Thursday, June 26, 2008
this morning
The babies went down at 6:30 last night and no one woke up until 5:30 this morning. I saw the monitor flashing but didn't hear anyone. I got up to check who was awake and it was Drake, but he was just making soft noises, so I went back to bed.

Around 5:50 I could hear Drake starting to cry and Britta was crying a little, too. I got up and got bottles going. I went in and peeked at the babies and then I went back to the kitchen and ate a bowl of cereal while the water was warming up and checked my email while the bottles were warming in the water. I used to go in while the bottles were warming, but it seems to get the babies more riled up and ticked off when I'm in there and the bottles aren't ready.

By the time the bottles were ready, everyone was awake and I got out all the boppies and gave everyone their bottles. They have all been able to hold their own bottles for at least a month or more now and it's so nice. I talked to each baby while they drank. Jack slammed his bottle and then tried to get Britta's bottle away from her (during the day, he will often finish off Britta's bottle, but she wants all of it in the morning). Britta finished her bottle and wanted more and tried to get Drake's away from him.

I've never done this before, but Jack and Britta both seemed hungry still, so I got out a can of ready-to-use formula and gave them each a few more ounces. Drake had an ounce or two left in his bottle, but didn't seem interested in finishing, so I changed his diaper. He was still a little fussy (usually drinking his bottle makes him happy) and we wrestled a bit to get his diaper on.

I set Drake down by Jack and they both started playing with an open bag of diapers that Jack dragged out from under Drake's crib. I went to change Britta's diaper. I thought she had smelled a little stinky when she was eating, and she had some old and new poo in her diaper and her skin looked chapped and irritated. She was pretty upset while I changed her diaper and put on diaper rash cream. (We've been very lucky with all of our kids - none has been prone to diaper rash. This is the first time she's looked bad, but I think it's the first time she's pooped in the night). She isn't one to cry much, but she was crying pretty hard and I held her until she calmed down. I took her with me to take the diaper out to the garage (the diaper was a little too much to just throw in the Diaper Champ).

I put her down and she grabbed Drake's bottle and finished it off while I wrestled with Jack to change his diaper. He's a big squirmy boy and he can be pretty tough to change. We managed. While I was putting his pajama pants back on, he bucked back pretty hard and hit me in the teeth. It hurt me, so I figured it hurt him, but he didn't cry.

I gave Drake the last few ounces from the ready-to-use formula I'd gotten out (to make up for what Britta took) and he finished that. I talked and played with each baby for a little while. Then, I picked up Britta and took the bottles out to the kitchen and saw that it was almost 7:00.

I went back in the room and Drake was starting to cry and fuss. I held him for a little while and then put him in his crib. He'd been up the longest and was tired. I can often put him in his crib when he's fussing and he'll quiet down. But, he didn't quiet down. Jack played quietly on the floor, while I scooped up Britta just as she was opening the door. I held her and sang "Hush Little Baby" while she hummed and sang "ga ga ga" a long with me. It reminded me of how she sang when she was little. She's been singing again lately.

I put Britta in her crib sitting up (she usually likes to crawl around the crib and pull herself up on the bars and stand for a little while before she gives in and lays down). She cried and I tried putting her on her tummy and rubbing her back. It worked. She rubbed her eyes (her sign that she is tired) and calmed down.

I picked up Jack and sang "Hush Little Baby" to him. He was smiling at me and I thought about how different he looks from when he was in the hospital. He is so big and healthy and happy. That little guy in the NICU was fragile and still. I put Jack down in his crib and he started moving his head from side to side (his sign that he is tired).

Drake was still crying, so I picked him back up and sang to him. He burped (which may be why he wasn't calming down) and then sank down onto my chest and just relaxed while I sang to him. When I put him down, he pulled his softie over half of his face (which is what he does when he's tired and in his crib - or else he'll put his thumb in his mouth) and fussed a little, but in a way that I could tell that he would be asleep soon.

I touched each baby in their crib and said I love you and closed the door. I heard a little sound from their room for a few minutes and then everything was quiet. It still amazes me how this scheduling thing works.

Usually I'd go back to bed or go to the gym, but instead I thought I'd write it down while it was in my mind. It's a fairly typical morning. Jack is usually the last one to wake up. Often Britta will get out of the room and roam up and down the hall outside of their bedroom. Drake is usually the first one up and the first one down.

I'm going back to bed. I don't know if I'll sleep, but it will good to close my eyes.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
nine months

Typical Day:
Between 6:00 and 7:00 am - Wake up and have a bottle
Between 7:00 and 8:00 am - First Nap
9:30 am - Wake up and play, have oatmeal and fruit
11 am - Bottle
12 pm - Second Nap
~ 2 pm - Wake up and play
3 pm - Bottle and veggies
Play, go for a walk
4-5 pm - Quick Third Nap (this is getting dropped more often than not)
6:30 (if no third nap) / 7:30 (if they had third nap) - Bottle and Bed

There's one less bottle than the last time I listed their schedule and it's amazing how much less work 12 bottles seem than 15.


Britta is crawling everywhere. She has moved from the military crawl to full-on crawl. She can also pull herself up and stand on the couch and on steps. Boy howdy, that little girl is just a busy little thing. She's an absolute sweetheart and so much fun.


Drake is still not interested in rolling or scootching or crawling. We are working with him on it, but it's just not where he's at. I think that's slowly starting to change - this morning David said he was rolling some. He's the most needy, but he is so sweet. He's the easiest for eating and going to sleep (and knowing he's not going to wind up in the dog's food bowl).


Jack is smiling all the time. He is just a big, big guy. He's outgrowing all of his clothes and I need to buy him more stuff. He's scootching - usually backwards - a lot these days. He's very happy and loves to giggle and is such a great kid.


These little guys are a lot of work, but they are also so much fun!

I need to sleep, though. The more sleep I have the more I can deal with the work of it and more fun it is. Good night.
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summer break
School's out! It's lovely not to have bedtimes for the girls (or early wake up times) and homework and ballet and all the stuff we were doing every day. It feels like we just got a lot more time. I'm glad the girls are going to school, it works for them and for our family, but it's also so nice to get a break. I love having my girls home and having more time with them. I wish summer was five months instead of a measly three.

We don't have much planned for the summer: swimming lessons, ballet workshops, a trip to McCall and maybe Utah. Other than that, just enjoying each other and relaxing.

Last summer was stressful and odd. I spent most of it laying on the couch, watching Top Chef and What Not to Wear and hoping the babies were going to be alright. Around this time last year, I was just starting to go down. I took the girls swimming and had barely left the subdivision when I felt dizzy and lightheaded and weird and had to pull over. I stopped driving after that and only went to church a few more times and then it was just too hard to be anywhere that I couldn't lay down.

Thinking of that makes me grateful that I am physically almost back to normal (I still have some back and rib pain, but it's not like it was when the babies were first born) and I can do things like vaccuum and make dinner and hold babies.
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