Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Clearly, this statement needed to be written, or I'm sure my OB practice wouldn't have included it in their OB patient info book.
I remember reading this page when I received the book back at the beginning of my pregnancy and laughing. It went on to say that the unit gets too crowded with people who do not need to be there and runs out of room for those who do. It then goes on to say that if you are not in labor and do not have a current medical complication with your pregnancy, you will be asked to leave and not given a bed. Hil.ar.i.ous. I guess I'm picturing people with little 30 week bellies running to L&D in the event of a hurricane, just because they're pregnant. It's laughable really. You can almost liken it to patients I've had in the past coming in because they have a cold or threw up once. You just want to say to them, "You are pregnant. It is not a disease. There is no reason to be in L&D in the middle of the night. In fact, I can do even less for you because you are pregnant. Now go home and call your doctor in the morning ... if you can manage to live that long."
Don't get me wrong, with hurricane Irene giving us the side-eye, it's definitely a little nerve-wracking to be this pregnant (especially with twins) and to wonder if in fact all that barometric pressure hub-bub is actually true. I definitely wouldn't want to deliver twins at home by myself if I couldn't get to the hospital. But trust me, you won't see me camping out in the waiting room waiting to go into labor any time soon. I don't think I could stand to be around anxious families for that long. In fact, I think I might opt for that home birth instead!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
There aren't many things I'll miss about being pregnant. In fact, there's really only one.
I've been laying in bed for almost an hour and a half. Everyone else is sound asleep, but not me. And tonight its not because of restless legs or contractions or ligament pain. It's because of the flurry of activity going on in my belly. Am I exhausted? Yes. Would I kill for some sleep right now? Of course. But I'm not upset about losing sleep tonight. Instead, I'm savoring this feeling and tucking it away in my memory bank.
Feeling your child(ren) move inside you is an amazing feeling - a privilege I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to experience. From the very first flutters, I've felt a special bond with these boys, just like I did with Brennan. I'm their mom and I'd give up my life for them. And those little flutters remind me of that every day, just like Brennan's hugs and kisses do now. It's something no one else will ever experience with them. The selfish part of me loves that fact and I don't feel guilty because I've given up my body for them, and will continue to do so.
So I'll take this lack of sleep and enjoy my boys tonight, because I know its just a matter of time before they'll be on the outside and I'll have to share them with the rest of the world.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
There are few things in this world that make my child's head spin like telling him he's going to go swimming. He drops what he's doing and sprints around the house screaming, "waaaa waaaaa!! Simmmm!! Poooooo!!!" (Water, swim, pool!)
So in July we started Parent/Child swim classes, cleverly titled Baby Barracuda class, which involves kids ages 6 months to 3 years getting "acquainted" with the water (read: dunked and then sang songs to in order to calm down). It's loud, chaotic, there are never less than 2 kids screaming, but we have a blast.
Brennan and I used to go twice a week because A.) It was a way for him to burn energy that I could still keep up with him and B.) The glorious feeling of weightlessness while in the pool is indescribable when carrying around 2 extra bodies (not to mention a toddler. Sidenote: It blows my mind a bit that this is probably the only time in life I'll ever be able to carry all 3 of my munchkins at once. Insane. But, I digress...)
July was heavenly for me, but our little barracuda is a bit insane in the water and I doubt his brothers enjoy kicks to the head from the outside when they already have to deal with cranial blows from each other. So it's Daddy's turn to tame the wild water beast. The Saturday class consists of 7 little boys and one girl. It's wild and crazy and so much fun to watch my boys swim (and especially entertaining to watch my husband try to sing along with the nursery rhymes he for some reason never learned ... our kids get Billy, Bruce, and Bob instead of the Itsy Bitsy Spider ... again with the digression).
But as cute as it is, I miss being in that water and day dreaming that I weigh 120 pounds and do not have an abdomen that rivals my late grandfathers beer belly. If these boys aren't out next Saturday, mama's parking herself in the corner of the pool to watch the madness occur!
Friday, August 12, 2011
You may or may not know that we started using cloth diapers a few months ago. It first peaked my interest last fall, but we all know how chaotic life was then, so it fell by the wayside. Fast forward to January during my last visit with my dear friend Janelle before our move. She had mentioned her plans to CD (cloth diaper) her new baby and during this visit took the time to show me her stash and explain some things about it. I was intrigued. But again, with the chaos of moving and then finding out I was preggo and beginning to puke my brains out, it got put on the back burner.
Once I was a few weeks into my 2nd trimester and was starting to feel a bit better, we started to really discuss the logistics of having twins. The fact that we would soon have THREE kids in diapers sounded expensive. When I sat down to do the math, I realized that it didn't just sound expensive, it was DEFINITELY going to cost us a pretty penny. Depending on the kind of diapers you buy, the average amount spent to diaper a baby from birth through potty training is right around $2500. And Brennan wasn't able to wear anything but Pampers without getting a nasty rash, so even with coupons, it was expensive to keep his butt dry. Depending on what kind of CD you choose to use, you can spend anywhere between $200 and $1000 on a stash for one baby, washing diapers every other day. So even if I chose the most expensive kind and bought enough to wash every other day (for 3 boys) I'm still saving a nice chunk of change. And for those of you wondering about the water bill? Washing every other day, we've barely noticed an increase in the bill. We're expecting about a $10 bump per month once the twins are born. Laundry soap? You can choose to use pricey CD soap or regular laundry soap. Either way, you use a very small amount because it can cause build up on the diapers and cause them to not work effectively. Again, we haven't noticed that we're spending more on detergent at all.
By this time, Janelle had given birth to her sweet little bundle and was enjoying wrapping her little bum in cloth everyday. She shared lots of info with me, which was a major help to kick off my research into the world of CDs. I read everything I could, did tons of research, joined a CD group in Facebook through a friend, and decided it was time to jump in.
I bought a few different kinds of diapers and began experimenting. I'll admit, it did take a few weeks to get into a good routine for laundry and just navigating the in's and out's of CDing. But all in all, it was really easy. Diaper laundry really takes minimal time. With one kid in CDs, I do diaper laundry about every 1.5-2 days. And it's the easiest laundry EVER. Because there's no sorting or folding. It's by far my favorite load of laundry to do! And no, I'm not up to my elbows in poop, nor do I come into contact with it any more than I did when he was in disposables. Nor does the poop get into the washing machine. You simply dump it out of the diaper into the toilet and rinse with a diaper sprayer if you so desire. Or you use biodegradable, flushable liners so that the poop doesn't even touch the diaper. Easy peasy.
And the real beauty? I haven't had to shell out any money to buy diapers in MONTHS. It's awesome. Not to mention the fact that I'm not filling landfills with plastic and chemicals. That's just an added bonus! (Please know that I'm not judging anyone who chooses to use disposables. Heck, I used them for the first 20 months of his life! And it's everyone's own personal choice what to put on their kiddo's bum. I'm just pointing out the truth - they sit in landfills and will still be sitting there when our kids are diapering their kids. Sad :( I'd be lying if I said that that was the primary reason for switching. It's not - it was totally a money thing. But doing my part to save the planet feels very very good.)
I really just scratched the surface of this topic, but I feel like going through all of the details in one post would make for a realllllllllllllly long and boring read. So I'll post more about the details (the downfalls, different types of diapers, etc) later. If you have questions, feel free to comment and I can try to answer them in one of my next posts!