Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Last week we went on our one and only beach trip for the summer and it was to Surfside Beach in SC. It was a little depressing knowing that it was our only trip to the beach. The boys were in a very funky mood for most of the week. They were being very defiant, which is sometimes like them but not always. Oddly enough on the way home they turned back into our normal children and have been that way since. Maybe they are anti-social like their father and just don't like being at the beach with 20 people. I'm not sure, but I hope it isn't always like this.
Anyways, we did have a fun time. The boys did get into the ocean and even tried a little bit of boogie boarding. They really enjoyed the beach at night. I think because they had their clothes on and it is just more fun to get those wet since you are not suppose to. I wish I had gotten more pictures of Andy in his new rash guard. He wore a tee shirt at the first of the week and it bothered him, so he got the skin tight rash guard. It was funny, but at least he didn't get burnt again. The boys didn't really seem to enjoy the pool that much. They got in, but Cale really wasn't enjoying himself. I think it was a little crowded for them and they don't like being splashed. That being said a crowded pool=getting splashed whether you want to or not. Our kids were of course the only ones who wouldn't jump in the pool. This bothered Andy a little bit, but I had to remind him of who our kids spend the summer with=me. I haven't really taken them to the pool that much until this summer, because it was just too hard for me to be double teamed by two small children at the pool. This summer we haven't been in a few weeks and even then they weren't really into jumping in to me, because I obviously look like I might not catch them. So I told Andy he needed to be more willing to go to the pool with us, but I can't see that happening.
We went and played putt putt one night. It was fun. Andy was stressed out, of course. Cale got a hole in one and Carter got 2 holes in one!! That was pretty much the only thing we did besides going to the beach and pool. One morning we did head out to the park and then Chik fila just for something different to do. That was the day I was so glad that we did not go out to the beach. The rip tide was really strong due to a storm way off the coast and a 13 year old boy got washed out to sea. That is so sad. It was so heartbreaking to hear the rescue helicopters keep flying overhead all day long. I can't even imagine being that boys mother and being right there and your child vanishes. The next day they had to pull 3 people out of the water that were in trouble.
Friday was super crowded on the beach and it was seriously like that John Candy movie, Summer Rental. We found one little place to set up out stuff and it was high tide and no one was allowed in the water past their knees. Next year my vote is a quiet NC beach. That night we went out for a seafood buffet. What is a trip to the beach without the seafood buffet?!
Then Saturday was time to go home. On our way home we stopped at the outlet malls in Myrtle Beach. I got the best deals at the Children's Place outlet and few good ones at the Baby Gap. We then at at the Bojangles and headed home. It surprisingly only took 3 1/2 hours. I really wanted to stop at the Fort Fisher Aquarium near Wilmington, but Andy would not do it. He is no fun sometimes or most of the time. The kids were even being really good too.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I also bought some non-maternity clothes that fit! I was so super excited that I found a regular shirt to fit over my crazy poked out belly. This is so great because now I have something to wear home from the hospital that isn't maternity. This may not sound like that big of a deal, but after having the boys I was under the illusion that my belly and the pounds would just melt away after they came out. WRONG! That so did not happen! I wore maternity clothes for almost two months and then wore clothes that were 3 sizes larger than I was before. The books I read said to take your smallest size maternity clothes to wear home. Well I did and they barely fit. Not this time. I now have an outfit that is regular people clothes! The shirt may not be my regular size, but that's ok because I know that parts of me will be a little larger for a while (hopefully not my belly though).
I have never really cared about my body image until after I had the boys. I never even cared while I was pregnant, probably why I gained 60 lbs. After I gave birth I just couldn't look at myself in the mirror. It was like I was looking at someone else. My shoulders were wider and my face was round, I shouldn't have gotten a short hair cut that did not help my look. Since then I have really cared a lot more about what I look like. I walked like 2-3 miles almost everyday to lose my baby weight, which was 35 extra lbs. I do not diet. My philosophy is that you only live once and you might as well enjoy what you can. I do however now watch what we eat to make sure it isn't too bad for us. I just hope that I can really be motivated to get into shape. I think that I am already feeling motivated because I feel like I have been little more cautious about what I have ate this time.
