Thursday, March 26, 2015

16 Months/ 16 Weeks

Things are going well at the Johnston household.  We are busy every day until we go to bed, but almost every day is really good.  Routine helps.

5:30-6:00 a.m. - Shower
6:00-6:30 a.m. - Hurry up and get ready before Emerson wakes up
**During this time, if not before, Ben wakes up and would like 4-6oz of formula.  And he'd like to play and chat.  He is NOT going back to sleep. 
6:30-7:15 a.m. - Get Em up (she's already awake), give her a sippy of milk.  Let her watch TV while I finish getting ready.  On really good days, get to spend a few minutes all together in the morning.

**Try to remember during this time to start the car 10 minutes before we leave so it's not freezing for poor little babies.
7:15-7:20 a.m. - Try to get two kids loaded in the car.  Em needs a 1/2 cup of milk for the ride.  She likes to make a dirty diaper the second before you're ready to take her out.  Change diaper.  Get Ben loaded into the carseat.  Let him puke all over his outfit.  Change outfit.

7:20-7:45 a.m. - Drive to daycare and drop off children.  Watch people marvel and be impressed with me carrying both children in at once.  Get the obligatory "You've got your hands full" comment from stranger once a week. Check kids in at daycare.  Get Ben into baby room and go over last feeding.  Remind daycare that Ben can be fed "at will" or they will not get a happy baby.  Put Emerson in high chair.  Make sure breakfast and milk are brought to her.  Kiss babies goodbye.

7:45-8:30 a.m. - Commute to work.  Mentally gripe about how there is no time for coffee and I was up last night for an hour because Ben is so darn hungry that he has to eat in the middle of the night.

8:30-4:30 p.m. - Work full-time job so bills can be paid and kids can have awesome Honest Company Diapers while dwelling on the sadness that is being too poor to get my own hair/nails done. Worry about meeting sales numbers.  Think of children 900 times a day.  Feel guilty for leaving them in daycare where someone doesn't love them that takes care of them.  Wonder if Emerson is developing her language skills.  She's talking so much, but not sure if she's benefiting from the daycare or talking much there.  Does she learn only at home?  Worry about Ben's projectile puke issue.  Will his cold ever go away?  Worry about stressful job, that is commission based. Must get back to work. Get back to work. Repeat x 100. Think lovingly of husband.  Day dream about taking a mid-afternoon nap with him in our bed without disruption or alarms. Think fondly of how I love my husband.  Get back to work.

4:30-5:15 p.m. - Commute from work to daycare.  Use the GPS, not because I'm lost, but because I need to be aware of the time and hopefully shave a few precious minutes off the drive.  Are there any shortcuts?? How do other parents get their kids before me? Don't they work and commute too?

5:15- 5:30 p.m. - Get kids, pack them up at daycare, sign them out, carry them both out to the car, and drive home.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Choose which kid's needs get met.  Try to get Emerson sitting in high chair for dinner with sippy of water while getting Ben fed.  Hope husband gets done with job in time to be home too.  That way we can both be busy and Emerson doesn't throw food on the floor because you're busy feeding Ben.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Bath time.  Both babies, every night.  My husband give Emerson a bath, I give Ben a bath.  Dressed in pajama's and then back downstairs for a small bit of family time.

6:30 -7:00 p.m. - Get Emerson sippy of milk to drink as she lays on the floor on her couch watching Wheel of Fortune.  Make Ben 2 more oz. of milk so he'll stop griping about being cold after the bath.  Try to absorb time with the kids and ask Emerson 20 questions to help her talk, know colors.  Read a book or two, sing songs, give lots of kisses.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Emerson goes up to bed and promptly falls asleep without any issue.  Ben would like to eat us out of house and home.  Don't count the oz. he's ate since he got home, it will just disturb me greatly.  Clean up mess from evening toy play. Jacob starts to feed Ben and talk him into going to bed.  I make dinner for us.

8:00 - 9:30 p.m. - Eat dinner. Maybe watch one 1/2 hour DVR'd episode of Modern Family.  Get off the couch, do the dishes from the day, wash the bottles (Husband is helping because he's AWESOME).  Make lunch for husband and for Emerson.  Make sure kids have extra outfits packed, read notes from daycare to see if they need diapers, wipes, formula, etc. Pack everything for tomorrow so morning runs smoothly.

9:30 p.m. - Go up to bed so we can start the whole thing over tomorrow.

This is why I'm unavailable to hang out, my friends.

Friday, March 13, 2015

15 months/ 14 weeks -- Emerson and Benjamin

I just forget to update this thing!  And I need to because I didn't do baby books with either of the babes and honestly, this is all we've got.

Mostly, I need to upload photos so I don't lose them when my phone is full (constantly).

As far as updates, last week was CRAZY because my sweet Grandma Brown passed away which involved two trips to Cuba and our first times packing up both babies.  

Nope.  Not coming again for a long while.  It's just not worth the hassle to pack everything up for 4 people.  The way I stay sane with Irish Twins is simple - I need order.  I need everything clean.  I need toys picked up multiple times a day.  I need everything planned out. I need clothes to be where they're supposed to and a childproof living room.  I would guestimate we won't try that again until summer time and I'm entertaining the idea of not staying the night when we do make the trip in the future. 

My husband sent flowers to work for valentines day. He is amazzzzing. 

Ben is getting so big. He is Big Ben. He is very very sweet too and has the best smile. I'm very smitten by this boy.  Those lips 😍!

This family! How did I get so lucky? God really loves me. 

This baby's eyes are still gray. 
And Bens are blue like his dad.

Ben has really great eyebrows and expresses himself with such funny looks. 
Emerson's hair is getting really long. 

Ben has slept through the night 3 times so far. 

Emerson has discovered Elmo.

Every once in a while, Em lets Ben around her. 

All else is well. Kids have been sick all week. Jacobs car is in the shop. There's never enough money. Work is hard sometimes. Blah, blah. We are happy.