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  • Monday, November 30, 2009


    My Mom bought this fabulous triple chocolate cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It was 530 calories per slice. I ate two pieces and found the equivalent to God in it.

    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Finding My Groove...

    As far as breastfeeding goes, my twins have completely different nursing personalities. Leia is all business. She takes what she needs and lets the nipple go when she's done. However, she's a puller. She likes to yank on my nipple a lot and it makes me insane. Liesl, on the other hand, wants to use me as a human pacifier. She takes what she needs and then some. Then, she proceeds to suck and suck and suck and suck. And let me tell you...that sucks. Both girls leave me sore for very different reasons.

    Both girls are filling out quite nicely, though. They are using that Mama Milk and growing like crazy! I love it! However, I am definitely not opposed to giving them the occasional bottle of formula to give my body a break, especially if I've nursed three times in four hours. Ugh. Those infant growth spurts are a killer, especially if you're nursing twins. I have an abundant milk supply, especially with twins. I know the breastfeeding Nazis out there would kill me for using formula every so often, but they don't have to wear my tits; I do. And while my boobs are completely functional right now and not just for decoration anymore, I do not want to dread the next nursing session because it just might hurt since they're being used so much. Yeah, yeah...I know that the more you nurse, the less painful it will be. I've nursed four children with these breasts. It's just a completely different ballgame when you're nursing twins. If I don't feed them at the same time, I wind up feeding one or the other all day long and for the sake of time (and to keep my two preschoolers from burning down the house while I'm nursing), I need to simplify things a bit at times. If I'm nursing two babies at the same time, I can't possibly clean up spills, tame arguments between my two preschoolers, or do anything other than nurse. And sometimes each nursing session can last for a half hour or more.

    If supplementing from time to time is a bad thing, then kill me now. I just need to give my body a break every so often. I love breastfeeding; I just know when my body has been overworked on some days and a little formula at night while I get some sleep isn't going to hurt anyone. And I guess I don't need to pump unless I'm going somewhere and I need to supply them with milk. I certainly can't stockpile any in my freezer for when I go back to work in February. I'll figure that one out the sooner that day comes. Right now, I have to find my balance. That's more important.

    I'm finding my groove in all this. That's all. And it's not easy, but I'm doing it.

    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Lab Laws...

    Um...this totally applies to my dog. Heh.

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Black Friday, My Foot...

    I will NOT be out shopping today. Thankyouverymuch.
    (click on the cartoon to enlarge it)

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    How Pumpkin Pies Are Made...

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    My Dilemma...

    I'd be lying if I said it was easy breastfeeding twins. In fact, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm struggling between nursing both and pumping enough to store in the freezer. I'm finding it difficult to keep up.

    I can't seem to nurse both babies AND pump milk to store in the freezer. I just don't know what to do right now. Both babies nurse wonderfully. They have good strong sucks. However, even though I want to store pumped milk and freeze it, I can't possibly nurse AND pump; it seems to be an either/or type situation.

    At first, since the girls were in the NICU for a couple of weeks, all I did was pump for them. Then, I started nursing Liesl and bottle-feeding my breastmilk to Leia. Then, I discovered that Leia could nurse just fine, too. So, I'd pump enough to give one of them a bottle of breastmilk while I nursed the other one. And I'd trade off on who got what the next time. Now, however, I'm running out of milk in the freezer and I don't know what to do now. And, frankly, I'm a little nervous about nursing BOTH girls full-time. I know the demands on me will be great.

    I don't want to fail at this. It's the last time I'll ever breastfeed children. And I don't want to chain myself to a breastpump, either. I just don't know how I'll be able to store any milk if I'm nursing both girls exclusively. And I don't want to wear myself down into a little nub in the process. While I'm not opposed to using formula, I really, really want both girls to reap the benefits of my milk. I just can't pump AND nurse, even if I chose to do half formula/half breastmilk with them.

    Any ideas? So far, the only choices I see that make any sense are breastfeeding exclusively OR using formula exclusively. And I hate that I feel like I must choose, when I really want to breastfeed both. The problem is with storing any milk at all. If I nurse only, I can't store. That is my dilemma...oh, and the intimidation of nursing BOTH exclusively. Yeah, that's pretty intimidating.

