H.CON.RES.222 - PASSED in The House of Representatives
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th has passed in Congress.
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break." -Chinese Proverb
We wanted more children so we waited, unlucky, decided to adopt, we finished the paperwork, we're paper pregnant, and SURPRISE - we're also expecting biological twins. This blog is our life with three tots the same age and an older brother.
H.CON.RES.222 - PASSED in The House of Representatives
Too cute....the only difference between me and this woman is I do TRY to keep the house clean but I fail everyday b/c someone is always behind or in front of me making it worse.
As is the custom for 4 year olds, Logan likes watching Cartoons. Logan likes watching Cartoons with his Dad.
Wow! Do you know what this means? We're LID 9/9. Referral's are coming out soon for LID's up to 8/9. One month's worth of LID's left until it's our turn.
I'm can't express how excited I am to soon be able to put a face to the name we've chosen for our daughter. We had our sons named before we saw them and I think their names fit them perfectly.
I'm now starting (well, not just "now" but have been all along) to worry about the trip to China. I'm really considering getting Logan a passport just in case we decide to take him. He really wants to go. Our only problem with taking him is the airplane ride. Can an almost 5 year old survive the plane ride? Or maybe the question is Can the young child's parents survive the plane ride with him?
My biggest worry is leaving behind Nate and Andrew. If we travel beginning of the year, these boys will probably be crawling by then and may be learning to walk. Asking someone to babysit for a few hours or even a day or two is not such a big deal. Asking someone to babysit TWO for TWO weeks is a big deal at this age. We don't even have our own home completely childproofed yet and those that do, there's obviously a reason behind why theirs is childproofed and who wants to take in two babies for two weeks at that stage when they already have young children in their own home. That's a long time to watch other kids with no break.
Do I stay behind and wait to see my daughter when she arrives in the States? Do I split the twins up to stay with different people? Do they stay together? Do they switch off places they stay for those two weeks? No, we will not take them with us unless someone else travels with us and then I'm not even all that certain I would take them. Our attention needs to be on Madelyn while we're there.
We've had several friends offer to help out while we're gone to China (some of those will be reading this) but I feel like everyone doesn't understand what this involves. There's two of them. Two that need bottles, food, changing, naps, etc. I'm used to it. I've been taking care of them 24 hours a day since March 3. My life evolves around them and Logan. I can't even leave them for the whole two hours the YMCA will allow me to leave them in the nursery b/c they can't even handle two babies at the same time. I haven't been able to sit through an entire church service in a long time b/c there are two babies that need attention at the same time and there's usually not enough staff. Tony and I don't even go out together w/o children anymore b/c even for a few hours, watching two babies is a lot to ask someone to do. Forget leaving them alone with teenagers. Some adults can't even handle two babies at the same time by themself. It's tough and I'm the mom even admitting to that.
I really don't want to split Nate and Andrew up which is what we originally thought we would do. Coming back from China and getting one baby on a schedule will be difficult enough. Trying to get three babies off three different schedules (if there's even any sort of schedule by then) and into a routine will not be fun. If the twins stay together, more and likely they'll be on the same schedule of eating, napping, etc. We do know Logan will probably not be wherever the twins stay. I also worry about that. Logan LOVES his brothers. Yes, there is sometimes jealousy but I think he'll have a difficult time being away from all of us for two weeks and also not being around his own things that he's familiar with.
I am worried about leaving my children behind for that long but at the same time I can't imagine not going to China to meet my daughter. I want to experience Madelyn's country. How do I decide what's more important? Staying or going? Should Tony travel alone and I stay behind with the boys? Should I not worry so much about leaving behind the boys and know they will be safe with whomever we decide to leave them with?
So many decisions to make, and the time to make them is narrowing down. That's the good news - Madelyn is coming home SOON!!!!
Last week Sears portrait studio had a multiples day (mostly twins). They ran a contest and sold sheets for BOGO. This one was one of my favorite shots. Nate and Andrew did the best they've ever done for portraits. They were both very happy until the end and then they both broke down in tears and very loud crying.
This time I'm not bragging about my own beautiful children but instead of everyone else's beautiful children. See Harrah's slide show.
I have a small entrance into the master bedroom where I have on the walls all of our baby pictures. They are hung over the changing table. Today I couldn't help but stare at the photos and compare mine and Tony's photos to our kids.
Don't you just love Nate's hair in this photo? He's got a curly mohawk. And yes, that's Logan with chocolate on his face. We chased down the ice cream truck just before this picture.
The framed photo in this picture is Me.
Andrew always has drool on his face or spit-up or both. He wasn't happy about having his picture taken at that moment.
Is Madelyn going to feel out of place? Others will know she's different but I see her as my daughter already just like these three kids. I know we're going to face some challenges having a daughter from China. It's going to be worth it though. She'll make this family even more complete.
BTW, two days ago we were LID one year. I forgot what day it was until after midnight. I do good to remember what day of the week it is these days.
I'm getting tired of hearing "so have you heard anything about China yet?" Don't these people know we will be telling the entire world when we find out more on our daughter? It's not like we'll keep it a secret when our referral comes.
Tony thinks we have too many strollers. What do you think?
There's a story for each of these...(from left to right)
The first stroller was a travel system when we had Logan. It has a matching infant car seat which we are using with one of the twins. We are almost done with these carseats so this stroller will probably be sold soon.
The next seat (Nate is modeling this one in the photo) was given to me from a friend. I plan on returning it back to her since I bought the one beside it last night.
Number three - Love this one. I bought it from a Moms of Multiples consignment sale last night. It will also hold the infant carriers until we do away with them but also has seats for them to sit in. There are drink holders and a large basket underneath.
Next is the Snap-n-Go. I'm sad to see this one go. It's an awesome stroller but can only be used with infant carriers and since the twins have about outgrown these, time to say good-bye.
The side-by-side stroller is nice to use when taking the twins out when I know I have to feed them baby food. Much easier to feed them side-by-side. However, it does not fit through doorways easily. I'm still keeping it.
Triple stroller - need I say more? Madelyn, Nate and Andrew (Logan can walk)
And last is the umbrella single stroller. It was one of Logan's. I'm going to keep it too. It's great if I'm only going out with one kid at a time....(like that ever happens).
Can't forget Nate. Poor ole Nate has a plugged saliva duct in his mouth under his tongue. For the next month he has to suck on lemons or oranges to see if this will clear it up. If not, the docs will be talking to us about surgically taking care of it. This little chunker weighs in now over 20lbs at only six months old. Tony says he'll be a linebacker. He's still my cuddle bug.
This week on BPOH the feature room was the master bedroom. Well, I didn't get that room ready but I did work on the foyer today. For 6 months now our plant shelf had been bare. This window in the picture faces the East so every morning when the sun comes up we are blinded by the sun as we walk through our living room. Last week I caught Logan sitting on the couch watching TV holding a pillow up to his face to keep the sun out of his eyes. I knew then it was time to get some window treatments up.