A Day In the Life Of

In all technicalities, the boys are 20 months today.   The Nuggets drastically changed our lives 608.7 days ago.

BN (before Nugs), my days usually revolved around work Monday through Friday. Sprinkled with gym sessions, out to eat and happy hours. Saturday and Sundays were all about sleeping in, chores, brunches, day dates, the gym, dinners out, concerts, dancing the night away, etc.

Things look very different nowadays.

With one-point-five year old twins, a typical weekend days look more like this:

6:00-7:00 AM. Up and at ‘em. If it’s the later it’s so amazeballs. We get so excited if the boys let us sleep until anywhere closer to 7:00 AM.

Change diapers and get boys dressed. If The Hubs is reminiscing, and is still in bed, I dump a toddler on his head.

7:00/8:00 AM: Kitchen for milk and get breakfast ready. On the weekends one of us will make eggs and biscuits or pancakes or French toast.

The Hubs or I will get to eat. It ends up being in a rotation format because the Nuggets are not patient enough to actually sit in their highchairs and let us eat too.

8:30-11:30 AM   The rest of the morning we usually wing it. Clean up after breakfast, The Hubs and I take turns getting ready for the day. Then we will usually pack up and head out. If we have errands to run (grocery store, Target, etc.) we will tackle that, and/or go to the park, we are open to whatever at this time. This is also the bonus to dropping the AM nap. The boys L O V E to go “bye- bye” since M-F they stay home with the nanny (CHANGING SOON!!). Packing up has gotten so much easier now that they are a bit older. I can just grab the backpack and it is usually stocked with diapers/wipes, throw a couple of sippy cups and a box of raisins and be on our way. Since they eat table food now, I don’t have to worry about full on meals anymore.

11:30-12:00 PM                 Lunch. We try to be home for lunch because if we stay out too “late” the Nuggets fall asleep in the car and that ruins their nap. They will not stay asleep if we try to move them from the car to their cribs. Most of the time, they pop their little eyes open as soon as the car turns off.

12/12:30 PM             Nap time. If every day was perfect, they would sleep between 2-3 hours. More often than not, they sleep until a bit past 2 PM.

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2:00 – 5:00 PM   Post nap – we wing it again. If we didn’t venture out in the morning, we will definitely get out now. Park, errands, or even an early dinner out. If we have stuff to get done around the house….hahahahaha, that’s funny. No really, we will try and divide and conquer. One of us will entertain the boys and the other will do whatever chore needs to be done.

5:00 PM                Dinner time.  Fingers crossed they eat whatever I give them.


6/6:30 PM           Bedtime routine begins. This is fun but exhausting for mom/dad. If one of us is doing the bedtime routine solo, it’s twice as hard (as if you wouldn’t have guess that with twins and all). The Nuggets love bath time. The Nuggets do not like to get out of the bathtub.


Imagine a slippery, wet, wiggly twenty-six pound toddler. Once they are dried off and powdered, then it’s wrangling this same baby into a diaper they DO NOT want to put on. If one of us is doing it solo, the other baby is running around naked and probably peeing on the carpet. Next, it’s putting pajamas on while they are simultaneously climbing the pillows, crawling all over the bed, trying to pry open the lotion or butt cream so they can attempt to eat it.


Lastly, it’s brushing teeth. If The Hubs and I are doing it as a team, it’s a breeze. If it’s twins on one, different story. Whoever is being forced to brush their teeth, is consistently looking down at the brother that is pulling everything out of the drawers/cabinets in the bathroom and wriggling to get out of my arms to join in the destruction. Switch and repeat.

6:30/7:00 PM     Books and bedtime. We read a story or fifty. Or we read the same story, fifty times. Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.


For bedtime they give lots of kisses and we say our prayers. Corbin is attached to his blanket and sucks his thumb. Weston has a monkey-lovey that he sucks on and pets while he falls asleep. They put themselves to sleep within 15-30 minutes.

So that is what a full day with the Nuggets looks like.

