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 " know they do actually look a lot a like. I wonder if we should have them tested to see if they are identical?"

It's 3am I Must Be Lonely

It is currently around 2:30am, I am up because I can't sleep.  The plague has struck our house and is working its way through.  It started with Bear, who appears to be starting Round 2 now.  Next me, which made for a miserable Sunday waiting for my husband to get back from his Guard Weekend. My oldest son and poster boy for the Man Flu now has it and likely the Big D is next.  All 5 of my children have been up at least once since bedtime.

If we are keeping score:
Bear: 2 times
J: 4 (that I know of)
the Twinks: 1, at the same time
the Big D: 1
Mom: 8
Dad: 1

It is currently quiet in the house. Besides the wind, according to our new fancy weather thing-a-jig the wind is gusting an average of 10mph with a gusts peaking at 19mph from the SSW. It is currently -20F outside. 83% humidity...does that mean snow? I haven't figured out the forecast feature, but I am assuming a picture of the sun and clouds means probably not. Barometric pressure is 30.04mHg. No idea what that means, It also tells me indoor humidity is 30% and that out house is 3 degrees colder than our thermostat says. Somehow this whole system can be connected to my phone, so I can always be well informed of the weather in my back yard. Oh and also inside the house too it would seem. Too bad it couldn't forecast pestilence.

Why the weather report? Because I have had to get out of bed 8 times and now I can't sleep.  History would indicate I wouldn't get any sleep anyway.

J: I hate being sick 
Me: nobody likes being sick 
J: some people might like it so they don't have to go to school 
Me: those would be people faking, no one enjoys really being sick 
J: I feel like I am going to die 
Husband: should I call Father Phillip to see if he could come give  you last rights?

Okay, now I am off to google how to get fluids down a child that cant keep anything down...and making myself a note to call the school and let them know that perfect attendance is out the window. It is also now 3am and I have Matchbox 20 stuck in my head, I have that going for me.

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.