Thursday, January 31, 2008

To Good To Be True?

The kids were so unbelievably good yesterday, it was almost a little ridiculous! They played all morning, and then took a TWO HOUR NAP! Then we ate lunch, and they played some more, and then took ANOTHER TWO HOUR NAP! Then they ate dinner, played, had baths, and went to sleep like little angels, and slept pretty good. What have all the whiners gone, I ask you? Hopefully they will have another good day today. It has been so windy that we havn't beent able to go outside, so if they get cranky, we may go out to lunch for a little change of scenery. Other than that, every thing is going well. I also figured out a little trick for the kids and their breathing treatments. I started swaddling them in their bath towels like i did when they were babies. They can't wiggle all over the place, and they actually kind of like it. So that has cut down the time some. Yeah!

Here is a pic of Ella, wearing Huddy's bath towel! Doesn't she look thrilled?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Does anybody know...

where I can purchase five more hours for the day? Anyone? The past couple days have felt super long, and yet too short to get all my stuff done. I have a pretty set schedule during the days and like to get everything done before Jake gets home so we can spend some family time together just playing. Well the kids are now taking breathing treatments every six hours. So three times a day, I have to sit in my little kitchen table chair, and hold each of these poor kids down for twenty minutes at a time. They actually do pretty well after the first few minutes and cooperate quite nicely. That's not the problem. The problem is, this adds like five hour to my day that I don't have. You have to set it up, put in the medicine, give the treatment, clean it out, and start again, twice. At least they are working. It would be a whole other rant if they weren't. I guess I should be thankful that this is the worst it has been for us. But I wanted to have a pity party, so there.

At least I get to cuddle them while they are taking their treatments.
(I don't have a picture of Ella yet, but hav no fear, I will get one)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Home and Hernias

Well we are back home in Texas. The kids and I got back Sunday afternoon after a fun weekend in Tulsa. On Friday, I got to meet Henry Reed, the newest Barron baby. The count stands at 7 boys, 3 girls. I'm counting on Willie and Crissy to even the count out a little in the next few years! On Saturday, my mom and I ventured out for my "Birthday Day of Beauty". The kids were sick last week, which meant no sleep, and I look like I had been hit by a truck, so I was in desperate need of a day of beauty. It started off with a morning mani/pedi and a trip to Sonic. Then off the hair salon for a real haircut by a professional, I usually do my own but my mom decided that maybe a good trim was in order. I have to say it looks pretty darn good. We then grabbed a quick bite and shopped til we dropped. I ended up with brand new black boots, a bunch of tops, some new pants, and accessories to match my new outfits. I was so tired by the end of the day. I hadn't had a shop-a-thon like that since before I was pregnant, and I am way out of shape. When we got back to my parents house, I was asleep by six forty five, and slept til seven the next morning. I awoke feeling rested and pampered. The kids and I met my brother for lunch on Saturday in Norman, and then headed back home. The babies were very excited to see their daddy, so was I!

We had a doctors appointment this morning for Hudson. Our pedi thought he had a hernia, and he does. So we are having surgery in February for that with the great Dr. Bliss. He is the one who operated on Carter when he was so sick. Other than that, the kids are feeling better and are on the up and up. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

I leave you with this picture. I call it "Babes in Boxland". Get it, like "Babes in Toyland". I know, I know, I crack your stuff up! I'll be here all week ladies in gentleman!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Safe and Sound

Well we made it safe and sound to Tulsa. The kids slept the entire way which is a testament to how bad they feel. They are playing really well though and sound much better than they did even last night.

On another note. The kids and I made it up here with just two suitcases, the stroller and an exer-saucer! You have no idea how exciting it is to be able to fit everything in the back of the van and not have the entire thing loaded so full you have to be a famous acrobat to get the kids in and out! The first time the kids and I came to Tulsa, they were a month old and I was in my best friends wedding. We had the whole van packed to the ceiling. Suitcases, bouncy chairs, breast pump, bottles, formula, blankets, burp cloths, frozen breast milk, the whole shebang! And that was just for two days. Now all we need is clothes, diapers, and 3 sippy cups! Burp cloths, bottles, and formula were three bags all on their own. Needless to say, packing and traveling is much easier the older they get. Now ask me in a few months when we are trying to potty train and take a five hour trip how easy it is!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It's like I'm a drug lord

We went from taking no medicine, to taking all this, two or three times a day!

