Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The other day the boys wore their fancy polo shirts that Gramma bought in Seattle and I took these pictures.
Today they wore them again because we had company. Lexi made some fun observations about Benjamin in his orange striped shirt and sang him the following...
"Look at you in your orange stripey-shirt. You are so cute. Do you know Mommy has an orange stripey shirt? You are a dressed like a pretty girl, just like Mommy in her orange stripey shirt, etc."
Our daughter is going to be so confused one day when she starts to sort this all out, hehehe.
I was running late to work this morning because I slept in, because the boys had been extra awake between midnight and 5am. Anyhow, it meant that I was still home when Lexi got up. Well actually, I was walking out the door while listening to her cry out on the monitor, and then Angela ran out to tell me that Lexi really wanted to say goodbye.
I go back into the house and Lexi leaps into my arms, apologizing that she really wanted to say good-bye. So we had a little snuggle, and then Angela asked if she wanted a hard boiled egg for breakfast. Lexi said yes, and then asked how she could help. Angela said she could put the eggs in the pot. Then Lexi asked how mommy could help. I said I would go to work and earn money, and that's how I would help. Lexi said, "But we don't buy eggs at the bank!!!"
Then she decided that she was good and ready to say good-bye. So she pushes me at the door so she can start waving.
"Bye Mommy, having fun working in the sun."
"Bye Mommy, see you later, have a good day."
"Mama, say have a good day to Mommy."
Monday, March 28, 2011
|Cupcakes baked with Amma|
|Decorated in pink, green, and blue, with lime green coconut, chocolate chips, and a carrot nose|
Mac & Cheese (x2)
Veggie Chili (x2)
Lentil Stew (x2)
Beans & rice (x2)
Cheese tortellini & cannellini bean sauce
Curried chickpeas (x2)
Beef green curry (x2)
Beef stew (x2)
Beef quesadillas (x2)
Red Enchiladas with beef
Venison steaks with baked potatoes & asparagus*
Spaghetti with venison sausage (x2)
Spaghetti with meatballs (x2)
mustard green & bacon quiche (x2)
Grandma's pork chops*
Cantonese pork & pineapple
Now, to start the grocery list!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Angela and I weighed the boys two nights ago, and Mr. Ed came in at 13 lbs 4 oz, and Big Ben came in at 13 lbs 14 oz. They are staying right at 8-10 oz apart, and they are averaging just under 1 oz a day.
For any of you who don't know our color coding, Ed is in green, and Ben is in blue.
Shivering, with tears running down her bright red cheeks, she clings to Angela and cries, "that was not so much fun."
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Here's my thoughts so far
Spaghetti with meatballs (x2)
Beef Stew (x2)
Chicken pesto casserole (x2)
Turkey sausages w peppers& onions
Chicken Corn & Blackbean stew
Cantonese Pork & Pineapple
Monday, March 21, 2011
Those who ride in my car may know that Lexi is still rearfacing. She is 2years, 10 months old, and weighs 35lbs. Her seat will keep her rear facing until she weighs 40 lbs. The way she's been growing this past year (SLOWLY) she may make it to 4! (Or not, if she has a growth spurt.)
Ideally, kids would stay RF until they are 4-6 years old. That's when the spine finishes hardening and the neck becomes more capable of handling a whiplash situation. Realistically, there are MANY seats out there that will keep kids rear-facing until they weigh 35 or 40 lbs (and one that goes to 45 lbs).
Here's what everyone looks like in our car! Lexi was not in there (she was too busy on her swing) so we just have the two boys to demonstrate. Three carseats, all rearfacing in the middle row of our van (a 2007 Honda Odyssey. Hey, there's room for three more kids in there! I'll get a pic of Lexi rear facing soon. Yes, her legs are bent, but she finds places to put them and has always been very comfortable. Trust me, this kid will complain if she's not comfortable!
2 nights ago, Edward went back to his regular sleep schedule (one waking between 9pm and 5am). Kelly got a good night's sleep. Unfortunately I had Benjamin that night, so I was out of luck.
Last night BOTH BOYS SLEPT. Edward was the first to wake, at 2am. Then they slept until 5am. It's amazing how good sleep will make you feel!!!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
|chocolate milk feet|
|chocolate milk hair|
So many people told me there was no way I'd be able to cloth diaper twins, but we're doing it, and loving the fluffy diapers. :-D Here's what we use. I wash diapers 3x/wk.