    Why does it have to seem so hard? Any advice?

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Global Warming...

    This is the real cause of global warming. Heh.

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    Sleigh Bells Ring...

    It's about to get a bit wintry 'round here soon. Thanksgiving Day is supposed to have a high of 38 degrees with the possibility of some snow. Knowing that I've been jonesing for some winter wonderland-iness, you would also know that snow on T-Day would make me smile.

    Chicago may have some brutal winters, but I just love living here for the changing of the seasons alone. I don't know if I'd be happy in a place that was 85 degrees on Christmas Day. It's just not my thing. I like seasons.

    And I like a good snowball fight every once in a while. Come February, I'll be bitching about the snow, but for now, I'm not. Enjoy my good mood now 'cuz it could change at anytime. Heh.

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Thrilling In The Eyes Of A Three-Year-Old...

    Livie has a UTI now. We've all been battling a virus lately, but Livie has been running fevers since Thursday morning. So, after the last 102.7 fever early yesterday morning and some discharge on her nighttime pull-up, I brought her in to see the doctor. She was actually able to pee in a cup, too. We'll know on Monday whether it's a UTI for sure. Right now she's on antibiotics as if she has a UTI. It's probable. Poor thing.

    She is, however, all excited about having peed in a cup. Who would've known that something like that could be so thrilling? I guess you'd have to be three years old to understand that. Heh.

    I'm just glad she's on medication to knock this thing out. My poor brave little such pain and still smiling.

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    I Am Mama...

    One of the most amazing life experiences I've had occurred just yesterday. I breastfed Liesl and Leia at the same time.

    Not only did I get to grow these little people inside my body, I also get to nourish them while they're on the outside. As a mother, breastfeeding both of them together has got to be one of the most profound experiences I've ever had in my life.

    I will not forget it...ever.

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    A Winter Statistic...




    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Can't Blog Now...

    Screaming baby in my arms...

    (pulling my own hair out)

    Ya gotta love cluster breastfeeding and infant growth spurts. Heh.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Family Updates...

    Here's the scoop on what's going on around here:

    *The Plague is still in this house. Everyone is still sick. Hubby seems to have gotten the worst of it, though. This is a nasty cold, one that is very hard to shake. Every single one of us has it, even the newborns. Not fun at all.

    *Jack and Liv have Report Card Day today, but they're in preschool and don't get report cards. However, I still get to meet with their teachers and they get to play at the school while I do so.

    *Jack and Liv were absent from school for two days because of The Plague. Both ran fevers and were just a mess all around. They're getting a little better each day, though. Yesterday, I gave them Tylenol and sent them to school and they had a great time. They missed school and their friends. They're still recuperating from being sick, so when bedtime came they actually went to sleep before we could even reach the bottom stair.

    *Liesl is nursing full-time now. She doesn't take her breastmilk in a bottle anymore. Leia isn't a fan of nursing; she doesn't want to work for her food, so I pump and she gets it in a bottle. I'll try nursing with Leia again once she's feeling well enough. This nasty cold is kicking their asses. After all, they're only six weeks old. They've seen the doctor already and we're doing everything we can to help them through this. The Plague even caused Leia to lose her voice. It's absolutely pitiful to hear the girls trying to breathe through their congestion and the coughing is so very sad. We're doing the best we can and the girls are getting better each day.

    *Of everyone in the house, I'm the one with the better immune system. I've been able to fight The Plague well, but I have a nasty cough. My congestion is moderate and not like the others, but I'm blowing my nose every time I turn around. The cough, though, is not fun at all and once I start, it's not easy to stop.

    *The dog has green goo coming out of her tear duct every so often, so we think she's got The Plague, too.

    *I have my six-week check-up with my OB/GYN this Friday. I'm going to ask if he knows anyone at the hospital who will give my husband a vasectomy and also takes our insurance. Heh. It's a Catholic hospital, so I may be shit out of luck.

    *Every time I disinfect something in the house, it gets reinfected again. I think I'm going to wait until everyone is better before I drop my Lysol bombs everywhere. It's silly to do it over and over again while everyone is still so sick. Ugh. It makes me feel like I'm just running in circles.

