Thursday, August 30, 2007
First of all, THANK YOU so much to my sweet friends who send me their Similac coupons! That REALLY helps. I have never been a real coupon fan, but those things are $5.00 off! Keep em comin' all you nursing ladies!
Secondly, I talked to a rep at Similac today and she sent me to my pediatrician to ask them about getting help from the local rep. I called sweet Diane, the sales rep, and she called right back and is going to hook us up with a couple cases! Yee haw!
As my mom always says, "every little bit helps!". Thanks, Linda.
Oh, and by the way, feel free to use "JEEF" in your own vernacular. It comes in quite handy when you're mad or disgusted with something. (Examples: "It's so jeef when you gain 60 lbs. to have twins and then they only add up to 10 lbs. when they're born.")
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Anyhoo, the Alimentum has been great, but they're a little picky about it. They won't drink the powder kind (which is a bit cheaper). They will only drink the Ready To Feed kind, which used to cost about $8.46 a bottle. Well, let's just say that I think we have singlehandedly driven up the prices of this priceless formula because much to my surprise it now costs $9.63 per bottle. Can you believe that? And you're asking yourself, "How many bottles do you need in a week?". Well friends, the answer these days is one bottle a day! Can you believe that? I can't. I mean, they know they've got you hook, line, and sinker because anyone who has a "colicky baby" with a "gassy stomach" is willing to try anything to get them to shut the heck up, stop puking and sleep for a little while.
So, the long and short of it is that we spend about $70-$90 a week on formula.
(For those of you at home, Jeef is a "sloan-ism" meaning, well, meaning a lot of things. But in this instance it means - ugh.)
What a shame that the large endowment(s) the good Lord gave me don't work the way they're supposed to.
(By the way, the girls are worth every penny. Just wanted to vent a little.)
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Things have been much better since my last post. My sweet friend Julie Sessoms came to visit this week and it was really fun. It was also a great blessing. As much as I'm not a Hillary fan (Clinton or Duff), I do agree that it takes a village. And this mama is really grateful for Julie coming this week to help out. She took Maggie to the pool for two hours one day while I stayed and slept during the babies' nap time. She made us a YUMMY dinner and held screaming babies while I held other screaming babies. She stayed with the twins so that I could take Maggie to orientation at preschool. It was a real gift.
I do think there's a reason that people used to live in community. We throw that word around these days - kind of a buzz word for the need that we have to be in relationship with other people. But it's more that a need to be in relationship; it's a need for others to be involved in your everyday life. Like someone there to hold my kids while I fix dinner, or to talk to me while I'm doing laundry. It's a need to be near people, to share the load, to walk through life with others - literally. I have experienced that community here in Jacksonville from the folks at my church and other friends who have come by for visits, have brought me dinners, have taken my four year old to the pool. I am so grateful for those friends. It's not just something that's nice to have - it's really a need. Makes me want to meet those needs for others too when I can.
It also makes me want to live down the street from family. I get slightly jealous when Jeannie (my sister with two and a half kids) goes one mile down the street to mom's house so that her kids can play on the swingset. I want to live in Asheville and visit with my mother-in-law while Maggie plays outside and we hold babies and drink wine on her back porch. I want to be in Charlottesville with Ian's step mother, watching her teach Maggie how to play in the dirt and grow amazing things in her garden. I'd love to be in Charlotte and go to my cousin's basketball games or visit Ian's aunts and family, or in Charleston and spend the afternoons with my cousin and her daughter. I'd love to just have everyone I love right at my fingertips to play with, cook with, laugh with, and share life with.
That must be what heaven's like. I guess I just long for that perfect community. My friend Jeff McSwain would say that I was born with that desire - that it is a reflection of God's character. I really am coming to see that is true.
The pictures above are from Julie's visit. She took a few pics of me with the girls, since I'm usually the one taking the pictures, rather than being in the pictures! Also, this last pic is of Maggie and Ian heading out to her first soccer practice. So sweet! Maggie is really growing up so much. She starts preschool on Monday and it's hard for me to believe that she'll be in kindergarten every day next year. Wow. She is such a joy - I really love her to pieces. (Though we have been driving each other up the wall lately - I think it's a good time for school to start!).
By the way, this morning Maggie came out of her room ready for soccer practice - in her shin guards, cleats, shorts and a long sleeved shirt. It's blazing hot here so I told her she should maybe put on a t-shirt, to which she quickly informed me that Mia Hamm wears long sleeved shirts to play soccer. How can I argue with that?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
As for me, I am not sure what I think these days. It's wierd - I am here all day every day. The only time I leave really is to walk up to get the mail. Yesterday I piled the kids in the car and ran to the bank - exciting. I did get to go out for a little bit last night with some friends from my small group, which was fun. And tonight I have a great friend, Julie Sessoms, flying down to visit for the rest of the week. That'll be really fun.
