Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I really should have known better to get involved with you. I've not had good luck in the past and have simply been able to ignore you or find other stores that would meet my needs. This time, you drew me in with an offer that I couldn't refuse.
A white glider with green cushions that was $100 cheaper than the one at BRU. I tried to stay away and buy it at BRU, but I just couldn't pass up the savings and BRU wouldn't price match since it was a slightly different model.
So, I gave in to you. I placed my order to find out that you wouldn't even deliver to our local store. Enter the in-laws who volunteered to pick up our delivery at a store near them. First, you lied and said you would be ready in 3-5 days ... try 10 days. But you arrived to find out that your wood was shattered and broken.
Next, we reordered and you would come straight to our door. Trying your best to satisfy. 7-10 days this time and you actually stayed on schedule. Again, a tease ... broken yet again. I sent you back, had some lovely conversations with a few people, and we are trying yet again. Come through for me this time, Sears. Learn what proper packaging means as well as customer service. That's right, say it with me, "customer service."
I'm counting on you ... please don't disappoint.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I had my first glass of wine since last year, and luckily timing worked out in between pumping/feeding, that I didn't have to do a "pump & dump". We chose a neat little place with outdoor seating and a guy playing acoustic guitar - everything from Coldplay to James Taylor. We had a great dinner, good conversation (mainly about the girls and the birth), and of course toasted to Maddy & Libby.
Now, I'm not sure what Grans and Grandpa did to the girls while we were out, or if they were just jealous that they didn't go, but they were not wanting to settle down at all last night. Feeding, rocking, walking, diapering, singing, holding -- nothing worked. Finally, the pacifier and sheer exhaustion (them and us) finally put everyone to sleep. We are hoping not to repeat that again this evening!
Friday, July 25, 2008
This morning, I fed both girls around 7 - 7:30 am, then my mom helped me bring them downstairs around 8:00 am. I had been in the office drinking coffee and probably checking blogs, when I walked back in the kitchen when my mom asked me something about Libby's last feeding.
I looked over and Libby was over halfway through a bottle, her second one in the past hour! Apparently, Mom didn't think they had eaten yet, so she went ahead and warmed up some milk and Libby had no complaints - just a full little belly. Maddy wasn't quite fast enough, so she had to survive on just the one bottle for the hour.
It's been wonderful having both of them home, and I will admit it's been a bit of a blur and hard at times, but also amazing. We're surviving and are having fun getting to know the girls and their personalities. I am also happy to report that we survived two Doctor's appointments and our first stroll around the neighborhood this week. They are gaining weight well, and to us look huge, while to everyone else, they are still tiny. Libby weighed in yesterday at 5 lbs., 15 oz. and Maddy is up to 4 lbs., 9 oz. It is hard to believe that tomorrow will mark 5 weeks since they arrived.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
2. When was the last time you threw up? Hmmm, I can't remember. I made it through my pregnancy only feeling like I had to throw up.
3. What's your favorite curse word? The F- bomb
4. Name 3 people who made you smile today? The babies, my husband, my mom.
5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Debating if I had time to get a cup of coffee before the girls woke up.
6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Feeding 2 babies
7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now? Hopefully still sleeping
8. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yep
9. What is the last thing you said aloud? Goodnight, sweet Maddy.
10. What is the best ice cream flavor? Chocolate Mint
11. What was the last thing you had to drink? Water
12. Do you look like your Mom or your Dad? Both
13. What was the last thing you ate? Frozen banana
14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? No
15. When was the last time you ran? sometime in the fall of 2007
16. What's the last sporting event you watched? A few minutes of the St. Louis game last night.
17. What is your pet peeve? Not doing something you say you're going to do.
18. Who is the last person you emailed? Vivian with Bonanno to inquire about the sandals I ordered.
19. Ever go camping? Yes, I used to love it.
20. Do you have a tan? No
21. What is your favorite indulgence? pedicures
22. Would you rather take a week off at home or travel? Travel
23. What do you sleep in? Pajama pants and a tee shirt
24. Do you drink your soda from a straw? Yes, if it's from a restaurant
25. What did your last IM say? I don't IM
26. Are you someones best friend? Yes, and I have been for a very long time
27. What are you doing tomorrow? Taking care of babies, going to my Dr. for my checkup and hopefully making an appointment for a much needed eyebrow wax.
28. Where is your mom right now? Asleep, in our spare bedroom.
29. Look to your left, what do you see? Our office door and pictures that need to be hung.
30. What color is your watch? Silver
31. What do you think of when you think of Australia? My old friend, Scott and gorgeous accents, and a place that I would love to visit.
