Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two pant sizes too big

Yes, that's right!  We went shopping for pants yesterday and as I'm trying on the size that I wore before I got pregnant, they were so big I could pull them off without undoing them.  Then I tried on one size down and they made me look like I had a saggy bum.  Then I tried on the next size down and was pleasantly surprised to see that they fit perfectly.  Oh happy day!  I was so excited to see some actual results.  I've been wearing my maternity pants and they were just getting too big.  Thanks to a friend so kindly telling me my pants were falling down, I decided it was time to get some pants that fit.  Yea for nursing twins!!!  It's a great way to lose weight without even doing anything!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

All right All right

I tried something different with her hair, but you can't really see it.  It was cute!  She's such a cheeser!

My Alex.  He's such a chunk!  He's my smiley guy!

My little Aidan.  He will give me a smile every once in a while, but is still more serious.

I know it's been a while.  Again.  I just feel like I have no time to just sit down and blog.  But this is for mine and Ben's families.  Our family is doing good.  We're FINALLY adjusting to real life and it's actually been and okay transition.  Lilli is doing awesome with going potty in the potty.  I'm doing good with taking care of 3 kids by myself during the day (and at night).  Ben is continuing to do awesome at work, so I guess all in all, we're doing awesome.  I have to say that Lilli has been a good girl and let's me feed the babies without getting into too many things.  She listens better and I know that's due to an actual punishment when she does something wrong instead of just threatening.  We've definitely had to learn things as time passes, what works and what doesn't.  

Ben is leaving during the summer.  We're not sure where, or when, but he's leaving.  It's either for a month, or 2 months.  We find out next month.  He's also getting promoted to Staff Sergeant come the first of March.  We're pretty excited about that.  We're also changing career fields, if we can.  Kind of, but not really.  He'll still be doing what he does now, only in an airplane.  And he'll be gone a lot more.  I'm okay with it BECAUSE if we're staying in the Air Force, he'll have to be deployed at some point, and quite often anyway.  It's still going to be hard, but we've prayed about it and we both feel this is what we need to do.  It will take us to Offut AFB in Omaha, NE,  most likely.  Ben has some family there so that will be nice and we both feel like that's where we need to be.  Then, hopefully, going air borne will allow us to go overseas.  We're hoping to change to "air" here within the year.

Lilli is so funny.  She amazes me all the time.  She's so smart.  Last week, she got into something she wasn't supposed so I yelled at her.  She looks at me with big ole tears in her eyes and says, "Sometimes you make me sad. "  What do I say to that?  It was hilarious.  AND THEN, she was whining about something and I looked at her to get her to stop and she says, "Mom, just let me cry!"  Oh my goodness!  I had to turn around so she wouldn't see me, it was so funny!  I love that girl!  

Alex weighed in at a little over 9.5 lbs at his appointment last week.  What a chunk!  I put a onesie on him that 0-3 months and could barely get it over his big noggin.  Then when I finally got it on, it was skin tight.  It was so cute!  He's a cuddler.  He nuzzles his little nose in my neck.  I love it!  He smiles all the time.  And he works his magic.  He'll be crying in his swing, so I'll go to pick him up.  As soon as I pick him up, he gives a little smirk like he knows he just worked me.  I'm a sucker for his chunkiness!  

Aidan weighed in at a little over 8.5 lbs at the doctors.  He's not as big as Alex, but still just as cute.  He's just started smiling now and I love it.  He's still more serious, but Ben was like that when he was a baby.  He has this whining thing down.  It's so funny, sometimes.  He still feels so little to me and I love it!  He makes a lot of noises when he sleeps.  He's always groaning or something.  Both babies are so fascinated with Ben.  They'll stare at him for hours.  They're probably sick of looking at me.  Every 2 hours, at least.

