Ugh…what a busy week. I felt like I was running all over town every day, when in reality I was only going one place each day. It just seems like so much more work with 2 babies. Monday to the mall to exchange dresses for 6 month portraits. Tuesday to another mall to get the correct size since Monday’s store didn’t have them. Wednesday, twin playdate! Thursday, playdate with Lori, Ashley, and Vanessa (and Avery, Addie, Jaxson, and Turner) at my house. Friday (ugh…is this week over yet???) out to lunch with the babies and my friend Theresa. Fridays are my absolute favorite days, since I know that Christian will be home with us the next 2 days. That’s code for “I will have help for 2 days and I may even get to take a nap.”
So all of this running around really wore me down. It’s hard getting out with those two (and yes, we have to go on another errand as soon as they wake up and eat today), and believe it or not, it’s hard dealing with all of the attention they attract. Whenever someone else is with me and the babies, I always warn them, “Be prepared to be the center of attention.” It’s hard to even get through the grocery store without getting stopped 5 times. I mean babies always attract attention, especially identical twin babies, and especially identical twin babies who are so freaking cute! But at the same time, it’s tiring. How old are they? 6 months. They’re so tiny! They were 2 months premature. Are they identical? Yes. How do you tell them apart? This one is a little bigger than this one. And so on and so forth. But the majority of these people wish us the best of luck and tell us how blessed we are, and this we know. A woman in Target actually bowed to us one day and said she was not worthy. Since then I have gone around the house wearing a tiara, claiming to be the Queen of Twins.
Looking back on the past 6 months, we have accomplished a lot. Spending 5 weeks in the NICU, adjusting to life at back at home, sticking with the plan to breast feed (VERY challenging – I don’t know how many days I said I wanted to quit, and here we are at 6 months!), instilling daytime and night time routines, trying to remember to just relax and have fun every once in a while. For the first few months I didn’t even dare take them anywhere by myself. Many people say they don’t know how we do it, or even how I do it as a stay at home mom. But I don’t have a choice. Yes I’m exhausted, but there is no snooze button on the babies at 6:30 in the morning. Someone should totally invent that. And it’s always a tough decision as to whether I should take a nap when they do or if I should do the dishes or straighten the clutter in the living room. Or blog. But when they’re smiling and happy, I take it all in and it gives me the motivation to get through the next hour.