It's just that I usually enjoy mommyland, but this week it's just on my nerves. Can I say that?
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content no matter what the circumstances...I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13.
I know I'm not in prison, like Paul was when he wrote this. And I know I am living in plenty and definitely well fed! I just feel lately like I'm really needing to pray for strength to get through this - mentally and physically. I am sure I've been through harder things. It's just that this is hard too, in a different way. It's all relative, I know - one baby or three babies. I think it was even harder when I first had Maggie. I guess I'm just sharing where I am right now.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength - and man do I need it!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This is a video of Maggie singing her favorite song from the first movie. We showed HSM 1 as a preshow to the new one.
Gotta turn it up to get the full effect.
My faorite part is when she tells her friend she's too close to the TV and she needs to move back. Think she's around me a bit too much?
Sorry about the poor quality, but it's still a trip and definitely rehearsal dinner material for the future!
As you can see, the High School Musical 2 party was a big success. (If by success, we're talking 10 four year olds running around dressed up like princesses, screaming at the top of their lungs, waking my babies, and not paying a bit of attention to the movie). Maggie and her friend Caroline were pretty much the only ones that wanted to watch the movie, and they lasted about 5 minutes - through the first song. After that it was continuous chaos.
I think it's the first of a long line of mothering moments where I ask myself, "Why did I decide to do this?". It was fun, though, and great to get to visit with the other moms.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I love this show for a couple reasons:
1. The couple is hilarious. They are the real deal - they're kinda mean to each other sometimes, but they really love each other.
2. The things they have to do to take care of those kids are amazing. Really. They have a stroller that can sit all six of the younger kids.
3. The main reason I love this show is because it puts my life in perspective. Whenever I'm having a rough day, Ian and I sit and watch what it would be like if we had six infants at once. Wow.
I mean, I am not trying to belittle the fact that having twins is tough. It is. But not as tough as having six screaming toddlers who all want the same toy, cracker, high chair, or fill in the blank.
Check it out on Discovery Channel (I think). It's fun and will make you laugh.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I'm standin' here when all I want is to be over there
Why did I let myself believe that miracles could happen
And now I have to pretend that I don't really care...
I thought you were my fairy tale, a dream when I'm not sleepin'
A wish upon a star that's coming true
But everybody else can tell that I confused my feelings with the truth
When there was me and you
I swore I knew the melody that I heard you singin'
And when you smiled it made me feel like I could sing along
But then you went and changed the words, now my heart is empty
I'm only left with broken dreams and once upon a song
Now I know you're not a fairy tale and dreams were meant for sleepin'
And wishes on a star just don't come true
And now even I can tell that I confused my feelings with the truth
Because I liked the view when there was me and you
I can't believe that I could be so blind
It's like you were floating while I was falling
And I didn't mind...
Because I liked the view
I thought you felt it too
When there was me and you.
HSM the concert is blaring out of the tv in my den right now. That song above is Maggie's favorite from the first movie. I just typed the entire thing from memory...no joke.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tori finally falls asleep for about 30 minutes, at which time she wakes up as I snap her into her car seat.
Here's the really fun part...I had to go to Publix to pick up Tori's medicine, so that means we all had to go to Publix to pick up Tori's medicine. This brings me to my question of the day. How DO you take two infants and a four year old to the grocery store? I mean practically speaking, what do you do? I put the twins in the stroller and had Maggie hold onto it while we got into the store. Zoe is screaming at this point because she hates the car seat. I get the medicine and try to get a few necessities (like peppermint patties and dark chocolate - didn't they say that's good for you?) before we leave the store. This nice man brings me a basket, so I'm pushing the double stroller, holding a basket that I am filling to the brim with heavy goods, and wrangling Maggie away from the Little Debbies. I finally go up to the counter and ask if someone can follow me around with a cart so that I can get Diet Cokes (to wash down all the "good for me" dark chocolate that I bought). This sweet girl named Emily follows me around with a cart while I push my screaming twin, quiet twin and crazy 4 year old around.
Let me just say here that I love Publix. They are so nice and accomodating. They always take the groceries out to the car - they won't let you tip them - and they just want to help you out in any way you can. The Pharmacists there know me by my first name (which IS Buffy, so I guess that's not too amazing), and they are great to take care of us when we come in for the loads of prescriptions we have to get for everyone.
