Yes, Virginia, We Have a Christmas Tree

We got a Christmas tree today, and I didn’t have to pay more than $75 for it!  Calista and I went out to Lowe’s today, because I had seen some 7.5′ pre-lit trees on their web site for $73.50.  When we got there, they had ones that weren’t pre-lit (after the last tree became useless once some of the lights on it died, I decided I’d prefer to string the lights myself) for $99, but 25% off.  Then, the cashier scanned some coupon he had at his register, and we got another $10 off, so after taxes, our tree was just $68 and some change!  Hooray!  We’ll probably set it up next weekend.

My other exciting news for tonight is that the boys SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT last night!  And I spent the whole night in my own bed!  They went to bed at 8 pm, fussed once around 11:30 pm but without any intervention fell back to sleep within 5 minutes or so, and never made another peep until 7 am.  Oh how I hope this continues!

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Baby Boot Camp

Before I tell you about Baby Boot Camp, I’d like to say that we are not too poor to afford a Christmas tree!  I’m not sure what all I said about not having one in previous posts, but apparently, it came across as us being too broke for a tree.  Oops!  That isn’t the case — I’m just to CHEAP to want to spend more than $75 or so on one.  :)

Now that I’ve cleared that up, it’s time to talk about Baby Boot Camp.  The boys are 13+ months old.  They do not sleep through the night (if you do not have twins, insert your comment about how so-and-so was sleeping through the night since 8 weeks; if you have twins, nod your head in sympathy).  Some days, I think they will never sleep through the night.  But dang it, I am trying my hardest this week to correct that.

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Where to Begin?

Our home now consists of a broken arm, teeth coming in, croup and crankiness in general.  What a flippin’ week!

Monday night, I was dead-to-the-world tired and apparently, Skip brought Nate into me and I reached out for him with my eyes open (so says Skip) and took him.  Well I don’t remember any of that (I’ve been known to have phone conversations in my sleep, so eyes open doesn’t really mean anything), but I do remember being woken up by Nate screaming after he fell out of our bed and onto the floor.

I scooped him up and tried to offer him the magic booby, but he wouldn’t take it.  Then Ace woke up (he sleeps in a pack n play in our room these days) and started screaming.  Skip can’t settle Ace when he has a fit, so he took Nate and I settled Ace.  Well, I nursed him, then cut him off which really set him into pissed off mode. Continue reading »