Week days are similar except the boys don’t leave the house and I’m not with them all day. The Hubs leaves for work between 6:30 and 7:30 AM, depending on his calendar. The nanny arrives at 7:20 am and I’m out the door shortly after that. Lots of outside play and indoor activities throughout the day and one of us is home no later than 5:30 PM. Of course, that is all about to change and I’m excited! Two weeks!  Have I told you that already?

7/7:30  Post bed time: The Hubs and I have the most exciting evening that consists of: cleaning up the day’s mess, continue any chores that didn’t get done, re-heat food of some kind, binge a little on beer/wine in front of the TV, maybe read a book…if there is enough time.  Don’t you wish you were me?

10/10:30 PM  Bed.  That 6:00/7:00 AM wake up time comes waaaay to early.

I wouldn’t change a thing.  Except maybe a free babysitter on Fri or Sat night.  I could go for that.

XOXO

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The First of Many

The Nuggets attended their first Texas Rangers baseball game this weekend.  Funny enough they were playing the Houston Astros (my first pro baseball game).  Unfortunately, the home team didn’t win.  Fourteen innings made it a great game.

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We didn’t get to actually watch too much of the game but it was a great experience overall.

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We bought their first little baseball caps and seeing them running (as fast as their little feet would carry them) around the stadium, made me so sad, and at the same time, excited for the little boys they are becoming.

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The boys did stellar for not having an afternoon nap.

We did not make it all fourteen innings.  We left at the bottom of the eighth…better not push it. And before we were even out of the parking lot, they were passed out.

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Experiencing a major league baseball game for the first time with our boys made me appreciate it in a totally different way.  I absolutely love having kids.

XOXO

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Day at the Park

There are a LOT of benefits of living in Texas.

For example: It’s the best of all 50 states.

Hawaii might have a little something on it…but then again…who wants to live on a live volcano, right?  Maybe, me….

But Texas.  I love Texas.

I was born upstate NY but you’d never guess it.  Well actually, quite a few native Texans (like, deep Texans) have caught on to an old school accent with a few words/phrases I picked up from the parents.  But for the most part…I’m TEXAN.

Through and through.  And I birthed two Texan babies.   It’s like an anchor baby(ies).  Is that too much?

Anyways…it is January.  It’s 68 degrees. And we spent a Sunday at the park:

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This little boy walked up to The Nugs and wanted to hang.  Corbin’s friendly face must have drawn him right in because he walked straight into Corbin and planted a kiss on his face and leaned in for a hug.  Cor being the sweetiest peet ever, cracked up laughing and hugged him back.

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Lashes.  What else can you say but, lashes.

God Bless Texas y’all.

XOXO

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Author

I read a lot of books.

When I was younger, I wanted to be an author.

Of what? Not sure, I just wanted to be a writer.

I went into college thinking I’d be an English major.  What would I do with that degree?  Unsure.  I just wanted to be good at writing.

My first English professor was a snob.  She was pretentious and, because she wrote for a small, unknown local magazine, she thought she was God’s gift to writing.  Teaching (more like failing) a bunch of entry-level college kids was her way of feeling good about herself.  I guess.  She tore me a new one. I went from high school, where I was every English teachers dream, to being the worst this lady had ever seen.  Or at least that’s how I felt.  At the end of that class I received a C.  She deflated my goals.

Quickly after English 101, I decided I might need a new major.  The following semester I decided to wait to take the other English pre-req and changed my major to business. Guess what?  When I did take the additional pre-requisition English class, I received a A++.  My professor loved me and my writing.  Although, I never went back.

Who knows where I’d be if I stuck out my English major.  An editor? A famous author? An English teacher?

Is my grammar perfect? Heck no.  Do I break rules for spelling, possessions, commas, plurals, punctuation etc.?  Probably.  Could I benefit from additional education? Yep.

As I said before, I read a lot of books.

Suspense, trashy romance, historical, mysteries, dystopia, all of it. Fiction is my forte.

Some of the books are great.  Really great.  But some make me think I could totally write a book.  Would it be a great book?  Not sure…

Maybe one day I’ll find out.

One Year

This happened one year ago.

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My boys.  The Allen Nuggets.  Weston Lain and Corbin William.

