The girls will be ten months old tomorrow. I know how our weekends have been going recently, and I also know that I missed posting the girls nine month update...Therefore I'm posting today, one day early. The girls, are doing amazing. They continue to amaze me... Absolutely amaze me... They are SO sweet. I'm not really sure if bragging about your kids goes over well on the internet, but I'm going to give it a shot. These girls are the COOLEST!! They eat well, They sleep well, They love schedules ALMOST as much as I do, They look adorable in almost everything I put them in, They play so nicely together... I can't say enough nice things about them... And what makes them even nicer??? They're MINE!! But really, the girls are very mobile now. Both girls are crawling like crazy! Noelle has learned how to crawl the conventional way, and we rarely see her scooting across the floor on her back anymore. Both girls are pulling up on things and Lilley is even trying to crawl up onto/into things. Noelle has only just recently begun pulling up to stand, and the unfortunate thing, is that she gets to where she needs to be, and then becomes TERRIFED. I feel so bad for her b/c she gets so nervous and she starts shaking, and is obviously so scared! I know in just a few days, she'll be completely confident in herself and have no problems mastering the up/downs of standing...But for now, how scary!! The girls are working so hard on expanding their vocabulary, and so far they are up to 5 sounds! Dada (1st word for both girls), Mama, Baba, Nana, & Kaaa. Noelle has also in recent days been testing her vocal range by screaming at the top of her lungs. While borderline amusing at first, it has become quite a pressure point now. She will do it for any number of reasons, and at any time of the day...Sweet eh? Noelle & Lilley both seem to really enjoy being in the playroom with their brothers, and while they don't care too much for them, the girls adore their big brothers. The girls also LOVE being around each other. They talk to each other, play together, pull each others hair, giggle, laugh, fight... So sweet...
We have been testing our limits recently with Noelle. As most of you know, when we were in the hospital last year, we were prescribed Elecare for Noelle's sensitive digestive tract. Since her reconnection surgery in March, we have been feeling great about her eating, and have been wondering if the Elecare is still necessary. We took the plunge about 3 weeks ago and began tapering her formula, from 100% elecare, to 90% elecare/10% soy. Then sloooowly to 50/50. We are happy to announce that as of yesterday, we are now at 25% elecare, 75% SOY!! We will be saving ourselves close to $125 a week in formula costs. What a weight that is off my back. So we're keeping our fingers crossed that the rest of our transition goes well and we encounter no bumps in the road!! Noelle is currently weighing in at 17#12oz for those of you who are keeping track, Lilley is weighing in at 17# 15oz. They're SO close in weight now, it's just amazing!! We've got big plans coming up in the next few weeks, most importantly, Mommy's first trip away from BOTH girls! Jon and I have decided it's time for some adult time. We're off to the ocean for 3 days, just long enough to rejuvenate ourselves. We're hoping to get some good sleep, eat some good food, and enjoy each others company...Something we haven't been able to do in quite awhile! We have so much to do through the summer, but most importantly, we have a BIG party coming up on June 30th! We'll be celebrating both the Girls & Boys birthdays then! It'll save everyone a trip out to our house, and we're so excited!! We're even more excited about our party, because for Mothers Day, Mommy got a DECK!! We're hoping and praying that it will be built in time for our party!! Needless to say, we've got a lot of exciting things happening here, and we're SO happy and proud of how well everyone is doing... Especially our girls!!
We've been working with William on his animal sounds... I only had a few hours of sleep last night, so I couldn't for the LIFE of me remember the other animals he knows. And I think on some of these he's whispering again, he likes to do that. He's just blowing us away with his brain power!! GaGa Connie and Will love to look out the windows in the morning and look for Robins and other assorted birds. This morning, GaGa left for school and Will ran over to the window. He looked outside and said:
"Mommy Birds!" I was busy uploading this video, and said to him:
"that's neat Will, how many birds are out there?" Knowing full well he can't tell me, he said:
These three kids, featured in todays photo, are feeling much better. Will has finished up his ENTIRE round of antibiotics. The girls are behaving nicely, aside from what looks like another tooth coming through in Lilley's mouth. That would make a grand total of eight teeth, to Noelle's measly two. eesh. Anyway, the kids are mending... Not as quickly as I would've hoped, but they're mending. Evan is really having a rough go of it. I'm going to have to bring him back into visit the peed sometime this week, just to make sure that we're all clear. This, being his first ear infection that we've been aware of, has been a real kick in the teeth... His whole demeanor and attitude has gone right out the window. So we're very interested in getting our old Ev-ee back... We miss him. Jack-Jack is doing great, he's being a real trooper and has not been too needy... He's been sleeping a lot better since getting him started on the antibiotics, and we're hoping that we nipped this in the butt... We hope. Jonny arrived back home safely from his weekend away, and promptly got on the next plane out of here! He left this evening for Houston, and will be back later on in the week... We sure will miss him! But, I'm sure he's glad to be away from all these germs! We promise to have the house clean and disinfected by the time you get home Daddy! See you soon!
