Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Dinner! I have to take something out for dinner. No one really likes my cooking anyways, so I'm not sure what to take out.
I updated my Twitter and FB statuses (or is it stati), so now my day can begin. LOL! It's 9:05 AM.
Hermit crabs are watered, washed and returned to their cage. They are some ugly little things. They look prehistoric.
My morning routine is at a stand still this morning until caffeine kicks in OR everyone leaves. The time is now 7:53 AM.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
The good news is that the kids still eat well. They always eat fruits and veggies. I think that the twins could eat a pound of strawberries, each, if I let them. Will, on the other hand, would eat junk food all day. He's 8 and barely weighs 50 pounds...he's growing taller though. I really need to go through his dresser and see what pants still fit him.
Well, I am going to go rest since I worked out today. If you want to sponsor me (or my team - Mamas for Tatas) for the Race for the Cure, visit
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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And now, the review. It's cute, it's small, and it's green. I love the video feature. I love the fact that it's waterproof. Yes, it's waterproof up to 3 meters (or almost 10 feet). The pictures are pretty darn good. The shutter speed is pretty good too. You can catch action shots without missing anything. It's easy to understand and to use. It has a timer and many mode choices (landscape, action, night, underwater, etc). The best part is that it has this scene recognition mode, which makes the best determination for what you're doing. I don't like to mess with buttons or changing anything. I like to just point and shoot. :) I haven't had any of the pictures printed on Shutterfly or at Target, but they look the same on the web.
The only con that I've found is that I needed to buy the sililcone case for it. I was afraid of scratching the lens cover and the screen. The case was $9.48 on Amazon. Oh, and it sinks like a rock. They do have a kit that includes a floaty strap and a case (along with the silicone case) for $19.99 on Amazon too.
There are few pictures above. The first one is the video (taken with the FujiFilm Z33WP) of my oldest dunking his head under water. The next picture was taken with the Nikon D50 and the last one is Will in the water with the FujiFilm Z33WP. Enjoy! :)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yes, I said twins. Their birth story is a little more "exciting" for lack of a better word. We finally decided to have another baby after a while and conception apparently isn't that difficult for us. Yeah! I was secretly hoping for a girl. One girl. Yeah...so before my doctor appointment, I wasn't feeling all that great. I had to constantly eat. If I didn't eat, I felt nauseous. All the time. I just figured it was because I was little older and maybe it was a girl. So, at 8 weeks, I went to the doctor for my first prenatal checkup. We went through the normal stuff...how I was high-risk because of my previous pregnancy, and because I was of Advanced Maternal Age (the dreaded AMA). Dr. Willard (God Bless her heart) brought out the office sonogram and started looking for the baby. Well, we heard the heartbeat and then on the screen, there were 2 black spots. You know when you ask a question that you already know the answer, well, I asked "Why are there two?". In the seconds that followed, I started crying and asking if it was a joke. Yeah, so needless to say, there were twins. And they were confirmed about 4 days later with a full on ultrasound. They were about the same size and everything looked ok. So, if I wasn't high-risk before, I was then. Everything went ok. I was under an extreme amount of stress at work, but nothing out of the ordinary (except some spotting at week 11). Then on a Sunday, 6.5 months in, I started having contractions. I tried everything, I drank water, I rested, then I called the nurse. They sent me to the hospital. We called Tommy and said hopefully we'll be home shortly. Yeah...after several doses of tributilene and boluses of magnesium sulfate, my contractions weren't stopping. Early on, they gave me a steroid to help the development of their lungs, and called the NICU. Once they determined they couldn't stop the contractions, they called the NICU, gave me an epidural, and prepared me for yet another c-section. I got to see them before they were whisked off to the NICU and they did sort of cry, but honestly, it was like I was watching from above my body. I can remember a lot (probably not everything) and it's still a little strange thinking about it. Dylan and Kieran entered the world very prematurely, born at right around the 3 lbs each. They both needed some help with breathing and Dylan wound up on a ventilator for a short period of time. They grew and got stronger everyday. They had some setbacks, but considering their birth, they are amazing. After two months in the NICU, they came home. They are barely on the silly charts, but I don't really expect that to change. They are wee compared to most of the kids that I see, but they are healthy. I still look at the pictures of them in the hospital and know how lucky we are that they came out of it relatively unscathed.
