Monday, September 27, 2010

Still here

I am still here and enjoying life. Being a full-time working mom of twins is a lot more work than I expected, particularly when you're a high school teacher and have work to do outside of the normal workday. I vowed not to do any schoolwork while the boys are awake, which means that I'm busy in the evenings when they go to bed and during naptime on the weekends, and so far I've stuck to this plan. My biggest challenge since going back to work aside from being away from the boys is trying to cook well-balanced healthy meals. I've started using the crockpot more often and am prepping my meals on the weekends. Also, I try to make double batches of soups, lasagnas, etc that I can throw in the freezer for another week. It seems to be working well. My other big challenge is keeping my house as tidy/clean as I like it to be. As a Type A I have very high expectations for things, including the state of my house. I'd love to have a cleaning lady just once a month to alleviate this stress and am still lobbying for that with J.

The boys just got over a cold (as did their mommy) and are doing quite well. It's hard to believe that in a few days the boys will be 8 months old already! Neither of the boys has teeth yet, but I can see them just under the surface and they are constantly tongueing at their lower gums. Although they get around quite well by rolling, turning/pivoting and rolling, they haven't started to crawl yet. We've observed both of them on their knees for brief moments, but nothing beyond that. Before I started school we babyproofed the house, so we'd be ready the day they take off. Liam has taken to babbling with anyone who'll listen and Silas is a little more shy. Both boys have smiles that melt my heart and everyday I race home as soon as I can to see them.

Last week I celebrated my 34th birthday (I'm not too proud to admit my age) and our wonderful nanny surprised me at school with the boys. When they arrived at my classroom I was in the back of the room helping a group of students and heard a quiet voice say "Happy Birthday Mommy". I turned around to see our nanny with both boys in tow. They were wearing matching onsies that said "Happy Birthday Mom". I was so happy to see them and couldn't get over the cute onsies the nanny had made. She truly is a wonderful person and we're so lucky to have her caring for our boys!

11 comments:

meinsideout said...

You look gorgeous! And so do the boys! Happy Belated Birthday - you should definitely get a cleaning company - and I would advocate for 2x per month - once a month allows it to get a bit messier and you end up paying as much as you would 2 x per month - and it is nice not to have to mop floors at all!

Kay said...

You deserve all this happiness! You look wonderful and happy! Seeing the joy in your eyes is amazing! Happy Birthday MOM!

Pamila said...

Wow 8 months old already! Good to see all is going well! They look amazing and you will stay very busy with the babies. I always tell people that ask me with twins does it get easier. I have to say I didn't really feel it got easier just different when they were little. Enjoy them love them and make sure you take moments just to relish in them. My girls will be 18 next month and the time has flown. Sigh... Thanks for the smile today!

Dora said...

Happy birthday!!! What a wonderful birthday surprise. They are so adorable!

Kim said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I understand the challenge of trying to cook balanced meals after a long day at work with little ones in the house. Sounds like you are finding your "groove" though ;o)

Kelly said...

So good to hear from you! I'm with you on being type A and wanting a clean house. I will lobby for you to get a cleaning lady. I think it will help you immensely! Can't believe the boys are 8 months! Wow! Your nanny sounds awesome! And happy birthday!! :)

Gretchen said...

I can't believe they are 8 months old already...time sure does fly!

...The way I see it, it's every working woman's right to have a cleaning lady. Spend your free time with your adorable boys, not cleaning. Ours comes 2x/month and it works out great. I often tell people it's the best money that I spend each month!

Surrogacy said...

twins looking cute

Nicole said...

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. I sadly lost track of your journey around the time you were starting to move forwards with a surrogate and when I heard someone call for their son "Myles" in a store the other day I thought of you and decided to try to look you up. I am so very thrilled to see and read about such happiness and abundance in your life. I'm glad the universe gave me a little Myles sign to check in :) Congratulations, your story is an inspiration!

Nicole Lange

J and D said...

As a teacher and a mom of twins. I got the cleaning lady. So glad I did. It is so nice knowing that I do not have to clean every week, I can just focus on the boys.

J and D said...

As a teacher and a mom of twins, I got the cleaner. Best thing I did for our family. Go for it.

Your boys are adorable!