Saturday, April 21, 2012

A mile high

Last weekend we purchased a new mattress.  We originally went to Sleepy's and ended up at Bob's.  We were basically camped out on one of their mattresses for at least a few hours.  Well we had to take them to the restroom to change diapers (unlike what we did at the Sleep Number store!) and feed them in the cafe, but we had all three babies on the Bob-O-Pedic testing it out and taking pictures and of course becoming a spectacle that everyone had to come over and see.  Our sales guy, Jason, actually took some pictures of the babies and was going to forward them onto corporate - to BOB himself - to see if he'd be interested in the trio for some advertising.  Who knows, likely nothing will come of it, but maybe it will.  Well, the mattress was delivered a few days later and this thing is HUGE.  I feel like I'm sleeping a mile from the floor.  Tony and I both have to climb a little to get into bed.  I have to say, it's nice, but I'm not completely sold on it yet - so no review to share as of yet.  The worst part is now that the babies are all mobile, we have to be really careful because they have alot farther way to fall now.  I almost don't trust myself to have all of them on the bed with me at the same time because they're quick.

Another change in the house is that we lowered everyone's crib.  It's a bit more difficult to lift them out now, but I feel better that they can't climb out and fall to the floor.  Amelia was seen today pulling herself from a sitting position to a standing position using the play yard fence.  Of course Tony was there, my mom was there and my dad was there to witness this, but alas, I was not.  They all assured me that she indeed did this on her own without help, but I was more sad that I had missed it.  We tried to get her to do it again, but it seems she expelled all her energy doing it the first time.  Anyways, back to their cribs being lowered - I'm sure they notice the difference of the increased depth these past few days and it's probably the same way that I feel about sleeping so close to the ceiling!  It must seem like their mobiles are a mile away!

Another quick update on Amelia - I think I may have posted that ever since she's been sick, she's been eating really well.  Unfortunately, that's over.  It's very sad that we're back to prying her mouth open to drink her bottle and having her kick and scream as we do it.

I'll have to pull the pictures from Tony's phone from Bob's and throw them on here when I get a chance.  But for now, I need sleep.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Time

I actually took these a few weekends ago.  My plan was to get all three of them amongst the flowers, but Tony was working and I couldn't figure out the logistics on how to get them all out there at the same time without leaving one or two alone while I got the other one (s), plus they all woke up from naps at separate times so it worked out that we did individual.  As you can see, I was able to get my two lovely ladies together, but trying to get them both to look and smile was a whole 'nother story.  I think I put on quite a show trying to get both girls out the door and then back in the house at the same time.  During that struggle, I realized how much I dislike my neighbors as they didn't even come over or ask if I needed any help and I know they were watching me.  I'm used to not getting any outside help (other that immediate family), but never realized what a bunch of a-holes I live next door to. Ok so back to beautiful babies amongst beautiful flowers.  Sorry for the angry rant re: neighbors. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Amazing babies

