December 30, 2010

ahh- good times!


I told you this was hilarious!  I crack up because when we were standing in line, everything was ALL GOOD.  The girls were eating some mac and cheese, smiling at all the people, entranced by the winter wonderland around them... then when we got up there, Maddie had a hold of me like white on rice!  I think Mickie made sure the WHOLE mall knew she wasn't happy!  The lady was like, "what should I do??"  I said, "take the picture! they aren't going to get any happier!"

It amazes me how Santa can continue to smile.  :)

December 29, 2010

Moving On

I had such high hopes for Christmas.. They all came crashing down as it was one disaster after another and I am just happy it is over.  I did really enjoy the girls, but my family made it very hard to see the good in the holiday.  

It all started the Monday before Christmas, when Mickie was up at 1:00 in the morning, throwing up.   Two days later, Madison, Jeff, my mom, my dad, and I all had the crud and were throwing up as well.  Jeff and I could barely lift our heads up off the pillow and had to have my MIL come help us.  We went to our pre-eve festivities on Thursday, where Jeff's mom started to throw up and missed all the present opening.  The girls were not feeling well still and Jeff and I had little energy.  The girls cried and cried while the rest of us tried to open packages and check on MIL. 

Friday, the festivities continued as we went to Christmas Eve at my mom's, where the girls (apparently) were expected to sit through two hours of present opening and when Jeff and I had to excuse ourselves to go feed them and put them to bed, everyone else continued to open packages and we missed practically the whole thing. 

Christmas day started off okay as we went to my Aunts house, but then ended up a repeat of the previous night as the girls grew tired of the package opening ritual and when we excused ourselves once again to take care of them, we came back and everyone had continued without us and we missed a lot of it.  (Not saying that everything has to be on hold because of us, but it would be nice if people could give just a little understanding.)

Christmas night was cancelled due to MIL being sick and then FIL contracted the crud too.  Sunday, we spent at home resting and getting ready for the week hoping things would turn around. 

Alas, on the way to work Monday morning, Madison spewed in the car.... I got to work, cleaned her up, then turned around and went back home. 

Tuesday, Dad was sick again.

Here I am on Wednesday.  Waiting.  So far, no one has gotten sick...yet.

On top of all the crap going around and everyone puking their guts out, it has just been challenging dealing with the entire family.  Plus, dad and I have been fighting tooth and nail to keep the business open and it is wearing on the both of us. 

I am glad the holiday's are over. 

I did enjoy the girls tremendously.  I am thankful for every moment I have with them and when I look back at the pictures, it looks like a lot of fun and it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:  "You never see hard times in a photograph, but those are the times that get you from one happy snap shot to the next."  ~Anonymous

Last year, I took well over 2000 happy snap shots. This year, between all of the sickness and family and work drama, I have already taken over 300 happy snap shots.  Here are a few:




December 20, 2010

Post in Pictures (with captions)

This is at the office and when it get's quiet, there is a reason!  Mickie, obviously found the tee pee and decided to unrole it.  Maddie was close behind, I think egging her on!

Maddie didn't feel good and didn't have the energy to take her hat all the way off, so she rode the entire way home like this.

Jeff's corporate Christmas party.  Could have used the red eye function!  We danced the night away and had a great time!

I made these cookies and mints, but sadly we ended up throwing them away because I made them when I was sick and I didn't want to spread germies.  :(  They were pretty though!

 

December 10, 2010

I still have babies

Well, the girls are 14 months old.  I can't believe it.  It's so wonderful.  They are full of surprises all the time!  At what point do babies become toddlers?  When they walk and 'toddle' around?  If so, I still have babies! lol.

Mickie thinks she can put on her own lotion after her bath and rubs her hands together then rubs her body.  It is so cute.   She loves to play peek-a-boo.  Last night I was feeding her and she put her hands over her eyes and smashed some food all in her eye lashes and eye brows! 

Maddie has taken to "scaring" people.  She makes this 'o' face and then shouts "rawr" and then cracks up laughing!  Way too funny.  She will not take any help when she brushes her teeth, but it's fine, cause she's good at it! 

