Saturday, February 27, 2016

Remodeling & Checkups

Another prenatal appointment down. My Mom came up Wednesday night so we could leave early and get errands ran too. We spent them morning wandering around Menards getting ideas and prices for remodeling the main bathroom. I was mopping and the vinyl floor ripped and revealed the water damage we suspected was way worse than we realized. Currently half the floor is tore up. We are going to have to replace everything including the subfloor. 

Current debate is my husband wants to put up a surround and I want to tile the surround. I never want to deal with water getting behind the surround again and I loved the tile shower surround we had in our rental apartment when we wer first married. We have leftover flooring from our kitchen project and found a narrow vanity that will give us more floor space. A soaker tub for under $300, and we will have a few more debates discussions on a medicine cabinet. The plastic tiles will come off the rest of the walls. I would like to do shiplap or wainscoting after but agreed to just a coat of paint.

As far as the babies' appointment everything looked good. They moved up from the 20th percentile to the 50th and are each about 1 pound 10 ounces. I passed my glucose screening, which I was expecting to fail. I celebrated with ice cream on the way home. Usually in a twin pregnancy appointments get closer together after 20 weeks, but my doctor said she was comfortable with just scheduling for another 4 weeks and growth scan at the same time. Provided I called her if anything changed and what to be on the lookout for. I am measuring 34-35 weeks in a singleton pregnancy. So it's not my imagination that I am about as big as I was at the end of my other pregnancies and I don't feel so bad about already waddling now. Produce comparison for 25 weeks varies according to website but the popular choices are acorn squash and cauliflower.

Switching topics again - what features would want if you were remodeling a bathroom?

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Great Tooth Debate

A little over a week ago the oldest came home from Kindergarden and declared he has his first loose tooth. Much excitement. Other kiddos have lost teeth already and he had been asking "when, when will I loose a tooth. I am old enough teacher said kids lose teeth in Kindergarden." Followed by a list of names of children who have been visited prior by the tooth fairy.

I really cant recall how long it takes to lose a tooth. Growing up we left the tooth alone until it was really wobbly and then pulled it. We were encouraged to wiggle it and loosen everything up. In Hubby's family you leave the tooth alone completely to fall out on its own. Don't mess with it, ignore it.

Also I used to put my teeth in a cup of water by the sink where upon morning the tooth fairy had left a few coins in its place. Varying amount and type of coin based on a complex formula of tooth quality I assume. First tooth is always worth more. Hubby said the tooth fairy faithfully leaves a 50 cent piece for each tooth under the pillow.

So. Please share your knowledge of Tooth Fairy lore and methods of losing loose teeth below in the comments.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Prepping & Planning

**Forgot to post this...but I have dipped into my stash. Italian Wedding Soup is a new favorite. Sweet & Savory Salmon was met with mixed reviews, but I liked it a lot**

My Mom came up last weekend because I had this crazy notion I should make at least 50 different recipes and fill my freezer full of food to throw in the crockpot or oven.  The babies aren't due for about 4 more months and I've already decided I won't feel like cooking.  Mainly because I don't feel like cooking now.

We spent from 8am - 9pm with minimal breaks chopping, dicing, and throwing things in gallon ziplock bags.  I made Mom do any cooking required because I'm still a bit hit or miss on the smell of meat.  We chopped somewhere around 40 onions and my new mission in life is to figure out where in the heck my food processor went.  That would have been handy. Also it probably would have prevented me from trying to cut my finger off....maybe.

I took the next few days off after she left.  We didn't get through all the recipes but most of them.  I whipped out 3 more meals this morning and when the crockpot has finished its job tonight I will have a couple more to go.  The big question of the day is to move to housework and laundry or start meatballs and stuffed peppers? Or, with my disdain of cooking unless I feel like it will I actually make supper on a regular basis or steal from my "after the babies are born" stash?  Quality control is important after all.

Kids Are Watching

***From the unpublished drafts. Sometime during Haying Season 2015***

The boys made a comment last night that has been on my mind.  They were discussing when their dad would come back inside the house.

J: Are the neighbors silk thanking Dad?

Me: oh, maybe I think they are just visiting now.

D: My Dad would help anyone wouldn't he?

And the truth is, he really would.

Last night after a day of fencing he picked up a maple tree to plant for me. Which I have been wanting ever since all our trees were cut down due to proximity to the house and work needed to get done. (Getting on 4 years ago. )So he was already getting brownie points from me.  Anyway I took the muddy toddler in for a bath before she planted herself along with the tree.  Shortly after my oldest came in dude in a panic weirdest talking about fire, neighbors, and being to call the fire department.
Being slow I told him to check with his dad.  I figured someone lit a firepit and he saw smoke.  Then I heard yelling get back in the house and then saw a big cloud if smoke out the window. It neighbors storage shed caught fire.  The Hubby was watering the newly planted tree then went over and helped put the fire out.

