I will be a Mommy of Multiples. That means More than One Baby Born at the Same Time. I guess that technically, I am currently a Mommy of Multiples, however that is when they will make their appearence OUTSIDE of my womb.
I received the call this morning from the hospital that the c-section is scheduled for July 31 at 10 in the morning. I have to be there at 8. Good lord, they want me there early!
Honestly, based on my personal history, I really DO think I will still be pregnant that morning. The doc seems to think otherwise. So does Jason's family. I just point out that EVERY child that I have birthed has been LATE (it's a family thing obviously, my dad or brother can't tell time either) and the last four had to be kicked out! This time, the doc is going in after them! :-D
My mom is requesting the day off of work. She wants to be there, though I'm not sure WHY. It seems out of character for her. I won't tell her no. I don't know if Jason's family will come up for the day and hang out at our house and then come up to the hospital before heading south or what. James and Jayden will either be going to Linda's around week 34 (the 1st week of July) or I'll have them go around week 37 (the 3rd week of July). That way they aren't there TOO long. Week 34 will only happen if it actually looks like my body is attempting to kick the babies out on it's own before the scheduled date.
The c-section will be how the babies great the world, no matter if I go in to labor on my own (and I am still sitting here chuckling behind my hand at that notion) or it happens on schedule. Would anyone like to take bets as to whether these babies are going to stay "stuck" in until forced out or not? What would make them so different from their older sibs?
I have had some people say "Oh, they'll be BIG and that will make your body want to go in to labor". Um, I had a 10 pound baby, vaginally. It took TWO WHOLE DAYS to get him to come out. Pitocin for TWO WHOLE DAYS. And cytotec at the night of the first day, and being sent home for a day in the middle as well. He didn't want to budge. There was so much fluid that when the midwife broke my water, it came out for FIVE WHOLE MINUTES. I am not exaggerating. Trust me, this uterus is like Fort Knox. Once it's got a hold of what it is supposed to, it keeps holding on until forced to let go. Not to mention the whole "unfavorable cervix" that I have as well.
I digress, but don't I always? So the next 9 weeks will be a flurry of activity with moments of sitting here wondering what the hell is going to happen next.
We are still at the point of "almost done" with the office. Jason brought all the boxes downstairs today. He got tired of them being on the dining room table, which is where he had piled them when he was doing the majority of the painting of the room. I'm not too hard pressed to go through them right now. It will be a slow process once the babies have arrived.
I'm slowly working on getting the kids clothes reorganized. I had them completely clean out their dressers yesterday. Only to find out that they basically had nothing that fit them any more. At least nothing currently in their dressers. Their stuff is either in the dirty clothes, or doesn't exist. I went to a consignment shop and got the three younger ones about 3 outfits (shirt and shorts) a piece. I've also been doing some eBay shopping. And working ChaCha to get the money to help pay for that! Why does it seem that they always outgrow their clothes all at the same time? Couldn't they stagger it just a bit so it'd be a little friendlier on the pocket book instead of the all out onslaught all at once? I bought a couple pair of capris for Katy on eBay, and I'll pick up a couple of t-shirts. Otherwise, the majority of her purchases will have to wait until she is here. It's too hard to know what will actually fit her and what won't.
All of the clothes that no longer fit need to be cleaned, if they aren't, folded, sorted, and stored. I'm trying to organize as I store them, so that as the kids go up in size, I'll be able to look at the 30 gallon plastic tubs and read "Boys size 3T" or "Big girls size 10/12, 14/16, juniors size 1,3, S, M". It will certainly make finding the bigger size easier. James and Katy will continue to get "new" (which could mean honestly new from the store, or gently used from eBay and consignment shops) because they are the oldest of each sex. With pre-treating, bleach baths, and good storage, the clothes will easily last through 2 more kids. Being home schooled certainly has it's advantages there, little to no peer pressure to have the new and latest things! Once the twins are done with the stuff, I'll list it on eBay, take it to consignment, or find others to give it away to.
Once the clothes are clean, sorted, folded, and organized in tubs, those tubs will go to the basement. We need to start getting used to having things go down there for storage so that we can slowly clean out the storage room upstairs so that WHEN James needs it as a bedroom, it will be available. I actually need to go through there in the next few days (while it's reasonably cool outside) and pull out clothes (yes MORE). I'm rather certain I have things in there that will fit Jayden now (left over from Katy) and quite possibly have some stuff left over from James. I used to give all of James' clothes to my nephew Allen. I stopped that when both boys ended up in the same size at the same time. I'm not sure why I stopped sending along Jayden's clothes to Jessi, but it was at around size 4. So until then, Abbey will be getting new clothes of her own.
Thankfully, the twins will be fully clothed for the first 3-4 months of their lives. I have a few newborn size outfits, and plenty of 0-3, 3-6, and 6-9 month stuff. The 3-6 stuff is late summer (which can still be pretty warm here) and early fall clothes and the 6-9 is definately more for late fall and winter use.
I guess the only things we really need to be ready when they come home are the boucy seats and a Boppy Pillow, that is aside from stocking up on diapers, wipes, bottles, and liners. We even have a HUGE bottle of laundry soap, and I know I have a box of unscented dryer sheets upstairs in the storage room. I wasn't planning on getting a Boppy Pillow, but I decided that it would earn it's keep and be rather handy while trying to feed both babies at the same time.
I do have more pics to post. I still haven't gotten the ones up from Easter. We went to my mom's for Memorial Day and we have pics of the kids playing there. I also have some from playing outside in the sprinkler yesterday. Of coarse it started raining shortly after we put it out. I knew that rain was in the forecast, I just didn't realize that all it took was the sprinkler to bring it on! If I had known that, I would have done it earlier in the because it was HUMID. It's still too early in the season to put in the a/c units. The nights are staying too cool for it. I'm thinking the last week of June/first week of July Jason will be bringing those up from the basement.
We are still trying to figure out what to do about the windows upstairs. I need to find some bars for the windows, affordable ones. Izzy loves to push the screens out so he can then throw anything he can get his hands on out the window as well. Obviously, that is NOT OK. There is a serious risk of him falling out of the window. I'd like to get 2 smaller a/c units and put them downstairs and take one of our bigger ones and put it upstairs. That would eliminate the need to have the windows open, but only while it was HOT out. For times like this, I don't know. Izzy pushes the screens out downstairs too. It looks like the toy boxes puked out of our windows and front door. We are at a loss as to how to keep him from partaking in this VERY annoying habit. I had one person suggest taking his toys away. That doesn't work! He throws out whatever is closest. If the hole isn't big enough, he makes it BIGGER so what he has will fit! Unfortunately, locking him in the closet or covering him with duct tape is not a viable option. :-P
Well, I suppose that is all for now. I'm going to try to sleep on the couch tonight. I just have not been able to comfortable in bed. Jason makes a great pillow, but he keeps moving around, which I understand. Propping myself up on blankets and pillows only does so much to help. I end up waking up every couple of hours and then taking a while to fall back asleep. It is annoying to say the least.
Prayers and blessings everyone. I hopw that your week is uneventful!