We went to the doctor yesterday to get their booster flu shot, which went well.  We let them... brace yourself... play with the toys at the ped's office!  Of course we had lysol, hand sanitizer, and clorox wipes standing by! 

We are getting 'them' a DVD player for the car for Christmas.  We also got them big girls chairs, elmo dolls, a kitchen and all the accessories, ride-on toys, and some clothes.  We went a little crazy!  It's all good. 

They aren't walking yet, which makes me kinda sad sometimes, but if I think about it and adjust their age for prematurity, they are a little over a year old so it's not so bad if I look at it that way!  I had hoped they'd be walking before Halloween.  Nope.  Thanksgiving?  Nope.  So now, I am hoping before Christmas!  If not, oh well.  They have the rest of their lives to walk!


Last Year: Remedies  (Man, did I jinx myself with the whole, "my babies don't have colic" comment.)

PS- Josie, you're right! My mom is a total tool.  :) 

December 6, 2010

Dodging chunks (eww!)

Thank you for your thoughts on my last post.  I am much obliged.  For right now, I am not going to worry so much about the girls being on a bottle still.  I have decided that since I don't let them go to bed or nap with a bottle, that their teeth aren't in danger. (Plus we brush their teeth twice a day too).  I realize that prolonging the transition will make it harder to do in the future, but at this juncture, I am going to stay on the course I am on.  They take a bottle three times a day and the noon bottle will be eliminated by the end of December.   During the first part of next year, I will determine when/how to eliminate the last two bottles. 

In the mean time, we have come to the conclusion that Madison's week-o-puke was caused by cow's milk.  It seems that she is still very intolerant of it.  We thought she had the flu, but the part that was puzzling to all of us (doctor and Jeff and I) was the fact that throughout Madison's "illness", Mackenzie remained better than ever.  That never happens!  If one is sick, the other is sick no matter how hard I try!

I was mixing half formula with half cow's milk for about 3 weeks (they didn't like plain cows milk at all!) and looking back, from the time I started doing that, Maddie has been "sick".  Just not herself.  She always looked tired, even if she had just awoke.  She didn't laugh and play like usual, she even threw up a couple of times in the beginning of the three weeks, but I attributed it to her gagging herself or choking on a piece of food that wasn't small enough.  It was last Sunday that she really started projectile vomiting!  I immediately thought it was the flu although she never ran a fever, she was never congested and she had no other flu like symptoms.   After four days of vomiting intermittently, we put the pieces of the puzzle together and took her off of cow's milk.  TA DA!!  All fixed. (knock on wood) 

The doctor said that it was fine to keep her on the toddler formula and if we wanted to try to get her on cow's milk again, to try again in another month or so... I think we will just stick to formula.  :)

PS-My mom is up in arms, as they say, because she has been pushing cow's milk since 6 months old.  It kills her that I put them back on formula!  :)

December 2, 2010

I play a smart person IRL

So, I realize that I am good at playing it off that I know exactly what to do when it comes to taking care of the girls.  I am good at this mostly because of my mother.  Over the last year, she has led me astray on many things concerning the girls and I have learned to go with my instinct and to heed the advice of our ped and the dear internet. 

For example, when the girls got their first shots, Mickie screamed and screamed and when I asked her what to do, she had no immediate answer.  After some thought, she said that I should take her to the ER.  Then she said to try a bath.  I tried the bath, thinking that at 2 months old she was a bit young to appreciate the soothing qualities of a bath.  I was right and it only prolonged the screaming and really what she needed was to go to bed.  After she fell asleep I dream fed her and all was okay.  The next day mom said that she told everyone that she knew that all I had to do was put her to bed...  Mom told me to get the girls on solid foods at 4 months old.... And according to her, I am the devil for keeping them on formula for so long....  Recently, when Maddie was throwing up and sick with the flu, mom told me to give her tea.  I actually called the ped who told me to put her on a clear liquid diet with lots of pedialite and give her mild solids only after she has not thrown up for 8 hours.  The next day, mom told me that she knew that that's what was needed, but just wanted me to figure it out on my own.  