Thirsties Small covers. These used to be my favorite, but we prefer snaps to velcro these days. And I really prefer the one-size covers so I don't have to keep sizing up! I have 4 of these, though, and they're still great covers.
My travel wetbag. It's to put dirty diapers in when out and about. It lives in my diaper bag.
My regular wetbag. This goes in a trashpail with lid by the change table. I have two so that one can be in the trashcan while the other is being washed.
Pocket diaper. This is a BumGenius diaper, and I'm not a huge fan. It's a Lexi leftover too. We use them occasionally. I prefer FuzziBunz for pockets, but don't have any in the smaller sizes.
And thanks to Lexi for her help in hanging laundry and taking pictures!!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
During the rehearsal, she and I practiced going down the aisle several times, throwing her little paper petals on the floor and picking them back up to try again. I was a little nervous. We were practicing on a short aisle because not all the chairs were out, the final decision was to have her walk by herself, and I had no idea how she'd handle all the strangers staring at her.
Well, me of little faith... shortly before the ceremony we left her in the basement waiting room with the rest of the bridal party (a.k.a. Turkjenistan's cabinet) and she didn't even notice us leaving. She walked up the stairs with the maid of honor (Chief of Staff) who got her to walk down the aisle with only a little encouragement. All by her little self shw walked down with her basket throwing handfuls of petals on the floor. Angela, the boys, and I were sitting near the front, and when she reached us, we tried to get her to sit with us. Lexi refused, saying loudly, "I'm not finished!" as she continued to fish the last few petals out of the basket. Finally the official herded her over to us, while she declared loudly that she wanted to do it again.
She definitely stole the show (no offense Jennie). So now we are contemplating offering her flower girl services on craigslist or ebay.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Anyhow, he thought it was pretty funny as he was telling me this story while performing the required inspection of my breast pump. "You and me are famous together now," he says.
I always wanted to be well known at work courtesy of my breast pump.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I had to leave an awake and distraught Ben alone on the bed at 10:30 last night in order to help give Lexi a bath! He continued to cry as Lexi puked all over the clean towels and Angela and the hallway floor, and while I was the one cleaning the floor.
I finally moved him to the other bed next to Ed in order to completely remake the bed and remove the puke smell, and then he fell asleep.
However, both boys have had a rough time of it the last couple night, and this was no exception. Between 11pm and 5am at least one of them was up every hour. So even though Angela was taking care of Lexi, I wasn't getting any sleep either.
This morning I was a bit of an exhausted wreck. Too tired to even make a decision about calling in sick to work or not. Angela decided for me that I should call in, and only go in later for an interview I had scheduled. This was an excellent idea.
When I got home from work, Lexi was asleep on her couch in the living room, and the puke bowl was hiding in the kitchen. I asked why it wasn't on the ground next to Lexi, and apparently its because it made her mad to see it.
Sooo, last night was a doozy. The boys have both had a bug for a day or so now, plus we just got back from Seattle on Monday, so we were behind on both sleep and laundry going into this. It didn't get any better. Here's how it all went down:
8pm - Lexi climbs in bed with Kelly while I get myself and Edward ready for bed. Lexi is complaining that her back hurts, which is odd. We were thinking maybe a growth spurt.
8:15pm - Lexi passes out while Kelly reads her a story. This has never happened before and shocks us, but we roll with it.
8:30pm - Edward and I go to bed, I scoot Lexi aside so Kelly & Benjamin can sleep on the other side of her.
10:30pm - Lexi wakes and cries out for me. I leave Edward (totally asleep) and go to snuggle her - this is not uncommon. As I do, I notice she smells bad. Awful. Like puke. I wonder if she got a little something on her clothes. Which I now notice are damp. So I start picking her up to go change her shirt. Kelly turns on the light to see if there's any other damage...and oh there is. Puke everywhere. The bed, Lexi's clothes, the pillows, my shirt. Puke everywhere.
Sooo, Kelly gets up and puts Ben in the little bed with Edward while she tries to change the sheets. I strip off my shirt and take puke-bucket Lexi to the bathroom and start trying to clean her up with washcloths. Somehow she is not smelling better no matter what I do. Then she turns her head. There are chunks of vomit in her hair. At this point I nearly lose my dinner, and I have a strong stomach. I start stripping Lexi for a bath, which she does not want.