I'm amazed every time I watch each of my babies.  Olivia is basically crawling.  She hasn't quite mastered it, but she can get to where she needs to go if she sees something she wants.  For the past few days, she's even been holding her own bottle.  She can hold it steady, but needs some help toward the end to tip it.  She is very strong and has been seen getting up on her knees and holding onto the side of her crib.  She can go from lying down to sitting up on her own.  I even watched her reach down between the slats of her crib and pull through a sample of diapers from Sam's club that was stacked between the girls cribs.  Within the next day or so, we're going to have to lower her crib.  I'd worry too much about her falling over the side if we didn't.  She has also lost the privilege of her musical mobile above her crib.  The musical part is still there, but while she was on her knees today, she was able to reach the animals that hang down and she proceeded to pull on them.  I know it's not that heavy so if it were to fall on her it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it's made of plastic and all I can imagine is that the plastic splinters and hurts her.  She already has her two bottom teeth and her top two are cutting in already!  I still have a difficult time believing she was our smallest baby weighing in at 4 lbs 5 oz.  Olivia is also amazing us with her hair color.  It was a lighter brown color at birth and has continued to grow, but now it's almost looking blonde.  We'll just have to see what happens with that.
One last thing that happened with Olivia today on an outing.  I guess her car seat wasn't locked into the stroller and well, she and the car seat took a tumble.  We were inside the store where we were purchasing the rails for little Tony's crib (to be able to convert it later on to a big boy bed).  Tony was yo-yo'ing the stroller using the 'runaway' strap and I guess one his last recoils was a bit too aggressive and the car seat with Miss O went flying forward and ended up upside down.  She didn't even make a peep and didn't even seem bothered or aware of what had just happened.  I guess all of Tony's 'roughness' with the babies has paid off.  I, of course was mortified in front of the guy that works there and then Tony tells me that it has happened before!  to Amelia. (insert eye roll here)
Amelia is the last to recover from being sick.  Now that I think of it, I haven't heard her cough lately and that's really great, but ever since she's been better, she wants to eat.  We don't have to force her to drink her bottle or force her to eat her oatmeal/baby food.  She still doesn't eat as fast as the other two, but it's so nice to not have to fight with her to eat.  She's still the smallest, but seems to be doing well.  She's not really crawling, but she can also seem to move to get where she wants to go.  She's a happy little baby and typically always has a smile, but on occasion she can be very needy and just wants her daddy to hold her.  She's getting her two bottom teeth in - they're just cutting in, and the only reason we knew is because Tony got his finger bit today.  She's so cute when she's napping or getting to sleep.  She's one that still sucks her thumb to soothe herself to sleep.  Amelia currently still has brown hair, but has the shortest hair and often gets mistaken for a boy and her eyes look like they're turning brown as well.  I think that's all for now about Amelia.  I'm sure I'll remember more tomorrow after I've had more sleep.
Little T is also a happy little guy.  He doesn't have any teeth just yet, but he's a good eater.   He is also feeling better - the last time he got sick was on Easter.  Little T isn't really crawling either, but he gets himself on his hands and knees and rocks himself front to back.  He can also get around somehow and enjoys playing with all of the different toys.  He's still got the best/longest hair.  He's such a joy to watch in his bouncer and today, as I was holding him, he was trying to look outside between the living room curtains.  He was trying so hard to just catch a glimpse of what was going on outside, it was so cute.
I'm getting really tired and can't think of half of the things that I should be writing in this but I can always edit it later when I do.  I have pictures to add, but I have to load them first.  Again, that'll have to wait until tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thinking back...

I often try and think back to where I was a year ago.  I was about 18 weeks pregnant and from what I remember just starting to have to wear maternity clothes.  I don't mind admitting that I still wear some of those clothes - they're just really comfortable!  I fit into most of my old clothes, but my shirts feel a little short, but I'm a bit more self conscious of my belly so I tend to want longer shirts to cover it up.
I remember feeling really good and was getting around relatively easily.  I recall taking the stairs at work up until the day they took me out of work (at 22 weeks).  I had had a pretty easy first trimester with no morning sickness.  I do recall feeling really tired all the time though.   I had already had the CVS testing completed and I already had the preliminary results, which included the sexes of the babies!  I had already told everyone in my family and at work and was already looking into what bedroom furniture we should get.  Tony had to help with that - I'm a bit 'spatially' challenged - to figure out what we could actually get and how it would all fit into the room.  The furniture actually arrived just in time - about 2 weeks prior to the babies!

I actually wasn't until week 22 that some of my complications started.  I had a bit of bleeding at the end of my workday.  I called Dr. Rosen's office and explained what was going on.  My maternal fetal medicine specialist was Todd Rosen and I grew to really like and respect him.  I'm still a little sad that he wasn't the one to welcome my babies into the world but glad he came to see me afterwards.  He told me to go to the L&D dept across the street and they would monitor me to see what was going on.  I ended up seeing a colleague of his, who I learned much later on, was pregnant with her own twins.  They tried checking my cervical length, but couldn't get a good reading due to my empty bladder.  They proceeded to fill me with iv fluids, but wouldn't not allow me to eat anything.  It was nearing the end of the day and thought I was going to stay overnight, so I called and spoke to my manager to not expect me the next day at work... or any more days for that matter.  Over the course of that evening, Dr. Rosen basically told me that I was done.  Even if they weren't able to get a great measurement (c.l.) it had appeared that it had shortened quite a bit since the last time I was measured just about a week or more ago.  I was actually discharged at around 11pm - which was really annoying. I had already been cuddled up in the not-so-comfortable hospital bed, and was tired.  I was half asleep when they told me I could go and to follow up with Dr. Rosen the next day.  To be continued... I'm getting sleepy talking about being sleepy!