So, that's the story of childrens' births. :) More about them later!
Starting today, I'll review stuff. I don't get out to movies, so don't expect it (please, I have twins...I'm happy if I get a shower). I'm going to start with something that apparently is controversial (Thanks, WBAL), Infant Swimming Resource - Survival Swimming. Let me start at the beginning. I have 3 kids, an 8 year old and (2) 16 months olds - all boys. There is a pool in our backyard (it was there when we moved in). There is no feasible way to put up a fence to just cover the pool area. When the time comes (probably in the next few months), we will begin with sensors/better locks on the doors and possibly a sensor in the pool. Basically, we will take every precaution to prevent the little ones from falling in without us knowing. Yes, this includes parental supervision. I am pretty vigilant about keeping an eye on my kids...saying that, there are times that I am the only adult in the house...and I have to use the bathroom. We have a room blocked off with gates and it's relatively safe (as safe as it can be with two toddlers). As we all know, it doesn't take but a second for them to find something they aren't supposed to be doing. And these aren't the steadiest of walkers yet.
Things aren't perfect in this world, otherwise accidents wouldn't happen. Children wouldn't get hurt. Knowing we had a giant water hazard in our backyard, I started looking for ways to protect the kids. I looked at the Mommy and Me classes at the local swim places (where Will - the 8 year old - took lessons). Not only was it more expensive, but I have a small problem when it comes to those courses. There is nothing wrong with the course itself, but I only have 2 arms. It may not sound like a real problem, but when you have 2 kids taking a course at the same time, it's a real kicker. So, a friend of mine (on Chesapeake Mommies) mentioned that she was enrolling her kids in the ISR program and the instructor would hold the lessons in a residential pool. I had done some research on it a while ago, but I did some more and finally contacted Sara. Arrangements were made and a few weeks later, she showed up for the lessons in our backyard.
Now for the review...ok, not so much a review as my experience with ISR.
First, there is a bit of paperwork to do before they accept you and then, every day (except the weekends), you have to fill out these BUDS (Bowel, Urine, Diet) sheets. It gets a bit tedious, but since I am with the kids everyday, it was relatively simple. Second, the lessons are about 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week. We were extremely lucky considering we used an outdoor pool, we only had to reschedule 1 day due to weather.
Ok, here's was my honest experience:
I'll have to admit, I cried the first day (and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, you get the picture). To see your kids struggling while someone else is putting them in the water took a lot out of me. To say that they screamed just doesn't cut it! Boy, did they scream. They wailed! I kept waiting for the police to show up at my door and take my kids away. It took all of my willpower not to jump in the pool and pull them out. She never dropped them into the water or hurt them in any way. Sara explained everything she did and she was very patient. After a week, I questioned my decision. After two weeks, I thought my kids would never learn. I mean, I saw some improvement, but I thought for sure they'd be floating like Miles (the little boy in the ISR video on their site). My kids were sinking like stones. Dylan tried to sit up and Kieran grabbed his feet. After the second week, I truly thought about stopping the lessons and going to Mommy and Me. I talked to Sara and she convinced me to stick it out. They were still VERY upset about going into the pool with her. As the next week came and went, I started to notice a little more improvement and while they were still crying, it seemed to be more of a "tired" cry then "I'm so pissed off right now" cry. We still had the neighbors checking in on us (and the occasional BGE guy looking over the fence), but they seemed to understand what was going on (or at least they hadn't called CPS just yet). Here we are in the 6th week (yes, it has taken the twins this long to grasp floating) and Kieran is beginning his lesson in his summer clothes with Dylan not far behind. They float like champs. There is the occasional screech, but nothing like the beginning.
