Sunday, January 30, 2011

First smile

Roman was 9 weeks old on January 23rd, and the next day he smiled at me for the first time! His face just lit up and he looked so happy! I think it will be so much fun once he smiles at the girls! He's doing well, and growing well. His 2 month checkup (2 months?!) was recently. He weighed 8lbs 9oz (it's not even on the chart, but if you take into account his prematurity, and adjust it according to that, he's in the 10th percentile) and was 22 inches long (25th percentile, but if you adjust for prematurity, he's in the 50th percentile!). He's still waking up a lot at night, but a few nights I've gotten 3-4 hours in a row! Last Friday, he went every 3 hours exactly, and Dan got up with the girls, so I got 11 hours of sleep, in 3 hour chunks! It felt soo good!

It's naptime for the girls (and Roman soon too probably), so I'm enjoying some alone time. Last week I decided to add some "FlyLady" techniques into my day, so I did some "15 minute" jobs during naptime. Today I feel ROTTEN, so I don't think I'll do that. But I have been really trying to "do it now" and keep my sink "shiny" since I first signed up last week.

I've had a major cold, on and off, since December 13th. That's 42 days, if I counted correctly. It's seriously getting old, and it's not like I'm going to be getting a lot of rest any time in the near future, so I don't think I'm going to be able to kick this by myself. I hate going to the doctor for myself, but I think it's come down to that. Now I just need to find someone to watch the girls so I can go!

Arianna's finally pooping, thanks to miralax everyday in some juice. She turned back to into herself, which is a wonderful change from the grumpy whiney mess she was when she wasn't pooping! But at the end of last week, I think her teeth started bothering her. She now has her hand in her mouth ALL THE TIME, with drool dripping off it onto her shirt (and every other surface), her nose is running like crazy (although she may have caught that part of the cold from me), and she's having meltdowns a lot lately, for no apparent reason. The poor girl...she's been begging to nurse a lot more often lately too, which I'm not trying to encourage, since I want to think about stopping within a few months or so. But she sees Roman nurse ALL. THE. TIME. and that just makes her want it even more! Sometimes I end up having to nurse them together (mainly if Dan isn't here, since then I don't really have a choice). It's so difficult! I have to do it in my bed, and each kid gets a pillow under them to help me out. It's really so cute though, cuz Arianna will help Roman out, and rub his head, and pat his back. But it's so awkward for me!

I'll hafta finish this later!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Well, I probably don't have much time to write right now, but short is better than nothing, right?

Roman is 6 weeks old, and doing great. We weighed him on our kitchen scale (in a popcorn bowl) and he weighs 7lbs 10oz - almost 3lbs up from his birth weight! He's starting to show signs of a routine during the day, which is nice for me. And he's been pretty consistent at night too - which is NOT nice for me. He has one 3-4hr chunk first thing, which I usually miss because I don't fall asleep quickly. And the rest of the night is every 1.5 hours. It's torture! But as long as he goes back to sleep right after eating, I can handle it I guess. He likes to be held during the day, which makes things difficult obviously. But the girls still love him, and Arianna begs to hold him all the time!

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. My parents, Dan's parents, my sister, my brother, and my sister-in-law were all here for several days at the same time - it was chaotic! My parents stayed at a hotel, but we still had all our meals together and we barely fit around our huge table. It was a blast though, and the girls loved all the attention. I think it was getting to Arianna though. She seems to be more sensitive to her environment and reacts VERY negatively over time. She's currently been on a poop strike for a while now. She went 2 weeks without pooping, and is actively holding it in all the time. I've tried glycerin suppositories, but she's too stubborn for them! She was kinda irritable when everyone was here, and it was frustrating. The day they all left though, she finally pooped, and turned into a completely different person! I had forgotten how cute and funny and sweet she could be. I'm probably going to call her pediatrician and see what we can do about it. It's not like I can control her diet - she's so stinking stubborn!

Marissa had a blast at Christmas. I feel like it's hard to write much about her, but she's so sweet and smart and helpful. The girls got so many wonderful presents, and Arianna just kept asking for "More? More? More?" She's finally catching up with her words, and is just beginning the stage of repeating anything you ask to her to say - which can be just hilarious! She says "baya" for banana, soup, "dee-dee" for thank you, up, off, EAT (her favorite), pizza, "dee" for candy/treat, and "dee-dee" for cookie (I guess context is helpful, or we'd never know if she was saying cookie or thank you. Lol.), "Issa" for Marissa, "Ro-ro baby" for Baby Roman and "Baby Ro-ro" for Roman Baby (she's a little mixed up!), and other words I'm sure I'm forgetting.

Dan and I are barely hanging in there - we're both so exhausted! It's been a lot harder adjusting to 3 kids than it was to 2. It's especially hard for me to get anything done during the day, which means we try to do everything in the evenings. I've had SO MUCH laundry to catch up on (towels and sheets from all the company, plus new clothes to wash, plus everyday laundry, plus a third child's laundry!)! It's also been difficult to figure out what to do with all the new toys from Christmas. We really only have one good storage option for toys, so they end up all strewn about. Arianna's really good at putting toys away though, thankfully. We moved the play kitchen up to Marissa's room, and the girls have LOVED it being more accessible (it used to be in the basement). For some odd reason, Arianna carries around a few play forks and spoons ALL THE TIME. She freaks out if you try to take them away from her (like if she's about to poke an eye out, or I need to put her shirt on), so there are forks and spoons in every room of our house!

Well, she just woke up, so I guess I'm done! Time to nurse her in bed with me (so she extends her nap - she never sleeps long enough), and probably nurse Roman at the same time too. Yes, she's still nursing and is basically obsessed with it, so no weaning any time soon! "They" say to nurse til 2 years old anyways. I'm getting a little tired of it, but only because it's so hard to nurse 2 at the same time, and I'm pretty much STARVING all the time!