Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sewing Cards

Since the boys were born, I've tried to find activities to keep Keira occupied and happy. I don't have much time as it is, so I can't spend ages looking for stuff or preparing things. Elaborate schemes go right out the window. My mom was talking about making sewing cards for my niece the other day and it sounded like a good idea. But, you know, simple ones.

I found a few free printables on Pinterest and got out the laminator, hole punch, and some yarn (go with a shoelace if you have spare ones handy).

How cute are these?

Seriously? I love this fish.

I tied the yarn to one of the holes so she wouldn't pull it out each time. Then I showed her how to do it and stepped back.

She did pretty good.

And it kept her busy for, oh, about 5 minutes. But it's a start.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Painted Bread

I happened upon painting toast on Pinterest the other day and it jogged my memory. Growing up, we had done this with my grandmother (maybe my mom too, but my memory is bad at the best of times so I'm not sure). Either way, I decided to let Keira have a go at it. If nothing else, I hoped for 2 minutes of her being occupied. it didn't last too long, but she did enjoy it. I'll definitely do this again. It was so simple. Just a drop of food coloring in some milk, bread & a paint brush.

I had every intention of toasting the bread, but she didn't want to wait and it was gone in moments.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Be Jealous

When I was pregnant with Keira, I wanted a changing table in the bathroom. It would have made cloth diapering easier, having everything in one area. But our bathroom is too small to fit a standard changing table anything else at all and try as I might, I couldn't find anything that would work.

When I got pregnant with the boys, we knew we'd continue with cloth diapers and again, I wanted 'something' in the bathroom. It just made sense. Who wants to walk down a hallway with a soggy diaper?

So I got onto Google and searched. And searched. And found...2. One was a lousy Ikea hack which was, quite frankly, unimpressive and had me questioning it's safety. The other was this, TUBMat by Little Bear.

It was exactly what I had imagined. I wanted it. Bad. There was just one small problem (ok, big problem). It's made in Australia. The shipping would be insane. I could find nothing else. And I'm good at Google.

Me being me, the wheels started turning & the pen started sketching. "I can make that" is a very dangerous phrase in our house. Once again, Doug's habit of hanging onto everything known to man stuff came in handy and we had almost everything we needed. Doug (with some help from my dad & a couple suggestions from me) made me the most awesome changing table ever. Look how fantastic this is.

He even built me a shelf to hold everything I needed. It's made from pressure treated so if it gets wet, it's no big deal. It gets really wet if you turn on the showerhead without taking it out of the holder. I'd like to say that only happened once, but I'd be lying. Just another bonus to cloth diapers. They dry out and can still be used.

I can give baths, change diapers, and get them dressed all in one spot. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it. Everyone that has seen it thinks it's great, too.

The boys have had over 550 diaper changes between them since they're been home (I don't actually keep count myself. I have a fantastic baby app. More on that later), so it's already proven it's worth many times over.

They've already had baths in it as well and it worked great. We just turn the changing pad so it doesn't get wet during the bath. (Feel free to ignore my totally unkempt appearance. Newborns tend to have that effect.)

Ok, so the boys themselves couldn't care less, but it makes my life so much easier. How's that saying go? If Mama ain't happy, nobody's happy?

And yeah, they really don't fit in their sleeping gowns yet.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Kiddie Tablecloth

A few days ago, I cleaned Keira's chalkboard table. Again. Not of chalk, but cheese. She had eaten her lunch there and, as any toddler, made a mess with the shredded cheese.

If you have one of these tables and have let your little eat on it, you know it's not fun to get crumbs (or shredded cheese) out of it. It popped into my head to make a tablecloth for it. I wanted to make one that would fit nice & snug or Keira would take it off and who knows where it would end up.

I started with a plastic tablecloth. My sister had this one hanging around but you can get them almost anywhere for a few dollars. First, I spread it out to see how much big the tablecloth was.

Since the tablecloth was more than double what I needed, I cut it in half and flipped it upright for pinning the corners.

I made sure to pin it a just a bit out from the corner so that when I flipped it plastic out, I'd be able to get it on and off easily, but not have it too loose.

Someone decided to be cranky while I was pinning.

After pinning the corners, I decided on how long I wanted the sides and trimmed off the excess. (On a side note, I wouldn't recommend using your good sewing scissors for this for fear of dulling them on the plastic. I used my regular kitchen scissors instead.)

I serged the corners and all along the bottom edge.

Then I flipped it to the right side and put it on the table. Perfect.

Keira likes it as well. When she saw it, she said "Look at table. I'm gonna drink this". And then did this. I love her imagination.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

One Month Update

I can't believe the boys are 4 weeks old already. It's been a complete whirlwind. Since they were born at 34 weeks, they were placed in a special care nursery. Here they are, Lucian near the window.

Doug & I have been able to tell them apart pretty easily. Remy (on the left) ended up losing more weight post birth than Lucian did. Lucian's head was also slightly misshapen. I attribute that to his being down in my right hip.
Our parents all came to the hospital to meet them. My parents brought Keira, but because she is only 2, she wasn't allowed into the nursery. She was able to see them through the window, though, and while my parents spent time meeting the boys, I got to spend some time with my baby girl. It's amazing how much you can miss someone who drives you so crazy.

I spent a week and a half in the hospital with them. Some of those days in my own room and some in the guest room. Thanks to my being anemic and having lost blood during the surgery, I ended up needing a transfusion and that ended up adding an extra day to my stay as a patient.

On July 12th, Lucian had gained enough weight and was doing well enough to be released. But only Lucian. Not only was he still under his birth weight, but Remy had set off his apnea alarm and had to stay another 5 days. Leaving him there was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. It really helped to know that he was in the hands of the most wonderful nurses & doctor I've known. Seriously, they were amazing.

I still can't get over how tiny they were. Here's Lucian at the nursery, all strapped in and once we got home, all swaddled up.

Once we were home, Keira got to meet her brother properly. She was immediately in love. Just look at her face.

Thankfully, Remy's alarms didn't go off again and he was able to be released on the 17th. He had gained enough weight to put him above his birth weight and passed his tests.

Just waiting for the car to take us all home.

Keira finally got to meet her youngest brother. She really adores them. She loves to hold them and tells us whenever they cry or fuss.

Every day is a blink of an eye. The boys are fed every 3 hours which makes for long nights. We are truly blessed to have family that has helped us. From staying overnight to cooking dinner to playing with Keira, the list goes on and on. I have no idea how other moms of multiples do it without help.

My little herd. (My sister took this picture while I was catching up on some sleep. More tri-photos are in the works.)

This is what it looks like in our house now (yes, it's blurry). Our life is a balancing act of meals, diapers, washing bottles and more. Another result of the boys being premature is the excess of appointments. Between visiting nurses and pediatricians, we've had no less than 2 a week since they came home, usually more.

They've just had their 4 week check-up and are doing great. They both now weigh 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Crazy. Now that Remy has put on more weight and Lucian's head is shaping up (literally), they are looking even more alike. I can't wait to see how the next month will go.

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Boys' Room

I know, I know, you want to see pics of the boys. They're coming, I swear.

For now, here's their room. We keep a dresser with Keira's clothes and it saves us many trips up and down when we need another outfit for her.

What bedroom would be complete without a stuffed turtle?

I had made lantern mobiles for the boys with the intention of putting them over the crib. I ended up not liking them there after all, but didn't want to just toss them. So into the corners they went. (That poor stuffed turtle.)

We have since moved the changing pad into the bathroom (be jealous, you'll see why later) and I finished the name art.