The gap

In case no one noticed…there is quite the age gap between my third and fourth son, almost four and a half years actually. People tend to assume Nixon was an oops but he wasn’t.  (For the record) Nixon was perfectly planned. Literally perfect. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to have a baby when you have older kids. Phoenix, Declan and Mason head off to school every morning and Nixon and I do our thing! It’s almost like having one kid…almost….I still have all the work from a house full of boys to do lol

I cannot get over how amazing the older boys are with Nixon. So helpful and kind and loving towards him. They don’t even like to sleep over at Granny or Gramma’s much anymore because they miss their baby brother! I can have a shower and they watch him, they sooth him when he’s crying, they make him laugh and bring him toys! I am so, for lack of a better word, blessed to have such good boys helping me everyday. I know this may change when Nixon gets into their stuff and wrecks their lego building or rips their art work but right now is just lovely!

To go from three kids under 3 to a 4 year age gap makes you appreciate your kids much more. The little extra mental clarity helps too I suppose. I think the timing was perfect for all my boys. Phoenix, Declan and Mason will always be close because of their ages but they will all be close with Nixon because they will have always looked out for him. I hope anyway, I mother can dream can’t she?!

Baby Stuff

After four kids I have owned a lot of baby stuff. I have bought useful and highly useless things. These are the things that make the list, tried true and useful items I have used for all four kids and some that I found just in time for number four!

  1. Graco Fast Action Fold Click Connect Jogger Travel System Love love love this stroller. I did research for this one and it held up! My sister even ended up buying the same one! Easy to pack up, a but heavy but I can load it and unload it on my own so it can’t be that bad.
  2. Baby Pacifier Clip Holder I didn’t have these with the first three. I don’t know why… Phoenix and Declan had soothers but Mason & Nixon did not. But these clips are amazing for keeping toys inside the carseat! No more losing toys or teething rings! I got this idea from my sister actually, its brilliant!
  3. An Excersaucer: (this one isn’t exactly the same but pretty darn close) My Aunt bought us one for a gift when the twins were born and we are still using it through to baby number four! He is currently sitting in it in the kitchen while we get dinner ready! Mind you they do need to be a couple months old to go in it but it’s been a gift from God! Keeps him busy and allows Momma to get things done.
  4. Sock & wrist rattles : We have these exact ones for Nixon. We’ve had plenty of other ones over the year but they are so handy to strap to the car seat, keep them busy in the crib or just something to chew on! The crazy colours and patterns are pretty entertaining to a baby.
  5. Portable highchair: These things are great. We’ve always had odd table sets (an old antique one, a long thick one and now a bar high table) So using a regular highchair is generally a pain. We had these with the twins, got them at a two for one sale. When the boys were little we’d put them in the chairs and face them towards each other in hopes that they would entertain each other while momma got a little work done. it was also great so we could all eat dinner together!

My new favs with number four baby!

  1. Muslin blankets: I always wanted these but never ended up getting any with the other three boys. I have a bunch now and i love them! light weight, cozy, cute designs and Nixon loves them too!
  2. Hydrasense nasal aspirator: This something I never dreamed I would be purchasing. I thought it was gross and there was no way I could do it…However when your two month old gets a cold from his older brothers and can barely breath, you suck it up…literally. It. Is. Amazing! They aren’t big fans of it but it works so well and makes them, and you, feel so much better! I defiantly recommend this! So great to have on hand!

Don’t waste your money (in my opinion)

  1. Travel Bottle warmer: They rarely work. It takes forever. We were always fans of room temperature bottles…don’t want to spoil them too much lol
  2. Diaper Genie: Great idea in theory but they don’t really hold much, they are a pain in the butt to empty and reload annnnd they rarely seem to be in the room you change the baby in!
  3. Pee pee teepee: A silly little invention to avoid getting peed on by your little boy…like a party hat over his bits. Cute idea but unless that baby is sleeping while you change him, its going to fall off and if you can’t change a diaper real quick anyway you’re doomed to have many instances of baby hands in the poop!
  4. Boogie Wipes: Specifically designed to wipe your childs nose…you know, like a kleenex….or a baby wipe even! Save your money. Your child will be fine, I promise.
  5. Pacifier wipes: Same idea as above…a baby wipe will sufice…or some hot water…sometimes a good ol’ swipe on your jeans lol

The king

When Nick and I were dating we slept in a double bed. We slept with our arms around each other and our legs intertwined. He snored in my face… And I didn’t mind. His alarm would go off (Alexis on Fire… Loud and obnoxious) and I still didn’t mind. Ahhhh young love!

When we moved in together we had a queen, livin large! But we still slept like honeymooners… But with our new pup Oliver. He was usually on our feet or on my head.

When I was pregnant with the twins, in our new house, we had the queen, Oliver annnnd now Charlie. One big happy family. With dogs all around us we still managed to at least have our legs touching.

And then, one day, we got a king! The biggest bed I had ever seen. We kicked the dogs out and both slept like starfish in the night! When nick was at work the babies would sleep on his side and I would be on mine and there was tons of room and no worry of them rolling off!

With Mason, however, he slept with is for the first 7 months or so and the bed seemed to get smaller. Even with his own room there aways seemed to be a kid, or two, sometimes three in our bed… Much smaller king now. Nick used to complain about the boys coming into our bed at night, but I knew it wouldn’t be for long, sadly.

Enter Nixon. When I was pregnant there was always kids in our bed, one, two or three of them. Me and my belly would teeter on the edge just to have a cuddle with my ever growing boys. They’d fight over who got to sleep beside mommy (awwww) Going on ten months and Nixon is still in our bed (which I’m ok with) the older boys still pop in from time to time but my giant king size bed isn’t as big as it used to be! But if it means boy snuggles… I’m not complaining. My babes are growing up way to fast to worry about a good night’s sleep!

Twins! Pt one

There is not one single word that describes what it is like to find out you are having twins. One of the only times in my life when I was speechless. Let me also say, there are no twins in my family or Nick’s. There was no reason to even think we would have twins…except maybe the 16 pound weight gain in the first 8 weeks…Which my mom joked about after a dr appt….

I was laying on a bed at my very first ultrasound. I was 27 and only a few months into our marriage. I had no idea what to expect but I felt like it was taking a while. I asked the ultrasound technician if everything was ok. (Expecting the worst, because that’s what I do) Without batting an eyelash, or even looking up from the screen, she said “yup! Everything is good, It just takes a little longer when there is two”

Ahhhh when there’s two what?! “Babies!” She said then carried on like I knew.

She then made me sit there and swallow hard and breath and try not to pass out until she was done. When she finally went to get Nick I had no words, I couldn’t talk! I just stared at him smiling a nervous happy scared smile…I finally managed to squeak out “there’s two” Of course he was just as confused as I was and needed it explained to him.

The hours that followed were a series of giggles, swear words, head shaking, smiles and just pure shock. We went straight to Chapters and bought all thier twin books.

For months until they came I was scared and happy on a daily basis. How in the heck was I going to take care of two babies at the. same. time. A constant feeling of anxiety and joy, nausea and glee!

And then one day, after making a freezer full of food with my mom (nesting), I was alone in the house because Mom had left to drive over an hour home….I had a pain…then another…and another…I called my mom to ask what contractions felt like which only made her panic and me too. So I called Nick home from work and he came to get me and off to the hospital! 6 weeks and 5 days before their due date!
The Dr’s told me it wasn’t contractions, but probably kidney stones and they were going to keep me until it passed. I was drugged up on morphine every 4 hours for 5 days until one day…May 3rd….I was lying in bed, dozing in and out of consciousness with nick beside me playing on his phone and it happened…