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A Day in My Life (With Twins)

I’ve wanted to write this post for awhile, but I knew that it would require some serious work!  So without further adieu. 🙂

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I hear the boys over the monitor around 6:30. I am not a morning person. I struggle to get out of bed, throw my hair in a pony tail and snap this picture out the backdoor. The views of the sun rising from the back of our house are always beautiful. I almost smile, but it is too early. I feel like a zombie.

The boys’ room is downstairs so I go down there and heft them both in my arms (close to 50 lbs of toddler now!) and head back upstairs.

Breakfast time for the boys!

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I struggle sometimes with getting them to eat, so I feed them what I know will get food in their tummies. Breakfast is normally some dry cereal to keep them happy while I get everything else ready (Kix today), half a banana each and some toaster waffles.  We have tried a ton of different things (eggs etc) and this seems to work, so eh, this is what we will stick with for now.  Which is how a lot of things seem to work in the land of Twindom.

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Henry was unhappy, and required being picked up by Mommy. I don’t remember why now. This does happen multiple times a day.  See the big fat tear?

7:00 am – First diaper changes of the day.  I’ll spare you the details.

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I turn on the morning news while the boys play.  The laundry I threw in the washer the night before goes in the dryer.

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I watch as the boys play in ‘Their Drawer’ in the kitchen.  I have it filled with miscellaneous kitchen stuff they can’t hurt themselves with and I don’t mind finding strewn across the house.  They think they’re hot stuff because they can get into drawers.

7:15 finds the boys ‘helping me’ get food from the fridge to make eggs for Daddy and Mommy.

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And helping cook. Thank goodness for knob covers.

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The Lupie takes her meds.

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Eggs are done! Delicious, but not too appetizing looking.

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I gave up on drinking hot coffee in the morning because by the time I am able to finish it, it is cold. I feel if I start out with iced coffee, I don’t feel so sad when it is still cool 2 hours later. 🙂

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It’s 7:35 and the boys watch some Barney so A and I can eat!

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Breakfast is over for us, A is off to work. I make the bed. I find I always feel more organized and better about the day if I manage to get this accomplished.

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It’s only 8:10 and someone else needs cuddles. I oblige. Sad faces.

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8:40 – Get the boys dressed! This normally involves me chasing them around a bit so I can catch them. Them wrangling them into clothes. Sometimes it resembles bathing a screeching, unhappy cat.

I sneak into the bathroom to put my contacts in (I can SEE!), brush my teeth and wash my face.  These 3 are essentials. Still no hairbrush used. Eh, oh well.

Time for a walk! Well a walk/run for Mama. 2 miles pushing these guys is truly a workout now! This was part of my cool down at the end. Sorry so shaky.

We’re back in the house and the boys are in their high chairs again, this time for a snack, at 9:30.  They act like I’m starving them and eat everything I put in front of them!  Fruit (which they will always eat) and half a breakfast bar each.

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After their snack the boys play and Mama cleans. Yay.

Dishes before:

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And after. The story of my life.

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Then comes Diaper Change #2 at 10 am.

The boys play while I…

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Fold the now dry laundry!

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Made beds also make for good clothes folding surfaces!

I’m a super fast folder and by 10:10 I’m sitting down for the first time since breakfast to watch a little Olympics. I try to ignore the mess that is the living room.

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It’s 10:30 and time to take the boys on their own walk!

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Think Hudson is ready?

He threw a temper tantrum because he had to hold my hand. I thought the terribleness came at 2? Apparently not in our household.

We are back by 11 for the boys’ lunchtime.

Again, starving.

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Lunch is pb&j. They will eat peanut butter or grilled cheese. God forbid I try to sneak some meat in there.  They get some blackberries which they gobble up and something else, but I can’t remember what now.

They get a 4 oz bottle of milk (I know, I know). 3rd diaper change of the day and then NAP TIME.

They go down without a fuss by noon.

Score 1 point for Mama for the day.

I scarf some leftovers.

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I do almost everything during their nap time as fast as possible because you never know how long they will sleep. Hudson is a great napper and I can count on at least 2 hours from him. Henry? It could be 1 hour, 45 minutes, 2 hours? No matter what I’ve tried, I can never really rely on how long he will sleep.

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Time to clean the kitchen again.  I wash the dishes and start the dishwasher. No after photo this time.

But there is a before photo of a dirty, sweaty me!

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It’s 12:20 and I decide to take a quick bath. I throw in some epsom salts as I have been particularly achy lately. 🙁  Lupus sucks.

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I’ve only ever half dropped my phone in the bath before. Don’t tell my husband.

And after! The boys were still sleeping at 12:45 so I did my hairs! Clean clothes! Everything! No makeup, but I don’t have anyone to impress today. 😉

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I do a few things around the house, trying to be as quiet as possible. I check email on my laptop and putter around on the internet.

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I find Henry sleeping with his butt up in the air all the time.

When they’re napping it is like I’m expecting them to wake up at any time.  I should have taken a nap because they slept for about 2 1/2 hours! Like I said, you just never know.

Again with the starving so they get another snack: raisins and Goldfish, their two favorites. (Not pictured)

Insert diaper change #4 here.

It’s 3:06 and I’m comforting another child.

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Around 3:15 I decide it is time to get out of the house so we head to the grocery store! Just to Aldi, and I hate running to get their carts so far from the parking spots and leaving the boys in the van so instead we take the stroller and a huge 21 bag inside.

