2014 Reading Summary

About this time last year I wrote out a reading list for myself for 2014, partly to help me remember what I wanted to read and partly to hold me accountable so I would hopefully read something.

Of the books on my list, I read The Help, The Fault in Our Stars, and Hide and Seek. I started but never finished Orthodoxy, Learning All The Time, and Cutting for Stone.

While not in my reading list, I also read the following books in 2014: The Dirty Life by Kirstin Kimball , Wild by Cheryl Strayed, the first four books in The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison, the Kelly Flynn series by Maggie Stefton (with the exception of the twelfth book), Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, and some other books I’m just not remembering right now. I really need to start using my Goodreads account!

I really enjoyed The Help, Hide and Seek, and The Dirty Life and would recommend them to anyone. I’d like to finish reading Learning All the Time and Cutting for Stone this year…hopefully I get to it!

What was your favorite read of 2014?

One Model?

Initially after the girls were born there was speculation as to whether they were fraternal or identical (during the ultrasounds they were about 98% certain they were fraternal). The OBs that delivered them were actually uncertain as to which they were (the placenta was sent out for testing and we later got confirmation they are indeed fraternal).

Suffice it to say, in those first couple weeks we had trouble telling the girls apart. I recently pulled up some baby pictures of Monster and it looks like we just make babies that look a lot alike (put another way – we only make one model, haha)!

What do you think (if you can ignore the fact that Monster had way more hair than the girls)? Monster has my eye shape and the girls have Handyman Husband’s eye shape – but aside from that I think they look pretty similar!

Throwback to 2011 - baby  Monster!

Throwback to 2011 – baby Monster!

Miss A

Miss A

Miss J

Miss J

Two Months

These lovely ladies are two months old now! They’ve been neck in neck in the weight gain/height race all along. This month Miss J was slightly bigger than her sister, but they were so close you could pretty much call them even. It’s surprising how similar they’ve stayed in size, although I guess that is to be expected!

Monster continues to love on his sisters and he keeps asking when he can hold them while he’s standing up (which will probably be never). They in turn love watching him – they always have a smile for big brother and if they hear him they always look in the direction his voice is coming from.

The next milestone we wait for is rolling over. Imagine that will be another month or so out, but it will be fun to see which sister gets there first! 🙂

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(l-r: Miss A and Miss J)
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Seriously Mom – enough with the pictures already!

Life With Three

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Where do I even start in trying to describe life right now? Perhaps with a short story? Once upon a time my parents had neighbors with four children whose birth order was girl, twin boys, and another boy. Their youngest boy was about 6 months or a year older than Monster. Monster and this boy had very similar personalities or characteristics, if you will, as babies. They used to joke that if they’d had their youngest first they wouldn’t have had anymore. And remember – they had twins before him! Unfortunately these neighbors moved away when Monster was about six months old – they moved to another state for work and my parents didn’t stay I touch with them. I find myself thinking of them frequently these days though because I think we’d relate well.

Anyway – what was the point of that story? It’s that Monster was really good prep for having twins. Which sounds crazy and I don’t expect many people (except for the couple In the story above) to believe me when I say that – but it’s the truth, none the less.

The hardest part of each day is trying to keep Monster occupied without letting him rot
his brain on TV all day. He’s a very active boy and the weather has been horrible lately which means we’ve been spending lots of time indoors. Which is driving us both crazy – I find myself yearning for spring already. Not a good sign since December has only just begun!

The majority of my days are spent nursing one or both of the girls. It feels like I am almost always nursing. I think my buttock is going to wear a permanent indent into the couch! I remember now how I managed to watch so many shows when Monster was a baby. This time around I’m watching considerably less television, but it’s still a lot. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime!

And if I’m not nursing it’s likely that I’m changing diapers. Boy do these ladies go through them! At this point with Monster I was starting the transition to cloth diapers but I’m not ready to take that particular task on yet this time around. Hopefully after the holidays i’ll find the courage to try. I feel guilty about the huge mother load of increased garbage we are currently adding to our ecosystem right now by using disposables. At the same time I also feel a huge sense of relief at NOT needing to wash diapers everyday.

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The most common question I get from everyone is about sleep. These little ladies sleep pretty well – they each wake up a couple times a night to nurse but they typically fall back to sleep. Once or twice a week one of them (sometimes both) will wake up and stay awake for an hour or two. But until very recently that’s about how well Monster slept – so there hasn’t been too much change in the sleep department.

Like their brother these girls prefer to be held while they sleep. If I’m lucky I’m able to put them both down for an hour or so each day. The past week though they’ve been having none of it, which has been rough. On the bright side my arms are getting quite tone. 🙂

That about sums up life right now. Any bets on how long until Monster and I take up mall walking with the girls to survive the winter?