Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RSV x 4

I write times four, because the twins have already had to deal with the nasty RSV bug, and there are two infected babies, therefore, I have taken care of four babies with RSV in the past year!  It is craziness I tell you!

The babies had trouble sleeping the first couple nights after the move, which we figured was mostly because of the new environment.  Sunday they had a little cough, nothing too severe.  Monday night Avonlea started wheezing.  When I heard the wheeze I realized the cough they had sounded just like the last time they had RSV.  I called Greg home from a late shift at work so that I could take Avonlea to instacare.  They doctor checked her out and confirmed my guess of RSV.  They gave her a breathing treatment, which helped, and sent me home with a prescription for an inhaler.

This time around was definitely less scary than last time.  Thankfully there was no hospital time.  The babies are almost a year older and thereby handled the illness better.  They didn't need any suctioning since they could cough well enough to move things around.  Avonlea needed a breathing treatment each night before bed, I gave them both a lot of warm baths, a humidifier in their room and regular doses of Tylenol and Ibuprofen, and we made it through.  They were pretty clingy and whiny, but never got to the point of being lethargic like last time.

Our other kids never got RSV; we were lucky.  But I think the twins having it twice made up for that.  I am asked quite often how I deal with having twins, and I always reply that it's a lot of fun.  And it is!  I love being a mom of multiples.  It fits me well, except when they are sick.  I don't know what it is about two sick babies, but I just meltdown.  I definitely could never work in the medical field.  I just don't have it in me.  I'm grateful there are others out there with the gift of caring and healing.  I'm very glad last week is behind us.  I am much happier and healthier now that the babies are happy and healthy themselves.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Eighteen Month Old Twins

The twins turned 18 months this January.  They are still my babies, they will always be my babies, but in reality they are now toddlers.  Having twin babies was one of the best experiences of my life.  And it looks like toddler twins will be just as much of an adventure.  In sacrament meeting this past Sunday I watched Avonlea wipe her sticky slimy hands off in Archers hair, and then moments later watched Archer try with all his might to fit a Froot Loop in Avonlea's ear.  Surely, they make a silly, crazy, sweet, demanding, and fun duo.  They are starting to adapt a few toddler behaviors, one being tantrums.  And they are everywhere these days and getting into everything.  I only do housework when they are sleeping because otherwise it's as pointless as brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.  I can't get too frustrated though.  They are very charming, smiley, giggley, and sweet.  We all just adore them!  This is what is going on with the twins at eight months old.

Archer:
Archer is very sure of himself physically.  He plays around in the same manner as his older brothers.  He is pretty independent unless he is sick, then he is very clingy.  He is tough as nails.  He will fall of the couch and just say, "Oh!"  At the doctor's office he didn't even cry when he received his shots.  He is a ham.  He loves to make others laugh and will do that said action that made someone laugh over and over.

Stats: Weight - 23 lb. 3 oz. (37th percentile), Height - 34.2 in. (95th percentile), head circumference 33nd percentile, and weight to height ratio is the 5th percentile

He has learned: to walk, to let me know when he needs a diaper change, to follow simple directions, to say several words - "Thank you, Archer, uh oh, hi, oh no, all done, Brody (DeDe), banana (nana) and a form of Avonlea," simple puzzles, clap, play hide and go seek, and get snacks from the pantry. 

He likes: fruit snacks, baths, play places, bowls and cups, macaroni and cheese, bananas, grapes, being tickled, going bye bye and his blanket

He dislikes: people he is not familiar with, being given Avonlea's cup/coat/etc., and being confined

Things he does that makes us laugh: high pitched chirps, screams excitedly whenever we open the van door to get him out, make funny faces, silly grins, cute laughs and giggles

Avonlea:
Avonlea is getting a little more independent.  She still loves to be loved, cuddled and paid attention to, but she will want to get down and explore and play just as often.  She is very dramatic.  We say she feels things more intensely, whether they be good or bad.  However, when she is upset, she is usually pretty easy to comfort with some calming words.

Stats: Weight - 22 lb. 4 oz. (45th percentile), Height - 32 in. (57 percentile), head circumference 12th percentile) and weigh to height ratio is the 38th percentile

She has learned: to walk with help (still working on walking by herself, she's done several steps on her own a handful of times, but gets nervous and stops), to use utensils, to drink from a straw, to follow simple directions, to say several words - "Thank you, Archer, uh oh, hi, Mom, Dada, all done, and banana (nana)," simple puzzles, clap, play hide and go seek, feed and rock a baby doll, and get snacks from the pantry.

