone in keeping it.

Aiden and Isabella are almost eleven months old and they are developmentally delayed. We don't know the extent of it because they're still too little. And who knows? All of this could remedy itself. A baby who is a month or two behind now seems dramatic. But a five-year-old who is a couple months behind is nothing. All we know now is that they should be doing things like crawling and pulling themselves up and they aren't yet. I worry because I'm a mom and I am built to worry, but it doesn't make the fears any less substantial.

We had them evaluated by our doctor's office and filled out developmental surveys. The results came back loud and clear that both babies were behind. But then, miraculously, almost the day after I sent the forms in, the babies started sitting up on their own (they were behind in sitting up independently) and I sighed a breath of relief. Their development was typical. For a month or so until the next milestones came again and they missed them too.

This isn't the end of the world. We've survived rougher waters. But boy it breaks my heart - the thought that the babies could potentially have to struggle at anything in their life. Because don't we all as parents want a life filled with infinite possibilities, boundary breaking feats, and utter joy for our children?

One of my teaching partners said to me today, "Don't worry. They'll be fine. Native Americans used to strap their children to a board until they were one-years-old" and it does put some of the "norms" of children in the US into perspective. I'm sure there are a lot of countries whose children aren't crawling at 10-11 months old either. But it breaks my heart everytime I have to go to a well baby visit and mark all the boxes as "no." Maybe someone will read this and have some advice or suggestions. I'd love to hear them. But I'll be honest...Please don't freak me out. I'm not in a state to handle it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Eleven Months Old

Aiden got more teeth than I thought possible in one four week period. I think he got a total of 6 teeth (four on the top and 2 more on the bottom). He already had one tooth at 10 months. He is primarily wearing 3-6 month clothes (occasionally he can still wear 0-3 clothes) and some 6-9 month stuff. He is still in size 3 diapers. He is sitting up, but not crawling yet. He stands independently when we help him start. He loves the bouncer and stealing toys from his sister. He just started more solids (besides the baby food that he's been eating for a while). He is doing teething biscuits, bread and just the other day I gave him a piece of squash for the first time.

Isabella got one more tooth this month (in addition to the two she already had last month). She is wearing 3-6 month clothes, but can still fit in 0-3 onesies and occasionally 6-9 month clothes. She is still wearing size 3 diapers. She reverse crawls by pushing her feet against the floor and sliding her back across the room. It is actually quite funny. This month she started more solids: teething biscuits, bread and soft cooked, whole vegetables.

Their comparison: 
And as always, a reverse trip down memory lane!









Sunday, May 27, 2012

Forty-seven Weeks Old

Isabella's Grandma made her this dress. Isn't it precious? I should post a picture of the last time she was in it. I CANNOT believe that in three days they'll be 11 months old. I know I say this every month, but I swear to you this last month went by even quicker than all the rest of the ridiculously fast months. Not a lot happened this week. They spent a ton of time with Uncle Colin, which was super fun.  
They are such fun now, but they are getting very opinionated. They're taking toys from big brother, which is making Connor VERY angry - thereby making the babies VERY angry. It's fun. Ha!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sleep

I have been meaning to share my ABSOLUTELY amazing news, but I was worried that if I shared it, I'd somehow jinx it.

Maybe 5 weeks ago, the babies slept through the night for the first time (really...ever). It was super exciting. We prayed that it would continue. Well, it did. And so far almost every night (give or take one or two nights in 5 weeks) they have completely slept through the night. Hallelujah!!!


For those of you who read my blog a long time ago, you know our struggles with Connor's sleep habits. He did not consistently sleep through the night until he was 2. We did everything. We did the Moms on Call method. We did the Babywise Method. We tried the Super Nanny method. None of it worked. He'd wake up every night once and scream and scream. And then when he turned two, we never went back. He has slept through the night every night for a year (minus maybe 1 night).
So, imagine my surprise when I had TWINS who started sleeping through the night at 8.5 months old! This is a major improvement. I swear we haven't done anything differently than we did with Connor, and I know each child has their own personality. But how we lucked out with TWO sleepers, I don't know.

Aiden occasionally wakes up around 10pm and I can hear him in his room "talking" or whining. But he never cries. He plays (probably with his blanket) and chats to his sleeping sister across the room and then he goes to sleep. EVERY once in a while I'll hear both Aiden and Izzy "talking" to each other, but again, they do it for about 15 minutes, self-soothe, and then we don't hear from them until the morning.


I can't tell you what it feels like to go to bed at 10pm and wake up at 5:30am uninterrupted!!!! I feel like I'm catching up on 4 years worth of sleep!
Funny story about tonight. I was putting Connor to sleep and this is the conversation we had. Connor: "Connor go to bed?"
Me: "Yes."
Connor: "Mama go to bed in Mama's bed?"
Me: "Yes."
Connor: "Daddy sleep in you bed?"
Me: "Yes. Daddy sleeps in our bed."
Connor: "Why not Connor sleep in Mama bed?"
Me: "Uhhhhhh..." Because Daddy was there first, buddy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Our Weekend - A little of this and a lot of that

We spent a lot of time hanging out at my mom and dad's this past weekend as my brother was in town!  
I just thought that these photos were too cute not to do little photo spreads of each of them!

