Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekending

We had one of those weekends that's so great in early spring. Pefect weather and somewhere fun to go on Saturday and Sunday. Friday we spent the whole day at home working on nap training Scarlett and Clark. Is nap training a thing? It is now. Them napping in their swings has become impractical, so Friday they got their first taste of sleeping in their cribs. There were tears, screaming, rocking, and lots of shushing, but we managed three solid 30 minute naps in their cribs. Not great, but it's a start.

Saturday morning we headed to our local Touch a Truck event. Brooke and Harrison had so much fun. We wish it would have lasted longer than 2 hours. Scarlett and Clark were no doubt happy when it was over. Too many loud noises for them to nap well in the stroller, and they aren't much for eating on the go. We made it through with minimal tears, thanks to help from my mom, and then spent the rest of the day at home playing in the back yard, and strengthening our crib nap game.





Saturday evening a few of my best girlfriends came over for a makeup and hot tub night. Once the kids were in bed, we hot tubbed, ate junk food, and got a lesson in contouring and eye makeup. 

Sunday morning we were all off to the zoo bright and early. The zoo was much more Scarlett and Clark's speed. Not nearly as noisy, near constant stroller cruising, and Daddy as their second adult. We ran into some friends, had a few great animal experiences, and didn't have to fight the crowds too bad. It was a great start to zoo season.






Again the afternoon was spent outside in the back yard. Rob was busy working on the kids' new to them swing set, H and B ran around like crazy people, and I again tended to two babies who think 30 minute naps are appropriate at 4 months old. The kids were all asleep by 8:20. Rob and I were able to enjoy dinner together after the littles were in bed and we closed out the night with Fear the Walking Dead. I didn't love the first season, but I am really enjoying this season so far. 

I hope you all had a great weekend full of fun springtime activities. I'm already looking forward to more time at the zoo, mornings at the farmers market, and dinners on our patio. Cheers to Monday being over, and on with the week!

Friday, April 22, 2016

It's Friday!

It's Friday! Weekends haven't meant much around here lately because it's been the same thing every day. Feed babies, clean up after twin tornadoes, try to get as much sleep as possible, repeat. Now that spring is here, there are a lot more fun activities planned for our weekends. Our zoo opens this weekend, and that's a pretty big deal in our house. You'll be able to find is there at least once a week, usually Sunday morning. Now onto a little Friday randomness.



After two years of people telling me I should join Snapchat, I finally bit the bullet. Brooke and Harrison are absolutely obsessed with filters, and I'm completely obsessed with puting the filters on the babies. If you want to follow along with my daily baby spam and random thoughts, @jennpargeon is my screen name. 

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Who else loves Kimmy Schmidt? I binge watched the first season when I was a few weeks pregnant with Scarlett and Clark. I've been looking forward to season 2 since I finished the first one, and it didn't disappoint. I finished the last couple episodes yesterday, and now I'm already looking forward to season 3. Episodes 6 and 9 were favorites for me. I think I may have to go back and rewatch both seasons, because I can't get enough!
I am at that odd inbetween phase of the postpartum body. Maternity jeans are out, but my hips are still a full size bigger than pre preg, and don't get me started on twin skin and nursing boobs. I've grabbed a couple shirts and a one size up pair of my favorite jeans to get me by. Loose and flowy is the name of my shirt game right now, and these two are a couple of my favorites. This tank is one I think I may pick up too.

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After dealing with plantar fasciitis for the last couple years, and having everyone tell me I should get Birkenstocks, I finally broke down and bought a pair. I had a really hard time getting past the 90s aspect of them. Then I saw a few of the newer styles and settled on these ones in stone. They are super comfortable, and I'm happy to have a pair of sandals I can comfortably wear besides my black Crocs. And yes, I own Crocs sandals, but they aren't nearly as hideous as they sound. 



I drink coffee like its my job. I recently gave up dairy which means no half and half, and hot coffee with almond milk doesn't top my love list. Enter cold brew coffee. It's so easy, and my new favorite way to make coffee. I put 2 tablespoons of grounds in a mason jar with 1 1/2 cups of water after dinner. In the morning I have coffee ready to be strained and poured over ice. No more watered down Kuerig iced coffee, and iced is so much more tolerable with almond milk.


I hope you all have grand plans for your weekend. Our association garage sales are going on today, so I think there may be a nice walk and a few dollars spent this morning. Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

3 Months

We survived the fourth trimester! That's right, these little twinkies are now three months old. Another month has flown by and we fall more in love with these two every day. I'm a week late getting this posted, but here it is.

Scarlett

Little miss has started laughing, and it is the most adorable thing ever! She is most likely to laugh if we are playing with her feet. Pat A Cake or Wheels on the Bus with her feet are a couple of her favorites. She is a very happy baby, as long as she's not hungry or tired, and smiles almost nonstop.

She is a professional clothes ruiner. No exaggerating, she has a blow out every day. Usually in the morning when she's in her car seat and out running errands. Not one to be limited by her car seat, she will gladly shoot poop up her back while sitting on your lap or in her Bumbo seat. Thank goodness for Oxi Clean. She is still wearing size 3 month onesies and pants. She can wear both 3 month and 6 month one pieces or sleep and plays.