32. Would you consider plastic surgery? Possibly, probably not, but I wouldn't rule it out.
33. What is your birthstone? Aquamarine
34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Typically, I'll just run in.
35.How many kids do you want? 2 - guess that was a good thing!
36. Do you have a dog? Yes, 2 dogs.
37. Last person you talked to on the phone? My Aunt.
38. Have you met anyone famous? Yes, Michael Stipe from REM, and Alexander Julian.
39. Any plans today? See #27.
40. How many states have you lived in? Three
41. Ever go to college? Yes.
42. Where are you right now? our home office
43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now? A tie - the fact that I'm still wearing maxi pads and stupid questions from strangers about the girls such as, "are they going to be identical?" Oh, I wanted to be sarcastic, but I was polite. Luckily, the first annoyance will go away!
44. Last song listened to? Either something from Light Classical from the TV or something on the radio.
45. What is your favorite store? Target, JCrew, Williams-Sonoma
46. Are you allergic to anything? Cats, ragweed, dust mites
47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Right now, it's been my black Reef flip flops
48. Are you jealous of anyone? I don't think so.
49. Is anyone jealous of you? Doubt it.
50. What is your dream job? Wedding planner, writer
51. What time is it? 2 something am
52. Do any of your friends have children? Yes
53. Do you eat healthy? Usually, but I do love some sugary candy.
54. What do you usually do during the day? Work
55. Do you hate anyone right now? No.
56. Do you use the word 'hello' daily? Yes.
57. Do you think you have good manners? Yes, I try.
58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 36, baby.
59. Have you ever been to Six Flags? Yes, when I was in Middle School, I think.
60. How did you get one of your scars? Bike wreck in elementary school.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Do I sound like an infomercial or what?
Friday, July 18, 2008
Our first afternoon nap together.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
- The first test failure. Every NICU baby has to pass a car seat tolerance test - this is to make sure that they can sit up in a car seat and have no respiratory problems. Well, that wasn't the problem for us - it was the car seat. The ones that we had were slightly too big, so we ended up going to 2 places to find a new car seat that would fit her. We got the new one and she passed her test with flying colors.
- This was also the day that I was going to buy my new car. Goodbye little Audi, hello big ol Ford Explorer. I have dodged the Mini Van for now, but who knows ... I may change my mind in a couple of years. I like the size of the Explorer, but if you see me, I wouldn't suggest parking near me because parking isn't going very well. Of course, the paperwork took an excruciating amount of time and was just a longer process than we had hoped.
So, let's see ... a few things that we've learned so far about parenthood so far.
- I may opt to keep my parents around for the next 6 years. (Just kidding, Hubby!). They were planning just to come and visit for a few days, but have been here since I went into labor. My Mom has been a Godsend and it's great to have the extra help with Libby, cooking, cleaning, etc.
- Libby poops and pees like a boy. Example, when you pull off her diaper, you better watch out because at least once a day, that's when she decides to finish up. Nice. Her burps are also of the college frat boy caliber, but that's a good thing.
- Don't forget to leave all of the clothes downstairs, because when she has an explosion at 1 AM, you really can't run downstairs to get the change of clothes while you have a screaming baby on your hands. (Thank you, Hubby.)
- Zeus & Zoe seem fine with the new addition - they've done a lot of sniffing and a little poking around, but seem relatively unfazed.
So, life is definitely a lot busier, but in a good way. It's hard not to be at the NICU to see Maddy quite as much, but we're still up there quite a bit. She's doing really well and continuing to gain weight and meet other requirements, so we may have two babies home before too long!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Luckily for Hubby and I, my parents are still here helping out, our church has been great at providing several meals for us (even Zoe managed to help herself to a bit of leftover chicken pot pie that was on the counter), and we are able to see the girls as much as possible.
To answer a few questions and to give a bit of an update ...
Their names are both family names and one that we just really liked.
We did find out that the girls are identical twins. WOW.
They have both surpassed their birth weights. Maddy is up to 3 lbs, 3 oz and Libby is up to 4 lbs, 10 oz. Yay.
Still no definite word on when they can come home, but they are both doing great and are in the least intensive room of the NICU floor. It's still hard for me to believe that they are here, and not still swimming around in my stomach. Especially when I'm holding one of them and their movements are oh-so familiar.
Ritz Camera is getting more of my money than humanly possible.
I know I won't be posting much, but I'm still checking in with everyone ... especially at 3am-ish, when I typically have a date with the ol' b-pump machine. I really need the hands-free model, so I can type better to leave comments!