We take:

Tylenol - 1/2 tsp every four hours for throat and ear pain
Claritin - 1 tsp every morning w/ breakfast for allergies
Amoxicillin - 1 tsp twice a day with meals
Ear Drops - 1 drop in each ear every four hours for pain
Vicks - Smear across nose and chest every six hours
Chapstick - Their poor little lips are about to fall off
Benadryl/Maalox - 1 tsp every six hours for sore throat pain

That's all I do, is wander around giving drugs to my children. And the bad thing about it, most of it, there is nothing you can do about it. They're not contagious, so no antibiotics (except for the ear infections), they just have to let it run it's course. Thankfully, they slept really well last night, not surprising considering the Benadryl and Tylenol combo. I just hope they are better by Thursday morning so the ride up to OK is not miserable for them! I'm not missing my day of beauty!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Momma said there'd be days like this...

Well both the boys have ear infections. Hudson's left ear and Carter has both infected. They are starting on Amoxicillin as soon as it is ready at the Pharmacy. They all have really red sore throats so he gave this mixture of meds that will fix that. All you do is take equal parts of Benadryl and Maalox (cherry tastes the best) and mix them together and give them 1/2 to 1 tsp every six hours. It also relieves pain such as cold sores and sore throats in adults, so I'm mixing up a batch for the whole family since we all have the sniffles. He said it works great so we'll see! Other than that, we are doing good. They are playing pretty good this afternoon so I think they are feeling better already!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Holy Sickness Batman!

I think the kids have ear infections. They slept great last night and woke up this morning with fever and super runny noses. All three of them. We have only had three ear infections total, but this is how they started. They didn't eat well today either, and my kids love to eat. So tomorrow morning, I'll call the doctor and hopefully be able to get in and be seen. We are supposed to go to Tulsa this week to meet the newest Barron. My SIL Missy is having her third baby on Friday, (I think it's a girl) and then I am having my b-day day of beauty with my mom on Saturday. Hopefully the kids will be better by then, b/c I am in desperate need of a day of beauty. The day entails a mani/pedi, shopping, some electrolysis, and a haircut. I have not had my haircut done by a professional in years. I usually just cut my own b/c I have a hard time paying alot of money for someone to do something I can do for free! But I digress. Hopefully the kids sleep good tonight and will be better tomorrow.

I painted their Choo-Choo-Wagon this weekend. They got a used one a couple of months back, b/c Step 2 had stopped selling them. Of course they are for sale now. But ours needed a little sprucing up. So off to Lowe's I went and picked up some spray paint, and I think it turned out pretty good. It is now green, purple, and blue. The kids colors, in the right order. It's been to cold to try it out so next week will be the first trial. We also got the seat belts last week so I put those on too. Safety First!



Thursday, January 17, 2008

MDO Success!

The kids did great yesterday! They said that they played very well with the other two babies, and not one tear out of any of them. Yeah for them! They also played so hard that took a two hour nap (unheard of) when we got home. Then last night, they slept so good and we had to finally wake them up at eight this morning. It was awesome! Sorry such a short post, I've gotta go cook dinner. Mmmmm, enchiladas!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What to do, what to do?

I dropped the kids off at Mother's Day Out this morning for the first time. Now I have not a clue to with my time! I went to lunch, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Border's and drove around listening to my book on tape. I still have and hour and a half left! Time to find a hobby i guess.

The kids did great when I dropped them off. The workers came to the front and got them and just happily went with them. After I filled out all the paperwork, I looked through the window to check on them, and they could have cared less that I wasn't the one playing with them. Ouch! I thought I would at least get a few tears. Oh well, I guess I should be thankful that they aren't too attached to me. But still, would a little whimper to be to much to ask for. Well I guess I'm going to go catch up on my soaps on Tivo. I'll let everyone know how they did!

Here are the kids loaded up and on their way to their first MDO!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You know that nightime ... Is the rightime .....

