11.22.2016

Surviving

Let me dust this sucker off today.

I don't mean to not write.

In fact I do write. I have so much I want to share and say. I want to keep up on the twins milestones (that seem to happen every day) and Graysons cute things he does. But I get halfway through and then get distracted and then bam I'm way off track.


I guess I'm in the season of survival.

At least that is what it feels like.


My day starts early.
4:15. I do hit the snooze once and roll out of bed no later than 4:30.

I have my clothes laid out so that helps and I'm downstairs to get everything around.

I make my coffee, finish up lunches, do my hair and make up (which spoiler alert is a pony tail and a quick swipe of mascara!) I check and make sure bags are all around and then I feed Riley.


5:30. I start getting the kids up (if they aren't already) Grayson takes a while to wake up so I get him up first bring him down on the couch and cover him up with a blanket. I grab one of the babies usually Sissy and get her dressed then put her on the rug with a giant pile of toys. I yell to Grayson as I go up the stairs that he's next after Marshall. As I'm getting Marshall dressed he emerges from the covers and starts playing with Sissy. I make my smoothie and his chocolate milk (another spoiler it's carnation instant breakfast)

6:00 I get Grayson into the bathroom he gets dressed and brushes his teeth. Then we start the coat wrestling. Marshall just recently out grew the infant car seat so he is now in one that stays strapped in the car so I now get Charlotte in her coat in her car seat then Grayson dressed then I load up the car then I come in get Marshall in his coat and hat. Take him and Grayson out to the car get them strapped in then I come back in and get Charlotte and lock everything up.

6:25- On the road to daycare. I'm sweating. We call Michael and chat about our days. Grayson yells to him from that back seat. "I love you daddy how are you doing at work?"

6:50- We pull into daycare and now my second dance starts. I get Charlotte, Grayson and all the bags into the little entry way of the school. Then I go back and get Marshall out of his carseat. I check all 3 kids in and then I hold doors open with my foot and try not to drop a bag or a kid. I set the babies down hug and kiss Grayson and he is off to play.I get the babies into their classroom and peal off the coats. Marshall has usually pooped by then and so Miss Jenny gets to deal with that first thing in the morning. I kiss the babies good bye and head to my car.

Thankfully I work 30 seconds down the road and my boss gives me a 5 min grace. But most of the time I walk in at 6:59.

I work from 7:00-3:30.

I usually run an errand or two when I get out. I feel like I always have something to do.

3:45-4:00 I wrangle my kids from daycare. This a torture because there are a million babies screaming (usually only 2 but still) and someone else comes to pick up their baby while I'm trying to get mine strapped in and well I take up a ton of space. So it's just hectic.

4:20 we are driving home. We call Michael ask if he needs a coffee swing through the drive thru grabbing baby dounuts too because well we are already there.

5:00 We finally get home. We unload and then Michael has dinner waiting or almost finished. I unpack bags super quick and then we eat.

5:30 We gear up for power hour as we call it. I wash bottles from the day and then depending on the day make them up for the next day (we have to send pre made bottles to day care) I grab jammies, fill up diffusers in the bed rooms, get all the nighttime rollers around.

6:00 It starts. We feed Marshall and Charlotte they get a baby food meal (like vegetable beef or chicken and apple) oatmeal and then it's tubby time. Michael takes Charlotte in while I clean up from their dinner and then he brings her out. I get her dressed and oiled up while he bathes Marshall. He bring out Marshall and grabs Grayson. On school nights Grayson takes a shower (because we need every second we can get and his baths last upwards of an hour with a few water refills) He get Grayson in jammies while I finish up Marshall. Then we feed the babies their bottle and put them to bed.

7:00- I work out for 20 ish mins upstairs while Michael showers and packs his lunch.

7:30- I shower and then I get Grayson's lunch around and get clothes out for us all for the next day.Sometimes (time permitting) I fold a load of laundry.

8:00 We both take Grayson up to bed. Read a book as a family and then on nights Michael has to work I snuggle Grayson for a little bit and Michael heads to bed. On days he is off Michael will put him to bed so I can have few minutes to relax.