What you're looking at here, is last night's doses of medicine for the FOUR kids. Remember, we still had one healthy one? I emphasize the word had because Jack woke up late last night howling at the moon, and I swear he had fangs. Miserableness had overtaken my baby boy. It's official, they all have the creeping crud. I wasted no time, and just gave him the same medicine that all the other kids are on (except for Evan, he's on the reeeeally good stuff). I'll call the Doctor today. I am NOT bringing him in. I repeat, not bringing him in. On a Sunday. Into Urgent Care. While Jon is STILL away.
But you know what's great? It's summer. They can get outside, and this WILL go away. :) Yay us!
My brain at this point is mush. It's 9pm. It feels more like 2am. I know I showered within the past week and I know I have clean underwear on...This is all I know. My kids are sick. Lucky for us, we aren't sick like this kind of sick. However, I won't talk about that kind of sick. That kind of sick scares the heebie jeebies out of me. My new BFF Melissa (she's my number one...hee hee) recently had strep, I put our house on lockdown. It was especially difficult. Difficult for us especially since our husbands commute to work together every day. Then we found out that out of 7 days a week, we see each other on a bare minimum 5. It was like immediate withdrawl. I saw her today for the first time, through the screen door mind you, and we gave each other many virtual hugs... It was fabulous seeing her in the flesh... With that being said, it was nice seeing the outside world for a few minutes. Did I mention the kids are sick? All five kids have had a run of the mill average cold. Which is totally cool, except it's a run of the mill average cold, times FIVE. The snot, the miserableness, the sleeplessness, etc, etc times FIVE... NOW... We thought we were in the clear, the cold began tapering off. All of a sudden, with a vengeance we've got ear infections. Some of which are so bad the Doctors are looking at me like I'm neglecting my kids... For the record I'm not neglecting my kids. And also, I'm tired of playing Med nurse to my kids. TOO MANY MEDICINES! TOO MANY! I'm totally rambling... Totally. Oh and did I mention Jon is out of town? Uh Huh. Yup. Till Sunday. Oh and then he gets to leave "for buisness" again on Monday...Where is the humanity?
Because of all of this, I'm finding stuff like this HYSTERICAL. I think I peed my pants a little bit watching these... GOOOO Meat!! :)
So, I've been collecting everyone's random questions... These are the one's so far that I've answered :) Keep them coming though! I'm having fun with them. Also it's keeping my creative juices flowing. I've had SUCH a mental block on writing lately...Maybe it's the change in weather? Not sure... :) Enjoy!
My husband is VOIP Manager for
Time Warner Cable. As far as feeding and clothing everyone… Well… I have 3 VERY
good friends… Stephanie, who hands down her son Easton’s clothes to my boys.
Easton’s clothes are very gently used, and Stephanie buys him beautiful things.
I am SO blessed to have her share these items with me, without her I would
surely be in so much more trouble. With the girls, My friends Gulay & Erika
provide me with wonderful things for my girls. Of course I buy things for all 5
of my kids, especially the girls, I love to buy new clothes… The boys I splurge
on if I find shirts that I think they would look especially handsome in, or if
there is a really good sale. My Mom & Dad also go crazy on the kids clothes
& toys. Thank God for grandparents! As for the food… Food shopping, as it is
for most Mom’s, is the bane of my exsistence. I cannot ever spend a normal
amount of money. Remember, I’m feeding not only 2 infants, both in formula (one
of which costs $50 a can), so we’re talking baby food 2 meals a day 6 jars per
day (for both girls), then 3 toddlers who eat a lot, and then on top of that 5
adults, our grocery bill is GINORMOUS. I buy a lot of our chicken and beef at
Costco, it is cheaper to buy that in bulk. I buy produce there too. I buy most
other things at our Super Wal Mart. There are some things that I will buy at
our local supermarket, but for the most part I can’t beat Wal Mart’s &
Costco’s prices. Needless to say, I’m pretty good with our money. I do have my
moments, where I wished I had a job again so that I could go out and spend
money on fun things…But it makes the moments where I do get to spend some fun
money, much morefun!
You would have to ask me the
really hard question wouldn’t you? I have no idea… I ‘ve never thought about
writing a book truthfully. I see all these people recently who are having
sextuplets and I think to myself, who the heck would want to read about my
silly little 5 kids, that I had separately?!?! Sheesh!!