Here's the video of my uber-cute baby boy.  It's not the balloon fight, but rather him jumping.  I'll post the balloon one later.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Still sick :(

The whole clan is still sick.  Little Tony is probably the best of all of us with just an occasional cough.  Olivia is all congested and has a cough, but seems to be fever free.  Amelia, seems to still have a fever occasionally, is congested with a runny, snotty nose, has a cough and has laryngitis.  She can't even cry out loudly.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but because it's difficult to hear her crying, sometimes in the middle of the night, we don't wake up until she's really distraught. She's the only one that throws up every once in a while, but we're careful to force her to eat.  Tony and I are both really congested too and have a cough.  I'm slowly losing my voice and it didn't help that today at work was really busy - technically we were closed, but they have a 'skeleton crew' working.  Well I guess we forgot to tell all of our customers that we were closed because they were still calling up until 3:59pm when we were really closed at 4pm.
The best part of my day was when I walked through the door of the house and started to climb the stairs to the living room and all three of my babies stopped whining and smiled at me.  They then played happily in their bouncers while Tony and I relaxed for a few minutes.  We actually got to eat dinner prior to 9pm for a change.  Tax season is drawing to an end soon and I won't be completely alone most of the weekend for too much longer.  It's actually been a good test and I'm glad that it's something I did because I now know that I'm able to take care of all three of them on my own.  It's exhausting, but possible!
I didn't make it to my MoM meeting this past week and likely not next month either.  I'm still carting around several boxes of baby girl clothes to give to a fellow MoM.  One of these days, once everyone is better, tax season is over and the rest of the dust settles, we'll get a chance to connect and I can meet her baby girls. 
Yesterday, while over at the inlaws house, I took a video of little T and Olivia both wresting with the same balloon.  I couldn't stop cracking up and between all the phone calls at work today, I showed this video to everyone that came over to me.  Hey, I couldn't help it - it's so darn cute.  I'll have to load it tomorrow... taking too long to load right now and I need to sleep!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

First time for everything!

We've had a rough past few days with one sick baby.  Little Tony started with a fever last Monday evening and throughout the past week gave us a few sleepless nights.  I've dealt with more baby vomit than I can stand.  I thought I was going to get through one day without any and then Amelia goes as tosses her cookies!  I guess she doesn't like mangos. If that wasn't bad enough, I get her and Olivia to bed and I start to hear a wretching sound and I look over at Amelia, who is already asleep and so was Olivia.  Where was it coming from?  I had to look around for a second and then figured it out.  It was the CAT.  She tossed up a hairball right in the door way of the babies room.  It's always something.
Little Tony is slowly getting better he mainly has a cough now, but it breaks my heart to hear him struggle to breath.  The other details of last week are a little hazy, but I remember that at least two nights in a row we were up trying to calm a baby or multiple babies every few hours.  People ask me all the time if one baby cries, do the others cry too? and my typical answer is no.  Well, not that night.  They all set each other off that night and it was crazy.  I went into work really tired.  I'm surprised I gave out any correct information that day.  Tony did see the pediatrician due to his fever and they didn't really think there was anything to worry about but I'm glad he went because everyone was merely blaming all of his symptoms on teething.  We did learn that he currently weighs 17lbs, 10 oz!  It's amazing to think that he was a mere 5 lbs, 5 oz just 7 1/2 months ago.
At this point, everyone is sick.  Little Tony still has a cough, but hasn't thrown up recently.  Olivia is congested and has a cough.  She also has a fever on and off and doesn't eat with her normal usual vigor.  I guess it would be a bit difficult to drink from a bottle when you can't breath through your nose.  Amelia has also had a fever on and off and hasn't been eating well.  She ends up waking up every few hours.  I've been feeling crappy and Tony has a bad cough.  I'm hoping this passes quickly.
Other than everyone being sick, there really nothing new to report.  Olivia currently has her two front bottom teeth and more on the way.  She's not yet crawling - unless you count backwards.  She can get up on her hands and knees, but not quite move forward.  It's fun to watch her try, but she gets frustrated.  She typically a very happy baby, but since she hasn't been feeling well, her cry is so sad to hear.
Amelia is also doing well, but she doesn't always want to eat.  While little Tony was at the pediatrician, he mentioned that feeding Amelia is sometimes a struggle.  They suggested using Nutramigen - basically the enfamil version of Alimentum.  We tried on a few different occasions to feed her that, and let's just say she turned her nose up at it.  So we're back to her regular stuff.  Amelia is also the baby of many nicknames.  For some time now I've been calling her 'Bean'.  She's so long and skinny, she's like a string bean.  Tony has adopted the name 'Chaos' for her.  She will go after anything and everything, even knocking things off the table.  She typically sits with her arms outstretched and nothing is safe in her wake! 
Over the weekend I put the girls in some dresses that I know won't fit them for very long.  Little Tony wasn't in the mood to smile, but the girls enjoyed their photo shoot!