For the boys to sleep!!! That's right, you heard me, the sleeping problem has been solved. We busted out the pack-n-play and put it in our room and let Ella sleep in their. We decided to just let the boys cry it out. Sunday night went OK, with just a few crying spells. My mom suggested leaving a night light on so it wouldn't be so dark in their room. So on our weekly trip to Wal-Mart yesterday, I picked up a dim little light bulb, and the problem is fixed. The boys slept all night, we didn't hear them cry one time! Did I really just waste months of sleepless nights, being frustrated, angry and just plain stumped on how to solve the situation? I did my friends, and the whole time all the little ones needed was a 25-watt light bulb in their little lamp. A new lovely, yet dim glow fills the nursery now. Seriously? A light bulb? Live and learn folks, live and learn.

PS: Ella is going back into the nursery tonight so we'll see how that goes!

This is the cure to what ailed us!

Just put it in this cute little lamp, and problem solved!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

What a difference a year makes!

One year ago today, we brought the kids home from the hospital. It was rainy and icy and Jake was scared to death to drive with the kids in the car. Fast forward a year, the kids are doing great! What's even weirder is that two years ago, my parents and grandparents came down for my birthday, and we told them we were trying to get pregnant and we had started Clomid. We were sitting at Griff's Hamburgers and I kid you not, my Poppa said, "You better be careful Jake, or you'll end up with three or four of them things at one time!". We all laughed and Jake said to not even joke about that. Little did we know! Funny how things work out.

On another note, Jake is out of town this weekend so my parents came down to help out with the kids. My dad set up the kids swing set that they got for Christmas and they absolutely love it! They just squeal and kick and they actually cried when we took them out to go inside. They will got alot of use out of them over the next few years. Hope everyone is having a good weekend, and if you aren't, here is pic of the kids to brighten your day!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Cabin Fever

Wednesday, I decided that I couldn't take it anymore, being inside that is, so we loaded up and went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch, to put my Christmas stocking stuffers to good use (GC and coupon calendar)! In the process of doing so, I have decided, that taking the kids out, has become my own sort of public service. I educate people when they ask me their sometimes dumb, sometimes very personal questions. I become a source of entertainment for many elderly folks, and a source of birth control for the younger crowd. I also give the weary eyed, emotional, tired, down trodden, mother of a newborn baby, hope. Hope that it will get better, faith that you will not always walk around in a tired daze, wondering if that smell is you or the baby, because honestly, you can't remember the last time you showered. Hope and faith that if she can do it with three, I can do it with one. So thank-you ladies and gentleman, this has been a public service announcement.

This is a special note to all the men. If you see someone with three babies, do not look at your wife, and tell her "She's all by herself shopping with three, why can't you do that with just one? You shouldn't ever complain again about being overwhelmed! And look how skinny she is." Not a good idea, unless you want everyone in Babies-R-Us to hear your wife threaten you with divorce for calling her incompetent and fat. Just a warning, or another public service announcement.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Another month, has come gone

Thirteen, the kids were thirteen months old yesterday, I can't believe it! Here is a quick update on the kiddos:

Hudson: Weight - 22 lbs.
Tooth count - 16, yes 16!
Favorites - Animal Cookies and Juice
Dislikes - Anything stacked or aligned, he freaks out!
Mobility - Can officially be classified a walker, a wobbly one, but a walker

Ella: Weight - 24 lbs
Tooth Count - 16, a piranha!
Favorites - her "Little People" toys
Dislikes - sharing
Mobility - main form of transportation, walking

Carter: Weight - 22 lbs
Tooth Count - 16, chomp, chomp
Favorites - playing catch
Dislikes - being thrown in the air
Mobility - half and half / walking and crawling

I can't believed they are getting so old and growing so fast, seems like yesterday we were bringing them home from the hospital, and now I think we can officially call ourselves toddlers! Yipes!

