Friday, October 31, 2008

A Typical Trip to the Store

If you're wondering what it's like to have twins, I'll use a trip to the store for a small taste. First, when I decide I want to go out I start by making sure both babies are changed and fed, then I have to pack the diaper bag (mostly already packed but I fill bottles with water and pack the formula or might need to add a few diapers or whatever). Then I have to get myself ready, i.e, put on a little makeup, socks, shoes, pee, grab a coat, etc. This can all take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half. When that's done, I get the carriers out of the pantry, put socks (they would normally already be wearing socks but they never stay on) and a jacket on one baby and strap her in. Repeat with the other baby. Then, since it's too hard to carry both carriers and the diaper bag at the same time, I take one baby and the diaper bag and carry them out to the garage. Then I go back in the house for the other baby. I get one baby in the car, go back to the garage for the other, get her in the car, then grab the diaper bag and we're off.

Once we get to the store, I get out of the car, get the stroller out of the back, set it up, get one baby out of the car, strap her carseat onto the stroller, get the other baby out, strap her carseat on, hang the diaper bag on the handlebar and away we go. Once inside the store, I'm limited to what I can buy--it has to fit in the basket of the stroller because obviously I can't take a shopping cart.

When we get back to the car it's the same all over. One baby unstrapped and detached from the stroller, into the car, other baby unstrapped, detached and put in the car, fold up the stroller, put that in the car, and we're headed for home. What an ordeal. When I see the other moms with just one I'm so jealous!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween

Tomorrow is Halloween, and I've been looking forward to it for an entire year! See, I love being home on Halloween giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, but for the last several years I've lived in condo/townhouse communities that don't have many children so I/we haven't had any (or extremely few). Either that or I went to a party or had Bible study that night or whatever. This year we are in our new house in a very family-oriented neighborhood and are anticipating several. It was about this time last year that we were visiting this neighborhood frequently, checking progress on the house as it was being built, meeting with the loan officer, going through the model home for measurements and decorating ideas, etc. and as we drove around we noticed that many of the houses were decorated for fall/Halloween. It made me excited for this Halloween, knowing that we'd finally live in a neighborhood where we'd actually get trick-or-treaters and be able to hand out candy. We even carved a pumpkin for the first time in years. So, tomorrow night we'll be handing out candy, watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and horror movies and eating popcorn (and candy!). Can't wait.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

8 Months

Today the girls are 8 months old! I can't believe it. It goes so fast. Kayley has started pulling up on furniture but Olivia still has yet to assume all fours.

Routine-wise, they have started sleeping later, until between 7:40 and 8:00. Great on one hand, but it pushes morning nap time back so late that Kayley often skips her afternoon nap and Olivia takes it so late that she ends up staying up until 9:30 or 10:00. It's too early for them to have only one nap a day (mommy needs a break!)! I'm wondering if I may need to started getting them up at 7:00, but I'm just not sure I want to mess with their natural body clock, so I'll give it a few more days and see how it goes.

The last week or so has been pretty tough as the girls suffered from their second cold (mom, too). One day in particular Olivia was very demanding of my time and attention, causing me to neglect Kayley somewhat. I felt horrible. That's one of the hardest things about having twins. You just do the best you can. Anyway, after a few sleepless nights (ah...memories...) everyone's doing much better. I'm just wondering how many more colds we'll have to suffer through before spring. I used to get one cold a season, two at the most. This year I've had two so far and it's only October! And they don't even go to daycare! We've actually been pretty lucky, though, because all they've had is two colds--no ear infections or anything worse--and while they were unpleasant they weren't horrible.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The First Few Months








The twins were born on February 28th, 2008 via scheduled c-section due to breech presentation. The surgery went fabulously, with both girls born at 9:09 am. Olivia Brooke was first and weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Kayley Renee followed and was 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Great size for twins! The next 48 hours were a sleepless blur with a constant stream of nurses and visitors. We actually let the nurses take the babies to the nursery from 1:00 am until 6:00 am both nights so we could get some sleep--we were SO tired! I never thought I'd go for that but I was desperate! Unfortunately, however, it didn't really help because nurses were still in and out checking blood pressure, etc. all night long.
On Saturday, March 1st we arrived home with our precious bundles, accompanied by Paul's parents, a family friend and her daughter, Paul's sister and her then-boyfriend. We all had dinner and then they watched the babies while Paul and I tried to get some much needed rest. Around 7:00 pm they all left, and all hell broke loose! The babies cried non-stop until 5:30 am! I have never been so tired in my life. Luckily my mom came the next day (Sunday) and stayed until Thursday. That helped some, but I was still up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours for feedings. When Paul went back to work a month later, we worked out a system where I would go to sleep in the guest room from about 8:00 pm until midnight-ish and he would stay up with the babies. Then I would relieve him and he would sleep from 12:00 or 12:30 to 5:00 when he would have to get up for work. This worked out great for the next few months and by the time the girls were 3 months old they were sleeping through the night!




Eight Months (almost)

So I finally decided to start a "real" blog (I've been doing a teeny bit of blogging on the Nest/Bump), although I'm a little leary that I'll be able to find time to keep up with it. But the twins are starting to sleep in even later (I thought 7:00 am was pretty good but now it's more like 8:00! Whoo-hoo!) which means I can stay up later so I should be able to find blog time after they go to bed.

Anyway, they are almost 8 months old now! Unbelievable. I guess I have a lot of catching up to do as far as pictures, etc. but I'll take my time. This is such a fun age. They are really playing and interacting with us and each other and they laugh and giggle and squeal when we "chase" them or play horsie. Kayley is crawling and Olivia has two teeth.

Their first Halloween is coming up and I'm not dressing them up. I hope I don't regret that later. I just can't justify spending $20, probably even more, a piece, on costumes that they will wear for a few hours when they obviously have no clue at this age what's going on. And we're not taking them anywhere, we're just staying home and handing out candy. But we did take some pictures of them with some pumpkins so that can count for something: