...I suppose its a lot of both!!!
I always thought one baby was a whole lot of work, until I had 3! Seems like I have less and less time for anything other then the kids (which is definitely NOT a bad thing). I seem to hope and pray every day that we will win the lottery so I can be a stay-at-home Mommy, but luck hasn't been on our side...YET! I really couldn't ask for a better work schedule since I HAVE to work. Diapers aren't cheap these days, especially for 3 (Yes, you guessed it, no luck with potty training Blaze yet). Being able to work three 12 hour shifts each week at least gives me the remainder of the week with the kids. My job is really great about working with my days to accommodate us for decreasing our cost for child care.
We got away to San Diego this month. It was our first family vacation since coming home from India. It was SO much fun. 6 hour drive (well 8 hours with a few stops for diaper changes) from Arizona to Carlsbad, California and the kids did amazing! We spent a full day at Sea World and then braved the following day at the world famous San Diego Zoo. Two full days at the parks and the kids were passed out cold on the way back to our little condo on the beach. It was the first time all the kids got to see and experience the West coast beach and ocean and Blaze loved "Cal-i-fonia".
|All bundled up and ready to hit the road.|
|Love the Beach!|
|Ready to go to our room|
|Enjoying the condo|
|The Pacific Ocean|
|A ride up, up high.|
|Love the ZOO|
|A little chilly but SO much fun!|
|Ready to hit the park!|
|Watching the shows|
|All tuckered out after a LONG day at the park.|
|Blaze and his buddy 'Byonk', (that's what he calls the Grinch???)|
|Hey I kinda like this thing~|
|Love you Sissy|
|At the Wave Pool|
|Just like 'Nois' (Nurse) Mommy|
|Hi Little Brother|
|'Hey that's my hair!'|
The twins turned 9 months (time sure flies) on the 18th of this month. They love to be together and still share the same crib. I tried to put a separator in the crib so they wouldn't wake each other, but they ended up just rolling right over it and sleeping right next to each other. I still can't believe I am the mother of TWINS!!!
Dylan is such a handful. She has so much personality. Still the Diva and demanding ALL the attention in the room. She takes everything in, grabs everything within her grasp and uses her pointer finger to inspect every little detail. Her hair is out of control long. Still short in the back and long on top and the sides. Gerry calls it the 'Liza Minnelli look'. I need to teach Daddy how to do little girls hair cuz she definitely needs it put up out of her face. She is still SO tiny, weighing in at just 13.4 lbs and still not fitting into some of her newborn bottoms. They fall right off of her. Most of her outfits are just 0-3 months still. She loves to stand up and sits unassisted on her own. She has been slow to enjoy food but has really come around in the last month or so and even bypasses her little brother some times. She finally said 'Mama' about a month ago. She has a high-pitched little girly voice and has the goofiest most cutest little grin. Tomorrow is a big day for her as we are planning a trip to get her ears pierced.
|Good Morning All|
|Standing tall like a big girl|
|"I can lift my leg THIS high!"|
|Just waking up.|
|First 2 teeth|
|Our Lil' Dude|
|Making Feeding Me a Challenge for Mommy.|
Least important updates on our family of 5 are obviously Mommy and Daddy...LOL! We are both doing well. Gerry's torn bicep is slow healing and he will start back on light duty at work next month. His rehab is three times per week and he is gaining his strength back. I am enjoying having him home full time, but I must admit I am a little jealous that he gets to stay home with the babes. Nothing new and exciting with me. Still seeing my Pulmonologist for my Valley Fever follow-ups. Still feeling very fatigued, but can't figure out if it is the VF or just having 3 small children that makes me so darn tired ALL of the time. Most of all I am just loving every single day with my little ones and feeling more and more blessed with each minute that passes. They are my dream come true and as all my co-workers say, 'Rhonda is such a proud Mom, she just beams when she talks about her little ones.'
|Yes...Daddy did do my hair!|
|Learning to multitask|