I'm doing good.  Yesterday and the day before that were a little rough, but I'm doing good over all.  I have a good husband who gives me breaks and helps me out when he can.  We've all been sick.  First Lilli, then Ben, then the boys, and then me.  I was so sick 2 days ago with a migraine, chills, and little fever.  It really sucked, plus I had the babies and Lilli to take care of.  Ben had to sleep at some point.  I was definitely in survival mode that day.  Because of that, my milk supply has been really low.  It sucks because I'm drinking so much, I swear I constantly have a water jug in my face.  Hopefully it will come back soon.  I was proud of myself yesterday.  I cleaned the house (it was a disaster after 4 weeks of being sick) finally, PLUS I gave 3 kids baths all by myself.  I really felt a sense of accomplishment.  I know it's probably silly, but not to me.  I really felt good, especially coming from being deathly ill the day before.  Okay, not deathly, but pretty sick.  I'm hanging in there.  I love my little family.  They bring such joy into my life.  and they love me no matter what!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Langley AFB

The boys in their make-shift crib.

About 4 weeks ago, Ben had won "Airman of the year" for his squadron (out of over 300 airman).  We were pretty proud of him!  His squadron had a luncheon and an awards ceremony where he got a cool trophy.  Well, about 2 weeks ago, Ben was informed by the commander that he not only won for his squadron, but he won for his group and was now up for "Airman of the Year" for the wing.  The Wing was paying for Ben's way up to Langley AFB (in Virginia) to attend the banquet.  So... last Wednesday, Ben and I and the babies made the looong trip up there.  Our good friends, the Winns, were nice enough to watch Lilli for the 3 1/2 days we were gone.  I know... they are totally awesome!!!  Anyway, we got there late Wednesday night (about 9pm).  They put us up in the Marriott.  Thursday, Ben was able to take a tour of Langley and meet with the wing commander there.  He said it was pretty cool.  I just vegged in the motel room.  Then, we got all dressed up, took the babies to a friends house, and went to the medal ceremony.  All the nominees got a really cool medal.  Then they had a "social hour."  I hate social hour.  Most of you know I'm pretty shy at first and, when you don't know anybody it's a little awkward.  But we got through it and were able to take pictures.  We had a nice dinner then some entertainment.  It was kind of crazy to see these colonels and such letting their hair down and jammin' out, just being crazy.  The guest speaker was a 2 star general.  His talk was pretty cool.  He's done a lot and told a lot of stories about what Ben does and how it effects those soldiers actually over there.  Ben really is saving our soldiers' lives (not just Ben, OBVIOUSLY).  Then they had the awards.  Ben didn't win, but his commander and all his superiors that went, were all really proud of him.  It really was a big deal and I'm very proud of Ben and all that he has accomplished.  I know that he works hard to take care of his family and he's doing a dang good job of it!  Great job honey!

P.S. He looks so stinkin' hot in his uniform!  Honestly, I don't think there's anything sexier!

I want my mommy!

As most of you know, my mom was able to come here to Georgia and stay with us for 3 weeks.  When I first had the boys, we got in to a routine and I thought, "Okay.  I CAN do this."  And then my mom came.  It was so nice to have someone here 24 hours a day to take care of the boys, help clean, play with Lilli (or keep her entertained), letting Ben and I go on a much needed date night (TWICE), taking one screaming baby while I have the other, or sometimes taking both crying babies while I slept, helping with the cooking, getting up with Lilli at 4 in the a.m. and snuggling with her, etc.  I could go on and on about all the ways she helped and the things she did.  3 weeks is a long time to get used to the totally awesome help.  And now that its gone, or rather, now that she's gone, it's been really hard adjusting to "real life."  It definitely makes me wish we lived closer to family.  My mom hasn't even been gone a week and I feel like I can't do this.  Now before you go feeling sorry for me, I do have a wonderful husband who helps any way he can.  AND I have wonderful friends who are more than willing to help.  Ben has the next week off so that SHOULD give me enough time to adjust.  Even though I'm sad, devastated, distraught, scared, etc that my mom left, I'm so glad she CAME.  And even though I'm not a first-time mom there were still things my mom still taught me while she was here. What a great mom I have!   Oh and I should give a shout-out to my dad and Kennan and McKenzie (my youngest siblings) for letting her come.  I know it was hard not having her there and we really appreciate it!