Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekend Fun

We had a lot of fun this weekend. On Saturday, we spent the day with Dan and his family.


Josh and Dan's grandma


Daddy and Josh


Emma and Mommy

Family picture

Emma and Dan's Uncle John

Dan's Aunt Bette and Josh
Uncle Kevin and Soon-t0-be Aunt Bryony



And on Sunday, we spent time with my family:


My Grandpa, Dad and Dan with Josh

Emma



Emma and my grandma

My grandparents with Emma


My dad making Josh laugh

Dan and Josh

My grandma, sister and the babies

My sister and Josh

So that's our weekend, hope you and your family had a nice one too. And a big thanks to all of our troops who have fought to keep our country safe. God Bless You!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

TIDWTFT

What is TIDWTFT, you ask? Well its "Things I Don't Want To Forget Thursday" That's right, I am starting a weekly installment. Time is going by way too fast with Emma and Joshua so I want to make sure I remember one thing they are doing each week. So here goes:

Both:

We switched to faster flow bottles and after much gurgling and spilling, they figured it out! Feedings are going much quicker and they are even eating more. Yesterday both of them ate close to 30 oz, woohoo!

Emma:



She has learned to make a sound like "blowing raspberries" She puts her lips together and blows out and her little lips vibrate and the spit starts flying. When she does it, she normally laughs and then does it again. So cute.

Josh:

He loves cereal so much that I have started giving him some actual food. I started with pureed apples and he loves it. He still makes the "eh, eh, eh" sound to get more food and he opens his mouth when he is ready for more. He is so adorable. Oh, he also has hair buds again! It looks like this might be "forever hair." I have washed his head a few times since its come in and it hasn't come off so maybe this is it.




If anyone else is interested in doing TIDWTFT with me, go for it! And let me know if you do it because I want to check yours out.

Almost the weekend, hope everyone is having a good one!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Winner of Banda Bib

I wanted to thank everyone for entering my first giveaway. I organized all of the entries this morning and the winner is Shuri from http://shuriandnick.blogspot.com/ Congrats girl!

I sent her an email this morning and am excited for her to pick out her bib. Im going to be on the lookout for another product that I'd like to giveaway in the near future.

Hope everyone is having a good week! Guess who started to wean from the pump this week? Me! I am down to 5 pumps a day and I feel like I have a lot of time now. More on this soon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Nice Day

We had such a nice day with Emma and Joshua today.

First, we braved the grocery store and it actually went really well. Dan and I used to always grocery shop together. In the early months of my pregnancy, we used to have to move quickly as I dry heaved through the entire store but even up until a few days before my induction, we were shopping together. Since E&J have been here, we haven't done it- until today.

We brought both car seat carriers in and placed them on top of the shopping cart. I made sure to bring a blanket to keep them warm since its always so cold in the grocery store and a small toy to keep them entertained. We had a nice time and even snuck a few pictures:



After that, we went to the park and took these pictures:



Crazy family photo


Joshua

Emma


Josh and Mommy

Emma and Daddy

Josh and Daddy

Emma and Mommy
Don't forget about my giveaway- you still have until the end of the day on Tuesday to enter. There aren't many entries so you have a great chance. I love these bibs and am glad to give one to one of my readers.

http://shannonlea-baby.blogspot.com/2010/05/banda-bib-review-and-giveaway.html

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Banda Bib Review and Giveaway

I was contacted by Bazzle Baby to review their Bandabib. A week or so later, I received a box with the two bibs inside (one for Emma and one for Josh, of course) and I was more than excited to try them out. First, here is some info from their website:

BandaBibs

The Award-Winning BandaBib is a bandana style baby bib. Often confused for an artic le of clothing, the BandaBib is super stylish an d functional. We are willing to bet it is the best dribble bib on th e market! 100% Cotton designer print. hi- dry cotton flannel backing. velcro closure.

Check out this cute baby using the Bandabib :::swoon:::



Alright my loyal readers (and any new readers, too!) let me break this down for you. If you have babies that are like mine, they are kinda messy. And not just when they eat. It never fails that when I put a cute new outfit on Emma or Joshua, two minutes later they have drooled or spit up all over it. Thats where the Bandabib comes in.

First, the Bandabib is multi-purpose. I have used it for two occasions.


1. The first was for an actual feeding. The Bandabib was easy to put on with its velcro closure and more importantly, it stayed on through the entire feeding even though Emma was heck bent on pulling it off. Of course after we used it for a feeding, it needed to be washed and I was happy to see that all of the rice cereal that was splashed onto the Bandabib came completely off in the wash.