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We hunt down mostly staples and head on out.

It’s too hot to be out.

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At least in and out of the van that fast. It doesn’t seem to cool down the trip there or back.

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I get the groceries put away and catch a breather around 4:30 and watch a little bit of Ellen while we all cool off and drink some ice water.

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The boys play:

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Everything becomes a phone. I say, “Hello? Hello? Who is it?” at least 20 times a day.

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It’s 5 pm and it’s been almost 3 hours so you know what it’s time for? Eating!

Chicken strips, potatoes, green beans and strawberries. Though Henry has decided to become a vegetarian and spits out any chicken I try to feed him. Hudson takes after me and eats all the things.

Anyone else have kids that love to throw their cups on the floor?

Dada shows up during dinner and so afterwards it is playtime!

You should see their faces light up when they see him.

Tonight is bath night. Hudson looooves baths and keeps saying, “Basth, basth!” all excitedly. Mama gets stuff ready and just before 6 they’re in the tub.

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Henry was having fun dipping his face in the bubbles. We had fun laughing at his bubble facial hair.

By 10 after 6, the boys are out (by Henry’s choosing) and dressed in a fresh diaper (#5) and jammies.

I cuddle a crabby Hudson.  (Are we detecting the theme of the day here??)

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Then they get their night night bottles.

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Afterwards, another diaper change (#6, 12 diapers if you’re counting) and then we help them brush their teeth.

By 7 we take them downstairs and put them to bed. Hardly any peeps!

Laundry time again! This time washing.

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I take a longish phone call, A works out, then starts dinner.

Laundry goes into the dryer by 8!

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Then it’s time for Taco Tuesday (not intentionally).

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Turkey tacos, that is.

We sit down to eat around 8:15 and start watching the newest to DVD Divergent movie.

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We end up turning it off and watch the Olympics instead.  A is working. 🙁

I take a break from the tv and clean up some things in the garage.

Then I fold the laundry!

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This time I put it all away.

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Dishes for the last time today. Thank the Lord.

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All cleaned up and ready for breakfast tomorrow!

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It’s just before 10 and Mama takes her night meds.

I write this blog and then head to bed. 🙂

It’s not perfect, it’s not always pretty. But I love this life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

And that’s my day! Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our world. 🙂

My Boys Are One! +a video

I can hardly believe it! My little boys are 1!

We had their birthday party last weekend…

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Cowboy-themed, obviously.  I think everyone had a good time, including the boys, which was extremely important to me.  SO much planning went into that day, but I had fun doing it. 🙂

Their birthday was on Thursday and I made a video highlighting this past year. I cry a little every time I watch it.  I hope you enjoy it!

I never knew I could love two little humans so much. 🙂

This Messy Life.

35 weeks pregnant twins

 

That was this time last year! (Read about it here)

I can remember barely being able to get my feet in those flip flops because my feet were so swollen. Constant doctor appointments. Trying to keep working. Feeling like I needed a nap constantly. I would get exhausted taking a shower and straightening my hair. It was a big. deal. 🙂 It is amazing how much your life can change in a year, though at least the constant need of a nap hasn’t changed.

 

My life now:

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I normally have messy hair, no makeup, I’m wearing a t-shirt and have a cup of coffee somewhere within reach.

But with these boys around I’m amazed at my life.  Seeing them learn new things. Chaos at bath time. Babies growing into little toddlers able to reach the top of tables.  Singing silly songs.  Pretending to smell stinky feet and always getting a giggle. Hugs. Kisses. Feeling my eyes well up with tears as I get out the next size of jammies.  Watching their faces light up when they see their daddy.

Sure, there’s teething and diaper rashes and lots (and lots) of crying.

I never knew what being a twin mom would be like. But this is the best. THE best messy life ever.

And should this be the last thing I see
I want you to know it’s enough for me
‘Cause all that you are is all that I’ll ever need
I’m so in love, so in love
So in love, so in love

There’s noone luckier.

38 Weeks In and Out!

My, time flies!!

My boys are now 38 weeks old. How crazy is that? That have now been out in the world just as long as they were in my tummy.  They are growing so fast, and really becoming little people now.

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Things seem to settling down a bit more, even though I have a crawler!  I still feel behind on everything… housework, exercise, and all those extra things.  Most days I am happy if the boys get bathed and I get a shower!  However, I feel like we are getting into a good groove.

I hope this means that I can make some time to start blogging again!

I’m still alive!

I reeeeeally need to write a real update. It is coming soon, I promise!

 

But for now…

My boys have gone from this:

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To this: (!)

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I love my little family.  🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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They’re Here!

Just a quick update between feedings. 🙂

The boys were born at 10:05 and 10:27 pm on April 21st.

Hudson William (baby A) was 5 lbs, 12.5 oz and 20 inches long.

Henry Patrick (baby B) was 5 lbs, 1 oz and 19.5 inches long.

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Henry (aka Hank by his daddy) on the left and Hudson on the right.

 

We are all extremely healthy and happy.  And sleep deprived.  🙂

One of these days I am going to sit down and write out their birth story… but for now, here are pictures. 🙂

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Hudson under the warmer.

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Proud Daddy

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Sleepy Mommy, getting ready to go home.

 

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Little Henry on our way home.

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Home!

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they're here!

So glad to have my little guys here!