    *I'm going to start adding holiday touches around the house, little by little. Before I know it, all the decorations will be up and it won't feel like such a daunting project that has to be done all in one weekend. This year, I've gotten smart. Slow and steady wins the race.

    What's new with you?

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Making Lists & Checking Them Twice...

    I am currently making the kids' Christmas lists. I like to give Livie a bunch of catalogs and a pen, so she can circle whatever she wants to put on her list for Santa. I swear it can occupy her for hours. Of course, the WHOLE catalog winds up with big circles all over everything in it, but it's fun for her. Basically, anything pink and girly is right up her alley.

    Jack could care less about circling things in catalogs. He likes interactive computer toys and laptops, etc. And cars. And anything involving the alphabet. He's pretty easy when it comes to gifts. He's happy with just about anything you give him. Anyone who knows Jack knows exactly what he'd like.

    The babies...what can I say? They want diapers. They certainly don't need any clothes or toys. We have all that stuff already.

    This time of year is quite fun for me. I've already put up our Christmas lights around the insides of our windows. It's quite festive right now. I just couldn't wait anymore. I'm in the spirit more this year than ever before. Perhaps it's due to the newest additions to my family. I like to think that I'm creating family traditions that my kids will look back on fondly when they're older. To me, this time of year means family. And I certainly have a big one at that now.

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... (sings the tune)

    Care to join me in some hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps?

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Because Of All Those Educational Emails People Send to Me...

    I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

    I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

    I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

    I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose (although cell phone usage may be taking the number one spot).

    I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

    I must send my special thanks to whomever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

    Now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

    I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

    I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

    I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

    I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

    I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.

    I no longer use Saran Wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

    I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face...disfiguring me for life.

    I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

    I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

    I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

    I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

    I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.
    I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

    I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a rapist waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Walking Petri Dishes...

    Everyone in this house is sick. Yes, even my newborns! Liesl and Leia saw the doctor on Friday. They have a very bad cold. I'm grateful that it isn't worse, considering they're only six weeks old. There's nothing worse than sick newborns, folks. It's heartbreaking.

    Jack and Hubby have the flu. Jack keeps getting fevers, too. Yesterday, his temp was 102. Once Jack's Motrin or Tylenol kicks in, he's much better and has energy. He'd been eating so little that he didn't even have to poop. It took four days for him to poop! And he spent several days just lying in bed. Poor kid.

    Livie is coughing like crazy now. We'd kept both kids home from school on Thursday because they were too sick to go. They had Wednesday off for Veteran's Day. I kept them home on Thursday and they had Friday off because there was no school that day. I also figured they could use the weekend, too, to recuperate. Now, I'm not so sure I'll even be able to send them to school on Monday. Yes, that's how sick they are.

    And now I'm sick, too. This is just great. I don't think Livie, the twins, and I have the flu, though. We're just coughing, boogery messes, so far. It looks like all the girls in my house have bad colds and all the boys have the flu. Not fun at all.

    If this is any indication of how it's going to be all winter long, I'm going to require anyone who lives here or visits to wear face masks, rubber gloves, and to consent to being bathed in Lysol on an hourly basis.

    My preschoolers...they're walking petri dishes that infect us all at least once a month. Gah!

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    One Of Those Weeks...

    It's been one of those weeks, folks. Gah.

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Non Compos Mentis...

    Since Jack and Liv are old enough to go outside and go apeshit in the snow this year and enjoy it, I've found myself really looking forward to some great snowstorms this winter. I'll probably be kicking myself for wishing for snow later, but right now I really am jonesing for some snowy winter weather advisories. I'm longing for my weather radio to tell me that ten inches or more are predicted.
    I think I've officially gone crazy.

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Five Out Of Six...