These are a few examples out of literally hundreds.  Thousands, even.  I am used to it (as it has gone on my entire life, it's just ten times worse now that I have children) and I compensate by not asking for her advice and when she offers it (all the time), to just take it with a grain of salt. 

So what am I getting at?  Well, I play a good role, but I find myself needing help with no one to turn to.  I am having trouble weaning the girls off of the bottle and I guess deep down I think that I am doing the right thing, but I have no confirmation.  Happy babies ??  (Which they are) I guess that's my confirmation. 

Jeff is pretty good at supporting my decisions, but that's what they are-My decisions.  If it were up to him, we wouldn't wean them off the bottle!  :)  That's okay.  I don't really mind.  I am the mom and I technically know what's best, right? 

So, today, I am counting calories and stressing myself out to make sure that the girls are getting the proper nutrition given that I have dropped another bottle off of the feeding schedule.  And I realize that the girls are not machines, and they won't eat exactly 990 calories as I have calculated given their weight.  But at least it's something to go by.

Here are my thoughts intermingled with their schedule: (and if anyone has any advice, by all means, please share.  I am sure it will help me to be able to look back at this too, which is another reason I am documenting it.)

7: 00 a.m: 10 oz bottle (They drink it willingly. They love their bottles which is good, but I wonder if I should limit the ounces to 8 and feed them more food.) and a jar of fruit each (they love fruit, but sometimes I feel like I am stuffing them after all that milk.)

Mid morning around 9:00-9:15: a jar of meat/fruit each a half jar of veggies and if they want more, some fruit.  Water to drink in their sippy cups.  (This feeding is pretty smooth.  They enjoy the food and are happy to eat and drink from their cups.)

9:30-10:30 - nap

12:00: 10 oz bottle. (again, they drink it most willingly.  They cry if I take it away and give them solid food.  I have tried milk in a sippy cup and they don't drink it... but maybe that's fine..?? It's only after they have had their bottle that they take solid food) and a jar each of veggies/meat/sw potato and a jar of fruit.

2:00 -3:30 -nap

4:00: 10 oz bottle and two jars each of veggies/meat/sw potato/fruit (same as above)

6:30 bath time

7:00 10 oz bottle and a jar of fruit each.

7:30 p.m.-7:00 am -sleep

So, today, I am eliminating the 4:00 p.m. bottle and replacing it with more food and water in their sippy cups.  By the end of December, I will eliminate the noon bottle and replace it with food and water.  So when we start the new year, they will only have a bottle in the morning and at night.  Then I will drop off the night bottle (maybe?) and finally the morning bottle-since that is the one they want most.

...Looking at it, it doesn't look that bad.... It does look like a lot of work on my part though! haha.

Another thing (as if this post needs to be longer), is that I read on all sorts of blogs that their kiddos at this age are eating finger foods and pretty much small pieces of what the parents are eating and I don't know how to do this..  What finger foods?  Why not jar food?  Expense?  Like, last night for dinner, we had BBQ'd beef and cauliflower florets with cheese sauce.  I think the BBQ sauce was too spicy for them and I think if I was going to give them the cauliflower and cheese, that I would run it through the blender first... so why not just give them baby food?  I don't know what to do there.  The night before last, we had fajitas.... The night before that we had fish and steamed broccoli.  I gave them some fish, but they didn't seem to care for it. 

I know that I said the girls ate a lot Thanksgiving food, but it was mashed taters and gravy mostly, very few pieces of turkey so small that I don't even know how they tasted it! Pie, which is soft enough. Bread and butter-soft enough. Stuffing-had a teeny tiny bite.  Cranberry sauce-soft enough. 

They do get a lot of pieces and samples of our food, but not nearly enough to sustain them. 

Well, anywhoser, that's my dilemma.  It's not a bad dilemma, but again, I think I am just looking for confirmation that I am doing the right thing...Some one out there that is doing the same thing? 

