Whirlwind of a Week

Whirlwind of a Week

I feel like so much has happened since my last update!  I’m not sure where to start or where to focus.  I guess I’ll start at ‘step 1′.  That seems like a logical place.

Jaren had his first day of school this last week.  I can’t believe my baby is in Second Grade already!  I’m sure every mother feels that way when her kids start school.  His father texted me a picture of him on his first day, and boy, does he look so grown up!  With his hair neatly parted on the side, and that big ole backpack, it’s hard to imagine back when he was so small that he could fit in your arms.  I do wish he was with me for his first day of school, but either way, I am so proud of him!  Way to go, Jaren!

Rhonin also had a rather eventful week.  Though, not all of it was good!  He woke up one night, clutching his ears and crying hysterically “Owie!”  Having been through this before, I could see the classic signs of another ear infection.  After trying to calm him down, unsuccessfully, Mike had the brilliant idea of walking him around upright to relieve the pressure in his ear.  So there they were, talking a small walk around the apartment complex at midnight.  They came back and Rhonin was calm and collected.  We proceeded to all sit on the couch and rest.  Upright, of course.  I believe I fell asleep, but Mike was watching over us the entire time.  After some Benzocaine ear drops, Rhonin was able to get some sleep.  I took him to the doctor’s office the next day, and he was being so adorable.  The doctor came in and said, “Oh, Rhonin!  Why are you here today?”  He replied, “I have owie in my ear!  My doctor fix my ear so it no hurt when I lay on Mommy’s bed.”  I don’t think I could have said it better myself!  The doctor’s conclusion (and I quote): “Oh look!  A raging ear infection!”  So Rhonin is currently on “pink medicine” again.  He’s such a trooper!

Also, Mike and I went to our first Air Show!  We had a blast, but learned a few very valuable lessons.  (These are things that will come in handy the next time the Air Show is going on and we can bring the boys.)  First Lesson: Sunscreen.  Mike and I both were lobsters by the end of the day.  He wasn’t as bad because he did put some on, but seemed to miss a couple spots.  My face and arms were red!  The other lessons included bringing lawn chairs, water bottles, and hats to wear.  I still believe the First Lesson is the most important.

We got some nice pictures of the helicopters and airplanes they brought in for display.  I think Jaren and Rhonin would have really enjoyed it!  They would have had fun climbing in and out of the cockpit of the jet fighter planes, or sitting in a helicopter.  And the stunt pilots were great!  They were pretty awesome, doing flips and twists in the air.  The boys could have gotten a kick out of it.  Since they weren’t able to come, we did get them little die cast models of the Blue Angels.  I hope they like them.  Next year, I’m going to try my hardest to get them to come along, too.

And the last event for the week was the start of classes at Sonoma State University.  My first day of school was stressful, as I still have a lot of pain when walking.  So walking around campus was difficult.  But I am excited for my classes!  I am extremely nervous about the twin’s birth and finishing my classes, but it seems all my teachers are willing to work with me on any absences.  I really need to make sure I stay on top of my work and reading.  That way, if I have to miss any class, I will be maintaining the pace of the class as a whole.  So here’s to hoping for a smooth semester.  And who knows?  Maybe the twins will make their appearance during Thanksgiving, when we don’t have any class!  With babies, you never know!  I suppose it doesn’t really matter, though.  Everything will work out!

Learning my Lesson

Learning my Lesson

This last Saturday was Rhonin’s second swim lesson.  We had a fun, eventful day planned.  And while we got ‘eventful’, it wasn’t quite what we had planned!

We lost track of the time and ended up running late to his swim lesson.  Since I wanted to give him as much time in the pool as possible, we rushed over to the club.  I dressed in my swimsuit for the “Parent-Tot” class, with some jeans and rubber flip flops.  I was dressed and ready to go!  We got to the club, and I wasn’t really sure which parking lot to park in.  I just instructed Mike to park in the upper level.  No idea why!  We parked, and I quickly collected Rhonin and began to walk towards the pool while carrying him.  There were about 6 or 7 concrete steps leading from one parking lot to the other.  I started down them and got about halfway when my foot slipped in my shoe.  I felt it twist and began to fall.

“Oh snap!  Oh God, please don’t let Rhonin get hurt!” was the thought that went through my mind.  I turned to my right a little to avoid falling forward with him and fell to the ground.  My right elbow and left hand took the impact.  Of course, Mike and Jaren rushed over to see if Rhonin and I were okay.  Rhonin had landed while still in my arms, so he was completely fine.  He didn’t have a scratch on him.  My elbow and ankle didn’t quite have such good luck.  I limped to the pool and Rhonin had his swim lesson.

On Sunday, my ankle still was extremely tender, so I opted to head to the ER.  I normally wouldn’t, but I was worried that maybe I had broken a bone in my foot.  After some quick X-rays, it was determined that I didn’t fracture any bones, but I had a bone contusion.  (Bone bruise where the bone tissue is damaged, but there is no clear defined break.)  I was told bone contusions can take as long as a fracture to heal and are about as painful.  Great!  I was sent home with instruction to rest, use ice and compression, and elevate my foot.  They didn’t use an ultrasound to check on the twins because I had fallen backwards and had not had any pain or bleeding.  I could also feel them moving around a bit, too.  I would like to get them checked on soon, though.  Just to ease my mind a little.