    Five out of the six people who live in my home are sick. Can you take one guess as to which person is NOT sick? If your answer was me, you are correct. Jack and Hubby have it the worst, though. Hubby ran a fever the day before yesterday. And Jack, with his sensory processing disorder, is completely knocked off his square by being sick. He's totally not himself and is absolutely miserable, yelling about everything, and being ornery. It's just a cold, but it's a terrible inconvenience more than anything. Liv is handling it quite well, as she does with most things thrown her way. Yes, both newborns have it, as well. Liesl, though, has it much worse than Leia. I've never had a sick one-month-old (much less TWINS), so I'm not sleeping much at night. I have to keep one eye open to make sure both babies are okay.

    I figure that everyone will get better pretty soon. And when they do, guess who will get sick? If your answer was me, you are correct. Who will take care of me if I take care of everyone? Ugh.

    Have I told you how much I loathe preschool germs? Ever since Jack and Liv started preschool, they've become walking petri dishes. Gah.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Out & About...

    Yesterday, my Sister came over from Kansas to watch my kids...ALL FOUR OF I could get a break. I went to the grocery store ALONE to pick up fixings for dinner, which my Sister cooked, and fun foodstuff for the kids to make an edible project with. They had so much fun with her.

    It was the first time I went out without my children in a long, long, looooong time. And it was the first time I left all four kids with someone else so I could leave the house. I haven't even done that with my husband yet! He's never watched all four kids by himself yet. I wasn't gone very long, but I was, in fact, gone. Out of the house. Alone. By myself. Just me.

    I felt naked. It was a good naked, though, not a vulnerable and scared one, but the kind that recharged my Mommy batteries, even if I was only gone forty minutes or so. I soooooo needed that.

    While I was gone, the babies slept (I timed it just right), Jack and Liv were kept constructively busy, and the house didn't burn down (not that I thought it would). It was a short outing for me, but it did a world of good for my psyche. I just might attempt that again when she comes over today.

    Today, the older two kids and I will get haircuts (our hairdresser comes to our house to do it) and if the kids feel up to it, they can go on an outing with Ciocia Sue. Jack and Liv are both sick (Jack is much worse and all out of sorts because of his sensory issues and being sick), so we'll play it by ear. Liesl also has her first cold (WTF?), thanks to all the preschool germs the older two bring with them from school on a daily basis. So, I'm watching her carefully. Leia seems to have a touch of it, but she's not a boogery, coughing mess like her twin sister.

    Tomorrow, my Brother will come by and occupy Jack and Liv until my husband comes home. I'm grateful for all the family support I've had over the last month. My Mom has been a real trooper and I know it hasn't been easy. I don't know what I would've done without my family.
    They've helped me get back on my feet in so many ways.

    I'm a very lucky Mama.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Mama Milk Rocks...

    Yesterday, we took Liesl and Leia to their one-month check-up at the doctor. Both girls are doing very well. When they were born, Liesl weighed 5lbs, 8oz; she now weighs 7lbs, 8oz. Leia weighed 4lbs, 15oz at birth; she now weighs 8lbs even! It's amazing what Mama Milk can do! Liesl is also 3/4" taller than her sister. And although Leia's got a big Charlie Brown head, her and Liesl actually have the same head circumference. I guess Leia's chubby face makes her look so much bigger than Liesl, when they're actually pretty darn close in size.

    I am very happy with how both girls are doing since they were born. Long gone are the NICU days and I couldn't be happier about it. Hooray for Mama Milk!

    Monday, November 09, 2009

    No Time...

    I have so many pictures I'd like to post of all four of my kids. I just can't seem to find enough time to even save them from my memory card onto my hard drive, let alone post any here.

    I wish I had more hours in the day. Really. The things I could get done...

    Today, we take Liesl and Leia to the doctor for their one-month check-up. I can't wait to see how much they weigh now!

    Sunday, November 08, 2009

    Dragging My Whole Body...

    I would give my teeth to get a decent night's sleep. Seriously. Leia has her days and nights mixed up, so sleep is hard to come by lately.

    Let's hope tonight is better. Ugh. I'm just glad Liesl is a good sleeper. Of course, now that I've written that, let's also hope things with her don't change.

    Fingers crossed, as usual.

    Saturday, November 07, 2009

    A Mother's Dictionary...

    AMNESIA: condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to have sex again.

    BOTTLE FEEDING: an opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2am, too.

    DEFENSE: what you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let de children play outside.