If you made it to the bottom of this post, I applaud you!  :)

November 30, 2010

Long Weekend

 Thanks Giving was one of the most delightful holidays Jeff and I have had in probably 5 years.  The girls were well and we actually enjoyed being around the family (for the most part!).  Holidays are usually such a hassle because Jeff's fam and mine are like oil and water.  They don't mix, no matter how hard I try.  So we end up going to my side of the family's house at noon and then going to Jeff's side in the evening.  Christmas is a nightmare-we have a Christmas eve, eve.  A Christmas eve lunch (except this year this one will be eliminated because grandpa passed away).  A Christmas eve.  A Christmas Day lunch.  A Christmas Day dinner.  THEN, on the 27th, Jeff's sister throws her annual "holiday party".  I mean-COMMON! 

I am hopeful this year, however, that it will be a grand Holiday given how great Thanks Giving was.  We went to my moms at noon and had lunch.  In fact, we got there at 11:30 and managed to make one of the two turkeys, two pies, a casserole, stuffing, and we stopped and picked up some wine (because what Holiday is complete without vino?).  We ate and the girls enjoyed mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, bread and butter, and stuffing!  We left around 2:00 and got home to put the girls down for a nap while Jeff and I regrouped (even got a siesta of our own) and went to his side of the family's house.  We ate again(!) and so did the girls.  We took their pac and play's so that we could put them to "bed" and not have to leave after only an hour of being there and they went right to sleep!  no fuss at all. 



Friday we got up and packed for a mini vaca!  We stayed at an Embassy suites so that we could put the girls in one room to nap/sleep and we could have the other room to watch tv/nap/sleep/be merry ourselves.  We swam in the pool, napped, shopped, had breakfast in bed, went to the aquarium (which the girls loved!) and had a great time.  


Sunday, when we got home, our glorious weekend came to a crashing end as Maddie got sick and threw up six times in about 3 hours.  Poor little thing. She has been on a clear liquid diet and is on the mend today.  She hasn't thrown up since yesterday afternoon.  Mickie, miraculously, is doing okay and hasn't contracted the stomach bug...yet.  :)

It was hard to come back to work after such a great weekend.  Like I said, I am very hopeful for Christmas!

November 23, 2010

Almost!

Mickie took two steps on Friday! So close.  :)

Maddie pushes up from a squat and laughs so hard at her newest accomplishment, that she falls back down!

It kinda pisses me off how people always tell me (and I do mean always.  I'd be lucky if I got through a day with out hearing this), "Wait till they walk-your really gonna have your hands full."  I think: Well, it's not as if I don't have my hands full already.  I want to answer with, "well, they do crawl, you know."  People are (apparently) concerned that one will go one way and the other will go the other way.  They already do that!  I can't wait till they walk so that I don't have to carry them everywhere! haha.

Another thing that happened:  Maddie wanted, last night, to do nothing more than cuddle with Daddy.  It was the.most.precious.thing.I.have.EVER.seen.period.  :) I didn't run to get the camera for fear that she would want to follow me so I let them just sit there for about ten minutes (which is like a life-time for a 13 month old!).  After ten minutes I got up to get the camera to capture the moment and sure enough, she moved.  At least Jeff got to share that with her.   Then-Mickie wanted to lay on Jeff's back.  It only lasted about 2 seconds-but still a moment! 



Last year at this time: Evolution

November 19, 2010

Family 2010

We recently had family pictures taken.  Here are a few, albeit of poor quality because I am literally taking a picture of my computer screen!  (the real pics won't be ready till next week, but I can't wait that long!)



And now blogger is being a poopy head and won't let me upload any more.  (blowing raspberries)

PS-Strongblonde-You have NO IDEA how much better I felt knowing that your kiddos gag on stage 3 food too!  THANK YOU.  (I am sorry that they gag though. :( )


November 18, 2010

Filter

Why the hell are people so pushy? Why is it that nearly everyone you come in contact with has to tell you his/her opinion and then look down on you if you don't take on that same opinion?  Why is this phenomenon 10 fold with people with kids? 

