Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pool Time : Take Two

A few weeks ago, we tried to go swimming with the girls. Audrey was cautious at first, but loved the water. Natalie had nothing to do with it.

So I figured instead of jumping into the big kids pool, I should slowly start them off in a kiddie pool. Audrey loved it! She splashed around, not even wanting to play with the toys. She laid on her back and kicked her feet, and laid on her belly and tried to swim. Even Natalie was OK with the water, as long as she had a toy to play with.

Yes, it was a tight fit with Mommy in the pool


Audrey splashing around


Typical Natalie face


Splish Splash!


Audrey kicking:


Audrey splashing:


Icy treat:


Audrey beginning to crawl - check out the face plant:



Friday, June 26, 2009

Daredevil

I do believe Audrey has a job waiting for her at Cirque du Soleil...



Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just to be Fair...

Yesterday, I posted two pictures that I had taken of Audrey and myself - so here are two I took today of Natalie.




They're going to be Star Wars fans - just like their mom!



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tons of Cuteness




















You Asked It: Part Three

In case you missed my earlier You Asked It, catch up on Part One and Part Two...

How do I put my scrapblog page on my blog as the header?
This is how I do mine, there may be an easier way to do it - but I rarely ever do the easier thing :)
1. Create your scrapblog page
2. Hit the Ctrl and Prt Scr buttons at the same time, while viewing your scrapblog. This basically takes a picture of your whole screen.
3. Open up whatever photo editing software you have on your PC (Pain, Photoshop, etc). Paste your screen shot into it.
4. Crop out your Scrapblog page and save it to your computer.
5. Go to your blogger layout, click on the spot for Header, and upload your picture.

I noticed that your profile said not too long ago you are a newly single mom (or something along those lines). I'm a fairly new reader and have been curious about what happened to your relationship.
Long story short - I got tired of having three children. You can read about that here.

Do you make your own food or buy jars? What brand? Also, how much do the girls drink in their various bottles?
I buy jarred food. I try to buy the organic, but I realize that is not always possible. I alternate between Gerber, Earth's Best and Beechnut. The girls are staring on finger foods now. We do organic Mum-Mums, puffs, yogurt melts, Yo-baby yogurt, and they just tried waffles. The only foods I've made so far are pumpkin and avocado. Try www.wholesomebabyfoods.com for some great info! Oh, and the girls drink 5-6oz per bottle.

How do you stay so organized?
I don't have clutter in my house. If I don't need it, I sell it, recycle it, donate it or throw it away. I've always been very conscious of time, and strive to always be early or at least on time. Oh, and I also rarely have time to do my makeup or hair anymore :)

Do twins run in your family? Or were you totally surprised? I don't know how you do it with two.
Yes, they do. But I also suffer from PCOS and did one round of Clomid. I guess I'm lucky I didn't end up with 6! No, I wasn't too surprised. I begged my OB for an early ultrasound because I was so sure I was having twins.

How long does Audrey have to wear her helmet?
10-12 weeks. We go next week, which is areound 9 weeks, to find out how much longer.

WHEW! I think I've answered all questions asked. If there are any more, post them here!



Introducing...

Introducing the daughter of my brother Chris, and his wife Katie

Lily Mae Brown (named after our Great Grandmother)
8 pounds - 20 inches - born at 1:56 PM

Poor Katie was 41 weeks pregnant and went in for an induction last night. After two hours of pushing, she ended up with a ceserean section because Lily was face up. She has a head full of hair!




Wish List Wednesday



Because money doesn't grow on trees...

An inground pool for the backyard, to beat the summer heat


A really cool playhouse for the girls - forget the Crooked Houses from Jon & Kate!


Lasik surgery, because I'm blind as a bat


A Mercedes Hybrid SUV


And several new lenses for my Canon Rebel


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

You Asked It: Part Two

How do you handle the attention (with twins)?
Don't.Make.Eye.Contact
Seriously, though - I do get stopped a lot. So much so that I thought about adding a tip jar to my stroller. I usually try to smile and nod, and hint that "I have two babies and a schedule to maintain". But I've definitely had my share of intrusive people and questions.