2. The second was to protect from dribble and spit up. I put the Bandabib on Emma and Joshua when we took them to church last week. They both have a habit of spitting up in the car seat so I normally toss a big bib on them, which then covers up their entire outfit. Not with the Bandabib though. Instead, they each looked cute and better yet, their outfits both remained dry by the time we got to church.



Second, the Bandabib is stylish.


As a mom of twins, you think I'd only be concerned about function but lets face it- I want my kids to be cute, too. The Bandabib comes in 34 different patterns, all of which are hip and fun. Two of my favorite patterns are:


Hula
Blue Disco Dot
The design of the bib itself is also cute and looks more like an accessory than just a plain ol' bib. Any baby will look stylin' while wearing this.


After using it, I like the Bandabib so much that I would like one of my readers to get one OR any bib on the Bazzle Baby site. That's right, friends-My first giveaway!

You have 2 chances to enter the giveaway:

1. MANDATORY: Go to
Bazzle Baby and tell me which of their products you would like to win. Leave a comment with the link to the product and your email, so I can contact you if you win.

2. Follow Bazzle Baby on Facebook and tell them that DTBTTL sent you. Leave me a comment to let me know you are following them.




This giveaway will end Tuesday, May 25th at 8:00 pm EST. I will announce the winner on Wednesday AM.

I am so excited to be able to do this for my readers and can't wait for everyone to check out the Bandabib!



***I was not compensated to provide this review. This review is simply my opinion of the product. ***




Sunday, May 16, 2010

5 months

On Monday, Emma and Joshua will be 5 months. Time for another installment of "Things I Don't Want To Forget"

Both of Them:



1. We survived the 4 month wakeful. For us, it lasted about 2 weeks and mainly affected Joshua. Emma had several nights during those 2 weeks that she did not get up but Josh did. Sometimes it was 11 pm, sometimes 1 am and sometimes 4 am. A few times, it was all 3. But they are both back to sleeping through the night. For now.

2. They both can still fit into their 0-3 month clothes but I am bored of those outfits so I packed them up and brought out 3-6 month. But the 6 month stuff from Carter's? Still too big. I am hoping it fits soon because I have a lot of that for summer.

3. They are both still wearing Size 2 diapers. Emma can fit in size 1-2 but those are too small on Josh. I mostly stick with Pampers but we are using some Huggies right now. Although they leaked for us early on, they are ok now.


Emma:



1. She is a rolling machine. I can barely keep her on her back anymore, including at night. I put her down and she immediately puts her head to the side and before I know it, she is on her tummy. She slept a couple nights like that and although it freaked me out, she looked so comfortable.

2. Emma now enjoys rice cereal and oatmeal. She doesn't eat it as fast as Josh but she eats her fair share of the 3 combined ounces that I make. She still only eats about 25 ounces of milk per day. I try to give her more but she is happy with that.

3. She is very vocal. She is always babbling and her babbling often turns to yelling. The yelling is cute when she isnt upset but if she is upset? Watch out. She will let you know it.

4. Emma loves to hold onto my hair and she has quite a grip. She also likes snuggle her face into my hair lately, its so cute


Joshua:



1. He is not a big fan of napping. He has had a few days in the past couple weeks where he is up for hours. Like a few times it was 7 hours. My MIL tried to get him to sleep and I tried when I got him home but he was just not having it. The thing is that he isn't cranky when he is up. He is just up.

2. Josh has started sticking his little tongue out when he smiles. Not the whole way, just a little bit poking through. Its so cute.

3. He has never been a fan of laying on either of our chests but just this weekend, he let Dan hold him on his chest. Even though it wasn't for long, it was so sweet.

4. Josh really loves the rice cereal. Honestly, I know he could eat more than just the cereal but we are going to follow the pedi's recommendation and wait until 6 months. He literally attacks the spoon and quickly swallows whatever amount of cereal I give him. I think he will be happy to have more kinds of food next month.

So that's whats going on with E&J! Hope everyone had a good weekend!





Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I wish I would have known

I wanted to write this post because, I don't know, I think it would have helped me to know some of these things the first few months I became a mom. I know that I probably seem like I "have it all together" and sometimes I do. And sometimes I don't. So these are things I wish I would have known about becoming a mom:



1. There is a good chance you won't have that "Baby Story Moment" when you give birth. Come on ladies, you know what I mean. You are watching TLC and the woman gives birth and she is crying and the husband leans in and kisses his wife, all while you are bawling in front of your TV. Well, there is a good chance that you won't have that kind of moment after you give birth. Take me, for example. When I gave birth to Emma, I didn't get much time to enjoy her much less weep with joy because, well, I had some other business to take care of. And by the time I delivered Joshua? Hell, I was tired. When I held each of the babies, I did think they were the most beautiful babies I had ever seen but I was also thinking 'When in the world can I eat, I am starving!" Yep, thats what I was thinking. Looking back, I am disappointed that I didn't take one look at my child and burst into tears of joy but it is what it is.