    DROOLING: how teething babies wash their chins.

    DUMBWAITER: one who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

    FAMILY PLANNING: the art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster

    FEEDBACK: the inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.

    FULL NAME: what you call your child when you're mad at him.

    GRANDPARENTS: the people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.

    HEARSAY: what toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

    IMPREGNABLE: a woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

    INDEPENDENT: how we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

    LOOK OUT!: what it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream it

    PRENATAL: when your life was still somewhat your own.

    PREPARED CHILDBIRTH: a contradiction in terms

    PUDDLE: a small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

    SHOW OFF: a child who is more talented than yours.

    STERILIZE: what you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it

    STOREROOM: the distance required between the supermarket aisles so that children in shopping carts can't quite reach anything.

    TEMPER TANTRUMS: what you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.

    THUNDERSTORM: a chance to see how many family members can fit into one bed.

    TOP BUNK: where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

    TWO-MINUTE WARNING: when the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.

    VERBAL: able to whine in words

    WEAKER SEX: the kind you have after the kids have worn you out.

    WHODUNIT: none of the kids that live in your house.

    WHOOPS: an exclamation that translates roughly into "get a sponge."

    Friday, November 06, 2009

    True Friends...

    Now THIS is funny. Heh.

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    The Noisiest House On The Block...

    Um, that would be mine. Between the dog's incessant barking, one (or both) of the babies fussing, and the wrestling matches between Jack and Liv that always end up in one of them getting hurt, my house has GOT to be the loudest one within a ten-mile radius. It's absolute insanity here, but it's the good kind, if that makes sense. This house may be noisy, but there's a lot of love in it.

    That's why I can't wait for the holidays. The peaceful music, the snow falling, my not-so-little family together under one roof, the hundreds of snow angels to be made outside, the warmth of holiday baking, and the scent of freshly baked goods...

    I'm jonesing for a little yuletide right now.

    Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    One Month Old...

    Liesl and Leia are one month old today. It seems like they were growing inside me just yesterday and then all of a sudden, they weren't. I don't really know where all the time has gone. Of course, with twins the days and nights just seem to blend into one another. That's par for the course. I'm still amazed, though, that they are outside my womb, in the real world, breathing the same air I do. Their due date was three days ago, but they've been out a month now. Still hard to believe, really...

    One month old...Wow. Just wow... I have twins. Twins. I swear it was just last week that I stared at that positive pregnancy test. And soon after that, I found out I was carrying twins. The pregnancy was a breeze, except for the unbelievable discomfort of that last month. That was a bitch. I wound up going into labor at exactly 36 weeks along and my beautiful girls made their entrance into this world. They decided it was time.

    Twins are not easy. I've survived the first month, though. There's something to be said for that. Even though the days and nights blend into a blur, their snuggly little bodies and baby smells make it all worth it. Their big brother Jack and their big sister Liv are the best helpers in the world. We went from having an average-sized family to having a large-sized family in what feels like a New York minute. And I wouldn't change a thing, even the hard parts, because I've learned a lot along the way.

    My not-so-little family...perfect for me...a blessing...what I was made for.

    Tuesday, November 03, 2009

    Know the Difference Between A Cold & H1N1 Flu Symptoms...

    The following information came to me, courtesy of my Mother. You can thank her for it.

    Fever is rare with a cold.
    Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases . =2 0A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.

    A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
    A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

    Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
    Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

    Stuffy Nose
    Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
    Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chills are uncommon with a cold.
    60% of people who have the flu experience chills.

    Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
    Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu .

    Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
    Sneezing is not common with the flu .

    Sudden Symptoms
    Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
    The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours . The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

    A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
    A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

    Sore Throat
    Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
    Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.

    Chest Discomfort
    Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
    Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

    The only way to stop the spread of diseases is to spread the awareness .
    Wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when you're sick!

    Monday, November 02, 2009


    So. Unbelievably. Tired.

    I can't even think straight right now. Am I really awake? Ugh.

    Sunday, November 01, 2009

    My Due Date...

    Today was my due date with Liesl and Leia. I highly doubt I could've carried them this far along. In three days, they'll be one month old.

    Where has all that time gone? Sigh...