Saturday, March 1, 2014

Free IVF Meds

A friend of mine went through a round of IVF and was successful on the first try! She's expecting her baby in just a couple months and has some leftover IVF meds that she would like to pass along to someone in need.  I will list what she has and if you are interested, leave me a comment with your email address and I will pass along your info!

1 vial 75IU Menopur (menotropins for injection, USP) with 2 vials 2ml 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection 1 500 mg/ 10 mL (50 mg/mL) Progesterone Injection, USP 1 300 IU Follistim AQ Cartridge (follitropin beta injection) - for use with the Follistim Pen and needs to be refrigerated

Thursday, February 13, 2014

10 (and 11) Months!!

I completely dropped the ball on the boys' 10 month post.  I can't say that I didn't think about blogging.... because I did... but I just had no real motivation to get out the computer and do something productive!  The boys were 11 months old on the 22nd of January, so I'm just going to combine their 10 and 11 month posts and call it good.

10 Months

Elliott and Oliver 10 Months

Elliott and Oliver 11 Months!

Oliver got weighed last week at his GI appointment and he was 20 pounds 8 ounces.  I'm guessing Elliott is somewhere in the 25 pound range which makes him about 4 1/2 pounds heavier than Oliver.  I'm just waiting for the day when someone asks me how old my "triplets" because once Elliott starts walking and gets a little bigger, people will think he's the same age as the girls!!  (As of just a couple days ago, Oliver is 21lbs and Elliott is 25lbs 3oz! I took them to the doctor because they were sick)

The boys are still wearing 12 month and 18 month clothes.  They are in size 3 diapers, but as soon as I run out, I'm going to switch Elliott for sure to size 4s and probably Oliver too just to make things easier. (I started this post 2 weeks ago and now they are in 4s!!)  They each have their two bottom teeth (Elliott got his at 8 months and Oliver at 9) and both have their two top front teeth coming through as well.  They take three 6 ounce bottles during the day (two before naps and one before bedtime) and one late night/early morning 4 ounce bottle.  They eat 2-3 meals a day in addition to that as well.  Up until a couple months ago, Oliver was having a really hard time with his solids.  He was actually refusing to open his mouth for the spoon at all!  We started feeding therapy in October or early November and now all of his issues have been corrected.

And as of right now (11.5 months) Oliver also has a 3rd bottom tooth coming in and Elliott has a 3rd top tooth coming in!!!

Both boys love to eat and self-feed.  They eat things such as green beans, black beans, puffs, veggie sticks, cheerios, pancakes, shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, and just today I gave them tiny bits of deli turkey.  They eat a variety of purees including sweet potatoes, oatmeal, green beans, broccoli, peas, pears, apple sauce, and peaches.  I tried to give them a turkey & carrot puree, but they both hated it. I can't say I blame them.  It was pretty gross looking and smelling.  Elliott will pretty much give everything a try and eat what I give him (although he doesn't love his scrambled eggs lately)  but Oliver is a little more picky.  He will only take a couple bites of his veggie purees and when he figures out it isn't sweet, he will refuse.  To get him to eat them, I mix them with something he likes such as peaches... those are his favorite.

The boys both say mama and dada.  They do a lot of other babbling as well.  And as of 11.5 months, Elliott also says bye-bye, bite, and uh-oh.  Oliver says uh-oh too!

We have a pretty good schedule going lately, so I won't complain about that!
They go to sleep at around 7:30pm.  Elliott generally sleeps through the night, and wakes up around 5/6 am for a 4 oz bottle and then back to bed until around 8:00.  Oliver wakes up around 11:30 for a 4 oz bottle and again at 5/6am for another 4 ounces.  For the life of me I can't get him to sleep all night... still working on that.  I get up around 7:30 and pump until 8:15.  At that point the boys already have their diapers changed and are in their jumpers.  I get the girls up and we all have breakfast.  After that, we play until about 10:00 when the boys go down for their nap.  They also get a 6 oz bottle.  When they get up from their naps (1-1 1/2 hours) we play until lunch, play some more, and then I put all for kids down at 2pm so that mommy can rest a bit too.  The boys get another 6 ounces of milk as well.  

Its truly amazing the things the boys are doing these days.  Elliott started walking right around 11 months!!  One day he took two steps, and a couple days later he took quite a few in a row.  He also pulls up onto everything, cruises the furniture, and crawls all over the place with lightening speed.  Oliver is in physical therapy once a week now because he does a butt scoot instead of crawling.  He will pull up to a half-kneeling position but won't pull up to stand.  He will stand when holding onto a table or someone's hands, but he's really shaky and unsure of himself.  The PT seems to be helping and I'm sure he will be chasing his sisters in no time!

