Sunday Pictures, take 13

Everyone,

So yesterday when we went out to play in the snow I couldn’t find my little underwater camera.  I didn’t want to take my big camera out because I didn’t want to get it wet.  And there was some wet snow!  Plus I wanted a video of the kids sledding.  Didn’t even get Butterfly sledding this year.  I hope there will be another opportunity.

When I finally found the cord and downloaded the pictures from yesterday, I got a few surprises!  Including a lovely video.  This is from when Pirate had his cast.  It was the night before we took it off (and then took him sledding for the first time!) and Juice is narrating.  I would show it to you but upon further review, I realize that he uses all of our real names on it.  I can’t figure out how to edit it so sorry.  I’ll leave you with this cute picture instead.

It’s someone’s very chocolatey hand.  Maybe from around my birthday?

This afternoon we spent making truffles.  They are so good and I’ve had way too many already.  Butterfly helped me roll the middles and then spent 20 minutes trying to lick the chocolate off her hands.  The boys begged for it so much and I’m afraid they were cross and cranky after they ate so much.  Oh well…it’s only Christmas time once, right?

Safire

PS- The author of that twin book I’d like to read actually left a comment on my blog!  Or someone who is pretending to be her did.  Cool!!

Being Mobile is Fraught with Peril

Everyone,

Pirate is learning that being mobile is not free from bumps and bruises. He is not very coordinated with his new found mobility. Today alone there have been a few significant falls. I’m going to highlight the funny, and the not so funny.

The Funny: He has a tendency to try and pull up on things by planting one hand on either side of the object and leaning forward. He is not going up as expected and falls forward faster, thereby face planting into whatever he was trying to pull up on. The trash can, Juice’s leg, the couch (still not quite sure how he does this but it is hil.ar.ious.). He gets really frustrated because it happens over and over again. And I am a bad mother for laughing till I cry over it sometimes. Hey, we got to have some entertainment in our lives. Mine just happens to be him.

The Not So Funny: Every morning I shut off the stairs and let the boys explore our upstairs. Most of the time they are either spreading the books in Butterfly’s room across the hall or they are in my room spreading the toys they have up there. Today, Pirate thought it would be fun to explore the bathroom. Normally I’m okay with that because mostly they just pull up on the bathtub and drum on it and talk to the toys in the bottom. Today, I heard a major thump and then the unmistakable sound of the bath toys moving. I sprinted into the bathroom to find Pirate in the tub happy as a clam. He more than likely fell in head first. This has scared me silly because the toilet is as tall as the tub and it’s not inconceivable for him to go head first into the water! I have now instigated the rule that all bathrooms must be shut at all times.

He is pulling up on things but not putting all his weight on his right leg. He is normal crawling again and when he falls back into his cast crawl, he stops, puts himself on all fours, and continues. He is not as fast as Professor (yet) and likes to sit on his knees and look around.

Safire

Finally, A Doctor Visit

Everyone,

Early early this morning, we had our final visit with Doc B. We actually made it on time, despite rush hour traffic. As we were lead into the exam room, we kind of brought the whole office with us in a wake. They were so happy to see us. I was happy to be there because it officially ended the cast.

We put the boys down on the floor to play and immediately Pirate got himself up onto all fours and started rocking. “Awww….” says the whole office. They were all crowded around the door when Doc B came up.

“Hey, I can’t afford to have you all standing around here!” He smiled. The whole office laughed and dispersed. He came up, took one look at Pirate up on his hands and knees and said, “Well, he’s healed.” I picked Pirate up and Doc B felt his leg for about .5 seconds and said, “Let’s get an x-ray!”

At that point, about 3 x-ray techs come into the room (because the door was open and it seemed like they were waiting their turn outside). They oohed and aahed with Doc B and when the x-ray room was free, they took him in. (They also kicked me out of the room and told me to go get Juice. Something about a risk of pregnancy for me…yeah right!)

On the x-ray you can still kind of see the break. It’s very faint. And Doc B said all the edges look defined. It will be gone in a week or so but he doesn’t need anything else. We asked about the physical therapy and he said no. Babies bounce back so quickly and he’s already starting to use the leg properly. In a week or so it should be as if he never had a cast.