So, to make this the longest and most boring post in history, I will continue with my day. Really it is all summed up in one phrase...Tori did not take a nap AT ALL for the rest of the day. For those of you that are counting, that's only one 30 minute nap the ENTIRE day for my 8 pound barely 3 month old child. Zoe didn't really nap much in the afternoon either. Needless to say, by 4:30 everybody was screaming - including me, on the inside - so I gave them baths and put them in their jammies. Tori was asleep FOR THE NIGHT at 5:45, and Zoe took a little nap until about 7:00. Whew.
They also are still waking up. Every once in a while they'll sleep pretty much all the way through, but not last night. It just doesn't make any sense. I am trying so hard to get everyone on some sort of schedule, but I think they are just too young. I'll keep trying.
Gotta run - someone's crying. Oh wait, that's me. Just kidding!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I am so serious about this - every time I had to change it when Mag was little it made me so hot, sweaty and cranky that I really just wanted to leave the puke-covered sheet on there. Thankfully, the twins aren't even sleeping in their cribs yet (except for Zoe during her naptime), so I don't have to change them often.
Where do they sleep, you ask?
Answer...still in their car seats. Is that so wrong?
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Plus - I'll be there with Ian and the kids...what a bonus!
By the way, this is a beautiful pic of me and my friend Martha doing the program a couple years ago. We were the Bridget and Gidget - the seriously desperate housewives. I think it's the most fun I've had in a long time!
http://www.waynecounty.younglife.org/ for info on the 2007 Women's Retreat. Click on the Women's Retreat link and find out more information and download the registration form.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand couple is looking to call their newborn son Superman -- but only because their chosen name of 4Real has been rejected by the government registry.
Pat and Sheena Wheaton say they will get around the decision by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages by officially naming their son Superman but referring to him as 4Real, the New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported.
The Wheatons decided on the name after seeing the baby for the first time in an ultrasound scan and realising their baby was "for real".
They decided 4Real was the best way to write it, but the name was rejected because the registrar said a name had to be a sequence of characters.
Pat Wheaton said he was considering appealing against the decision through the courts, but whatever happens he won't be budged on his choice.
"No matter what its going to stay 4Real," Wheaton told the Herald, "I'm certainly not a quitter".
A spokesman for the Department of Internal Affairs, which operates the registry told the Herald discussions with the Wheatons about their son's name were continuing.
The baby is now two months old, after the Wheatons first applied to register his name in later June.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
When is basketball season going to start? I can't deal with baseball any longer. We're officially in the sports lull of the year - unless you ask Ian, who thrilled that the "football" (soccer) season started last week.
Thought this video was funny. Looks like my house after we beat Duke!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Just wanted everyone to see my sweet sitter sisters! They are Katy (green shirt) and Emily (black shirt) Bersinger and they are the best! If it weren't for them I would have gone slap crazy by now. Katy comes a few times a week during the morning to help me out and be my second set of hands. We love to feed babies and watch Price is Right! Emily is her sister and she used to come just for "fun", but now I call and beg her to come too! It's definitely a two person job (at least!).
So these are the angels that watch my angels so that I can do fun stuff...like laundry, shower, workout, and occasionally go to a movie with my husband! By the way, the Bourne Ultimatum came out this weekend and it's really good. Don't go, though, if your stomach can't handle the steady-cam. It's pretty shaky during the chase scenes.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Today our little fam decided to take an outing, which is a major undertaking. We loaded up the van and listened to Zoe scream for 30 straight minutes while we rode out to the beach. Our good friend, Mary Lyn and TF Jenkins live in Ponte Vedra and asked us to join them at the pool. They have two adorable kiddos - Hill is 3 years old and Mary Crawford is four months. Maggie and Hill had a blast and Maggie is such a swimmer now! She was leaping off the wall and swimming to me and Ian - AMAZING! We kept the babies in the shade and they pretty much snoozed. I think someone may call DSS on me because Tori's eyelids are looking pretty red right now. I had her in the shade and even put sunscreen on her, but I think she still got a little sun around her eyes. She doesn't seem too traumatized - she's chillin in the swing right now.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Woo-hoo, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Who knows what tonight will bring - I learned with Maggie to never believe you've turned a corner until something happens for a couple weeks running, but we're getting there!
"It's a crowd favorite...everybody loves a good Jazz Square."
HSM2 comes out next weekend!!! Saturday, Aug. 17th on Disney. Go Wildcats!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Seriously, if these babies don't learn to sleep through the night real soon I'm going to have to have gastric bypass surgery. Yesterday I got everyone down for a nap at the same time and was just falling asleep myself when one of the babies started to cry and wanted to eat. Sooo...