It was a bit unexpected.  After one pre-term labor scare at twenty seven weeks. Two hospital stays and nine weeks on bed rest, The Nuggets made their debut at thirty five weeks and six days.  My doctor was so happy and proud that I was able to make it that long.

The Nuggets were born via C-section because Corbin was breach.  The boys regulated their body temperatures, blood sugar and were breathing on their own.  As soon as possible (I would say within the hour), the doctor’s and nurses at Baylor Medical Center Grapevine, had those boys on my chest doing kangaroo care/skin to skin.  They were helping me try to get them to latch on too.  They did everything they could to make the C-section, and the care afterwards, less medical-ly.  I know that’s not a word.

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I was one happy momma, although the picture doesn’t show that exactly….hey, I’d been up since 1:00 am.  Unfortunately a short 24 hours later, they took the boys to the NICU because they weren’t eating and had already lost more than 10% of their weight.  Later I learned C-section babies do lose a lot of weight.  They pump you full of fluids before you go in for surgery and the babies take on a lot of fluid as well, which inflated their birth weight.  You can read about the NICU journey in other blog posts, here and here and here.

365 days later, this happened….

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They went from Weston being five pounds, to twenty two pounds! And Corbin being four pounds, to twenty pounds!  My Nuggets are considered “toddlers” now.  WHAT?!  Wait a minute…these are my babies!

At Target, the twelve month clothes are next to the 2T-5T and I want to have a crazy-mommy-moment and move it all back into the baby rack section.

They drink milk and eat cheerios.

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They get excited when The Hubs or I come in from work.  They…errrr Weston, gets mad when we don’t give them what they want.Weston mad

This past year has been so much fun.

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I look forward to so much more.

XOXO – Lindsey

Eleven Months

My Nuggets are ELEVEN months old!

OMG!

Where has the time gone!  It has been so much fun and continues to be even more fun every day.

The boys are all over the place.  Their little personalities…especially the sassy parts are really starting to shine through.

Corbin has his two bottom teeth and then a front snaggle tooth…two spaces to the right and he has another random tooth coming in.  It will be an interesting smile to say the least.  He has already starting “expressing his dislike” in things or situations. Whether it be me making him sit down in the tub or the little walker he marches behind getting stuck, he definitely lets you know he’s not happy.  Although he also likes to “hug” by putting his head down on your shoulder and he now gives kisses too.  This mommy loooooves his love.  As I mentioned above, he’s walking behind a toy walker and cruising along furniture but he’s still pretty unsteady by himself.

Weston has a whole bunch of teeth now!  He had two top front come in within a day of each other and then the two to each side came down within a few days.  He was bit grumpy but overall, it hasn’t been a really “rough teething” with either of them.  I honestly thought Weston would have been walking by now but he’s still a super fast crawler.  He does pull up quite quickly and has been seen to stand up solo, but no steps yet.  I’m not worried.

I don’t know their weight or height, our doctor’s appointment is next week. They are wearing 12 month clothes….Updates to follow.

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They are eating all kinds of things.  We noticed Weston’s eczema flared up pretty badly after I introduced yogurt and therefore we are avoiding any dairy for him.  We are working on eating less purred foods and more mushed and/or solid.

I’m excited for what’s to come and sad that this first year has gone by so quickly.  My heart expands with love and pride every day and I’m so lucky to have these boys.

XOXO,

So Much

I’m so lucky.

I’m so busy with life happenings that I don’t even have enough time to blog.  I’ve said it before, if this generated enough income so that I didn’t have to work, I’d be a full time blogger.  Since that dream hasn’t come true (nor have I put enough effort into it) I am busy working full time and being a mommy 24/7.   That means that my blog will unfortunately be cyclical.  Which also means any reader that I started to recruit…I’ll lose.

Thanks to anyone who continues to check in and see if I’ve posted in 6789 days….Mom. 🙂

So much has been going on!!!

My boys were baptized.  Finally.

Traditionally, in the Catholic religion babies are usually baptized pretty quickly.  Within the first three months. Typically.  Since my boys were discouraged from major public areas I missed that inital window.  And then things got hectic and I missed the next window.  Then I was approaching 10 months and I finally got it on the calendar. 