2. Unless you already have kids, you will not know how to take care of this one at first. Now let me preface by saying that "yes, there are some aspects of motherhood that are instinctual" But not things like changing the first black poopy diaper, properly burping and protecting yourself from getting peed on. True story- the day after E&J were born, I went to change Josh's diaper and I saw "It." What was "It?" The black poop. I had read about it on the internet but I was not prepared to see it. Nor was I prepared to clean it up. I wiped and wiped and wiped but couldn't get him clean. And of course he was screaming, Dan was gagging and I was trying to keep everyone under control so that the nurse wouldn't come in and call CPS to take my kids away because I couldn't even change a diaper. 5 months later? I can change a diaper in my sleep (and Im pretty sure I have.) Lesson learned? You eventually figure stuff out.

3. No matter how helpful your husband is, things will never be 50/50. A friend told me that in the early days of bringing the babies home and it actually helped me a lot. Dan helps me a lot with E&J but in the end, he does not have the "mama bear" instinct that I have. I might sleep through a 60 mph windstorm but if Josh coughs in the other room? Im up. And if you breastfeed? This statement is very, very true. No matter how much he helps, you are still the milk-horse. There will be times at 3 AM when you are hanging out with your best friend, Medela, and he is sleeping. Get ready for it.

4. At some point, you will probably feel alone. At least I did. I don't know what it was. Maybe it was the fact that it was winter and I was stuck in the house. Maybe its that I got used to people asking about me when I was pregnant and once the babies were here, everything was all about them (as it should be...but still) or maybe it was just the hormones, but I often felt very alone. Not sad-alone, just alone. I know that, for me, once I got into a schedule with the babies and began to feel more confident, these feelings went away but when I felt them, they were hard.

5. No matter how hard things seem, they do get better. I always try to remind myself that "this too shall pass" and the truth is that it does. In 5 short months, we've been through phases of screaming, endless spitting up, troubles sleeping, problems eating (ok, we still are going through this) but the phases do pass. Of course, then you are onto something else to struggle with but there is a sense of accomplishment. Because you survived a baby who seemingly spit up every ounce you just painstakingly fed her. And you now have the confidence to tackle whatever craziness your child has in store for you. This is just something I wanted to share with all of my mom friends and mom friends-to-be. Sometimes just knowing what to expect or knowing that what you feel is normal makes all the difference in the world.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baby Dedication

As mentioned below, we had Joshua and Emma dedicated at our church today. A baby dedication, for those not familiar with it, is done in place of a baptism and represents my and Dan's commitment to raise our children in a Christian home. Dan was dedicated as a baby and I was baptized (Catholic) so we are happy to be able to do something to solidify this choice for our children. We had such a great day- both of our families were there and E&J were on their best behavior at church. We had everyone to our house after for lunch- what a wonderful way to spend Mother's Day. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!



Actual Dedication

Getting dedicated

With Grandma



Emma and me

Family picture






Happy Mother's Day

It was pretty nice to wake up today (even though Joshua woke me up at 3:30 AM) and know that it was my first Mother's Day. I still can't believe how blessed I am. I also wanted to let my friends who are still waiting for their miracles that I am thinking of you on this day. I remember how hard it is, just know you aren't alone.

I wanted to update on my pump situation- Medela is sending me a new one. I am so grateful to them and it makes me happy that I don't have to give up pumping. The new pump should be here on Monday.

We are taking Joshua and Emma to be dedicated at church today so I don't have much time to write but I have a few "Things I don't want to forget"

Emma:



1. She finally rolled on Friday! And now she is doing it all the time. Its funny because she gets up on her side and I can see her almost rocking her little body until she rolls over.

2. I fell asleep next to her on the bed yesterday for a nap and I could feel her little breath on me the entire time. It was so sweet. When she was falling asleep, she kept struggling to keep her eyes open to see me.

3. She is better at eating the rice cereal. She still doesn't love it but she will open her mouth for it.

4. Emma has learned to gurgle when I am feeding her and she does it all the time.

5. When she is tired, she sucks her thumb. With the other arm, she drapes it over her face in dramatic fashion. Its precious.

Joshua:



1. He loves to be lifted up in the air like an airplane. He squeals with laughter

2. He will cry and scream in his crib for me to come and get him. If I stand outside the door, he will cry and then stop and look over to see if I am coming. When he doesn't see me, he screams again. Too sneaky.

