Friday, February 17, 2017

Twinning in the shop

My inlaws were out of town today so we delivered lunch to the farm. With a warm snap, and tired of being in the house we decided to hang out at the shop. Not sure it is my most brilliant plan.

We are out of the house, but the babies are limited to being held or in their carseats. Mom is getting more out of this outing.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Schay It Ain't Schlow

Mama, I want to schwim underwater like Arieal. Claire wants to.

Mama, I cant schleep.

Mama, I help you schweep the floor.

Claire tidbit. Words that start with the letter 'S' are pronounced 'Sch' or 'Shhh'. Why I don't know, but I find it adorable. She also randomly adds Ls.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Notes to self

Notes to self
  • Stop calling every member of my family honey. It gets too confusing.
  • Make it a priority to program the coffee machine before bed. The grinder going off is a better alarm clock anyway.
  • Throw out at least 75% of the Husband's T-shirts. That should make room for the ones he actually wears.
  • Find and sign up for a woodworking class.
  • Start putting together the tax stuff, extensions shouldn't be annual event.
  • Get a babysitter and go do something enjoyable with no guilt, even if it means going alone. Maybe a weekend trip.
  • Start supper before family members air grievances of hunger.



Kid Notes

Bear is obsessed with her dad and being a farmer. This topic deserves it's own post, so more on Farmer Claire later. There are days she will not answer to her name, unless is it preceded by 'farmer'.

Nora when she gets mad, spits. I think I now understand my grandmother's saying. I will try to get a video, she is my only kid to do it. She takes a break from squawking to spit. We find it funny, I am not sure what that says about us as parents - laughing at the crying, angry baby. A lot of emotions experienced all at once.

Nora also sticks her feet in her mouth, with preference for her right big toe. Big D used to put his toes in his mouth as a babe, my other kiddos didn't. So there is that.

Amelia's hair is well past her nose and constantly in her eyes. Josh was the same and he financial received a haircut at 7 months. Amelia I can get away putting her hair in a ponytail, so I am hoping to put off haircuts. 

Claire Bear so far has only ever had the haircut she gave herself, and she will 3 in a few months!

Josh and Daniel both say they want to be home-schooled. Josh I am afraid, is finding school is too easy. Which has caused him to be in near constant trouble for talking too much and blurting out all the answers, and wanting to interrupt most subjects to share something he read in a book. 

Daniel says school is boring, playing with friends is okay, schoolwork isn't interesting and as he knows he wants to be a farmer he would learn more if we just allowed him to go to the farm everyday with his dad. He is learning to read though, and we are both proud of his progress. He is very frustrated with words he can't sound out, or really anything that doesn't come easily. His teacher reports that he gives her a bearhug at the end of everyday (subs too). Substitute teachers are a huge exciting occurrence.

Most days here at home involve a lot of reading. Claire brings me books throughout the day. We read a least a chapter a day from a book outloud to the whole family (well Mom and kids anyway, Dad is typically off reading his own book) Josh both loves and hates this. He tries to sneak the book off to read ahead.

The big three love doing dishes, poorly, and with massive amounts of water everywhere.  But I tend to let them.  They are learning, having fun...and I just consider it rinsing before they go in the dishwasher.  Hey it keeps my counters shiny.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Weekly Recap


This week I am watching an extra toddler.  Tuesday was the first day.  The boys went to the farm with Dad so the girls and I had the house to ourselves.  I admit to being a little nervous, but the day went great.  I was even able to get some laundry and house cleaning accomplished.  Bear had a playmate her age and the Twinks are on somewhat of a predictable schedule.  Crowning Glory was four little girls 2 and under napping at the same time. Thursday and Friday I will have my extra girly as well. Monday I might her big brother as well who is in the Big D's class.

Wednesday the family and I headed to Miles City for a long put off Doctor Appointment.  At this point the top 2 theories are:

  1.  My body doesn't break down T4 to T3 properly (a thyroid thing).  All of my tests show everything is normal with all thyroid levels.  I have had my thyroid tested 14-16 times since junior high.  However it is possible I am not able to properly convert to be used. So I have many hypothyroid symptoms and effects.  To test this I am taking Liothyronine (T3 replacement) 3 times a day on an empty stomach.  If I feel like my heart is going to explode out of my chest and start having hyperthyroid symptoms, then this theory is incorrect.
  2. The neurological symptoms could also indicate MS.
However with a strong family history of thyroid disorders and the fact that there is a large symptom overlap between MS and Hypothyroid, my doctor is leaning towards scenario 1.  I will have bloodwork done in 6 weeks and we will go from there.  Likely making medication adjustments over weeks and months. 