Since the day Jeff and I got married we have been asked when we were going to have kids.  "Kids are the greatest thing in the world! You should have some."  "If you wait, it won't happen."  "I have heard older women say they regret waiting."  "You can get your degree after you have kids" "You have too much time/money on your hands, you should have some kids."

After we had our miracles, people still chime in all.the.time.  "You need to turn their car seat around-they want to look out the window."  "You need to get them off of formula."  "I think they will do just fine with out any naps today." "I never fed you baby food-you were eating steak at 10 months old!" "Your keeping your babies too hot at night."  "you are over protective."  "Babies need to get sick-it builds their immune system."  -DON'T even get me started on that one.

The thing is:  I don't go around telling people that they should get their degree instead of having kids.  I don't volunteer my opinion about the way people parent (or lack there of in some cases).  More importantly, I don't look down on someone because their opinion is different from mine.  Even if I have had an experience that I can offer some really good advice,  I don't give it unless they ask. 

So what the hell happened to every one's filter?  Or do people just not come with a filter anymore? 

November 17, 2010

and I quote



The girls clap their hands when ever I say "happy" because of the song "if your happy and you know it, clap your hands!"  They are clearly geniuses.  They also clap when they see the word "clap" on the TV when they are watching "your baby can read."  I, therefore, endorse that product.  I have no doubt that they will be able to read at a "young" age. 

They are able to sign several things now as well and I am able to ask them to point to their hair or nose or tummy and they are able to do it (Most of the time.  Sometimes they look at me as if to say, "mom, I am not a performing monkey.")

They are "talking" a lot.  They have their own chatter between them, but when I say something like "doggie", they try really hard to say it too.  Right now, it comes out as "bogg...." and trails off at the end of the word. 

Last night, Mickie "walked" on her knees.  I guess she is experimenting with her balance before she takes off on her feet!  Maddie isn't too keen on standing alone yet.  She leans against the wall or something stable, but doesn't let go.  If you try to make her walk, she melts back down on all fours!

I have to put their hair in ponies everyday because it gets in their eyes, but I am not going to cut it for a while.  When I was little, I had long hair and so will my girls.  I look forward to braiding it at night.

November 16, 2010

Shopping Cart


..no, I am not just blurting out random words! (although, it's been known to happen)  We had to go to the grocery store the other night because our nightly routine would not be complete without a wal-mart run.  It was cold outside and we didn't want to hastle with trying to buckle the girls into the stroller with their heavy coats on nor did we want to mess with the shopping cart cover (freezing our own baggets off).  SO we eached grabbed a kid and hauled tail into the store and gave the girls thier first shopping cart ride! haha.  They had a great time.  Maddie especially liked shouting at all the people that walked by. 







I have had this blog for over a year now and I decided to take a page out of another bloggers' book and reference last years posts.  It astounds me, really, to look back on the time.  :)


November 10, 2010

I am a part of the masses...

... that have a fb page!  Yes, I finally gave in to the peer pressure and did it.  Of course, look what happened.  I haven't posted on my blog in forever.  :( I realized the other day that I had put Halloween pics on my fb page and not on here!  What am I to do?!  It's hard not being addicted.  I need more self control!

So there is a lot to catch up on.  First, the girls are getting so big.  They laugh and play and are a joy to be around all.the.time.  It is really hard to have a bad day!  It's blissful.  They are feeding themselves their bottle and then I feed them solid food.  Then they have some finger food like cheese or puffs.   They have come so far in the last year and I am so proud of them... and of myself!  I know the girls wouldn't be doing this good had I not had the stubbornness determination that I do.  Sit down, because what I am going to tell you next will floor you.  They continue to eat 24+ oz of formula (12-24 months) a day plus.... are you ready for it.... 80 jars of baby food every two weeks!  That's right, I said 80.  Everyone tells me, "oh, you've got to put them on table food." "oh my! why don't you feed them the same food you eat (blended)"  My answer:  Why?  Why am I going to rush them into eating food that they cannot really handle yet.  They still have an incredibly strong gag reflex so stage 3 food is a challenge-they are improving though.  And I am NOT complaining-I'm bragging!  I think it is friggin fabulous that they are enjoying their food and want to eat.  AND, why in the hell would I escape the convenience of jar food and try to blend everything we eat?  There is such a variety of organic baby foods that I don't have that kind of time!