Today we spent a good chunk of the day flagging and moving the swather and equipment 10mph around 30 miles away. Then I ran parts out and assumed he would be home soon. Finally it was late enough I started to worry about him being gone. Turns out a buddy down in the area for fishing was broken down and he went to see if he could help.  He had offered to bring out a trailer and haul said vehicle home for him after they enjoyed their fishing.

He really would help anyone.  Honestly I can find proof of that nearly everyday. I'm happy the boys noticed. What an example for them to see firsthand. Hardwork and kindness.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Goals and Realizations

I have a few goals for 2016.

Mainly deliver two healthy babies and then proceed to keep 5 children alive, cared for, nurtured, and a least some sanity for myself. Something about getting a routine and keeping the house liveable and clean clothes to wear. I should also probably work more on my temper. Be nice to my husband and have him take the older kids as much as possible.

My other goal is to read the bible. I have a 20-minute daily readings book that has an Old Testament and New Testament reading for everyday of the year, and has the bible broken down like that Into 365 days. I read part of it last year but didn't keep up. Mainly because I struggle with the Old Testament. I'm 7 days in and still struggling with some of the Old Testament passages. Like Abram going to Egypt and saying his wife Sarai was his sister and letting the Pharaoh take her as his wife and becoming rich with gold, silver and livestock. Then the Lord curses the Pharaoh with plagues for taking another mans wife. The Pharaoh then asks Abram why he told him that his wife was his sister and let him take her as his own wife? Tells him to take his wife and belongings and leave.  I know I have to be missing something....but did the Lord help Abram pimp out his wife and profit greatly from it? (Genesis 12:10-20)

I may need to find a bible study group with people smarter than me.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dos Babies Appointment #2

I had my second prenatal appointment yesterday and saw a new Doctor. Third sneak peek of the babies.

We were so excited to get in with (in my opinion) the worlds best doctor the beginning of December. Then we got the call his contract was up the end of the year. So we scheduled with another doctor I had heard really good things about. With twins the Doppler can't always pick up both heartbeats, so they do a bedside ultrasound to check. Which I love, it's nice to visually see that they have grown and are active.

The current plan is to wait until after the first week of January and see if my original obstetrician is practicing anywhere else. If he is we will be going back to him. If not, well I think we have found another doctor that will be good. Maybe not Thee Best in the Whole World, but Dr. R set that bar high.

My biggest request was that if the babies are in good position and it is safe to do so, to deliver without scheduling an induction or c-section. So far that isn't an issue, some doctors prefer to schedule a c-section automatically with twins and I'm a little intimidated to recover from surgery and take care of 5 kids. Plus I'm really really hesitant  about following lifting weight restrictions because I know with a toddler and two babies I will be lifting. 

Dr M is also going to help me with a healthy eating and exercise plan post babies to help get me on track. On my own my weight yo-yos but has settled at an unhealthy place and it's time to get serious. Dr R was on board with doing the same, so lots of changes coming 2016.

Results. The babies were stacked on top of each other. Baby A's heartbeat was 140-145 bpm and Baby B's was a little faster, but she didn't put a number to it. My blood pressure was good and I've stopped losing weight from morning sickness. So everyone looks healthy and we are doing good.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November Musing

This week is quite the week. Rehearsal Dinner Tonight, Thanksgiving the next day, and a wedding on Friday. I'm gaining another Sister-in-Law as the Hubby's younger brother ties the knot.

Thanksgiving was cancelled by my family, so instead of traveling we will be celebrating the holiday with my inlaws. I thought that would mean we could do Christmas with my family, but that isn't sounding good either.

We are waiting to hear back from a contractor about getting our basement floor replaced and hopefully getting the basement finished this winter. I can't wait for that. The big boys would share a room in the basement and everyone will have more room. Our basement is the same square footage as the main floor so we will be doubling our living space!

I have so many plans. There will be 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom in the basement, a storage room and possibly an office. The rest will be wide open. For running and playing and the majority of toys.

A kitchen wall will be torn out and replaced with a half wall that will let more light to the stairs and a open feeling to the basement. Bear will have the nursery rearranged as we get ready for the twins to share the space in the Spring.

Hopefully we will also remodel our main bathroom upstairs once we have the basement one finished.

The Hubby feels like we have already outgrown our house with our 3 kiddos and is convinced when the twins arrive it will be too small. I think we will be doubling the room we have now and with a finished basement it will make all the difference.

My other plan for the basement is a built in playhouse with play kitchen, table, workbench, etc. I also have a plan for a book nook. Open shelving and bean bags with lots of light. I'm also really hoping the project is done before winter is over so the kids have a place to burn off energy when it's too cold to play outside.