We are car shopping and have been so busy! I think we will be getting a Town and Country since the dealerships are closing down and the deals are crazy good. Like seriously great. Even though I hate the idea of driving a minivan, I know that it will be the best for us.
I cannot believe it has already been almost a week since I last updated! I also cannot believe how busy I am on a daily basis. The girls are SO much fun now. I find myself in the floor playing with them so much lately. I am also constantly saying, "Be nice!" and "No bite!" and "No, that's Olivia's/Abby's toy right now" and "Stop pushing your sister down!" Oy! These girls will be close friends I know, but they get so upset now when the other just looks at a toy they have. They both have this scream they do. It is kinda funny, but I am sure it will get old quick.
They both want me all the time. All.the.time. In my lap getting love, preferrably without that other baby who steals time from HER mama! My my my...there is plenty of slobbery kisses going around here. Abby is doing full-out fits; flat on the floor, head planted in her hands, crying like her little heart is broken. Oh my! I have to get a video of that and share because it is hilarious! But also...might get old quick.
They are asleep now and have been sleeping better during the day. We switched their milk at night to water. I thought there would be an all-out revolt at this but surprisingly they are unphased. Which tells us that just the bottle itself has become their pacifier at night. So we will work toward breaking them of this. We also changed their PJs to summer ones and they are sleeping better. Olivia got up twice last night and Abby only once. The night before they both only got up once!! Whoo-hoo! Now why am I still so tired?
Again, I need to get a video of Abby walking. She walks everywhere now with many falls, but she is so proud of herself!
I am predicting Olivia will be walking within a few weeks herself
I have realized some things. This season of being a mom to twin babies is already going by SO fast. I will enjoy this season. I will not worry about things that are not getting done. Will my flower bed be neglected? Yep! Will we go on a dream vacation this year? Nope! Will I get my house decorated? Prob not!
Can I just say how hard it is to get a picture of them together now??
So many promised postings...maybe I will get to them...maybe I will just go play peek a boo with my two girls...
We have yet to get a really good video of her walking yet. She takes about 3-4 steps right now. She always gets so excited when we try to get it on video and claps instead of walking. Olivia claps right along with us.
I also got a really cute video of them playing with a bowl. Sorry it is so dark.
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This is a bit of a long one but so worth it...
A few weeks ago I was having one of THOSE days. You know, the days when you have to walk away from your children for the safety of all involved. This was before the whole crying it out thing. The girls were fighting their naps with a passion and I was SO done!
I used to rock them to sleep in the recliner with one of each side and me sitting in front of it and singing and rocking them. It worked so well. Well, they had just started this whole make Mommy crazy thing where they would mess with each other to the point of making each other cry. That day after they had messed up the whole recliner thing, I was already short on patience. I rocked Olivia to sleep and laid her in her crib, then I rocked Abby to sleep. The moment I laid Abby in her crib, Olivia woke up. She had only slept for maybe 15 mins. So I took her into our room and rocked her back to sleep. While I rocked her I just cried and cried because I was SO tired and frustrated and really needing them to just give me a break already! I was also praying and asking the Lord for strength through this time. I remember telling him that I so wanted to say, "I just can't DO this!", but I knew that with him I could get through it. After Olivia was asleep I laid down with her in my bed. I knew she would stay asleep for a little longer. I prayed again asking for just a little time for a nap, please, please. I just needed a little bit of a rest. I heaved a huge sigh, closed my eyes...and Abby woke up.
Yeah...it was not good, people.
I left Olivia in our bed and went in to sit with Abby. She was so not going back to sleep and was just climbing and clawing all over me. All this time, Gary and I were texting. I was giving him a blow by blow :-) He could tell that I was about to lose it and asked if I needed him to come home.
Ya'll, I SO needed him to come home, but dang it! I didn't want to need him to come home. I mean, wasn't I capable of caring for my own two children, for pete's sake?? That was me at my lowest, I think; so needing help, but not wanting to ask for help. I had already asked the Lord for help and that hadn't gone according to plan. And plus, I thought of all those MOMs out there who do it every day with no help. I just felt so incapable as a mom. But, finally, I knew I needed help for the sake of the girls, because I was out of patience.
So he came home.
He walked in the door and said, "Go...go to a movie...go shopping...just go...you have the day off."
Umm...could you hear the angels singing? Cuz I sure could. They were singing loud and clear "Hallelujah!" I just started crying and saying thank you thank you thank you. And then I jumped up and was out of the house in 5 minutes. I had to get out of there before he changed his mind!
I got a pedicure and went shopping at...wait for it...a MALL! I was in desperate need for some clothes that fit and weren't t-shirts so I headed to the mall. And, oh my, it was heavenly. Possitively heavenly.
I came home refreshed and ready to get back to it.
This day did so much for my heart. It was so much more than a day off. It was a healing alone time with my own thoughts. Gary knew just what I needed and just how he could step in and do it. He is truly the love of my life. The Lord did answer my prayer with a better plan than I had, because let me tell you, retail therapy is better than a quick rest any day. I have bragged about Gary before and I know I will again. I so thank God for sending me this wonderful man.
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They began building their nest a few days after I put it up. We have 4 eggs inside that wonderfully formed nest. Mama sits inside and watches us come and go hardly ever flying away unless someone gets too close or moves too fast. Daddy bird is always close by watching over them.
This year I am going to try and water the flowers from the other side of the container with a long spouted watering can. The nest sits above the lowest vines/branches of the flowers so it will not get wet.
I don't know enough about these birds to know if it is the same bird that has come back for three years. I'd like to think so. Ignorance is bliss and all that...
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