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.
Last Sunday (Sept 14th) was Austin Museum Day – one of my favorite times of year, when all of the museums in town are free for the day, and most of them have special exhibits going on. Despite the fact that we were supposed to have horrible rain thanks to Hurricane Ike, it was a beautiful day. The plan was to head downtown kind of early, visit the Austin Museum of Art, and then find a nice place downtown to have some lunch. Well, as most of you know, having a baby makes you perpetually late. And having two babies makes you double late. So by the time we left the house it was already time for lunch, so we stopped at Whole Foods downtown, since they have a huge selection of take-out food stands there. Did I mention that the Whole Foods downtown is crazy busy? All the time? There’s almost no flow to the store, so people are just coming at you from all directions, and it’s not easy to maneuver a double stroller in there. But lunch was good. Not $23 good, but still good. The best part was when Claire pooped and I changed her in the trunk of my car in the parking garage. There was no was in hell I was going back in that store just to change a diaper.
Next we headed to the museum. We found a good parking spot, then decided to take a detour up to the capitol and feed the girls on the capitol lawn.
As Christian found a spot under a tree, I went into the capitol to get some water for the girls’ bottles. It had been a while since I had been there, and I totally forgot how beautiful it is inside. There’s something about old buildings that fascinate me. It’s also amazing to think of all the politics that occur in that building every day. I can’t imagine working in politics. And I don’t think any of you would want me to. Anyway, we spread out our things in the grass, fed the girls, and had a little playtime.
Then it was time to head to the museum, where we received horrifying news: we had to leave our beloved double stroller outside! Figures, since Rachel had just fallen asleep. But luckily the girls aren’t that heavy yet, so we carried them through the exhibit. They got to see some lovely works of art by Renior, Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso! Well, they actually only made it through the first few paintings before they fell asleep. But in the museum a woman stopped us and told us that she had twins also. They were 15, and when she called them over I was amazed – these girls looked EXACTLY alike. It was incredible. I guess that’s what we are in for in a few years.
I absolutely love museum day. Just think – next year we will have some little toddlers, and I’m sure we’ll be headed to the Austin Children’s Museum then! It was a perfect day!
Ok I’m new to this too…..I adjusted the settings on comments so that you do not have to sign up for a blogger account to leave me a comment. If you already have….then great! But if you would like to leave a comment you can also select “Name/URL” when it says to choose an identity. It is the third choice. That way you can leave your name (the URL is optional) without having to sign up for a blogger account. Sorry about any confusion – it was on the default settings at first.
Glad some of you are already enjoying it! I will probably be completing some “back-blogs” for a few days – catching up on things we have done recently.
I created this slideshow the other day to document our summer adventures – okay most of it was just us hanging out at home, but I was truly amazed at how much the girls have grown from June to the end if August. They were still such little blobs at the beginning of the summer, and now they are like real little babies! Enjoy!
I know this is way overdue, but I am so glad I started this blog as a way to try and document what’s going on in our lives with the two little ones. I had dreams of keeping up with my journal (manually), writing down my memories as they happened and hopefully handing it over to the girls one day, but unfortunately that is just not happening. Tell me – you are given an hour or so of free time while the girls are napping, you have a mountain of laundry to do, phone calls to make about the seemingly endless lab bills still coming in, and baby stuff scattered all over the house. Not to mention after getting up 3 times during the night, the babies got up for the day at 6:30, and you are exhausted out of your wits. Do you really think you will reflect in your journal? I didn’t think so.
I often wonder how much it would cost to hire my own personal Starbucks barista to just keep the Soy Cinnamon Dolce latte’s flowing throughout the day. For some reason I think it would be worth it.
So from now on I am going to try and record all of my thoughts and memories here on this blog. Thanks to my friend Vanessa, another twin mom, for giving me the idea. She has one for her family and I love reading all of the new things they are experiencing, so I figured our family and friends would like to take a peek into our world as well. You can expect stories, pictures, and maybe some videos. Apparently my camcorder is not compatible with my Mac – well actually it will be once I purchase some component. I have no idea. Isn’t everything supposed to be compatible with a Mac? Whatever.
So please enjoy the blogs and feel free to leave me comments!