Do you usually have to tend to one of the girls more than the other?
Honestly, they flip flop during the day. I will say that I do spend more time doing Audrey's physical therapy for her neck, and having to bathe her every night (as opposed to every other night). But I make it up to Natalie by picking her up and playing with her after finishing with Audrey.

What's your daily routine with the girls? Do you usually start it with the same daughter?
Here is a typical day:
7:00am - wake for the day. Change diaper, feed both in their boppy pillows. We play a few games or they jump in their jumperoo/exersaucer
8:30am - solid food breakfast - usually fruit mixed with cereal. This morning we had blueberry waffles though!
9:30am - 11:30am - long nap
11:30am - wake up, change into cute outfits if we haven't already, bottle
Then in the afternoon, we usually go on a walk, out to lunch, or on a play date.
12:30pm - solid food lunch
2:30pm - shorter nap, about an hour long
3:30pm - bottle
We spend the early part of the evening playing even more
5:30pm - solid food dinner, usually two veggies
6:00pm - Audrey takes her helmet off, I bathe Natalie first if it is her night, and then Audrey.
6:45pm - bedtime bottle and story
7:00pm - bed!
Audrey still wakes up around 11:00pm and 2:00am for another bottle

How hard is it financially to be taking care of them alone and just paying bills etc.?
I've been very fortunate to qualify for a government program regarding my mortgage, so that has helped immensely. I've also created a pretty strict budget and have done a fairly good job sticking to it. Almost nothing the girls wear was purchased at full priced. In fact, the majority of their clothing was purchased while I was still pregnant at the end of a season. They seriously have many, many outfits that were under $3.00 each. And, if all else fails, my parents would never let the girls or myself do without. I don't know how we would have survived the past two months without them.

Are you worried about Audrey's inability to sleep through the night? Have you tried different methods?
I've read several books (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and all about Ferber) - but am not yet comfortable enough to try them out. Audrey weighs a full pound less than Natalie, and she wakes up hungry. So I feed her. Now if she starts waking just to wake, then I might try some sleep training methods. But I'm a wimp when it comes to hearing my children cry, so probably not :)

I thought you were going to move to Wordpress and have a private blog. Did I miss something? Sorry if that's too nosy. :)
Well, I did start a Wordpress blog. But I wasn't a fan of their format, and I didn't like that I couldn't customize my blog. I also lost a lot of my readers (and even family, ahem - MOM) who didn't sign up to follow. And if any of you are familiar with my pregnancy story, then you know it was another person's story that helped me save my babies when we were told all hope was lost. So if my story helps just one person, then I'm happy.

I'll do a Part Three if I get any more comments here!!!

You Asked It: Part One

How do you do it???? I have one child and I feel like I could collapse!! And that's with my husband's help. I have no idea how you handle two on your own!
Well if I don't do it, who will :)
In all honesty, life is so much easier now that I am doing it on my own. I don't have to follow around another person and pick up their mess, do their laundry, or deal with their drama. I have a routine and I stick to it and I am very organized. I suppose this comes from my years as a teacher. I was also very blessed with two amazing children - and for the most part they can wait their turn or share Mommy. God will not give you more than you can handle.

Can I ask you a techy question about posting pics? How do i post them in the middle of a post? I try and it always shoots my pics straight back to the top? I can never insert wherever!
This is a Blogger issue. No matter where you have your cursor, the pictures will always appear at the top. I just copy/paste them to the area that I want. Something that helps me is to type out my whole post, picture captions and all, leave spaces and then paste the pictures into the correct area. As far as centering them, check the pic below:


What do you use to get your blog so cute? I'm usually pretty good at this stuff, but I'm struggling with blogger. Any specific program?
Well, normally I make my headers using www.scrapblog.com. They have tons of cool stuff, and you can upload your own pics. I also know HTML, and write my own layouts. If you aren't as techy, check out HERE and HERE.

How's the 30 day shred going?
I'll let you know when I re-start it. I'm still hurtin' from my sunburn a few days ago.

What are your plans for the summer with the girls??
We have many playdates scheduled, two lunches with my co-workers, plenty of days at the pool, and possibly a trip to Gatlinburg, TN.

Do you have the girls 24/7?
I am the girls' primary parent. Bryan has parenting time every Tuesday from 4:00pm-6:30pm, and once a weekend from 9:00am-7:00pm, alternating Saturday or Sunday.