Day 1 of Liothyronine: The effects last about 2 hours.  I feel like I have drank several gallons of coffee, lots of energy though I would describe it as nervous energy.  I feel fidgety and restless, but my brain fog is lifted and I can gets lots accomplished. Maybe I am so used to feeling tired I don't know what it feels like to have normal energy levels?  It is hard to sit still.  I can feel the effects wear of and feel really tired and dream of taking a nap.  I have alarms set on my phone to remember to take the medicine at the same time.  I am changing my eating habits from 5 small meals to 3 regular meals and am trying not to snack in between and waiting at least an hour to eat after taking the medicine.

Thursday went well.  The two little toddlers play really well together.  The Big D was also home, which meant big brother wasn't as impressed with more little girls getting into his things. Today, both boys are home and 6 kids in my little house already at 9:30am have me feeling the effects of cabin fever.  If I can get the Twinks down for a nap at the same time, I plan on taking the bigger 4 out to play in the snow.  If not I will eagerly look forward to naptime for all 4 girls and send the boys outside to play in the snow by themselves. 

We live across the street from an empty lots next to the church.  The city crew plows the streets and pushes lots of snow mounds that are perfect for kids to slide and climb and play.  Plus I can look out a variety of windows and keep an eye on the kids.  We also have a block full of children so the neighborhood kids all come out and play.  Having kids reminds me of how much I used to love snow and winter.  They come in with rosy cheeks demanding hot chocolate and occasionally I can get cuddles out of them while we read books. 



Friday, December 9, 2016

Family Portrait

I talked the man of the house into getting family pictures taken. We did them the day before Thanksgiving in the wind and cold, cut them short and said "I am sure they are good enough". And they were.  I can't remember if this is the image that will be on our Christmas cards or not, but Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, God Bless and from my family to yours I hope you enjoy the holiday season!




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Twinks


I realized I have not done a post about my twins. They are 6 months old now.

Probably too much information for a blog post, but my Doctor recommended scheduling the babies' birthdate as I had walked around dilated at 5cm for a week and have a history of no labor pains until within an hour of delivery. He didn't want me to risk delivering twins on the side of the road, but promised to drive to meet me if need be.  I think he initially trusted me, after all I did have 3 other children...however at each appointment as I progressed and assured him it was only Braxton Hicks and nothing more, he lost confidence.  Turns out I can't tell the difference between BH and real contractions.

Friday morning came (May 20th) and I was started on a low dose of pic, to slowly get things going.  I didn't think it was working, I could feel pressure when I had to lay down and get hooked up to monitor to check on the babies, but when I got up and moved around I felt nothing different than what I had been having for the last month.  Any-who about 4-5 hrs after the pic was started my Doctor put on a fetal monitor on Baby A's head (she was low and I really had been progressing) my water broke and I finally felt my first undeniable contraction.  15 minutes later Baby A (Amelia Rose) was born at 2:40pm followed 6 minutes later by Baby B (Nora Grace) at 2:46.

We got to cuddle and hold the girls for several hours, and it was wonderful.  When Nora was placed on my chest the girls reached out and held each other's hand. My heart melted and it was wonderful, though to be honest I was afraid I was going to drop a baby.

Two more girls!  I really thought I was having a boy and a girl, but it was a good surprise.
By 32 weeks I didn't think my stomach could get any bigger.  My girls were born at 37 weeks, 2 days...and apparently your stomach can always get bigger.


I can't tell you who is who in this picture, I don't remember. It might be labeled on my facebook though.

Proud Daddy.  Always my favorite picture after having a new baby (or two). The smiling father holding his new bundle(s)

Big brothers were instantly in love with their new sisters.


Sometimes they are sweet and hold hands, more often than not in the early days they cry a lot and at the same time.




This giant pillow has been been my best friend (which funny enough, it is called the "My Breast Friend") It allowed for feeding both babies at the same time which meant sometimes I get to get up from my chair.


Nora is most likely to cry during a photo op, but during the day tends to be the happier baby.


We were worried about Bear and how she would adjust to no longer being the baby of the family.  She was instantly in love.  So much so everyday I have to save her sisters from being loved to death.



Josh is a good helper and routinely helps keep an eye on his sisters while I cook supper.  Most likely because he is always hungry and ready for more food.


The girls were baptized in June, and have proud Godparents. 


They often position themselves in the same way, which to me is adorable.
To me everything any of my kids do border on the adorable line though.


I look at this picture and say, "Yep, they are definitely fraternal.  How do people get them mixed up?"


Then I look at this picture and say "Hmm...you know they do actually look a lot a like. I wonder if we should have them tested to see if they are identical?"