Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two kids under Two

Is not easy....

It would be easier if Acid Reflux had not hit our home again. The infamous GERD. Poor Charlie. It seems like everyone and their mother thinks their kid has acid reflux. And since 10% of babies DO, I guess everyone and 1/10 their mother really does...

My kids have moderate to severe acid reflux - meaning, they will STOP eating because of the pain and I will be squirting food into their mouths with a syringe. It's really sad. With Tofer I didn't have it all figured out for two months. With Charlie, I was on it the first week. Sadly, Charlie also refuses to nurse. I had high hopes for him in the hospital but that all went to crap when he stopped eating. Oh well. You do what you can.

The birth story....well, I was grumpy going into the hospital. Hahaha. I suppose knowing what I was getting into, took some of the anticipation out and replaced it with dread. Haha. I got there around 9am. They broke my water at 1 and around 7:30 I pushed for 30 minutes and out came Charlie at 8PM. Since he was face up (back labor) my back was totally hurting, even with an epidural. I was totally irrational because of the whole "being in labor" thing and was convinced that the anesthesiologist had somehow pinched a nerve in my back. Hahahaha. It was an annoying pain but not totally unbearable. Kris posted some pics of the whole birth story on his photog blog: www.burntexposureblog.com .

Charlie came out with dark hair. He is so very darling. Love him. When they laid him on my chest, I got emotional. I just knew I was going to have two boys first. Charlie has been waiting to come down and join the family. For months I before he was born I just kept thinking of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. I think I will point them to those examples often while they are growing up.

Tofer is adjusting pretty well. That was the haredest part for me the first few days. I would look at Tofer and cry, thinking he was sad or worried. I just love him so much. I can't stand thinking he is sad. The first few days were weird for him but he's doing really well now and the days where Charlie sleeps a lot, things are almost normal for him. Too bad I'm not sleeping a lot....

Charlie wakes up around 10ish, 1ish, and 4ish. The 4-ish one, he doesn't like to go back to sleep immediately so I'm up for a good hour or so and then Tofer wakes up at seven and I've got to be rearin to go! Ugh.

Charlie is a crier. Poor baby is probably in pain but man, Tofer had this raspy, soft little cry and Charlie shreaks like you wouldn't believe. LOUD. This little man is gonna tell you when something is wrong.

My mom was hear for 10 days (life saver) and now Kris's parents are coming on Wed for two weeks (and his sis and her fam for a week) and then my parents are coming for a week again so I'll have a lot of help around here for his first two months of life (thank goodness). Mostly so I can sleep and play with Tofer. This post probably makes no sense since I'm so tired. This morning I was trying to put a sippy cup lid on the milk carton and totally not understanding why it wasn't working out for me. That just about explains my state right now. Sleep will come again....and if it doesn't, I already told Kris I'm going to hire a night nanny a few nights a week to help me...this is not a joke :)

Enjoy your sleep.

8 comments:

Brian/Heather Norton said...

SERIOUSLY! I remember how much I wanted to hire a night nanny a month or so ago. I still kind of want to hire one. Well, I think I may want to put the money towards a live in maid instead. 2 kids=MESSY And I feel I just don't have the energy to be cleaning all the time. Besides, Avery just wrecks things right after I clean. I mean, seriously, what is the point of cleaning when Avery and co. are always thwarting my weary efforts. Poor little Charlie and his painful acid reflux. I feel for you! Just keep telling yourself that things will get better. They will. Just give it some time and we will get some sleep again. We can do it, we can do iT! lol.

Andrea said...

uh. wow.
now i am terrified.

hang in there? in a few weeks, we'll be up all night together. Maybe we can find a way to make millions in the wee hours of the morning.

Tara said...

It gets better-believe me!!! And I felt calmer with # 2 because I knew a little more (a LOT more) than I did with the first kid! Get some sleep!! =)

Janelle Day said...

I can't believe you had him over 2 weeks ago, time flies when you aren't the one carrying the baby in your womb. 2 under 2, that is crazy, but you are wonderful and can do it. I love the photo journal of the delivery. I am glad that you ahve so much help from your family, that is awesome. Sleep whenever you can. Take care of yourself and your little ones. Happy Valentine's day.

Amber said...

I had 2 under 2 at one time... its rough for a while but now they are best friends and it makes the closeness in age so worth the rough first year. My babies were great sleepers (not what you want to hear i am sure) but have a few good friends that hired night nurses and said it was worth every penny... I would have done it in a heartbeat if mine were up all night. Good luck, I am sure you are an amazing mom... Congrats!

JenJ said...

Cathy you are a beautiful soul who puts everything she has into those she loves. It is one of your greatest gifts. But think of it this way: putting some time, nutrition, and sleep will help you give more and better to those you love. Take care of yourself. Love you

Kali said...

So I just saw this post. Don't know how I missed it but I haven't been in the virtual world much lately. Anyways, just sent you a card that mentioned how I would like to hear about your birth story and life with 2 kids... he he. Wow. That was fast. JK. Glad you are hanging in there...even if you are trying to put a sippy cup lid on the milk carton;) A night nanny doesn't sound so bad. If I were closer I would say I am stealing Tofer for a week so you could escape from survival mode. I am glad you will be having so much family around to help out. I feel so bad that Charlie has the same acid reflux. Poor baby. As if two kids isn't hard enough but you have to deal with that on top ... Ugh! I love your Joseph and Hyrum analogy. And that you knew you were going to have two boys first ... I knew MAddie was going to be a girl. Such neat exp. to have when you are a mom. Makes things easier somehow when you feel those kinds of things. Well, hope things have been getting easier since you wrote this.

ramsam said...

Why are you growing up so fast? Why can't we live by eachother? Just wondering...

but really, hang in there. Life with little ones get remarkably easier once you start getting sleep again!
Luv ya