8:45 I head to bed. I check my e-mails. Scroll facebook and watch an episode of the office.

9:30 I'm asleep. And on a good night I sleep through. However last night I was up once with Charlotte and once with Grayson (sweet boy chugged water from the tap without us seeing him before bed so he needed to go! Ha!)


I'm in the season of surviving. I get up at 4:30 ish and I go go go until I crawl into bed at 8:45.

The babies are mobile now. Often times I walk in a room and just Marshall's head is poking out from under the entertainment system. I have Christmas presents all over our dining room table so we have been eating in the living room on tray tables for the last week or so. Grayson probably watches his iPad way too much and the babies sometimes eat more snot than I care to admit.

It's in theses hectic crazy days that I'm thankful for my partner. We work well as a team. Sure we snip at each other and there are days that he just drives me batty. But push comes to shove and he fights through this crazy with me, by my side holding my hand and comforting me when I'm having a bad day.

One day I will miss this. Well maybe I won't miss the poop diapers or the spilled milk on my floors because he wanted to see what shape it would make. But I will miss the snuggles as they drift off to sleep. The "I love you mommy your beautiful" and the way the smell.

So here is to surviving. One day at a time.



11.10.2016

Charlotte and Marshall 6 month update

How is it that my sweet babies have been here for half a year? Time flies when your sleep deprived, losing your mind daily and having fun!

What our normal mornings look like 3 little munchkins playing on the floor



6 months here we go



Sweet Sissy,

Oh Sis. You are my precious girl. But really if I'm being honest your heart belongs to your Daddy. I have never seen a baby more obsessed with someone. If he walks in a room you roll to get to him if you can hear him but not see him (because your big brother is singing in your face) well you push them out of the way to see him and then the smile you give him, oh that smile it melts him and me. There is no truer love than that. You are our food eater. You love love love veggies and fruit and oatmeal. You can take or leave the bottle. Depends on the day. But put food in front of you and man oh man you go crazy and keep your mouth open almost the whole time and screech and yell if you see us feeding Marshall and not you. It's too funny. You roll all over the place. If you need to get somewhere you roll there. You are just sweet. We love you baby girl. Your big brother is just obsessed with you. He loves to give you the longest hug and kiss when we pick you up from school and then he will sing and dance for you if you even start to fuss a little bit.You had me a little worried because you were refusing to put any weight on your legs so when we went to the doctors she forced you to stand and well you can do it but your being stubborn. I think with you, sweet girl, you will get to everything in your own time. You are keeping those blue eyes and as of right now your holding onto the red hair too. And I just love it my little red head. You are drooling like crazy and chew on anything you can get your hands on. So those teeth are coming anytime now. You are the best and worst sleeper. You sleep great for naps but at bed time you are a fitful sleeper. I'm in your room a few times a night because otherwise you will squawk until you wake up your brother. Bottom line Sis we love you. You make us so happy and are such a joy. I just truly feel blessed that I get to be your Mama on this journey with you.

Love,
Mama
Your brother just loves you and you think he's pretty great too!






Marshy,

Oh my baby boy Marshy. Yes sorry Marshall that you are called Marshy 90% of the time. But we love it. The other 10% we call you Brubber. You are the baby that smiles at everyone. Your Papa Joe made the comment the other day that no  matter what your happy to see everyone. You give them the biggest smile, we call it the whole body and soul smile and it's so genuine. You can make anyone happy with that smile. You are pretty obsessed with your big brother. If he is in the room you roll and grunt your way over to him and then will just stare at him and smile. You just like to be in his space. I just pray that you always feel that way about him(and that he is a good example for you). You are the exact opposite sleeper of your sister. You never make it though a nap.EVER. But at night sweet boy. You sleep. And it is the best. You are also drooling like a crazy boy and those bottom teeth are super swollen. You love your bottle and your food. Although beans are not your favorite but you still take them down. Your so so so close to crawling if you could just pick your head up all the way. But you have the wiggle down. You will put your arms and legs up and kick your legs so that you wiggle yourself to wherever you want to get. You enjoy the jumper and anyone singing to you. You are my blonde hair blue eyed baby boy. And I just love you. I can't wait to see you grow and who you will become. It is such a privilege to be your Mama.