Everyday they do something that makes me laugh.  Like, last night, Maddie kept trying to sit on Jeff's and my head.  (we were laying on the floor and it is a super fun game to crawl all over mom and dad)  We kept trying to lay her next to us, but she persisted. Jeff finally let her sit on his head and when she did, she farted!  hahaha!  Then she giggles and giggled.  I think Mickie knew it was going to happen because then she laughed and clapped as if she approved!  Friggin funny.

Halloween turned out exceptionally well considering we had to stop at three places, spread from one side of town to the other.  The girls didn't mind their costume at all and Jeff and I ate between stops and the girls got to try their first curly fries!  (loved 'em, btw!)  They crashed when we got home and it was the BEST Halloween that I have had in a really long time!

I have started listening to Christmas carols (actually, I started a week before Halloween!) and the girls and I jam whenever we are in the car.  They "sing" all the songs with me.  It's great.  I can only imagine what the passer by thinks when they see me singing and laughing with myself, not knowing that the two funniest girls are in the back seat!  This last Monday they turned 13 months old.  yowza. 





November 1, 2010

Product Review

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up are given from me to the Halo Sleeper!  I have been trying to figure out how to keep the girls warm at night.  Last week, Maddie woke up about every hour.  I would cover her up and she would get uncovered within the hour and cry out again.  They wear fleece, footed pj's with a onsie and socks underneath. 

Then, I went to Kohls and they didn't have Krap.  In fact the woman accused me of not knowing how to take care of my babies and that I was keeping them too hot, then they sweat, then they get cold.  Okay, I'm not an idiot (most of the time!).  I understand that the scenario could potentially play out that way.  But that's not what's happening.   I know this because I am their mother.  :)  I know this because I am not an idiot and I would know if they girls were sweating so much to make their clothes wet at night and make them cold.  I know this because she should keep her big, pushy mouth shut!  ANYWAY.  (kinda went off on a tangent there, but it pissed me off pretty good.)

I read that a good rule of thumb is to keep them in one more "step" above what I am.  For example, if I am wearing a t-shirt and jeans, I should put the girls in a long sleeve and jeans.  If I am wearing a long sleeve, then they should have a light jacket.  So forth.  Well, I sleep on a heated mattress with a sheet and a comforter to cover me. PLUS, the dog is my personal space heater.  So, if I were to apply the above rule, the girls would need their pj's, PLUS a blanket.  Well, good luck keeping a blanket on them.  I thought we were going to have to turn up the furnace (yes, in CO we already have to run the furnace at night with our brisk 24 degree lows....it IS November for crying out loud!) that is already set at 70 degrees.

That is until the Halo Sleeper!!  The girls love it.  I put it over their jamjam's.  I didn't hear a peep out of them all night and when I went in their room to wake them up, they were both sprawled out sleeping like the lil angels they are!  yay!

October 25, 2010

Pigtails and such


I mean, seriously.  Can they get any cuter?  I don't think so! 

This weekend was really fun.  We took the girls to the pet store and they had a blast looking at the fish and birds and cats and puppies.  They sign "dog" really well and I am trying to teach them the other signs, but right now, everything is "doggie".  :)   Then we went to have lunch and it was really great because the girls can feed themselves their bottle.  So Jeff and I got to eat while they ate their bottle and then we fed them some solid food, including some of our chicken.  They are doing really good at "chewing" their food.  They are definitely going to be ready for Turkey Day!!  :)

We got them some new shoes, and although I almost bought them Nike's, I held back.  We did need something with some tread though because they wore holes in their other shoes!  They aren't officially walking yet.  They get around in their walkers and I don't really think they will need them for much longer.  The other day, I opened the door to go outside and Mickie picked up her walker and ran towards the door! 