When are you coming to visit us in Michigan so I can meet my baby cousins :)?
LOL Nikki - I'm not brave enough to drive 13 hours with two babies by myself. Or fly with them by myself, either. So you're gonna have to ask Uncle Rusty when our family is coming.

Name the top 5 things that you find hardest about about having twins?
1. The pregnancy, at least for me, has been the hardest thing I've ever gone through. Everything after that has been easy peasy. Ok, not too easy, but not harder than being pregnant.
2. The guilt that comes with dividing my attention between two babies.
3. Keeping two very different babies on a similar schedule. I have one who loves to stay up late and sleep in, and one who crashes by 7:00 and wakes up bright and early.
4. The logistics of going out in public were somewhat scary to face, but now that we're out and about daily, it isn't too hard.
5. The laundry load for two babies is pretty astounding.

Having twins what's your favorite thing to do for yourself to relax and feel pampered?
During the week, the girls go to bed around 7:00. So I quickly pick up and wash bottles, and then have a few hour to myself before bed. I usually blog, Facebook or read a book. On the days when the girls aren't with me, I really can relax. I take nice long naps, stroll the mall, get a pedicure, hang out with friends, lounge at the pool - it is actually pretty nice. But my absolute favorite thing to do is nap.

How do you take care of the girls during the night at this moment?
I usually feed Audrey right before I go to bed at 11. She will wake up again around 2 for another bottle. Natalie sleeps 12 hours straight for the most part. This is actually a HUGE improvement to their first few months, so it isn't bothersome at all.

Any travel plans?
A Disney trip hopefully this December!

Do you take care of the house alone or you have some help?
I do little things on a daily basis (clean up after meals, dishes, laundry, pick up toys). I reserve the floors and bathrooms for the weekend. Again, it really isn't that hard since I'm the only 'big' person making a mess.

In the future, do you like to have more kids?
I do plan on remarrying in the future. I'd like to provide a stable, normal family for my children. I would like to think another child is in my plans as well. I would also like the chance of a normal pregnancy and delivery.

What is your daycare arrangement during the school year?
I am so very lucky that my mom comes to my house and watches the girls during the day. She absolutely loves it! It is hard to keep her away on days when I'm off with the girls, and I often have to tell her "Mom, you can go home now" when I get off of work (especially if a juicy Oprah has just come on).

Do you ever get time by yourself?
Yep, after the girls go to bed, or when Bryan has parenting time. I also go to my Mother's of Multiples meetings and their MoM's Night Out.

How do you run errands/do grocery shopping?
My girls were born with the same shopping genes as my mother and grandmothers. I have a nice double stroller with a huge basket underneath. For simple errands like the Post Office (which, with two children in tow are no longer simple), I try to run them when I have someone with me so I don't have to lug the girls.

Are the girls crawling?
No, and I'm unsure if Audrey will. She scoots, rolls, twists and turns to get where she needs to go. Natalie has been rocking back and forth on her knees for a week now, but has yet to crawl.

Keep the questions coming by commenting here and I'll do Part Two next!

Q & A Time!!

I have pics to put up, but Blogger is being slow for me. Anyone else?

So since I can't post the pics - let's do a Q & A instead! Just leave a comment with a question, and I'll answer it. I'll answer them tomorrow afternoon!

Keep 'em coming - I've only got 8 questions so far.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Big Girls

Where did my little babies go?

Here is Audrey asking for a Baba:


And here they are holding their own bottles:


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ouch

In honor of my lovely lobster colored legs (which I applied SPF 45 to at least three times within 5 hours), and all the recent grads - I leave you with this today.

Ladies and Gentlemen:
Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at the photos and recall how fabulous you really looked at the time. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing gum. Real troubles are apt to blind-side you at 4 p.m. on an idle Tuesday.

Do one thing daily that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Remember compliments, forget insults.

Keep old love letters. Throw away old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't know what they want to do with theirs.

Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Mybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself or berate yourself too much. Your choices are half chance, like everybody else's.

Dance.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone.

Be nice to your siblings. They're the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Travel.

Accept these certain truths:
Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And then you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Yeah, YOU try changing this child's diaper!


And this is what happens to mommy after I bathe my wild children




 
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