Life is just a live and learn experience. Once you have been through it once you really do have a greater understanding for what is reality. It is so hard the first time you are pregnant and have a baby because you have no idea what to expect and your expectations are so unrealistic. Not this time. I totally know what to expect and I am ready (not right now, but in 6-8 weeks)! I am not sure I am ready to lose sleep, but who is?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Other news is that I finally finished painting the nursery! Here it is so far. We obviously still need to rearrange and put the crib in, and move the modem and wireless router (that is a job that I say Andy needs to call Time Warner to fix and he swares he can do it himself, I'm a little nervous about that). I will post more pictures when it is all finished.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I think when thinking about their last first day of preschool I am a little sad. I am not sad because my babies are going to be in kindergarten soon, but rather that they are just growing up and this is their first last of something big. It is probably just because I am hormonal, because I am so ready for them to start school. I will never be the parent that has a hard time leaving their child. Yes, I like to walk them to their class, because I like to see what they do and how they act. I love peaking in on them at school and watching them play with their friends. I have missed that at camp since we have been in different buildings and never see each other. We are definitely the type of family that needs breaks from one another. I miss them while they are at school, but when we are at home together everyday like the last 3 weeks I think we all drive each other crazy!! We need our alone time. The boys even got to where they would play in totally different rooms and wanted to. School is very good for our family and I love our preschool and feel so blessed to be there. The teachers are wonderful and I feel like the boys have learned so much and they love doing art which is something I don't do with them at home. The boys told me that there favorite thing in the 4 year old class is doing art. It must be a center because after we talked about it they ran to their book bags and took out several pieces of random art they had made with stickers and glue.
Carter with his stack of books
Cale resting on the couch
I found some pregnancy pictures from when I was pregnant with the boys. They had to be scanned in because that was back when we had a digital camera, but Andy used it for work and the film one we had was way better (amazing how fast technology changes). The first picture was at my brother and sister-in-law's house, but the rest was at our house and after we had sold it and should be packing. It doesn't really look like we have done wanything. The last picture was exactly 2 weeks before we were to move!! I am just so amazed at how we were so not ready, for moving or anything.
Here is my sister-in-law and myself. We were both about 28 weeks, our due dates were only 4 days apart.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The boys are barely able to touch the bottom of the shallow end and they move pretty good. We only wish that they would stop being scared and jump in or put their faces in the water. This fall we are going to do swim lessons with them and hopefully someone else can convince them to do it.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
We did have one very terrible trip to Target on Monday in which both, yes both, children fell out of the double shopping cart. No need to worry it is the kind with the tiny useless seats that are near the floor. Carter happened to fall out at the check out counter and after the trip we had had all I could is laugh. I know I am not in the running for mother of the year, but oh well I think I lost that one a long time ago. The cashier kind of looked at me like I was the worst parent ever because I am laughing and am telling him that is what happens when you don't wear your seat belt. That was also probably the tenth time he cried while we were there. One time he even threw himself in the aisle. I of course just told him I didn't care and I kept walking. He quickly got up and jumped back in the cart.
Tuesday was a little better. I thought I would be a nice mom and take them to the park. We get there and they would not play. What kids have to be dragged to the park?! Finally they started playing with another little boy and then since we weren't far from Andy's work we went and had lunch with him. Then I had to take Cale to the doctor, and Carter went too, because he keeps scratching his ear. They think the ear tube is wiggling and he can feel it, so there is basically nothing we can do until it falls out. That kid needs to put his head under water!! Maybe if I tell him his ear will stop itching he will do it. Anyways, my kids LOVE going to the doctor. It is a good thing since we spend a lot of time there. I am so glad they are not afraid and let the doctor look in their ears and are not too difficult while being there.
Yesterday we went to our first story time at the library in a really long time. The boys love it now that they love to read and hear stories. We got there a little early so that they could check out their first library books. I tried to have them do this last summer, but they did not understand that you can just take the books without paying for them, they are sometimes too honest. This time after learning about the library on the new Disney Channel show, Special Agent Oso, Cale has been obsessed about checking out a dinosaur book. Luckily he did find one!! Unfortunately for Carter we only found one. Carter was persuaded into a couple other books though. While we were there we meet our friends, the boys' identical twin girlfriends, and then got a McDonald's picnic lunch and headed to the park. It was so much fun! The boys had a great time and it took up most of the day. We then had a birthday party for a little girl in their preschool class at Pump It Up. We had never been there before, but the boys had a great time.
Then today we hit park number three for the week. It was a park we haven't been to in a while and our new wonderful friend Wendy joined us. It is a huge wooden maze thing and the boys had a blast! The last time I took them there they were little and I left with a serious case of indegestion from not being able to see them the whole time. This time I felt much better about it and had an extra set of eyes, which is always nice when you have twins.
Tomorrow we are headed to the pool and I can't wait!!! I love the pool and how it makes all my pregnancy aches and pains go away. I really do love being pregnant, but I think I might be getting ready to be ready for the baby. My cousin and his wife just had their baby boy yesterday and seeing their pictures today made me feel a little nervous again. I am nervous about labor and childbirth and nursing and sleeplessness. She did good though, three pushes and that was it! I really hope and pray I am that lucky. Please pray that I am that lucky this time! I pushed for three hours with Cale and then another 47 minutes with Carter, so I think I deserve a speedy labor this time. I feel a little more fit though. Not being on bed rest really does make a big difference in your energy level. I am still pretty tired after any activity and can't stand too long, but it doesn't take me nearly as long to recover. I am still having the sciatic nerve issue, but the pool seems to help that so it should be better after tomorrow.
I really am going to take some pictures this weekend. I took my camera to the party and the park and still forgot to take pictures!! I am a terrible mother lately. I am going to be better this month.