Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Nap Time

Our house is currently in a state of disarray. We are in the midst of installing a new 5-ton heat pump after our "old" 3-ton unit stopped working during some of the hottest days of the summer. 1 unairconditioned house in 100 degree heat + 2 toddlers + 1 cranky mom = 1 husband that must purchase a new a/c or else.

Technically Matt and Will are to blame for this major purchase. After all, we never would have needed a bigger a/c if we hadn't needed to add on a bonus room for my office and workout space. They are the ones who conspired in utero to split into 2 beings and wreak havoc on our perfectly situated house. So while I spent the better part of my pregnancy in a constant state of nausea and bedrest, Chris ripped out my pantry, installed a stairway and finished out an additional room. The poor a/c unit just couldn't handle cooling that extra space. Thank you Matt and Will.

Because of all the work going on in the house, I've had to deny Matt and Will access to the kitchen and keep them contained in the living room, dining room and playroom. I must admit it is nice to be able to work in the kitchen without a toddler or two underfoot, but Matt and Will are not hip on this new arrangement. They spent most of yesterday crying at the gates wondering what they did to mommy to deserve such punishment.

When I put them down for a nap today they babbled for well over an hour before they finally fell asleep. It started with giggles and laughter, progressed to "uh oh" and "ahhh" at the top of their lungs and then wound down with "mama? mama? mama?"

Now that they have finally fallen asleep, I just know that the a/c man will show up to get started on the work today and wake up my peacefully sleeping boys. At least I'll get to deal with 2 fussy toddlers in a comfortably cooled house.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Morning Show with Matt and Will

It's a shame my mom doesn't know how to turn on a computer. IF she could locate the power button, click on the Explorer icon and scroll to the 1 "favorite" I have listed for her, she'd find this:

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Diaper Pail

It would not surprise me if Matt and Will grew up to one day become respectable garbage men, especially my Matt. He's become quite a helper after diaper changes by disposing his diaper afterwards. All I have to say is, "Matt throw your diaper in the pail."

Today I was changing Will's diaper and gave him his wet one to try to keep him occupied. I'm still dealing with the constant flipping Will insists on doing each time I try to wrangle him into a new diaper. Will was not impressed with his old diaper and flung it to the floor. About that time, Matt came strolling into the nursery pushing one of his toys. (the only thing that would make this story better is if Matt was whistling) I heard the toy stop and turned around to see Matt scoop up the diaper, walk directly to the pail and toss it in. Then he went right back to his push toy and continued his route out of the nursery without missing a beat. It was priceless.

Later this evening when faced with the task of hand washing all 10 sippy cups and their 10 accompanying valves and lids, I decided to waste some water and run the dishwasher even though it wasn't completely filled. It always pains me to run the dishwasher when it's not cram packed, so I tried to find all that I could to put in it. If I didn't want to have to unload the extras, I might have even filled it with clean dishes. I loaded the cups and realized I was missing one, and by golly I was NOT going to run the darn thing without that 10th sippy cup. Chris and I checked all the usual hiding places- under furniture, in the hamper, in trash cans and came up empty handed. I figured the only place it could be was in the diaper pail, so I quietly sneaked into the nursery with my flashlight, opened the pail and pushed aside the top layer of diapers. Sure enough, my garbage men were a little too eager today and threw away the cup. I guess it was a good idea that I decided to run the dishwasher tonight, because that cup could use a little extra sanitizing.
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Friday, September 14, 2007

This will come back to haunt them someday

Last year when all of my friends and neighbors were consumed with the task of finding Halloween costumes, I had more important things to worry about. Like when I could sleep. So Papa bought the boys some spiderman costumes to carry on the family tradition of a long line of spidermen. Unfortunately, even though they were sized 6 months, they boys were still in 0-3 month clothing. So the costumes were stashed away and forgotten.

Posted by PicasaA few weeks ago while cleaning out Matt and Will's closet for an upcoming consignment sale, Chris and I came across the costumes and decided to try them on the boys. They fit. So we decided to take loads of embarrassing pictures and paraded them down the street for all the neighbors to see. It was a wonderful evening.

I know I've been terrible about blogging lately, so I figured I'd play catch up.

  • At our recent well-child visit Will was 31 inches tall and weighed 21 lbs. 11 oz. Matt was the exact same height and tipped the scales at 20 lbs. 6 oz.

  • We had to take the boys for some blood work at our local hospital to check a recurring rash. A fellow MOM reassured me that the lab used numbing cream and the boys would do fine. Guess what? No numbing cream. Will had to have two draws because the first vein didn't give enough of a sample- not a good morning for us.

  • The blood work came back normal except for their iron levels, so I have to give them supplements. There is a negative side effect associated with iron which is the same side effect we've been dealing with thanks to the transition to whole milk. Thank goodness the boys have acquired a taste for prunes. We can all sleep at night thanks to those prunes.

  • Matt fell off his firetruck this morning (with a little help from Will I'm sure) and I ran to him and found blood coming out both nostrils and his mouth. He has a huge fat lip thanks to a tear at the top of his gums. I'll be sure to take a photo to commemorate my neglect. Thanks to some ice and tylenol, he's fine now.

  • There are times that I make Matt and Will hold my hand while they walk. It's great when I need them to follow me inside or keep them safely on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, they've learned that they can drop to their knees to avoid having to go my way. I cannot even convey to you what an annoying habit this is.

  • A couple in Arizona was recently on TV with their 3 month-old sextuplets. The mom looked great. Asked about their schedule, she said that all 6 were on the same 3-hour feeding schedule and they all slept between feedings. They only wake once during the night for a feeding at 2 am. They ALL sleep from 7pm until 2am, wake for a feeding and go back to sleep until 7am. When I told Chris about this he asked why couldn't we have had sextuplets. We spent over a year waking no less than 6 times each night. We went more than a year without regular naps. We apparently were not meant to be parents.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Here's a sampling of my favorite Matt and Will moments from the past few weeks.

Matt playing peek-a-boo while patiently waiting for his bath and Will giving kisses
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Will's new trick