3. Joshua does the gurgling thing, too. Kinda distracting when I am trying to get them to eat.

4. He loves to have me kiss his belly or arms. I can tell he feels it, he gets all tense and then laughs.

5. Joshua has found his feet so he likes to curl up in a ball and reach for them and hold on for dear life, so funny!


I will update with photos later from the dedication and Mother's Day. Enjoy your day!

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
-- Agatha Christie

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happenings

Lets see, where to begin. Two big things are going on over here:

First, guess which babies have a case of "The Four Month Wakeful?" Yup, Emma and Joshua. Please understand that I get it- babies wake up. But they have spoiled us by sleeping through the night so early and for so long that its going to take me some time to re-adjust. The hard part is that they never get up at the same time. Both of them are up one to two times a night which means I am up 2-4 times a night. The hardest part? They don't really want anything. They just want to laugh, scream and keep me up. I won't lie- Im hoping this ends soon.

Second, my Medela pump quit working properly yesterday. I was on the phone with them three times to try to trouble shoot it and nothing worked. Basically the suction is gone from the second cycle (I always forget what that cycle is called) and I pumped 15 oz less yesterday. The upside? They have offered to send me a new one if I fax them my receipt. The downside? Dan and I can't find the receipt. This is highly unusual for us because we save all receipts. While looking for the receipt, I found the receipt for when I bought the Medela storage bags for 9.99 but not for the pump. I have prepared an email and sent it to Medela in hopes they will honor their warranty without the receipt. In the meantime, my girlfriend has lent me her basically unsued Medela and I am using that.

In more fun news, I have some exciting things going on with my blog. I will be doing a guest blogger spot on Sunday and hosting a giveway sometime in the next week. I will post more on that this weekend but get excited!

Happy Friday!




Saturday, May 1, 2010

My life as a Working Mom

I have been back to work for 2 months, so of course I feel qualified to share my thoughts on being a working mom. But seriously, these past 2 months have had their ups and downs and I'd like you guys to know what I've learned:

1. Thinking about going back to work can be worse than actually going back to work. I used to physically shake when I thought about going back to work. I thought "I can't do this" and "No one will be able to watch my kids like I do" and even though I still have those thoughts, the world did not end when I went back to work. I wish I would not have gotten myself so worked up about it before I went back.

2. Its ok if you do not think of your kids every second you are away. The first couple days back, I would get this overwhelming guilt when I realized an hour went by and I had "forgotten" about Emma and Joshua. It might be in a meeting or on one of my appointments but they would leave my mind and when I thought of them again, I would think "Im such a bad mom, they should always be on my mind" The truth is that not thinking of them every moment is part of the survival mode. Its what you need to do to get through the day. For me, I look for every opportunity to talk about my kids but I am recognizing that its ok to not talk about them, too.

3. It won't be easy, but you can continue pumping.
I can't tell you how many times I wanted to give up during the first couple weeks back at work. Now, I am confident I can make it to 6 months without a problem. If you are pumping at work and need support, let me know. I can send you weekly "You can do it" emails and we can trade stories about pumping in a small conference room when you can hear people outside the door saying "What the heck is that noise?!"

4. Find one special moment to have with your kids every day.
Right now, my special moment with E&J is when we play "Cuddlebunnies" (I don't know how or when but I made up that name) Once I get them home, I unpack them from their carseats and put them in our bed. And for 5 minutes, I just lay with them. Sometimes I sing, sometimes I hold toys out for them, but mostly I just spend time kissing and cuddling with them. Im telling you, I look forward to those 5 minutes all day.

5. Schedule, schedule, schedule.
I know I have posted about this before but I can truly say that having a schedule makes working possible for me. The day is still hectic and very full of things to do but it all gets done. At the end of the day, I can put my head down on the pillow and know that I get (most) everything done.

6. Things will never be the same when you go back to work. This goes for everything. Your house, your outfit, your relationships, your actual job. Dan and I had a week where we ate fish sticks every night. Fish sticks. Honestly, Im not sure if either of us like fish sticks. But I didn't have time to go to the grocery store so we ate them. One day, I got to my first appointment and noticed I still smelled spit up. I looked in my mirror and had dried puke in my hair. And I used to work as often as I could and if there was a chance to work on the weekend to make extra money, I always jumped at it. Now, I would rather lay on the floor with E&J. But thats how it is. Life is never the same.

7. The guilt lessens but it is always there. Some days its not as bad as others but I still get a pang of guilt when I pick up E&J each day. They always look so happy and content and there is still part of me that wishes I was the one to be with them all day, ever day. I would imagine the guilt never fully goes away.


So thats what I've learned. I guess overall, the biggest thing I have learned is that you can be an amazing mom and work. It does not have to be one or the other. Will I be a working mom forever? Time will tell. But for now, its working out for us.