It was mostly family.

It was beautiful.

I have a very special bestie who agreed to be both boys Godmother and my younger brother agreed to be their Godfather.  There are many special people in our lives that I would have wanted to possibly be a Godparent/sponser but picking became difficult.  So we left it up to the religious aspect and selected only individuals that would assist us in bringing the boys up Catholic.

Are we perfect in our religious ways. NOPE.  The Hubs isn’t even Catholic but because he is indifferent and he knows my preference, he agreed and supported our decision. 

Very special day.

Next.

THE NUGGETS ARE TEN MONTHS OLD! 

What!?!?!?!?!?  When did that happen?! 

Weston has three, yes you read that correctly, three top teeth coming in right now.  He is still a pretty easy going baby.  I told you I was lucky.  Go back up to the top…re-read it if you need to. 

I was honestly wondering if we were going to make it to the one year mark with only two bottom teeth.  I imagine Corbin’s will start coming in pretty soon as well.

These boys.  They have some attitude.   Some real personality.  They absolutely see each other now.  They scream argue at each other when toys are taken by the other (I was curious when this would start to happen).  Corbin lets you know when he wants something.  Anything.  Everything.  Especially your cell phone.

Weston is pretty chill. He has developed a rash.  I’m positive it’s a food intolerance but I’m having challenges determining which food.  I’m thinking its dairy.  Even with his itchy rash and three teeth, he’s still chill. 

The Nuggets are still sleeping pretty well.  We’re on two naps a day and a bed time between 6:00pm-7:00 pm.  Wake up is also between 6:00am-….who am I kidding…it’s pretty much 6:00 am.  Wishful thinking for a wake up at 7am.  But I will take it and realized I’m very lucky.  There are mama’s out there still trying to get their babe to sleep through the night. 

I cannot believe I am saying this but we are starting to think about The Nuggets first birthday party.  My heart hurts because as a working mommy, I feel like I’m missing so much but I’m greatful that boys have a full time nanny to cater to them at home.  We recently went through the process of replacing our nanny (she decided to pursue other career opportunities) and it was incredibly stressful.  I will strongly consider a way to stay home if that happens again. 

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Thanks to any of you still reading and as soon as I have more time (in about 4 years) maybe I’ll be able to update more than once a month…eek! 😉

Sorry

I’m not even a blogger anymore! 

I am totally missing out here…
So much is going on and with the new job, I’ve just dropped the ball altogether.
Sorry.
I’ll catch up soon. Maybe.
In the meantime, I’ll lose any of the few readers I had. Sad day.
The job is going great. It’s totally different and I really needed that change of pace.
The Nuggets are doing well. We just came back from a wedding in Houston. The first time I left them over night. Not fun. I had a lot of guilt and I covered it up with one too many glasses of Chardonnay and the next morning I felt like the worlds worst mother.
Corbin didn’t sleep through the night for the first time in months and woke up in a strange place, calling for his mommy and although his Momo is wonderful, he didn’t get his mommy.
I’m trying not to beat myself up over it but it’s not easy.
The car ride home was prolonged by much holiday traffic, multiple car accidents and a couple of poopy diapers.  It wasn’t ideal.
I have less than a week to prepare for our vacation and first flight with the boys.
Thank The Lord for bloggers and Google. I’ve learned that American Airlines would make us check our double stroller at the ticket counter and not the gate because it’s over 20 lbs. How does that help me get them through the airport. We just bought the stroller for this trip. We bought the Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT. I could do a whole other post of that purchase.
I also learned (not from the airline employees) that we cannot sit together. There is only one extra oxygen mask per row, so two lap infants is a no go. And on our particular plane, the seats are one and two across, so I had to move our seats to sit one in front of the other. No one in reservations even knew the rule. Thanks for saving us again Google! 
I might as well help spread the news too.
The Nugs are nine months this week. Time is flying and I’m trying to enjoy every second of it. I feel like I’m missing so much though so I try not to focus on that and realize this is just life.
Weston and his cousin Julia
Me and Corbin snuggling before bedtime

The Hubs and I enjoying some pool time at the hotel.

Xoxo