I woke up Monday morning with about ten times as much pain as the day before.  After getting the boys ready for school and “grandma’s house”, Mike helped get me to work, since I can’t drive at the moment.  I went back to Urgent Care since I was unable to walk.  They seemed a bit shocked that the ER didn’t give me a splint and crutches.  “You shouldn’t be walking on that at all!”  After a new splint and a nice shiney pair of crutches, I am feeling much, much better!

As for Rhonin’s swimming lesson, he did so well!  He wasn’t too into listening to the instructor, though.  He noticed the other girl in the class blowing bubbled underwater and decided to try it.  I wanted to make sure he understood that he had to take a breath and hold it before dunking his face underwater.  (Worry much, Mommy?)  I just didn’t want him to get water in his nose!  After the teacher ended the class, we packed up and headed out to get Frozen Yogurt, which was Mom’s best idea of the day!

And Jaren was able to stay over an extra night!  We dropped him off at his grandparent’s house this morning.  I felt bad because he wanted to see Rhonin’s school, but due to a time crunch, we had to drop him off first.  I told him next time he’s over, we can go see Rhonin’s school first.  I’m hoping by then I’m able to walk around much better and it won’t take us so long to get out the door.  It was rather fun doing the “morning thing” with Jaren.  I hate feeling like I’m the “Disneyland Mom” that he only sees on the weekends.  Getting him up and ready for the day and finishing his homework after school are two of those little things I miss and would love to do more of!

So it was a rather ‘eventful’ weekend.  I don’t think I would have made it through the weekend if it weren’t for the amazing help of my awesome husband, Mike.  Mike has had to help me do just about everything, from standing up to walk to the bathroom, to somehow getting myself situated sitting safely in the shower!  He’s been great, and I thank him for everything he’s done.  Even both of the boys helped.  They would get things for me if I asked, and helped clean up as well.  Jaren would say, “Poor Mommy” and you could hear the concern in his voice.  Rhonin would kiss my pant leg and give me hugs.  I don’t know what I’d do without all three of my guys.  They are all amazing, and I’m so lucky to have them all.

This weekend is a great reminder to listen to my kids, too.  Jaren said, “This is why you shouldn’t rush down stairs!” and Rhonin reminded me, “No running in flip flops!”  I’ve got such smart children.  :)

Pictures of the Future.  In 3D!

Pictures of the Future. In 3D!

Mike and I elected to do a 3D ultrasound of our twins.  We wanted the pictures to show to family that aren’t living near us, from Sacramento, Connecticut, Australia, and New Zealand.  We elected to do it a bit early at 20 weeks.  Yes, I knew the babies would appear a little “skeletal” as they are so young, but I figured that since they are twins, there will be less and less room the longer we put it off.  I sort of had to convince Mike that it was going to be worth it this early.

We went to Prenatal Peek for the ultrasound.  I went there in the past for a 3D ultrasound of Rhonin and was very pleased.  This time was no different.  Our technician was very nice!  I got to lay down on a comfy bed and Mike sat next to me, holding my hand.  He started on my right side and said, “Looks like this is your girl!”  I was a bit shocked since the girl has always been on the left!  I said, “Oh!  Then make sure it’s a boy on the other side!”  I admit, I may have freaked out a little bit.  But yes, they are still a boy and still a girl.

The little boy was all about taking pictures and looking so snuggly.  He curled up and went into a “cannonball” position.  I thought he looked a little like his father with that cute face!  The girl, however, was a bit more modest, as usual.  Once the ultrasound wand was on my belly, she curled up and turned her back to us.  After changing positions to try to get a good look at her face, we moved on to the boy again.  Right before the session was over, we tried again and finally got a couple images of her face.  I may be totally biased, but I thought they were both adorable!  (Just like little Jaren and little Rhonin!  Those two are overflowing with Cute, too!)

Mike held my hand the entire time.  It was so sweet!  We got some good pictures and a video of them, too.  All in all, it was worth it.  Even if they are a little thin!

Despite the stress and the fact we will be so busy and perhaps overwhelmed, I can’t wait until December to meet these little ones.  I am excited to see Mike meet his children, too.  They aren’t even here yet and I already love them as much as Jaren and Rhonin!  I guess that is just what happens when you’re a mother.  :)


Today, Rhonin’s school is closed, so he must spend the day at home with Mike. I have been thinking about them all day so far. It’s not only because I miss them and would rather be at home with them than at work. (Don’t worry, I’m on lunch!) I remember back when I was a Stay At Home Mom, and how challenging that can be. Of course, now that I’m a Working Mom, it has come with it’s own set of challenges. I can’t say that either one is ‘easier’, and on some days I prefer one while on others, I prefer the other!

I half jokingly said to Mike this morning that if I got a good job as a Biochemist after I graduate from Sonoma State, that he would be the stay-at-home parent. I think he’d make a great one, personally. He’s great with Jaren and Rhonin, and I trust he’ll be just as great with the twins when they get here.

It’s interesting how life changes and you can end up in a completely different situation so quickly. It’s not a bad thing, but it can sure take some getting used to!