Love,
Mama




Love the bond that you two already have. It's the best to watch.





11.09.2016

This Election

This will not be your normal election post.

This will not be an I'm sad for my daughter post, or I fear for our future post. Because I don't. I've got God on my side and I'm good with that. I have peace in that.

I'm not going to say who I voted for or why. It's no ones business really that's why we vote the way we do so that we can give that information at our discretion.

But I do have something to get off of my chest.


I will never ever ever vote based solely on gender.


Hear me out please.

I believe in gender equality and because of that I could care less what the gender of our president is.

However...... it was assumed that because I'm a female it was my duty to vote for a female.

No just no. That would be is taking us back years as far as I'm concerned.

I voted based on morals, integrity, a love for this country and who (in all honesty) was the lesser of two evils.

I voted to keep my rights protected.

I voted. Period. I voted for who I wanted.

I believe that if one day a women gets in the White House that, yes that will be an amazing day. However, it wasn't the time now.


And above all. God is in control. He's got this.

11.01.2016

Weekend Re-cap

I didn't leave the house this weekend! And I kind of loved it. 

Friday- I went grocery shopping super quick by myself. Now normally I take Grayson with me but let's be real it takes twice as long with a 3.5 year old and I needed it to be quick this week so away I went by myself and I made it in and out in 25 mins! All the praise hands because Wal-Mart on a Friday afternoon of a Holiday weekend is nothing short of crazy. Once I was done there I scooped up Grayson then went and picked up Libby and B. I loaded up all the kids and then took them to my sisters work so they could go to Beggars night in the town that she works in. I grabbed food on the way home and then crashed. Grayson spent the night at my mom's house with is cousins so I went to bed at 8! It was awesome


Saturday
I waited for the guy to come look at our roof. A few weeks ago we had a bad rainstorm and our ceiling started the smallest leak. So I was prepared for him to say we needed a new roof well after he checked it our he said nope just a section of flashing/tar that needed to be replaced and he could do it the next day for $50.00. SOLD! That was a huge releif!
It was just me and the babies until about 10 when my mom brought the kids over. The boys played Libby loved on the babies and I talked my mom into doing a huge favor for me! I needed a few things from BJ's (our local verisou of Sam's Club) and that is a little challenge with 3 kiddos now so since she needed stuff too she agreed to pick up my items too! Yahoo! I made spagehtti pie for dinner and we made the kiddos laugh while Grayson played with his light sabre
Charoltte decided to boycott sleeping throught the night and I was up with ther from 11:30 until 2:00 and then Marshall woke up at 5:15.

Sunday
After my few hours of broken sleep I brewed a cup of coffee (and then another and another). I needed it bad.  On Friday Marshall started having a bad case of the runs and develeoped an awful dipaper rash I was putting on tons of Aquaphor on him and nothing was helping because he would just not stop going to the bathroom! I think it was a combo of the shots he got on Tuesday and all the mucus he has going on. Well Satruday night it got really bad (like it looked like a sun burn with blisters bad) and we called our nurse hotline and they said to stop using wipes and to give him a bath at every diaper change. So that was how I spend Sunday. Rinsing his butt off then giving him a bath. Then loading him up with Aquaphor and lavender. I'm happy to say it is almost gone and he has stopped with runs so that is a blessing. Rinsing off a poopy butt is not the easiest to do with a wiggly infant.


My sister came over to visit. We went over a few things about oils for her and one of her friends that's having a baby. She helped with the lunchtime/naptime stuff and then she headed home and Grayson and I ate lunch and watched football (ugh the Bills) and I slept for all of 20 mins on the couch.
We spent the rest of the night watching Star Wars and getting ready for Halloween!