She likes: dolls, bananas, macaroni and cheese, big pieces of food - no longer wants bread/sandwiches cut up, French fries, being tickled, snuggling, binkies, going bye bye and her blanket

She dislikes: being alone, being given Archer's cup/coat/etc., lots of kids running around her - she gets scared

Things he does that makes us laugh: overreacts to just about everything, leans into you until you have no personal space, baby babbles as if she is having a real conversation, big smiles and silly giggles

Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Home, New Job

We've had a lot of change for our family this month.  Just before we were about to close on the house, Greg was offered a new job.  A job that he felt he couldn't turn down.  So we talked to our builders and our realtor and by some miracle, they were able to close on the house a bit early so Greg could take the job without it affecting the loan.

Greg was only able to give his work, EMC, a few days notice because we had to wait for the loan to fund, which was unfortunate.  We really wanted for him to be able to give two weeks notice because the company has been great to work for.  But we had to prioritize the house and the new job, and so something had to give in order for things to work out.  He was sad to leave EMC.  The hours were great; he never worked more than 40 hours and he was always off on time.  The work was easy and recently he'd been working from home about half the time.  It was difficult to give up such a good job, but we did what we thought would make him most happy.  Good, better, best, right?

We moved last weekend.  We moved the stuff in the storage unit Friday night.  Saturday we moved our stuff from Nancy's home to the new house.  Our new ward seems wonderful!  They called us earlier in the week to arrange to help us move in, and a lot of people showed up to help.  They had the whole truck unloaded in 15 minutes, before I even made it to the house to help out.  And everyone was so friendly our first Sunday.

We are still very much unpacking and getting situated.  Greg started his new job just after we moved and had no time off to settle in.  He's been working long hours and the kids have been sick (RSV struck the babies again, ugh!), so the house is still somewhat in disarray.  But we love it, even amidst boxes and unassembled furniture, it already feels like home.

Greg now works for Auto Point as a Senior Network Engineer.  It's the work he wants to do.  He's missed networking and he loves having hands on projects to do instead of being on the phone with clients as he was in his last job.  The hours have been pretty crazy; the company also just moved locations and was just bought by another company which means changing policies, processes, and just about everything, so a lot is going on.  We hope it will eventually ease up a bit; we have gotten used to having him around more.

So that's our life right now.  Through these big changes we've felt very stressed but very blessed.  I've learned through experience not to wish our current situation away with "life will be better when.."  I did that as a single adult, thinking everything would be better when I found the one.  I did that as a newlywed thinking life would be better when we had children.  There were a lot of things I wish I'd enjoyed more while I had the time... like sleeping in and naps.  I tried my best not to think that way when we were waiting for the house to be built.  And for sure, life has not gotten easier since the move, just different.  We have more space, we have a place and feel a part of the neighborhood, but life is still busy, crazy and full of demands.  And it's all good.  Life is good, it's good with all it's stress, change, unexpected twists and boxes still waiting to be unpacked.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Leaving Kindergarten

Palmer had his last day of Kindergarten, before we transfer schools, on Friday.  I put together these little treats for him to pass out to the class.  They say, "Of all the fish in the sea, I'm glad we swam in the same school."  We also gave his teacher a little goodbye gift (picture and printout here).


His teacher told me that he requested to talk to the class.  Haha!  She said that was fine and so he stood up front and told them many times that he loved them all and would miss them.  Then they all lined up and gave him hugs goodbye.  Adorable.  Kindergarten is just the best!

He doesn't seem too upset about the move.  He is more focused on being excited about his new school and new friends than what he is leaving behind.  However, he has been very emotional about other things, just like he was when we moved six months ago.  So, I think he is more stressed and anxious than he lets on.

Brody always has a more difficult time adjusting to things.  But, so far he has been pretty happy about the move.  We tried to prepare him as best as we could and I think that helped a lot.

We are all excited and ready to make a new home for ourselves at the new house.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 Family Pictures

We had our family pictures taken the end of last year.  It was, like always, a crazy event.  But we did get a couple nice family pictures.  I wish the babies would smile better, or even stay put long enough, to take a good picture.  The boys were always great for photo shoots; I didn't realize how good we had it with them. 

I am looking forward to hanging these pictures up in our new home soon.  If all goes according to plan, we will be in our house this month!