Monday, January 7, 2008

My name is Lindsay....

and I'm old and boring. (This is were you say "Hi Lindsay!"). Anyway, I have realized, that I am officially old and boring. OK, so twenty-three may not be old, but there is a difference b/w young, single, and fabulous twenty-three and old, married and tired twenty-three. I look at pictures of my self just a few short years ago, and I look good. Not to be conceited, but I was fairly attractive. Fast-forward a couple years, and I am a pajama wearing, no-makeup, bags under my eyes twenty-three year old mother of three. You know you are getting old and boring, when you take off a pair of pajamas, shower and put on a clean pair of pajamas. Granted, they're cute pajamas, but their still pajamas. You know you're getting old and boring, when you debated whether it's worth dragging the kids to Wal-Mart, for butter or can you survive a few more days without. When I was in college, my roommate and I ran to Wal-Mart just for the heck of it and could wander it's aisles for hours. Now you make your list in the order of where things are in the store so you can get in and out in the minimum amount of time. When the most exciting thing that happens to you, is your favorite/new TV show coming to prime time TV, you know you're old and boring. When planning your menu for the week with your significant other becomes a Sunday night ritual, you are old. When you can talk to your spouse about what flavor/scent of candle he thinks covers up the smell of baby poop, your old and boring. When you can say poop without laughing, you are old and boring. I'm not saying I'm not OK without, but I've heard the first step is admitting that you have a problem, so ...My name is Lindsay, and I'm old and boring.

This is me (in the middle) just a few years ago with my two best friends. At our wedding shower, obliviously clueless as to what would become of me in the next few years. You may not recognize me, because of my skin color, that's called a tan. You know when your used to be able to go to the pool and lay out, swim, and (gasp) relax. Ah, memories! Now you have to be all responsible and worry about things like skin cancer. Boo old and boring. Boo!

I should have prefaced this whole post by saying, in know way would I change where I am for anything else in the world. I'm just being self-aware.

Party like a rock star!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. The weather here was so nice. It was like 75 on Saturday and almost 80 on Sunday, so needless to say we spent alot of time outside. Friday night, our friends Brady and Ashley came over and we played a little "Guitar Hero". That's right, nothing like a couple of 20 something couples rocking out on the Wii. We had a good time. The kids went to sleep before B and A came over but surprise, surprise the boys woke up and decided to join the party.

Party like a Rock Star. It was a surprise visit, so I already had my PJs on. Oh yeah, nothing says rock star like pajamas at 8 o'clock.

Jake was basically terrible at the game so he was a poor sport and quit.

Carter was unimpressed with his father's guitar playing abilities.

Saturday, we took down all of our light fixtures and cleaned them. Again, party like a rock star. We also spray painted them all to match, and they turned out surprisingly well. We went for a couple walks around the neighborhood and took the kids to the park to swing. Sunday afternoon, we gave our cars a bath, they were horribly dirty, and got the T&C all cleaned up and the Pilot looking sharp. I also made brownies and let the kids lick some of the batter which they loved!]

Ella really loved it, and was highly disappointed when it was gone!

Hope every one's weekend found them well, and Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Note....

To my dear sweet boys,
Why do you fight sleep so. You go to sleep without much fuss, only to wake an hour or two later. You are not hungry nor thirsty. You are not wet or dirty. You are clean, warm and tired. If you could tell me what was wrong, I would fix it in a second. I am getting rather tired and quite frankly, a little annoyed, at our current sleeping situation. All I ask is for one peaceful slumber, to regain my strength to handle you little monsters all day. Just one blissful night, to remember what it feels like to wake up not dreading the day that lays before me. I love both and it's a good thing you are cute, because there are nights when I would like to put you in a box and ship you off to your grandparents. One night, please!

Your loving, yet unbelievably exhausted Momma

Here is an picture of the adorable aforementioned nighttime terrors, also known as Hudson and Carter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2007...A year in review!

The year 2007 brought lots of changes around our household. Here is a quick year in review!

~3 babies came home
~100 packs of batteries
~400 loads of laundry
~450 cans of formula
~5,500 bottles washed
~35,000 oz of formula made
~$7,500 worth of formula purchased
~8,000 diapers changed
~365 days of fun, tears, stress and fatigue

Quite a year for two people, but we wouldn't change anything! We are having the time of our lives with these kids and can't wait to see what happens in 2008! Happy New Year!

Here is the kids 1st day at home

Here are the kids now!

Bring it on '08!