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Drowning in a sea of green snot....

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:55pm
Well, it finally happened...I knew it would. Cole and Bella both caught colds and passed it on to Garrett and Landon. I'm so sad that my babies are just barely 6 weeks and already have their first cold. I prided myself on the fact that Cole and Bella didn't have their first cold until around 13 months. So I've been sucking noses with the nasal aspirator left and right and if I never see another booger or stream of green snot I'll die a happy woman. And what really sucks about the babies being sick is that they can't have any medicine to relieve their symptoms...we can't even use those wonderful vapor plug-ins that we use with Cole and Bella. Our only options are saline spray and the humidifier....hopefully everyone will be back to health soon (just soon enough for Tim and I to get sick....)

Our pedi appt the other day went well. Landon is 8lbs,6oz and 20.5 inches long. Garrett is 7 lbs and 19 3/4 inches long. Both growing like weeds! Landon is finally on the charts, in the 5th percentile for weight, while Garrett is barely on the chart but the pedi said no concerns since he's gaining weight appropriately. Dr C measured Garrett's hemangiomas and noted that they have grown considerably since he saw him last. He measured them again and noted it in the file and said he wants us to continue to measure it every 2 weeks and he may have to make a referral to dermatology at some point. I still think it's so strange how 2 of my kids have hemangiomas....I mean, it's supposed to only happen to 1 in every 50 children. How did it happen to 2 of mine? It's really not such a bad thing in typical cases but the only experience I have with hemangiomas is what we went through with Bella, which was traumatizing for both her and us.

The boys seem to be doing well on the soy formula, although it stinks horribly and I'm sure it doesn't taste great but they eat it. What do they have to compare it to, other than breast milk? Landon eats between 3-4 ounces every 4 hours and Garrett eats 3 - 3.5 ounces per feeding. At night, they are sometimes able to go more than 4 hours between feedings. Hopefully it won't be long until they're going 5-6 hours and then even longer....I keep reminding Tim that this period is only temporary. Soon they'll be going to bed at 6:30 pm for 12 hours straight and we'll be able to relax in the evenings and sleep through the night again. I'm trying really hard to focus on the positives of the newborn stage and enjoy it as much as I can because I know all too well how quickly it passes.

Landon has now graduated to the Size 1 diapers, while Garrett is still in the newborn size. Bella barely fits in the Size 6 diapers so some of the time I just put a pull-up on her b/c they fit better. I have to laugh....I have 4 kids in 4 different size diapers. The whole potty training thing is still slow going....most of the time I'm just too tired to deal with it. Cole and Bella have been asking to sit on the potty but then they just unravel the toilet paper and flush it down the toilet....I won't even mention how many times I've had to unclog the toilet in the last couple of days. Their favorite activity is to poop in their diapers and tell me about it immediately (so the poop doesn't get smushed) and then they like to empty the poop out of their diapers into the toilet...there's a whole ceremony involved. First, they poop and come running to me to let me know, then they insist on taking their diapers off. They each have to examine their poop to note the color and how big it is (they also like to comment on how stinky the other's poop is compared to their own)...then they march into the bathroom and proceed to dump their poop into the toilet, wave goodbye to it and flush the toilet, along with a whole roll of toilet paper. Oh, to be 2 years old again and find such joy in this kind of activity....makes my life seem so complicated.....

So today I was feeling a little burnt out after feeding the babies and having to suck snot out of their noses every 5 minutes so they could try to eat...Landon puked 3 times (and we're not talking a little spit-up...we're talking huge projectile puking where it comes out the nose as well as the mouth). After a couple hours, I said to Tim "I'm going to the store"....and I left. I had to go to Payless Shoes and get Bella a new pair of shoes anyway and I figured I'd hit Target and the grocery store as well. The whole drive over there, I felt so guilty, knowing I didn't plan on coming back to help Tim with the 3:00 pm feeding. Then I walked into Target and instantly had that "the world is my oyster" kinda feeling as I stood at the entrance, realizing I had NO children with me, NO diaper bag on my shoulder, NO double stroller to push....I was on my own....I walked slowly up and down every aisle, taking the time to actually look at prices before I placed stuff in my cart. Usually I'm in such a hurry to get all the stuff we need and get the hell out of the store that when I get to the register and the checker says "your total is $245.00", I'm stunned that I've bought THAT much stuff. And most of the stuff isn't even stuff I put in the cart...Cole and Bella apparently have developed a knack for grabbing anything their little hands can hold and throwing it into the cart. And I'm too busy keeping them away from all the candy, gum and toys that sit at the checkout counter to notice what's being scanned.

So anyway, I strolled aimlessly around the store and what's most funny about this is that I ended up buying tons of stuff for the kids....some new clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula....I can't remember the last time I bought something for me and only me, except for a blowdryer because the one I had for the last 2 years finally died on me (I found this out when Bella wanted me to dry her hair after a bath one night). The biggest joke about that was I don't even have time to dry my hair these days BUT on the occasion that I actually DO have time, I want to be prepared with a blowdryer that works. Yes, I dry my children's hair but I don't make time to dry my own....who cares if I look like crap as long as my children look clean and well groomed....

I don't know even know where I was going with this post, honestly.....it's 9:30 at night and I really should be in bed, getting some much needed sleep before the babies' next feeding....yeah, that sounds good.....
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