Wednesday, September 30, 2009

You Can't Cure Endometriosis

I knew if I went and looked at a few blogs today it would give me some thoughts on something to post. And boy did it ever. It was Nancy's post about the misleading infertility POAS test.

It made me think of these local radio commercials for the other reproductive practice in my area. There are only two in Delaware and I went to the one that doesn't have commercials. And if I was looking to change to the other practice, this would have made me not. One of the patient's husband is talking in the commercial "Dr. So&So cured my wife's endometriosis and now we have a baby!" Gag! OK Dr. So&So, have you explained to these people that endometriosis cannot be cured but only treated? Or are all your patients just stupid and don't really understand infertility? "OK crazy husband, let me set you straight. Once the doctor has cleaned out as much of the endo as they can through surgery, they really can't stop it from coming back, barring putting your wife on Lupron and putting her in menopause. But when she gets off Lupron, it will come back. There is no cure, dude!" That is all I can think about when I hear this commercial.

Heather will now come down off her soapbox and put it away for awhile. Thank you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Current Routine of Craziness

I think I do prefer the term "routine" to "schedule" for babies. I decided to go ahead and brave Murphy's Law and document what our days seem to be like. I will also say that the boys didn't really start taking a full 6 oz in their bottles until 2 weeks ago when they started cereal.

5-7 AM - Babies wake up sometime during this time frame to have their first bottle of the day. They usually drink about 6 oz of soy formula at this time.
7 AM - Phoebe (our 3rd grade daughter) wakes up and gets ready for school.
7:45 AM - Get Phoebe on bus for school.
8 AM - I usually leave work at this time and the boys are still awake and playing with their Aunt Nicki. Sometimes they start their morning naps early, but most of the time their playing.
9-11 AM - morning naptime
10 - 11 AM - babies wake during this time for another bottle of soy formula after their morning nap. We setup 6 oz, but they may only take 5 oz.
11 AM - 12:30 PM - Playtime. Nicki sometimes takes the boys outside or for a walk in their stroller if it's nice outside.
12:30 - 3 PM - afternoon nap
3 - 4 PM - afternoon bottle - 6 oz soy formula
4 PM - Phoebe is home from school, has a snack and starts homework. Tuesday and Wednesday I have to be home from work by this time to get Phoebe to her afterschool activities (ice skating and CCD classes - Catholic education classes)
5:30 PM - other days I'm home around this time, get changed, start dinner and give the boys rice or oatmeal cereal mixed with the stash of frozen breast milk I have. They just started cereal two weeks ago.
This is where our routine gets fluid depending on how fussy the babies are. This is a horrible time of day. Hopefully the babies will do a small evening nap after their cereal so we can relax and eat dinner. Otherwise, we're trying to eat and hold fussy babies.
After our dinner the babies go immediately to a bath, bottle (usually a full 6 oz.), and bed. I try to do this as efficiently, but as fun as possible. It's hard for it to be fun if they are being fussy.
8 - 9 PM - Boys in their crib for the night.
9 PM - Phoebe's bedtime. We're trying to read New Moon from the Twilight series together before bedtime. She wants us to finish the book before the movie comes out in November.
9 - 10 PM - I try to get a few things done to make the morning easier - setup the coffee pot, make sure the kitchen is cleaned up, and pick out my clothes for tomorrow. This week with Leo out of town, I just want to curl up and go to bed, LOL.

Middle of night - I have found that Tommy (who is 15 lbs!) does wake sometimes in the middle of the night, but he's not hungry. He needs to be burped usually, or he's having a hard time settling back to sleep. I've been doing this quietly and hopefully quickly. Liam is smaller than Tommy (he's 13 lbs) may wake in the middle of the night because he's hungry every now and then. He's a good sleeper and even seems to be able to soothe himself if he wakes up in the middle of the night. BTW, I'm doing some vigorous knocking on wood here. I hope I'm not jinxing myself by making any statements here!

In Praise of Dr. Brown

I usually don't give product endorsements, but I have to say Dr. Brown's bottles are amazing!!!! When the boys came home we used the same bottle brand that we used with Phoebe. I will not mention which as they are perfectly fine bottles, except for projectile vomiters and fast eaters like our boys. They took in too much air with their feed and they were fussy and especially Liam would throw up through his mouth and nose!!! Ewwwww....

One of the twin mamas at my office told me to try Dr. Brown's bottles and that they were a godsend to her with one of her twins that was a big spitup'er. I went out that same day and bought a starter pack and they've been awesome! That was the first night Liam ever slept through the night. He didn't keep it up the next night, but the boys have been so much more comfortable and spitup has been greatly reduced around here. I must say I will be recommending these bottles to all pregnant friends.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Capturing the Smiles and Matchy Matchy

Sunday I spent a lot of time taking pics of the boys (and getting Leo ready to fly to the Left Coast for the week, sniff!). Some of them came out really really good. Enjoy!

Phoebe loves her brothers. She even said they are cute when they are crying. Here's her on Sunday morning with Liam.

Here's my attempts at capturing their smiles and their gorgeous eyes. Here's one of my favs of Liam. He's going to be such a ladykiller with those eyes!

Here's a real smile from Liam!

Below is a smile from Tommy. These happen all the time, but it was challenging to get it on camera...

Another pic of Tommy's cuteness

I was able to capture a pic of both boys in matching clothes (love these outfits!) with somewhat of smiles on their faces

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Work and Sleep Updates

Work seems to be going well. I think having going from one to three children so quickly has made me more efficient now that I'm back to work. I don't have time for idleness when I'm here at work, so I think I'm getting more done in less time. I get in, get to work immediately and I want to go home as soon as possible!