Mickie still has only 4 teeth, but this last weekend drooled A LOT.  So I think a couple more will be popping up soon.  Her 4 teeth include two middle ones on bottom and fangs on top!  (I am told that this is a sign of a genius, which stands to reason because I got fangs first too!)

Maddie has 6 teeth, three on top and three on bottom.  They are all skewed to the left though!  (her right).  haha. When she smiles, she smiles with her whole mouth! 

They are going to be little lambs for Halloween.  If I dressed up, I would be mary (and her little lambs) and Jeff could be the big bad wolf! 




October 21, 2010

Our Lucky Day

Living in Colorado, I have learned how to drive a little differently.  How do you mean?  You ask.  Well, for example, when driving down a mountain pass, you have to "gear down" and don't coast in neutral.  (for those that are unfamiliar-you have to gear down to save the brakes... they can burn up and stop working!  And you don't want to coast in neutral because you may not be able to get it back in gear when you need to on a shady curve).    Or you always have to be on the look out for deer crossing the road or rabbits or elk or whatever.  These are some of the first things that us mountain drivers get taught when learning how to drive. 

Most of the time, these rules only apply when you are in the mountains.  In town, you are generally pretty safe.  You see where I am going with this? 

Today, on the way to work, the girls and I were jamming to some Christmas music and were just around the corner from my office when a deer ran across the road.  I slammed on the brakes and narrowly avoided hitting the animal, while the people going the opposite way weren't so lucky.

A woman driving a VW bug hit the deer.  She didn't have any time to react so she was going about 45 mph and hit it head on.  She was incredibly lucky that the deer didn't go through her wind shield.  The deer deflected off of her hood and flew no shorter than 30 feet in the air and 50 feet down the road.  She got out of the car unscathed, but was obviously shitted.  As was I!  I flipped around and got out of my car, ran up to her and hugged her to try to calm us both down!  We waited with her for the cops to show up.  They said that if I had hit it, given the design of my car, it would have gone through my windshield.   Luckily, we didn't hit the deer.

Unfortunately, or I guess what ever way you look at it, fortunately the deer didn't make it.

October 20, 2010

Finger Prick My Ass.

I know what your thinking, "what the hell does that mean?"  haha, lemme explain.

So, I took the girls to the doctor on Monday for their 12 month vaccinations, flu shot, check up, and torture.  :)

Madison weighs 19 lbs, 10 oz and Mackenzie weighs 20 lbs even.  Which, given that they were preemies is friggin awesome.  The nurse even said that there were not a lot of full term babies that got to 20 lbs at a year!  a woo hoo for the girlies!  Mackenzie is an inch taller (longer) than Maddie at 28 and 3/4 ", But Maddie's head is bigger.  I can't remember the number's though.  (They were going to write them down for me, but ??)

They proceeded to give them their three vaccinations and a flu shot to which we need a booster in a month.   They cried,  but handled it well.  The shots were nothing compared to what followed. 

We were told that they were going to test the girls for anemia and that it would be a finger prick test.  No biggie. We went across the hall to the lab and the lady asks me, "did they tell you it would be a finger prick?"  I of course say, "yes."  She says, "we'll it's not.  We have to take blood the same way we draw blood from an adult." 

I very hesitantly take Maddie in the little room.  She is still kinda traumatized from the shots and the fact that the whole doctors visit took place during normal nap time.  So the girls were just a bit cranky anyway.  Maddie and I sat in the chair with her blankie and I "rocked" back and forth and sang to her while she wanted so badly just to dose off.  Poor little thing-not gonna happen.