We did a lot of this...
Picture taking
And a lot of this...
Getting Ready & Hanging Out
 In the morning I get the kids ready in one of the cribs. Connor usually crawls up and reads to them!

And then, we did a LOT of this:
 Uncle Colin and Connor

And then we did a lot of this...
More Picture Taking 
I snapped this while Aiden and Isabella were doing their weekly photos. Tell me he is not SUCH an adorable big brother!
 Look at him taking care of them:
We did a little zoo visiting... 
We took my brother, sister, and brother-in-law with us to the zoo!
(My last contact ripped and I've had to wear my glasses for the last week. What a pain!)

 Hubby, Aiden, Colin, Katie, Connor:
 Mama, Daddy, Isabella, and Aiden:

 And then a little more of this...

Hubby and I swimming:
The hubby only wanted to take one photo and he was irritated that I was being picky...thus the photo of him cut out. Ha!
And we did a little bit of this...
 We watched the solar eclipse! We had to use a welding mask to watch it, but it was still amazing (green and all). Here is a photo later in the evening!

I feel blessed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

For MoMs by MoMs

For Moms by Moms - Baby Gear
Today I am once again linking up with the series For MoMs by MoMs, which is being hosted at the Wilkerson Way Blog today! 
 *Above: Aiden Patrick*
*Above: Isabella Lynn*

This was one area I was so confused about. There are a lot of mom blogs out there, but I couldn't find any blogs that dealt directly with Multiples and how much of stuff to buy. I wasn't sure what I'd need two of and what I could just buy one of and rotate.

There were a lot of products we either had for the twins or for Connor and Cole that we never used. Burp cloths were one of those things. I know, I know. A lot of moms love them, but I don't think I ever used a single one. I did, however, use blankets - swaddling blankets and little throw blankets A LOT.

Here was the list I took to Babies-r-Us to register for the twins. I have bolded the items I bought/NEEDED two of.
(2) Cribs
(2) Crib Sheets/Mattress Pads
(1) Pack-n-Play/Bassinet
(2) Boppy Pillows
(1) Breastfeeding (for Twins) Pillow
(2) Bumbo Chairs
(50) Blankets, Swaddle Blankets
(1) Breast Pump & Backpack (I went back to work)
(20) Bottles/Nipples
(1) Baby Bath
(2) Baby Carriers
(1) Double Stroller
(2) High Chairs
(1) Swing (we switched babies in the swing)
(2) Walkers/Activity Tables (we have two different kinds - so we can switch them out. One of them will be in the walker, while the other is in the bouncer/activity table)
(2) Carseats (with a total of 4 bases)
(10) Bibs (I'll be honest, I don't use these a lot)
(1) Bottle Drying Rack

The things we either bought and never used or never bought and didn't need:
Burp Cloths
Bottle Sterilizer
Wipes Warmer

Some Tips for Moms of Multiples
(1) If you aren't sure that your babies will use it, wait! Some babies hate the swing. Others need it as a lifeline. Just wait to see.
(2) If you are buying two of something, Babies-r-us will give you a discount. It is 10%. We used this for our cribs and mattresses!
(3) We went with the Snap-N-Go Stroller for the infant one, because we had two different carseats for the twins and needed a stroller to accommodate both. We're going to transition to a toddler one soon. We're more than likely going to get a Schwinn Turismo Swivel Wheel Double Jogger.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Forty-six Weeks Old

Aiden got another tooth! Man-oh-man he had none until he was 9-months-old and now he has 5. Ahh.

Isabella has three on the bottom and none on the top!

They were in such good moods when I took these! Tell me they don't just seriously melt your heart! We have to SQUEEZE them into the chair, but so far we've made it. Only 6 more weeks and we'll have made a year in one chair.  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Forty-five Weeks Old

I completely meant to post this last week, but I felt like every time I went to sit down to post these photos I didn't have the energy. I wanted to watch hulu or cuddle with my hubby or work on some other projects. Hopefully I'll be posting their forty-six week pictures tomorrow.

Could you seriously just die over their outfits? I got Izzy's outfit on Zulily for like $10, but they didn't have a small enough one for Aiden. I got one for him in size 18 months.

Aiden got a top front tooth this week! No new teeth for Isabella, yet. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lucky Mama

My Mother's Day:

I woke up earlier than the hubby so I sat in bed on the iPad and went on Pinterest for an hour or so! It was nice to just hang out. Normally we get up right away, shower, and get the kids up. After a busy morning, we put the kids down for a nap at 11. Yep! You heard me right! 11! And guess what? They slept (and we slept) for 3 HOURS!!!
*The hubby snapped this photo while I laid in his lap during nap time. Ahh. Heaven! I am madly in love with this man.
After naps, the kids and hubby took me out for sushi!!!!! That truly is the only Mother's Day present I need.

And then we headed over to my mom and dad's for swimming. It was the first time the hubby went in the pool with the twins.  
 Seriously adorable:
Aiden was so funny. He let the hubby just hold his head while he floated in the water for about 15 minutes. It was hysterical. Maybe it reminded him of floating in my belly (except with a LOT more room...and no sister kicking him in the face).
I want all the mamas out there who are struggling with infertility or have lost babies to know, I'm praying for you! Maybe this mother's day isn't easy for you, but I pray that some day it's the best day ever!

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