The boys really are sweet.  Elliott's belly laughs will make anyone smile.  He has the chubbiest, squishiest cheeks that just beg to be kissed!!  He has a giant smile and isn't afraid to tell you what he needs or wants.  I absolutely love it when I call him over for a kiss and he comes up and gives me a big slobbery one on my lips (and sometime nose.)  He loves to "pet" the kitty and throw the ball for the dog.  He also loves to chew on my phone, pull the breastpump off the table, and check out whatever Char & Evy are doing.  Nothing will stop him from climbing these days either.  The couch is his newest thing to conquer and I couldn't believe it when I saw him do it.  I was terrified that he would face plant off of it, but nope, he somehow figured out how to put his legs off first and go off backwards.  At night, his new thing is to scoot the pack n play all over the living room.  I'm afraid that one of these days he's going to tip the thing right over!!!  He is just a happy boy through and through.  No crying unless something is truly wrong!

Oliver has a smile that will melt your heart.  He knows how to turn on the cuteness when the camera comes out and smiles every time.  He's very curious and loves to play with any toy that has a stick on it, broom (kids size), fly swatter, pen to the girls' little drawing toy, spoons, forks, etc.  He also looooves his blankey.  He puts it over his face to fall asleep and I think it helps comfort him.  He (still) sleeps in his car seat and won't sleep anywhere else.  When he does, he puts his arms up behind his head and its very very cute!!  Sometimes he will even do it when he's in the jumper, his high chair, or sitting on my lap.  I just can't get enough!  He is very patient and cautious.  He likes to check out new foods before just diving in and trying them.  Instead of letting me feed him new foods, Oliver prefers to take touch the food, and taste it before really digging in.

Its really hard to imagine my life before I had these two beautiful boys! Every day they wake up, smile at me, and melt my heart all over again.  Some days are really tough they are sick, but most days I try to take it all in stride and make the best of what the day gives us!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friendships Change

I'd like to think that I've been a good friend to those people that I knew before having kids.  There aren't that many of them, but I feel like I still make time for a phone call, e-mail, text message, coffee date, or whatever.

One of my friends had a baby this summer and have really lost contact with her since then.  I went to visit her in the hospital, once after she got home, and she also came briefly to the girls' birthday party.  I've sent a few text messages and called a few times... we made rough plans to get together one week but she didn't call so we never got together.  The next time we had rough plans, I told her that the kids had runny noses so she decided not to come over.  Can't say I blame her... but she also works in a germ factory where kids always have runny noses.

I told Brian that maybe she doesn't want to be friends anymore because if she did, she would make time to hang out.  He just tells me that I'm being too sensitive and says that she's busy with work and her new baby.  My thought is that I made time to hang out and go do things when I had the girls... and even still after I had the boys.  I always make time to see people that are important to me... even if they live 900 miles away.  Perhaps people change and grow out of friendships and I guess if that happens then it is what it is.  I know I'm not the same person I was before having kids but I'd like to think that I fit my kids into my existing life (with a lot of changes) without completely losing my close friends and shutting everyone out.  Everyone adapts differently, and priorities do change, but I think adult friendships are important to maintain in order to have a healthy balance in life.

I will admit that I find it hard to make friends.  When you stay home all day, where do you even meet people!?  I've been trying to connect with other moms (many of which have twins) and find that they can relate more to the daily chaos that goes along with having twins.  Some moms I've met, I can really connect with and others not so much.  So, as hard as it has been, I will keep putting myself out there and I'm sure eventually I will find some people to hang out with.

As kind of a side note, last night we went out with the friend I mentioned above and it really wasn't that fun.  We went to see some outdoor lights and she brought her husband and her baby along.  We didn't really chat, and it was kind of awkward.  Could have been that her husband was there (because she's a completely different person around him) or the fact that we are growing apart.  Who knows.  We were supposed to go to this thing on Saturday night, when she asked if we could change our plans last minute to Sunday.  I was not super happy about it as the girls were dressed and ready to go and I had already told them we were going to "Go Go Go in the car and see some lights..." There was a local Mothers of Multiples event that another MOM had asked if I was going to go to earlier in the day and I had said no because I had other plans... so I went to that instead.  I felt bad that the girls didn't understand why Mom was now leaving and they weren't going so that wasn't great.... but I took the opportunity to get out of the house without all of the kids.  The moral of the story is that when you have 4 kids, you plan all day for outings and its not great to cancel/change last minute.  We ended up going on Sunday night instead and like I said, it was fine and I enjoyed my time with the girls but it wasn't anything special being there with my friend.

In the car all ready to go home after seeing the lights

Char was very interested in the tree

Char didn't want to sit down... she wanted to see the bark on the tree

All bundled up in their snow gear.  It wasn't snowing, but it was pretty chilly.