Clark

Our chubby little man gets chubbier by the day. He is so round and looks so much like his big brother. He was slow to give us smiles, but now he has a happy face on most of the time. He loves sitting in his ocean bouncy seat or having a stare down with the octopus on his play gym. I think the boy may have a future in marine biology. ;)

His clothing sizes are kind of all over the place. Some 3 month onesies fit, and some are too small. He's definitely in 6 month sleep and plays, but some of those are already too short. He is wearing size 2 diapers. 

It doesn't happen every night, but he frequently sleeps 10-12 hours straight. Big man is my champion sleeper, and I'm so thankful for that.  










Scarlett and Clark have a pretty set schedule/ Thankfully they are willing to be slightly flexible if we need them to be, but most days if goes like this: 

7:30-8 wake up and nurse 
9:30 nap time in their swings or sleeping while we run errands
10:30 nurse
12:00 nap time in their swings
1:30 wake up and nurse
3:00 nap time in swings or in our bed
4:30-5 wake up and nurse
7:00 pajamas and final nursing session of the day
8:00 bedtime
5:00a wake up to nurse and then right back to sleep

Their nursing sessions are still between 30-40 minutes and they both eat at the same time. Both babies get lots of gas when nursing and need burped frequently. Scarlett doesn't usually make it to the 5am nursing session. Sometime between 1am and 3am she comes into bed with us for a mini side lying nursing session. She falls asleep next to me and stays there until Clark wakes up.

Their time between nursing sessions involves time in their bouncy seats, on their play mat, in their Bumbos, stories, songs, or hanging out with Harrison and Brooke. There's also a lot of going places that happens during their awake time. I try to have them home for nursing sessions, but they are content to be on the go the rest of the time. 

They both still hate tummy time, but I'm continuing to work on it. Clark needs a hand for extra head support when he sits in his Bumbo. Since his version of tummy time involves him laying like a slug, I am trying to give him as much assisted sitting time as possible. Scarlett will push herself up a little bit, but after a minute of so, she's done with being on her belly. After seeing her roll over any time we put her on her belly last month, she hasn't done it at all this month.








In the week since I originally wrote this, so much has already changed. I will save the updates for their 4 month post, but it's crazy how quickly things change. Everyday with these two is a new adventure. We love them so much, and they make me think we could handle more kids after them, even though I swore we were done. I'm sure my opinion on this will change soon, but right now I can see more babies in our future. As much work as the newborn phase is, they're so sweet when they're this little. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend

We are all suffering from a post holiday hangover today. The babies have been off their schedule and went down for their 9:30 nap at 11:30. Brooke and Harrison are in super crazy mode, thank goodness for the bounce house. I should be doing laundry or cleaning up the disaster zone in the basement, but instead I'm eating peanut butter eggs and drinking coffee that's been reheated 4 times already. Yay Monday! But seriously, our weekend was great and the day after a holiday always seems a little off.

Friday was one of those days where Brooke and Harrison and I were at each other all day. They didn't listen, which made me yell, which made them listen less. There were tears from all three of us that day, so when Rob got home that night, it was a welcome reprieve. We ordered pizza and colored eggs, which went much better than the rest of our day. The kids and I had a good bedtime talk about how we were all going to do better tomorrow, and we did.



Harrison and Brooke do best when we have some type of activity planned, so we filled our Saturday with Easter fun. We woke up in the morning and headed to our church's Easter egg hunt. We even managed to get out the door in time for me to pick up coffee on the way! Going out of the house with all for kids still makes me nervous, just because the babies still take so long to eat. Getting out with all four kids for something other than a shopping trip felt HUGE! Thankfully the egg hunt lasted all of 10 minutes. We had time to hit up the park for a few and still make it home in time to feed the babies.




By early afternoon it was gorgeous outside, and the kids' Auntie had come to join us for an afternoon at the mall. We strapped on some babies and took the Easter Extravaganza by storm. Really we just went for the petting zoo. The lines to see the Easter bunny and for face painting were so long, there was no way we were waiting. We managed to do a little shopping, pet all the baby animals, work on our tans, and even get a couple balloon bunnies before heading back home. An early bedtime for the kids meant I still had plenty of time to assemble Easter baskets and prep brunch once they were asleep.


Sunday morning Robbie and I decided to go the divide and conquer route. The big kids and I got ready and went to church, after they checked out their baskets of course. He hung out with the babies, made sure food got in the oven on time, and hid eggs in the back yard. Robbie's parents joined us for brunch and to watch the big kids hunt eggs. When they took off, everyone napped. All for kids and Robbie slept at the same time, which gave me plenty of quiet time to clean up from the morning and get ready for TWD night. The babies took extra long afternoon naps, so I got some time to blow bubbles in the back yard with H and B. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we soaked up every second.








I made extra large bunch casseroles, so we had brunch twice on Sunday. Is there anything more perfect? Yes there is, but we really love brunch around here. I've eaten the same for for my last three meals, and I am not complaining one bit. We closed out our Sunday the same way we always do, with Rick and the gang. Now we're anxiously waiting to see who Negan is going to introduce Lucille to next week. If you aren't a TWD fan, sorry for the reference. ;)




I hope you all had a great Easter weekend, and that you're surviving the post holiday hangover. Hopefully with coffee. Or wine.