10:45pm - Kelly has finished stripping the bed and started making it up again, Ben is crying, Lexi is crying and stinky, and the bathtub is running when the lights suddenly go out. The bathroom, guest room, and bedroom all go dark. Damn circuit. I go downstairs, topless, to flip the breaker - it won't flip. The short is still active. I run back upstairs and turn off everything I can think of on that circuit, and run down to the tune of sobbing children to try again. No dice. Kelly is bathing Lexi at this point, and she points out that she was making the bed at the time and there's a sketchy outlet behind the bed. So I unplug the alarm clock from the sketchy outlet, run down, and flip the breaker. Success!! We have light!!!
Kelly has Lexi cleaned up at this point, so I get her out of the tub, dried off, and into her Dora pajamas. She is apologizing continuously, in spite of my reassurances that it is NOT her fault that she is sick. I get out some towels to put on the bed. Then Lexi pukes again. On the towels I just pulled from the closet. And on me.
11pm - More cleanup ensues, I start a load of laundry (we're nearly out of towels) and we all manage to get into bed. Lexi is very upset that I took away her Dora shirt (casualty of the second puke incident) but to exhausted to protest very hard. We all crawl back into bed. I bring a bowl in hopes of catching future incidents.
11pm - midnight. Lexi is up 6 more times. Not much left to come up, thankfully, but still, a miserable little girl.
Midnight - 2am - Lexi is up 3-4 more times. Is begging for water, but can't keep it down. Continues to apologize frequently.
2am - 5am - Now we're just waking for water, which stays down as long as she only sips at it. Better. Except for the once where I fall asleep and she guzzles half a sippy. That one comes back up.
5am - I get up with Kelly and the boys. Lexi stays, pretty much passed out. I'm hoping the worst is over, at least for her.
and now I'm stuck in that place where I feel fine (albeit tired) but know that I'll probably be puking myself within the next day or so. I'm taking vitamins, washing hands, etc, but it still feels kind of inevitable....
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Meeting the new babies!! Edward is in the middle. Ethan is on the left, and Gabriel on the right (I think. Correct me if I'm wrong, Katie!)
Grandma and her grandbabies (well, some of them)!! Benjamin is on the left, Edward on the right.
Kelly and the boys in their wedding attire!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
We had intended to bring a single stroller (we borrowed a double from Katie when we got there) but I forgot it, which I think turned out to be a good thing. We had 3 checked bags, 3 backpacks, a diaper bag, and one carseat which was strapped to a luggage cart. To get into the airport (with our checked bags), Lexi walked and carried her backpack (a tiny one with toys for her), Kelly and I each wore a baby on front and a backpack, the diaper bag sat on one of the big suitcases, and Kelly pulled 2 suitcases while I pulled 1 suitcase and Lexi in her carseat. After we checked the bags we had to go through security.
Security was by FAR the hardest part. We had to take both babies off, unwrap the wraps to send them through the scanner, and Kelly had to get a pat-down. We also had to take off the babies shoes. And they had to test every bottle of water (though they were all sealed) that we had brought for formula mixing. While Kelly was getting patted down, I had Lexi to keep track off, two boys to hold onto, no wrap to put anyone in, and a bazillion little things coming out of the scanner to try to deal with. It was super fun....
After that it was pretty easy. We each wore a baby, Lexi either rode in her seat or walked, we each wore a backpack, and someone carried the diaper bag (or it rode in Lexi's seat).
On the plane, we had 3 seats, window-middle in one row, and then the window seat in the next row up. Only one lap baby is allowed per row, so that was how it had to happen. Lexi rode in the window seat in her carseat and had a lot of fun. She really liked her headphones and watched Dora on the little JetBlue TV's. She was a bit annoyed that you can't pause them (at home we only watch videos) but otherwise, she was pretty good. The boys each rode in one of our laps, and pretty much slept and ate, slept and ate. Edward spent some time charming the flight attendants. Toward the end of the long flight, Lexi got really antsy, so she came up front with me and literally climbed the walls, while Kelly stuck one of the boys in her carseat and held the other.
When we got to seattle, we realized that we had to actually take a bus to our rental car. That was fun... Then Katie met us there with carseats for the boys, and after an hour or so I finally got them all installed, the boys fed, and the rental van loaded - we were so happy to be done travelling!!
And a quick baby update - the boys now weigh 13lb 15oz (Edward) and 14lb 10oz (Benjamin). That puts them at 25th-50th percentile for their actual birth age and at 50th-75th percentile for their adjusted age.