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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Flying Solo...MAYDAY!!!

Okay, so maybe it hasn't been that bad, but it has been a BIG adjustment. I agree with everyone now that said going from 1 to 2 kids was harder than going from 0 to 1, or 2-3, 3-4.... Yeah, a definite adjustment not only for me, but for Hayleigh. She is still adjusting, but is getting used to a routine I'm trying to make- nurse Reid, get out of bed, make beds, change Hayleigh & Reid and put on day clothes, start laundry, get Hayleigh sippy cup and breakfast with Mickey on the tube, get Reid settled into the swing for all of that, Hayleigh turns the tree lights on, I let Missy out, and get me breakfast. That is pretty much our first hour in the morning. Throughout the afternoon, we have the tv going, I'm usually nursing Reid, changing him, then Hayleigh- (we are working on potty training again next week), getting laundry done, cleaning up toys, and keeping the floors and rooms clean. I would hate to get behind, and just even attempt to get the house back into shape without someone else here to help keep an eye on Hayleigh and Reid for me.

Anyway, I'll break down our first week for you...Sunday. Sunday was a BUSY day. Allen left the house at 5:20 am. The thought did cross my mind to go lay down in the drive way where he could not leave- but I knew we would survive, so I didn't. After Allen left, I ended up going back to bed and putting Reid down. We slept in until 8:30, and started on the house. I managed to get 3 loads of laundry done up, dishes done, vacuumed the whole house, found more Christmas decor and put it up, moved toys around, cleaned out both Hayleigh and Reid's closets, and moved Hayleigh's clothes out of the dresser, and Reid's into it. Hayleigh's clothes from her dresser went into a plastic dresser thing that went into her closet- this is just temporary until Reid is done using her furniture, then I imagine he will get a bunk bed set or something else. The power was out for an hour, while I took a break, and Hayleigh took a nap.The rest of the evening was spent eating left overs and relaxing. We actually went to bed early that night.

Reid's closet after the overhaul I did on it.
The blue tub drawer tower has his sleepers that are 0-3 month in it,
sleep sacks in it for now. The rest of them are in his dresser.
The box to the right of the tub has clothes in it my mom bought both kids for next year....
now you can see why storage is a big issue for us! 

Hayleigh's room after moving toys in there- it is crowded I know-
 but toys are not everywhere around the house right now at least. 

Her closet was the toughest... She has lots of stuff-
 and a really small closet compared to Reid to put it all in. 
Monday, we took it easy. I did do a couple loads of laundry- bed linens. If I would have kept cleaning, I would not have anything to do for the rest of the week. So, I got in our garage, and dug out our Christmas movies, and finished up a few of our Thank You cards. We also made our first trip out solo- to Walmart. I had to get some packing stuff to ship out a box for my mom, and Allen's mom. We got the stuff, and got out of there! We relaxed the rest of the night, I turned Hayleigh loose in the bathtub with her bath crayons, while I put clothes up right next to the bathroom, walking by constantly to check on her, while Reid slept in his swing. I even managed to get a nice hot long bath in without a single interruption that night! Pure Bliss!!

Tuesday, we managed to sleep in until 9am. I hurried and got our trash out to the curb- I bet our trash guys loved us, for it was the last of the extra trash we have had. Usually we only just fill up our trash can, for the past 3 weeks, we had enough out there to fill up 3 cans- boxes and sacks all around our 1 can. My mom tried to get us another can while she was here, and I had to tell her no, I don't know how many times, because we would have 1 can sitting empty taking up space in the garage. That morning, we also had a Dr. appointment for Reid- his 2 wk check up. We managed to make it out of the house in one piece, and to the doctor's office clear across town early! Reid did great- weighed 9lbs 7.2 oz, and was 21 1/8" long. So he has grown! Proof that he is actually getting enough to eat from me. We do have to go back for a weigh in on Monday- just to make sure he is gaining enough weight. I don't think this will be an issue... We finished the appointment with his 2nd newborn blood screening, and left. I honestly cannot remember what we did the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday, Same usual routine in the morning...then we worked on cleaning again... We cleaned the house all over again- mainly cleaning out toy baskets- matching toys together- that kind of thing. I cooked lunch, and Hayleigh took a nap on her own- such a big girl!! Duck Dynasty was on later that night, so we made sure we got it on the DVR for Allen for when he gets back home. UPS managed to deliver all of my diapers and wipes I ordered from my amazonmom account- so Hayleigh and I divided and conquered- split the diapers for Reid all up, got the codes put in on our pampers rewards account, and put them all up. Hayleigh ended up going to bed all on her own that night.

Thursday, umm..We watched the Polar Express. That is honestly all I remember from that day besides Reid sleeping really well through the night.

Friday, I deep cleaned Hayleigh's bathroom, Reid had his first diaper big blowout- gassy boy I swear! Hayleigh got a boston creme roll everywhere, and fed Missy so many times she looks like a fat butterball turkey now. I spent the whole morning stain treating clothes, and doing a load of laundry. Hayleigh went down for a nap again all by herself, I snuggled with Reid, and then it was on for the rest of the night... Hayleigh was cranky, I fixed spaghetti, and Reid was colicky until early morning.

Even though the days are running together, and I can't honestly tell you what we did, I wouldn't change any of it for anything in the world. I know that this will not last long- soon both Hayleigh and Reid will be running around, and not want to have anything to do with me. So, for now, the moments of insanity... I'm enjoying it all. Someday, I'll wish I was back to here- Hayleigh has to help me, or do stuff for me like a little mother hen. When Reid cries, she tells him I'm coming baby broder, it's okay! Makes me smile every time. She helps me by giving him his pacifier when he needs it, and fetches me wipes and diapers to help me change him. She asks to hold him every now and then- I know that won't last too long either- soon they will be fighting. For now, all it seems like we do is clean, eat, feed Reid, battle colic, and watch Christmas specials, waiting for Daddy to come back home to us.

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