One thing he did mention is that when a baby breaks a long bone like this one, sometimes the blood flow is interrupted. Rarely, one leg will grow longer or be shorter than the other one because of this. It’s rare, but we need to keep an eye out for it.

We were sad, in a bitter sweet way, to leave Doc B. He was really great.

Today he has been moving his leg more and more. He even took a few crawling steps around dinner time! He also pulled himself up on his feet once. He’s going to come through this with flying colors.

Safire

What Would You Do?

Everyone,

Juice and I watched the snow start to fall late last night. We woke up to a veritable blizzard. Well, what one would call a blizzard here in Maryland. The snow was powder…fine and dry and a skiers dream. Utah snow. I had forgotten when you shoveled it wouldn’t go where you tossed it. It just blew wherever it wanted to.

I woke up to Butterfly yelling out her window, “Wave at me Daddy! Wave at me!” I figured Juice was taking out the garbage and sighed because the boys were up only an hour ago and I was tired. “I want to shovel! Don’t shovel all of it without me!” Oh, right. I jump up, throw clothes on her, get her outside and then go deal with my boys who are screaming because they know I’m up and not getting them. After I got them up and dressed, Butterfly and Juice came back inside with bright red cheeks.

“I want hot chocolate for breakfast!” Everything Butterfly says has an exclamation point after it. Even when she whispers. I arrange for Butterfly to go play with AJ at Lolli’s house during our doctor visit, and put the boys down for their naps.

Juice decides to work from home today, and mentions we should probably call the doctor and see if his office is running late.

I do. It’s closed.

I get it. It’s for the safety of everyone involved. But I’m annoyed. People of Maryland, you have not seen snow until you’ve seen it drift 7 feet high and your car can’t drive through it because it’s taller than your headlights. I’m just saying…

So what would you do on a snow day the day after you take off your cast for a broken leg?

We went sledding.

The boys were cranky. It was their nap time. But I was determined to have pictures of them in the snow like I have pictures of Butterfly in the snow.

Didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to because Pirate is so tired he is crying and all Professor wanted to do was eat the snow. He was not happy with the snow after he stuck his face in it. We spent about 15 minutes outside and then I came back in with them. Juice and Butterfly got to stay out for over an hour playing and I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. We rarely get snow here and I love to make the most of it when we do. But today, I couldn’t. Next year we’ll hopefully be able to stay out longer.

I get to call the office at 8am tomorrow and reset up Pirate’s appointment. I hope it’s soon. I’d really like to know if his leg is healed or not.

Safire

PS- I’ve had a lot of questions why we took the cast off ourselves. The doctor told me specifically 2 times to take it off the night before. Even after I questioned him about it, he said he wanted to spare Pirate the saw and to see what kind of muscle deterioration he has. We did not just get tired of it and take it off. We were told to. But I won’t do it next time. It was too much of a hassle. So if anyone is googling my blog for spica casts in infants, don’t take it off yourself! The saw would last 10 minutes! This lasted 2 hours. Although he had a great time in the tub while it was going on.

PPS- Happy Birthday Bro!

No More Cast!

Everyone,

I am so excited!  Pirate is cast free!  We waited until after church and after his nap to do it.  We brought out our baby bath tub and put the infant back rest up and let him sit.  He discovered splashing again about half way through and was driving Juice crazy because he kept splashing Juice. 

It took us close to 2 hours to take it off.  Next time, if there is a next time but hopefully NOT, we are going to have the doctor cut it off with a saw.  It was not fun to get off.  We had scissors and two other kids to try and wrestle with while taking it off.  Hence, two whole hours.  He was a prune by the time we got him out of his cast.  Yay! 

He is very light.  I got to bathe him right after (in clean water, of course!) and he wimpers every time you move his right leg.  It is very limp.  He makes no effort to move it on his own unless his other leg is moving a lot.  He holds it in the cast position when he’s not using it.  He espcially hates to have his knee bent.  Poor little man!  I intend to talk to the doctor tomorrow and get some sort of physical therapy for him, either in the office or something I can do with him at home.

