Saturday, April 19, 2008

Week 2: Is it possible to sleep so little and still function?

First, a little disclaimer. This is probably going to wind up being a long post. Since I am trying to post at least once a week, and our weeks are becoming pretty eventful, my posts may start getting quite lengthy.

For starters, we took the boys to the pediatrician on Monday. They each gained 11 ounces in a week. To quote the pediatrician (who I heard talking out in the hall), "Holy Majoly! That little preemie gained 11 ounces in a week? That's phenomenal!" I guess they are really packing it on! They both weigh almost 6 pounds. We have another appointment on Monday, so hopefully they will have gained that much again and be almost 7 pounds.

On Tuesday, my cousin Emily and her little girl, Abby (hope I spelled it right) came over to visit. Abby is 10 weeks older than the boys-at least I think that is what we figured it up to be. She is so cute! We decided to put her in the crib with the boys to see the difference in their sizes. I thought it was a cute picture.

The sleep deprivation is finally getting to us. Aaron has been really good to give me the opportunity to take naps (when he is home) and he sends me to bed early more often than I would like. There just isn't enough time in the day to do everything on my list! Aaron said he has been making silly mistakes at work. I swear, I could sleep standing up sometimes!

Lately, Aaron likes to feed the boys at the same time, especially at night so that he can get back to sleep faster. Here they are eating together. And here is another of the same picture. But I wanted to throw this one in for a little perspective. You can see Aaron's feet at the bottom edge of the blanket in this picture. He doesn't have large feet by any means (I think they are kind of small, actually) but you can kind of see how tiny the boys are in comparison. Here is Emma being such a sweet big sister. She was holding Jonathan and "petting" him. It was so cute, and so I took a picture. She loves to "pet" them, especially their soft heads. I guess that Emma learned it from me-I love to rub their velvety little heads! I think that most any older sibling has a picture somewhere like this one. Emma wanted to know what it was like to be wrapped up in her blanket like the babies! She had just woken up from a nap and actually stayed swaddled in her favorite blanket for about 10 minutes! I can't blame her-that is the softest blanket! (Sometimes when she isn't around, if she hasn't stashed it somewhere, I curl up under it for my nap.) Okay, okay. I know that it is the middle of April and that there is a gingerbread house behind my kid in this picture. Let me explain. When we moved into our house, the people that sold it to us left this for Emma. They thought that it would be fun for her to talk about getting a new house. I kept putting off making it with her. I don't know why. But this last week, I decided that Emma was in serious need of some "Mommy-daughter" time. So we built the gingerbread house together. And she ate most of the candy for it by herself. Which made it very hard to put her to bed that night! But I am glad that I neglected housework for a while and played with her. It was so worth it-just look at that smile! This is a picture of Emma with an inchworm that she found the other day. We have been spending a lot of time outside lately, and Emma has been enjoying all the cool new bugs our yard has to offer. She is, however, afraid of ants since she learned that some of them are fire ants.

Hope you enjoyed our post for this week.

7 comments:

Jillian said...

You are so good to post every week, Haley. I definitely enjoy reading your posts, though, and I should learn from you and post more often. The boys are going to be normal-weight babies before you know it. Yet they still look so small! Do you still have people helping you during the day at all? I'm glad everything is going so well, despite the lack of sleep. And I like the new layout!

Annie said...

Haley you are such a good mom. Those boys look so happy and loved. Thanks for posting and I love you new template.

Tammy said...

I think your boys look great Haley! I loved the side-by-side while eating picture of them. I'm just so enchanted by the whole twin thing. It seems like there would definitely be twice the wonderfulness to balance out all the lack of sleep. Love all the photos and the regular blogs. You all are the best!!

Piglet 26 said...

Wow! I am glad that you are posting between your lack of sleep and crazy milk producing times. Emma is so darling and every time I look at those bed sheets for the boys I get so envious!

Wendy & Adam said...

You are an amazing mom!

The Burnetts said...

I love reading your post!! Your children are absolutley beautiful!! You seem to be doing a great job holding everyone together depite the sleep deprevation!! I'd be a crazy person by now!! Glad you are all doing so well!!!

Kristi Moffitt said...

Haley, I love your blog. Your babies are so sweet and Emma will be more help than you probably realize right now. I love that you took time to play with her. That is something that I try to do with my kids, too. The house can wait, but you only have little ones for a little while.