Do you like eggrolls enough to steal them from your
friend's family or from people you don't really know?- Anthony
Only from you Anthony, only from
you…Someday I’ll pay you back. I promise. You’ll find a whole pan of eggrolls
under your pillow… You won’t have to think twice about where they came from. I
In a perfect world, yes. In the
realistic world, no. I know that it’s just not practical. When we got pregnant
with the girls, my husband understood that I would not have my tubes tied. My
OB however didn’t. She really tried to convince me that it would be a good
idea. It was very obvious that I was one of her more fertile patients, and that
tube tying would be right up our alley. I just wasn’t biting. For more reasons
that I care to go into, I wasn’t doing it. Needless to say I didn’t consent and
I didn’t have it done…At least she says she didn’t do it. Meanwhile during our
C-Section (My water broke at 34.4 weeks and I went into labor) our OB
proclaimed that we did this section in just the nick of time, and summoned Jon
around to the other side of the ‘blue drape’ (we were good friends with our OB,
hence the reasoning behind her candidness) she pointed out the obvious ‘window’
in my uterus. This window was from my uterus being in active labor for God only
knows how long now. I had been complaining to my Best Friend/Cousin Lynn
forever about contractions and refusing to go to the hospital b/c it just
wasn’t time to have the girls…Perhaps I should have listened to Lynn and maybe
gone to the hospital… The window in my uterus was thin enough that Jon was able
to see Noelle’s face directly through not only the uterine wall but also her
sac… This was certainly interesting, but also distressing. I had been a high
risk pregnancy for this very reason. I was at high risk for uterine rupture.
Normally a twin pregnancy is not high risk if you aren’t AMA, and if there
aren’t any other factors involved. I had that other factor. My uterus could
bust open at any point from the pressure of all of these babies…It had only
been sewn shut a mere 6 months before getting pregnant again… That wasn’t
So, the logistics of having
another baby? No good. We figured we would just cancel out any possibilities of
any surprises this time around, and Jon went ahead and got a vasectomy when the
girls were about 2 months old. It’s still not a 100% guarantee, but it’s better
than nothing. Also, we have 5 kids…all within a year of each other, I think
it’s probably better that we call it a day now, because frankly college is
gonna be a bear.
I just found your blog and wondered (the question every
mother of multiples dreads) if you did invetro for all of these babies ? If
yes, did you do FET for the girls ? – KJ @ http://roleplayingwithkids.blogspot.com/
Very reasonable question…I’m not
positive that EVERY mom of multiples dreads it. I’ve got a lot of friends over
at TC, who would love to have another set of multiples…Maybe not as close
together as I had them…
I however, did NOT do In Vitro.
My children came to me spontaneously. Our boys were conceived during the Red
Sox Playoffs in 2004, which if you are a Sox fan, you know they eventually went
on to win the World Series that year. My boys are especially special to me
because of this…We considered naming them Nomar, Manny, & Johnny, But my
husband being the huge Orioles fan that he is shot me down pretty quickly. I’m
glad I Listened since most of these guys have left our team for other
unmentionable teams… blech.
It’s hard. I luckily have a
great support system of help and am rarely alone with all 5 children. I’ve
found in talking with other Mom’s that I am incredibly lucky when it comes to
the wealth of help I have. With that being said, when all five kids are
screaming and I feel out of control, I’ll be honest… I use the TV as a
mechanism of coping. All 5 of my children love Baby Einstein. If I’m able to
find the TV and make my way across the room without being tackled, putting that
DVD in can being a saving grace. I’m not ashamed of using the TV as a coping
mechanism. I do what I need to do in order to make it through my day. Once the
TV is on I’m able to better assess what it is each child needs, and feel more
in control of the situation because I know the TV is occupying the others.
So, are you that pissed at your family? I noticed the
photo in the top right corner of your blog is of you at the beach. What
happened to the family shot on the front steps? – Melissa
Ahhh…The picture of me at the
beach. There are so many different reasons for me choosing that specific photo.
The reason the pic of the “family” disappeared, is because, it wasn’t my
“family” anymore. It was missing two very important members. I wanted to find a
better photo to represent my blog. The
photo I found, once it was up there, I hated it. It looked completely out of
place and jumbled. I’m in search of the perfect template for my website… I HATE
my current design. It’s so cookie cutter-ish. I want something unique,
something that makes you want to come back for more, unfortunately templates
cost money, money doesn’t grow on trees…etc…etc…you get the point… So I’m
Back to the photo though. That
photo is one of me, in Cancun, that I took of myself, that my sister had
hanging on her fridge, and it embodies so many different feelings… I felt
wonderful then. I was thin, I was happier than I’ve ever been, I was tan, I was
in the most beautiful place on earth, with my soul mate, I knew where I was going, I made some huge decisions, and I
knew where I wanted to be… I was happy…
And everytime I look at that picture I see my happiness.
Oh, and I love my hair. It’s fun
While trying to produce nuclear energy in a cold fusion situation,
how do you best contain the nuclear reaction and keep it stabilized? (yes - my
husband asked me to post this for him) – Courtesy of Rick & Nita
So many of you so kindly ask Jon and I what the kiddos are needing these days! Truth be told, if you're not planning on wrapping up diapers, we don't need much! However, we are always putting money from Birthdays & Holidays into their College Savings accounts. Please click on the VEST button above & you'll find all of the information necessary to contribute...Thank You!