Some days have been tough due to the lack of sleep. Tuesday I overdosed on coffee and had an anxiety attack on the drive home from work. Leo took Phoebe to ice skating that afternoon and let me take a bit of a nap before the boys would want their dinnertime cereal, which they are very much enjoying. They are each having 1/4 cup of cereal mixed with breastmilk every evening around 5:30 - 6:00. They then get a bath every other night and their final bottle around 6:30 - 7:00 and we put them to bed for the night around 8 PM. This was the kind of routine we had for Phoebe when she was a baby and it seems to be working well for "the boys" too. They still wake up most of the time anytime between 1 AM up to 3:30 AM, but every now and then we get the blessed 5:30 AM, which to me is sleeping through the night.

And Liam did do this last night, but I don't count on it happening again tonight. He actually woke up at 5:45 AM with some assistance from me. He was stirring a bit in his crib and eating his hands, but he wasn't out and out crying for a bottle, but I wanted to get in the shower at 6AM, so I went and got his bottle ready and when I picked him up out of his crib, he woke up and was ready. He was so ready, he downed 5 oz of formula, which is a new high for him! We did increase the boys bottles last night to 5 oz for Liam and 6 oz for Tommy. They might not take that much at every feed, but I like to have it ready just in case. Tommy did wake up at 3:30 AM last night and Leo fed him. He took the whole 6 oz, so we made the right decision to put more in the bottles.

I need to update with pictures this weekend and I want to weigh the boys tonight and see how much bigger they've gotten recently. They seem to be growing in leaps and bounds, especially Tommy. Tommy is starting to look much older than Liam because of his growth pattern. Tommy is starting to outgrow 3-6 month clothes already and they are not 4 months old yet! Especially in the length he needs more room. His footsie pjs are getting too tight down where the feet are and we have to really yank on his onsies to get them to pull all the way down his body. Guess I better pull out the 6-9 month size clothes out for him. In a way, it's not bad since then we don't have to share the same size clothes for both of them. Liam still has a way to go before he outgrows 3-6 months. I just feel bad for Liam. He looks so small next to his brother, but Liam is a normal size for his age. He just has a really big big-brother.

Liam is still very very serious! I tell Leo that Liam has his personality - very serious and doesn't smile very often. But, I can say that I can usually make Liam smile. Mommy's have that kind of power and yesterday I could consistently get Liam to smile for me. I impressed myself. I also do wonder though if it's my personality, because my parents used to tell me that I didn't smile much as a baby. They used to call me "Miserable Minerva". Now I smile all the time. How could I not when I feel like I've gotten what I've wanted all these years. Of course Tommy smiles all the time, when he isn't hungry, LOL. He seems to think life is one big party! And it just is, isn't it?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cereal and Smiles

I got a good night sleep on Friday when Leo came home and took care of the boys. Yesterday was such an awesome day. Liam gave me his first smiles and that made me very happy. Tommy has been smiling for weeks now and is always so happy. Liam always seemed too serious, so to see him give me happy smiles from Mommy kisses was wonderful!!!!

The boys also started rice cereal last night. I wanted to give it a try with Tommy as he's been seeming ready, but I didn't think Liam would be. Funny thing is Liam liked it even more than Tommy did. They both seemed to like cereal, but Tommy got tired and just wanted his bottle, LOL. Their sleeping still stinks. Tommy woke up at 11 PM and they both woke at 2:30 AM and 6:30 AM. Hopefully they will start sleeping for longer stretches at night soon, as we're really sleep deprived around here!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Back to Work

Yesterday was my first day back to work. Things are going well, but I'm really tired today. Coffee is my best friend. My SIL is watching the boys and yesterday I felt like I didn't get to see them much as Phoebe had her ice skating class until 9 PM. By the time we got back, the boys were in bed. So when they woke up at 2 AM and 2:45 AM to eat (first Tommy and then Liam immediately following Tommy) I was happy to spend some time with "my boys". But now I'm paying for it as I'd really love a nap. I'm going to try to get home early tonight and spend some time with them. And tomorrow I need to take Tommy to an eye doctor appointment.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Gratuitous Baby Pics

For those of my readers that love pics of the boys (hi Nan!) here is your payoff. We got to take this pics one day after we took the boys swimming, so they had their eyes open for a change. I really love how they turned out.

By the way, the shout out is to my Nana Smith. She’s a great grand-mom to three now (all mine bwaha ha ha). I did get your card and the two blankets your friend made. I promise to send her a thank you card straight away. We’re working on a day that we can come up to visit for the day to see you. I have to do the same for Poppy too!

Things are so hectic with the boys and I go back to work next Tuesday. I took the boys to work today for their one and probably only visit when they are babies. I’m going to be so busy when I get back to work. But we were joking at work that I’m happy to come back to work so I can relax! They definitely are not sleeping through the night, but who can be upset about that when it’s these adorable faces that wake you up? So I’m extremely sleep deprived (coffee is my favorite new food group!) but so so happy!!! My family is complete now. Fifteen years of trying to make babies and I have the best three children in the world (to me)!

Tommy (close up - see blue eyes?)

Liam (close up - see more blue eyes?)

More Liam cuddle-bug cuteness

My little brick wall (remember me when you have season tix to the football team you are on!)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

First Day of School - 3rd Grade!!!!

Yesterday was Phoebe's first day of 3rd grade!!! And in our school district that is in a different school, they call it the Intermediate School and it goes from 3rd to 6th. 7th and 8th is the Middle School. Such a big girl. I miss having her here with me all day, but I go back to work next Tuesday. My SIL is going to be at the house taking care of the boys. She's watched a lot of the kids in the family and has experience with twin babies when she was a nanny for a friend of the family.

Blogger (or my Internet connection, I'm not sure which) has been giving me a hard time uploading pictures today. Of course it is on the day that I have lots of pics to post.