Thursday, June 24, 2010
Throwing up and fever I can handle, but for each of them, it led to congestion, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc. Now that stuff, I HATE! It is so stressful to hear your child coughing all night and gasping for air.
It turns out they all have croup and are on oral steroids, which are making them CRAZY. Will is more aggressive than usual. He beats the crap out of his sisters, which has resulted in some backlash from them. Abby bit him on the cheek when she got sick and tired of the abuse. Marie just gets upset from the steroids. She stands in the middle of the family room, stomps her feet, and cries. My poor, little Bear. Abby just started today so we are yet to see the effects the meds will have on her. God, help us all!
I am so tired. I haven't slept in about a week...between watching babies to make sure they are breathing, changing sheets, listening to coughs, comforting upset children, etc., I think I have averaged about 3 or 4 hours per night since last Thursday. This reminds me of the good ole days of newborn triplets.
BTW-Marie broke my camera a couple of weeks ago. We ordered a new one last week, and I'm still waiting on it. That's why my picture posts are limited. I'm hoping to get you some new pictures next week.
Monday, June 21, 2010
We passed over the Chattahoochee, and there was some construction on one side of the street. They all pointed at the river and said, "agua." Then, they turned their heads and saw the trucks, and started yelling "trucks." As we drove away they said, "Adios, agua. Adios, trucks." Then, they asked me for "mas trucks." I told them we would see more as we got closer to Papa's house (I explained it in Spanish), and Will said, "Papa home." It's a bit of Spanglish, but they are getting it.
I can ask them to do anything in Spanish, and they do it. Billy can make the exact same request in English, and he'll get the same response. I'll ask, "Como dice el gato?, " and I'll hear a chorus of "meows." Billy will ask, "What does a cat say?," and he will hear the same noises. They know it both ways. It really is amazing!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
When I went downstairs, I discovered that I had forgotten to put the 2 lbs of chicken I breaded and cooked for them in the fridge the night before. Great. All that time, effort, and money down the toilet. I had to throw it all away. Ugh.
I changed Will’s nasty poop, and he joined me, Abby, Billy, and Winnie in bed. By then, I slept about 15 minutes, and I had to get up to shower. Perfect. Abby and Will stayed fast asleep while I showered and got dressed. When I was ready to go downstairs, Abby woke up and came down with me.
I heard Marie crying around so I headed up to grab her. The smell of poop hit me as soon as I walked in, and I figured the pooping must have woken her up. I bring her downstairs to change her diaper and notice brown on her shirt. Yes, it’s poop, but it gets better. I look at her hands---crusty poop everywhere!! UGH! Remember, she’s thumb sucker, which means she had poopy hands in her mouth. Disgusting.
I don’t know why she has this obsession with putting her hands in her diaper and then sucking her thumb right after, but she seems to think it’s hilarious. I’ve tried ignoring her, scolding her, putting her in time out, but it doesn’t faze her. Hand in diaper + hand in mouth = Super funny to her. She looks right at me when she does it and smiles. I don't think I would be smiling if I put a hand thumb full of poop in my mouth.
I got her diaper and clothes changed and hands washed, and then, I went up to inspect her crib. Poop was on the sheets, her blanket, her pillow case. Gross. This keeps getting better.
I put that all in the washing machine on the hot/sanitary cycle, and I thought it was over, but when I went to give her a kiss, she still smelled like poop. That’s when I discovered she had crusty poop all in her hair. YUCK!!! I had to leave for jury duty at that point, so I just had to ask Michele to please wash her hair when she sat the others down for breakfast. When I talked to Billy later, I asked how the kids were after I left, and he said, “Fine, but Marie smelled like s&8+.”
This whole episode was incredibly timely because at work, we had been talking about "fecal-oral transmission" of diseases, and some people had been questioning how kids get poop in their mouths. Marie is now the poster child for fecal-oral disease transmission. I'm such a proud mom! My child can demonstrate worst practices in the public health field.
Just another morning in the Zeigler house. Good times. But wait, there's more. The evening just capped off a perfect day.
Michele (nanny) texted me late in the afternoon to inform me that Will had been feverish. She gave him some tylenol (not name brand, I know about the recall), and he seemed to be okay. I came home, hung out for a while with them, and I left Billy to put them to sleep because I was having dinner with some friends. When I came home, Will was on the couch with Billy, and he was burning up. I gave him more medicine and snuggled for a while. He asked for some cold juice, and I gave him a few ounces. After chugging that he proceeded to puke all over me, himself, and the couch, which we just had steam cleaned a couple of weeks ago. Awesome.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Abby has an ET neck here.
Marie is really into accessories.
Will is a super cool dude. These pictures were on the way to a first bday party for twins we know. They had a great time partying!!
Abby and Marie spent Friday night marmie's doing girlie stuff, like hugging. Will was our one and only to enjoy for the evening, and we took him out for Mexican with friends for another bday and Italian ice. He had lots of fun being spoiled, but he did ask for Abby-g and Marie a lot. So funny how they know when a part of their pack missing.
We had a shower for Alice, and the girls joined me to celebrate. Will and Billy had boy time. Alice's baby will be arriving august 9th!!! So exciting.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Marmie's house is also pretty easygoing.
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Marie rode down to the beach with Marmie and Pop-pop. That helped us out because with only 2 car seats in the back, I could sit back there and help keep the kids entertained. Anyway, when they arrived in Florida, the grandparents took Marie to the grocery store, and I guess she was hungry because here she is munching on an apple with one hand and the other hand is in the bag of goldfish.
We spent most of our days by the ocean and in the pool. We had a wonderful first floor unit, and our little patio area opened right out to the pool. The kids would look out everyday and scream, "agua." They wanted to be out there all the time.
Marie hated the sand. She would not put her feet down in it. Whenever we tried to put her down, she would lift her feet and say, "no." The first two days, she would only sit on my lap on a blanket in the sand, and she played strictly with water-no sand. By the third day, Billy convinced her to sit on the blanket by herself. She never stood in the sand on her own. Maybe next year.
Abby had sand caked in all her private places within minutes of hitting the beach everyday. She loved it. They all really liked to play with buckets of water, which kept Dada, Pop-pop, and Papa very busy--a lot of running back and forth to the ocean to fill up buckets.
Besides beach time, we did some extracurricular activities. Papa wanted to take the kids to "The Track" in Destin. They had a bunch of kiddie rides that the little ones enjoyed, and Rose was able to do some of the bigger kid stuff.
Marmie took this picture one night as she was getting ready for dinner. The kids gathered to watch her get ready in the bathroom doorway. I didn't know Marmie curling her hair could be this entertaining!
On our way home, we stopped at Petsmart to let them play. It was raining so a rest-stop wouldn't work. They ran around and looked at all the animals and practiced their animal noises.
Here they are with the guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, etc. Gross!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Here is a sneak peak at some pictures. I'll give a full recap with more pictures later - when I'm at my computer. Typing on my phone is too time consuming.
Will is fed up with the girls asking him for more veggie chips!
Dada and will off to fill their buckets with agua.
Marie wanting another Popsicle-after having 2. Sugar high!!
Abby, my sand princess-she loved playing in it. Marie would not touch the stuff or stand on it.
More to come!!!
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