The woman comes in with a helper and says, "let me show you how to hold her to minimize bruising."  UM, WTF??  If we weren't already strapped into the chair, I might have made a run for it at that point!  So, with Maddie in the middle of my lap, I held her legs between mine, held one arm across her chest and wrapped my other arm across her body while two people stretched out her little free arm and drew blood.  The second they put the rubber band thingy around her arm she started screaming.  I think partly because it hurts when they do that and partly because she was scared.to.death.  My poor baby.  :(

Rinse and Repeat.  Jeff took Maddie, who was holding on to me so tight I thought he might have to go in with Mickie.  She went to him though after realizing who he was, and he held her the whole time I went back in with Mickie.  She buried her head in his neck and I thought he was going to start crying!  I took Mickie in and same thing.   When it was over, once again, Mickie buried her head in my neck and we all left to go home.

I do have to give the guy (helper) credit because he was the one that actually drew the blood and he nailed it first try with both girls. 

The girls were asleep in the car before I even got out of the parking lot, so I drove around for an hour so that they could sleep.  I gave them a bottle when we got home and, to my surprise, they were ready to play!
The rest of the night was great.  They played, took a bath, had one last bottle, went to bed and I didn't hear a peep all night!  I was expecting to have fussy babies all night and be in there every hour-not so!  I have such brave, resilient little girls!

AND! Yesterday, I put in pigtails for the first time... Well, I have tried before, but they screamed and I gave up.  This time they didn't fight me at all.  I will post pics soon. 

October 18, 2010

Who's the mom here?

What is it about parents?  I don't know about anyone else, but I have a real problem with my parents and Jeff's parents (mom) telling me how to raise my kids!  Or maybe it's the fact that we (the girls and I) are around them too damn much. 

I love, love, love the fact that I can bring the girls with me to work.  I love that I don't miss anything. 

What I don't love is that my mother is here every.stinkin.day (four days of the week anyway).  Jeff's mom is only here once a week, but between the two of them-they drive me batty.  It's mostly little things they do that are different from the way that I do things.  I TRY to let things go over the weekend, and I am usually able to regain my sanity, but on Monday-here we go again. 

I try to remember that they are not hurting the girls and just because it is a different way of doing things, doesn't mean that it is wrong.  I try my hardest to give them the benefit of doubt.  I try. 

The thing is-If it was innocently different, it probably wouldn't bother me as much, but it's not! They make it perfectly clear that they want to do things their way!  Well-I am not having it.  Consequently, I have to watch over them.  Circling above them on everything, like a hawk over pray.  If I don't like something, I swoop down and make it right!!!  (try to imagine the sound of a hawk or eagle :)

Some big hitters include (in bullet format):

  • Both mother's think that feeding time is play time.  Rather than holding the bottle in the girls' mouth, they play and tickle and distract from eating.  My solution:  Over the weekend, I have "trained" the girls and put them on the fast track of holding their own bottle.  (I know many babies do hold their own bottle already, but since I didn't breastfeed, I didn't rush this step because I don't mind doing it to being close with them while they eat.)
  • My mother (not so much MIL) has to constantly be reminded to wash her hands!  I don't think this needs any explanation.  My solution: Hand sanitizer everywhere and some good smelling Bath and Body hand soap.  I also clorox wipey their toys and constantly wipe everything down despite being looked at as "anal" and over protective.  (The girls were sick TWICE in September and since then, I have turned up the volume on sanitizing everything and they haven't been sick since.. knock on wood)
  • When I put the girls down for a nap-I leave them there.  I don't go back in 50 times and re-suckie them and hold them and (try) to rock them.  They will never go to sleep if I/they do that because I have not conditioned them that way.  My solution:  Tell them time and time again to leave them be. 
  • Both mother's were brought up to give the babies whatever they eat.... Grind it up and give it to em!  Um.  No.  I refuse to get them hooked on salt and sugar and fat when they are barely a year old.  My solution (that doesn't always work): provide enough food for the day.  They still push the envelope every time.  When I want them to eat stew (or tacos, sausage, dilly bars, reeses pieces, corn nuts(!), chips, orange juice, and on and on), I'll let them know.
There are several more things that we don't agree on.  And the old saying, "you get what you pay for" stands true here.  I don't pay them to watch the girls.  But I have to ask myself, would it make a difference if I did??  I don't think it would. 

Does anyone have any tips on how to handle these situations?

October 12, 2010

Birthday Pics