It makes me wish I would've have recorded the earlier lessons to show the difference between their first week and their last. I am poolside at every lesson. I am the one that hands the kids to Sara and takes them from her when they are done. I have seen a remarkable difference in not only their performance, but their demeanor as well. Both still cry at the hand off, but there is less crying during the lesson and none after. If you think that this will make the babies afraid of water, you're wrong. My kids come down from their afternoon nap and point at the pool. They love the water. They are not even a little bit afraid of the pool. They love baths. This is what makes me very confident in my decision to have them in this course. It's just like everything else that has made them cry since they were babies (doctors, canulas, CPAP, shots, Nanny, Pop-Pop, nap/bed time, and the 1000s of other things that I won't mention)...they will not remember these things (or that they were afraid of them), but they will make them stronger. To those who are against the ISR program, you are certainly welcome to your opinion. As for the opinion of the AAP (or the one doctor from the WBAL interview), my kids are not drown-proof, but they certainly have the skills to help if they ever did fall into a body of water. I will NOT rely on the skills they've learned in place of parental supervision. I will NOT rely on the skills they've learned in place of every other safety measure I can take as a parent to protect my children. Just as I pay for insurance and hope I never have to use it, I hope I never have to see my children use these skills in a real-life scenario.
To all of the naysayers that say they will never enroll their children (even IF they had them), I have only one thing to say...Never say never.
To those who are thinking about enrolling their kids the ISR program, do the research. I'm not going to lie, it's extremely difficult to watch your children cry, especially when it was you who made them do it. If it helps, think of it like a vaccination. It hurts when they get that shot and they cry, but in the end, it will prevent an illness, just as the lessons might save their lives. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would go through the crying and the BUDS sheets and the disruption of the schedule again and again, if it adds a layer of protection to my childrens' lives.
And that's my honest opinion. Take what you want out of it...:)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
As for things that I can't live without (besides my kids), disposable diapers, milk, and Chick-Fil-A Sweet Tea. I live by a few sayings and one of them is "Opinions are like...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Initially, it was difficult. I wasn't used to being in the house for weeks at a time. Or not showering every day. Menu planning wasn't (and still isn't) my strongest suit. I usually don't pick something to eat until it's way too late to defrost something. Laundry sucks. Dishes suck, but dishwashers rule. Moms rule. Dads rules (but only part of the time). BJ's Wholesale clubs rule (well at least their carts do). But 16 months later, I finally found out something that will help me open my eyes in the morning. We are only here for a short amount of time (if you put in into perspective). God was good enough to grant me these kids, so why shouldn't I take advantage of the time I have with them? I'm not going to worry about all of those things that I normally worry about and I'm going to go out and have some fun. It may take me a little bit to re-learn things, but I'll make it my goal. I want my kids to enjoy life and experience as much of it as they can. I want them to be happy and have no regrets. I love them...they are my life.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Once they figure out how to team up, I'm in trouble. :)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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I usually buy bread at BJs as well. They have 2 loaves for $3.98, so I buy 1-2 of them and put them in my freezer. Sometimes, ShopRite has bread on sale too, and when they do, I stock up. Milk is another good purchase from BJs. It's $2.51 a gallon for Whole Milk and $2.37 a gallon for 2%. At Giant (for instance), they have the deal about buy 6 and get 1 free, but their milk is $2.99. So, even if I buy 6 gallons at BJs, I still save more.
As for paper plates, Walmart, Target, or even ShopRite have better prices than BJs. Paper towels are a toss up too. Sometimes BJs has a really good coupon and you get free stuff with it. :)
I'm sure there are tons more examples...but I have to go do some other stuff. :)
Friday, June 5, 2009
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Everyone is looking for their 15 minutes of fame, thinking that it will make them rich. From the outside, being famous seems really cool, but really, it is necessary to follow every step? While I applaud the actions of heros like Captain Sullenberger and Captain Richard Phillips, they did their jobs. I believe they deserve accolades, but I'm sure the attention was very unnerving for them. People like Jon and Kate Gosselin put themselves in the spotllight because of their TV show, but having papparazi chase them to get a photograph is ludicrous. Even if what the media is reporting is true, don't they deserve a little privacy to solve their problems? Who cares if Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are having twins via a surrogate, the fact of the matter is that they are going to have a very busy life (made even more difficult by the hordes of crazy people scrambling to just get a glimpse of them). More importantly, I'm not even sure why it's news. People get pregnant, raise kids, make mistakes, and get divorced every day without even a mention on the evening news. We survive and, in fact, we enjoy the silence. The celebrities are people; they get up in the morning , they go to jobs and eat food like everyone else. Get over it and let them live their lives...please!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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With 3 boys, what else am I going to do?