A lot of people said that when they had casts, they were surprised to see how skinny their leg was compaired to their other one.  I was waiting to see if that would be true with Pirate.  But really, it wasn’t.  His right ankle is skinnier than his left but everything else looks about the same.  (His right leg is the one he broke.)  Maybe because he was in a full body cast, everything got skinny together.  His little bottom is very boney. 

He sat in his high chair for dinner!  Yay!  He curls into me while he’s eating like he used to.  I missed that.  Now I’m just waiting to see if his happy kicking comes back in both legs.  I hope so.  I loved seeing both his legs going when he was happy. 

Doctor’s tomorrow!

Safire

Saturday is a Special Day

Everyone,

Since Juice had yesterday off, I had a pretty nice day.  We got all of our errands done yesterday and so we basically had the whole day free today. 

Butterfly and I went to her very first primary activity.  I had to go early and help with the 8-11 year old girls who were setting up.  The other twin mom in my ward was there so we chatted about twins and the boys and the disaster I had the other day.  Her twins are 14 now and I love talking with another mom who has been there.  Espically with twins. 

Butterfly was very good for the most part at the party.  She made some new friends (which she can’t remember the names of them so I have to) and she payed attention to her teacher well.  I got some cute pictures of her class together (which I don’t think her teacher was very happy to do but oh well).  It was a good morning.

Both the boys are getting colds so when we got home, they were pretty cranky.  We all had lunch (in which Professor managed to flip the spoon every time I tried to give him something but ate great from Daddy…sigh) and naps for everyone.  I ran to the store to get something I forgot yesterday and went to explore the used book store near by.  I’ve never been there.  It was confusing.  But I managed to come home with the book I wanted (after asking the employee to find it because I couldn’t) and 4 other books.  I have a major soft spot for books.  I almost bought a book that mentions my grandmother (Dad’s mom) but didn’t.  Maybe I should go back and get it.

Anyway, I came home with books to read and tried to get the boys to play with their toys so I could read!  But no dice.  They wanted to nurse but then they were distracted by my book or something their brother did or whatever. 

Juice and I made dinner together.  All 3 kids joined us in the kitchen and cried.  Professor probably the loudest.  He did not have his second nap and was cross and cranky!  We were able to feed them little bits of ham to keep them entertained to at least get the meat loaf in the oven.

Bath night tonight.  Butterfly was so anxious to get in the bath that I just plunked Professor in there too.  They had such a good time together splashing!  Juice brought Pirate in to watch and you could tell he wanted to get in too.  Tomorrow buddy! 

Wow, I just realized that he has not had a bath in over a month.  Ew. 

Everyone sing, “Tomorrow!  You’re only a day away!”

Safire

Crawling in a Cast

Everyone,

I think I figured out how to publish movies. So here you go. This is Pirate crawling in the cast.

Okay, so it’s just me trying to get him to crawl. Try this one.

And yes, I realize that I use their real names in the videos. Because unlike most of you, I can’t call them by their internet names without having to stop and think about it first. And I don’t have time to stop and think some days!

At the very end you heard Butterfly’s question for EVERYTHING. WHY??? It’s okay most of the time, but after about 200 whys in a day, I’m pooped.

Happy Birthday Dad! My Dad has been generous enough to have his birthday on National Pancake Day and decided to celebrate with free pancakes from IHOP! Yes, it’s true people. You can get free pancakes at IHOP today. Think of my dad while you eat them.

Safire

Crawling in a Cast

Everyone,

I think I figured out how to publish movies. So here you go. This is Pirate crawling in the cast.

Okay, so it’s just me trying to get him to crawl. Try this one.

And yes, I realize that I use their real names in the videos. Because unlike most of you, I can’t call them by their internet names without having to stop and think about it first. And I don’t have time to stop and think some days!

At the very end you heard Butterfly’s question for EVERYTHING. WHY??? It’s okay most of the time, but after about 200 whys in a day, I’m pooped.

