Thursday, April 16, 2009

Three-Year-Old's Guide to Staging a Home

We've relaxed right into routine of feeding, changing diapers, sleeping, changing diapers, and changing more diapers. We were going through about a 100 diapers a week. Just as we were getting comfortable with everything Blake and I started feeling the impression it was time to sell our house. Why not? Let's add that to the diaper changing list.
Full speed ahead. We got things going. We called a realtor to get some info. After some discussion and prayer we decided to do for sale by owner and wait a month to sign with a realtor. The neighbors were shocked to see our little sign. Blake took some pictures and posted our home on KSL. I went to wallpapering the basement. (Talk about juggling). We started getting calls immediately and not even 2 weeks later an offer. Another miracle. Blake and I planned on selling in the near future. If it were up to us we'd still be talking about it. I'm so glad Heavenly Father is taking care of us and nudges us forward. If we had waited any longer I'm sure we would have missed our opportunity.

In these 2 weeks of craziness, Izaak, decided to be an almost, 3 year old. The twins have been a piece of cake in comparison. When t
rying to sell a house I have a few pointers...

1st make sure your maple syrup is locked up tight, otherwise a 3 year old will pour it all over your floor. It is very hard to clean out of carpet

2nd handsoap is also pourable in a 3 year old hands. It will make bathroom carpet smell better, but suds just keep coming.

3rd even if you take your 3 year old to grandmas house and your own house stays clean; warn grandma to lock up the vaseline, mentholatum, and toothpaste. Vaseline and mentholotum don't make a very pretty wall art and definitely don't take stains out of couch cushions! And aquafresh toothpaste is not made to soften carpet fibers. Izaak also discovered that at grandma's house salt is not only for flavoring food. All you have to do with salt is make salt piles every foot or so throughout grandma's and grandpa's house. A five pound box of salt makes this all possible.

4th flourescent lights do not make good drumsticks! Need I say more. Glass every where!

And 5th if you think there is nothing else your 3 year old can possibly make a mess with, think a-gain! Especially if this little mastermind has a cousin about the same age, it is a disaster. Make sure you have a steam vac for this one. Dry wall mud takes a long time to clean off of drums, treadmills, safes,radios, and carpets. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Yes, Izaak is still breathing.

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

We are loving our crazy busy lives! Where to begin? The last couple of months are a blur. So I guess I'll start with the labor ......( Hold on tight I can talk :)

Thursday night, about 10 pm ,before the girls birth I noticed I was having regular braxton contractions, not painful at all, but regular. They timed about 20 minutes apart. By
4 am I was timing the contractions to be 8 minutes apart. I decided to call the hospital to ask if I should come in. They responded that with the contractions being 8 minutes apart there was no rush. Then I told them I was having twins and at 38 1/2 weeks and scheduled for c-section --" Oh, wow, yeah come on in!" They seemed surprised I was still holding the twins in. ( They obviously don't know me very well:)

My sweet mom came over to stay with Izaak at 4 in the morning. Thanks mom your so great! Blake and I were off.

We were so excited! We were hoping they wouldn'tsend us home because I wasn't feeling any pain and wondered if we were getting to excited. Lucky for us they checked me and found I was already dilated to a 5. Any longer the pain would have started. I sure didn't want to go through hard labor and then a c-section. Dr. Craig Hurst was called and we were scheduled for surgery at 9 am.

They wheeled me in to the operating room and prepped for the epidural. I guess I must have gotten really nervous about being cut open or something because all the sudden I got the most excrutiating head ache and I started to black out. They had to lay me down and let me catch my breath and get the blood flowing again. The epidural kicked in quickly, it's always a weird feeling.

Dr. Hurst arrived and looked at me and said "Somebody mess up her make-up or something. Everything has gone so perfectly for her."

The c-section was the craziest feeling. I could feel the pressure and pulling and the next thing I knew Zoey was born and seriously not even a second later Vandi was born. Both as cute as can be, I might add. Zoey weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. and 18 1/2 inches and Vandi weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 18 inches. Two beautiful little miracles. A baby coming into the world is always an emotional moment. We were blessed with two emotional moments.

They really are little miracles. The whole pregnancy not to mention before they were even born. That is a whole other story. I will write about that a little later.

The hospital stay was a good experience. The nurses were all great. My recovery was quick. After only 2 weeks my doctor said no restrictions.

Our families, friends, ward and neighbors are the greatest! We have been so blessed with so many friends and guardian angels. We want to thank every one for all your love and support.

The first 2 weeks were sleepless, needless to say. The first week after we arrived home Blake and I together totaled maybe 10 hours of sleep. The only way we could sleep was if we each held a baby and layed on the couch. I have to say the sleep we did get was very restless. We wouldn't change a thing. The memories are so precious.