Happy Birthday Dad! My Dad has been generous enough to have his birthday on National Pancake Day and decided to celebrate with free pancakes from IHOP! Yes, it’s true people. You can get free pancakes at IHOP today. Think of my dad while you eat them.

Safire

Disaster!

Everyone,

My morning was so productive. I was able to do my Monday mopping and a load of dishes. I even got a shower! Sweet!

The boys didn’t really take their second nap. Instead they sat around and chatted to each other for an hour. Butterfly didn’t nap either, although she had quiet time in her room. I was noticing that it was really windy outside. Since today is our trash/recycling day, I thought about our recycling bin out in the wind. But that’s as far as it went and baby stuff happened.

When I got everyone downstairs, I glanced outside and saw our recycling bin sailing down the street. Oh no! I had to go get it! So I threw on shoes and planned to just rush out the door, grab it, and rush back in. Well Butterfly wanted to come. And she needed shoes. And a coat. She took two steps outside and started to cry. It was COLD today.

I had to catch the bin though so I left her crying on the front step and the boys inside. Bin gathered. We ran back inside.

In the 2 minutes I was gone, the boys made a huge disaster. They discovered the dog’s water bowl. It was full when I forgot about it. It was not full when I saw it again.

What was full was Pirate’s clothes, his CAST and Professor’s knees. I swooped up Pirate to take off his sopping wet clothes upstairs near the hair dryer. As I’m pulling off his clothes, his cast is starting to peel up in strips. AHH! Luckily I watched the doctor do his cast twice. I started smoothing it down so that the edges were sticking to the part that wasn’t wet. It was working!

It was then I noticed that his diaper was wet on the outside and was holding water next to the cast. So I rip that off him and grabbed the hair dryer. I plopped him on my lap, set the dryer to the cool setting, and tried to dry off/fix the cast. He was not happy with me, or with the hair dryer.

He voiced his displeasure not only by crying but by pooping all over my lap. At least he missed his cast. I put him on the floor and try to clean him up one handed because I’m still drying his cast. Butterfly comes in. She is telling me something about Professor and his Mother. Oh yeah. That’s me. I finally had to switch off the hair dryer to hear what she is saying. “Professor is trying to get to his Mooothaaar!”

I leave Pirate screaming on the bathroom floor (because I left!) and went downstairs to investigate what Professor is doing. (All still with poop all over my lap because I haven’t gotten to me yet.) I didn’t have to go very far down the stairs to discover Professor about 4 steps up and climbing. So I grab him. He proceeds to bite my shoulder (his reminder to me that I am food and therefore must fill his belly), burp, and spit up all down my shirt. Great. Poop on pants. Spit up on shirt.

Butterfly starts coughing like she is going to throw up (she has a sensitive gag reflex apparently. I do not. Apparently.) and Pirate is dragging himself naked (except for the cast) down the hall to me. By now I feel that it’s in my best interest to change my clothes so I herd everyone into my room.

My shirt starts to feel wet. I thought at first my milk had let down but no, Professor is soaked more than I thought from the dog bowl. I decide to put clothes on him and change his diaper. He’s all set but unhappy that I am not feeding him. I decide to dress Pirate while I’m at the changing table. Professor is hanging off of me screaming. Butterfly is jumping up and down yelling, “Look at me! Look at me!” Pirate is screaming on the changing table. I look and feel like a frazzled mess.

But his cast is okay! Yay for hair dryers!

New clothes for me and we are all clean. Whew. Not the way I wanted to spend an hour of my afternoon but at least it wasn’t too terrible. Oh, I put the dog’s mat outside to dry and Juice brought it in with icicles hanging off one side. At least it was no longer dripping water.

Only 6 more days till the cast comes off!

Safire

Sunday Pictures, take 4 Cast Edition

Everyone,

These are the pictures the office manager took at the doctor’s office when they had to fix Pirate’s cast.
That’s Juice’s head you see, along with a nurse and Doc B. And of course, poor little Pirate. Only 14 more days till the cast comes off!

Safire

PS- For more information on the cast, go here.

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