Monday, April 6, 2015

Check-Up

We're having a big storm right now. Hail, pouring rain, thunder is shaking the house and I swear lighting is striking the field next door.....can you get electocuted if you're using you're computer and your house gets struck by lighting?...

I just googled it.

Not sure if the website I read (first one to pop up, and I only read the first sentence) is a reputable source or not but it said it's possible

....I think I better make this quick 

We met with a new pediatrician this week. We all love her! 

Antonis and I because she's SO great with the kids, she gave all 3 of them vaccines without much fuss from any of them, she gave us a lot of information, answered all our questions, asked us a lot of questions to get to know us, she speaks English as well as Greek

Eleni loves her because she has a playhouse and a rocking elephant in the waiting room....

Olympia and Yorgia really didn't seem to care but I'm sure the playhouse will be the deciding factor for them too eventually

..she should probably get another elephant though...

Eleni is now 32lbs (14.7kg) and 3ft 2 (98cm)

Yorgia is 10.5lbs (4.8kg) and 24inches (61cm)

Olympia is 12lbs (5.6kg) and 25 inches (63cm)

...keeping in mind that the twins are only 10 weeks , yet they're the size of 4 and 5 months old babies

Yet again I find myself asking the question

AREN'T TWINS SUPPOSED TO BE SMALL??!!

I mean, I just got over the part where I thought delivery was going to be a breeze because there's no way they could be as big as Eleni was (WRONG! Olympia was only 100gr smaller than Eleni was at birth...that's like, a slice of bologna difference...and that reminds me, I need to try to finish that birth story...and we're out of ham...)

At this rate, they'll have out grown all their clothes by next week!

It's a good thing Grandma's coming soon!

Anyway, this storm doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon and I don't want to get electrocuted tonight, my hair is already a hideous frizzy mess

...on second thought, electrocution could potentially be an improvement...

Here's some photos from the last 10 days:


 Yorgia and Eleni cuddles

 Saturday morning cartoon cuddles

 Eleni waking everyone up

 Eleni explaining that it is time they learned to stand up by themselves,
stop sleeping so much, 
get out of bed
and come play!

"Really stisters (sisters), you don't have to sleep so much, I have a lot of puzzles!"
That's seriously what she said.
And she really does call them her 'stisters'.
Yes it's true, you may be dying from a cuteness overload

The next 10 or 12 shots, 
I had to include all of them because I can't stop laughing when I look at them
Eleni just could not care less
Olympia was trying to be a good sport for mommy and her stupid camera, 
and Yorgia was having the time of her life!




 Eleni tells Yorgia she's "too much" here

 If Yorgia could talk: "I don't care Eleni, get over it!!"


 Eleni: "Olympia, stop smiling, she'll go away"
 Loving life!
 I'm on Big Stister's side, your camera is stupid mom!
 HA!

 Twinnie Tummy Time!
Yorgia left, Olympia right

And finally, Eleni the fashionista!
She picked out her own outfit today, and did her own hair!
Great job on the outfit!
The hair...weeeellllll...it's a look...
I think I'll let her pick out my outfit tomorrow
She might as well do my hair too...


Monday, March 23, 2015

2 Month Catch-Up

I had planned to have the next post be the twins birth story....I'm still working on it....it's a big story and I only have, what seems like, 30 seconds every 2 weeks to type something. So, it's coming eventually, I'm just not sure when. And I'm sure most of you aren't that worried about it anyway since birth stories can be gross and/or terrifying....I'm keeping that in mind and editing accordingly...

In the mean time, the twins are 2 months old already! So they've changed a lot and you need to see that so I have a bunch of pictures to show you today to get you caught up on the last couple months.

It hasn't been the best couple of months to be honest. There's been a lot of illness, a lot of time spent in the hospital, and a lot of long days and nights taking care of 3 kids by myself. 

First , Eleni had the flu. Fever and throwing up. She never gets sick so she was really upset for a couple of days

Next, Olympia had the flu which had us in the hospital for one night on Valentines Day.

Then Yorgia had bronchitis. This was really bad and I have a hard time talking about it. When we brought her into the hospital the pediatrician wrapped her in a blanket, took her in her arms and ran up to the pediatric wing. Then there were suddenly 3 doctors working on her, she was barely breathing, she was grey....I can't even go on. I thought I was going to lose my baby. But she's a tough little cookie and the pediatricians at the hospital did an amazing job. We stayed in the hospital for 5 days, she was on 3 different antibiotics, stayed under an oxygen hood for 4 days and had to wear an oxygen mask for 20 minutes about 4-5 times a day. I wasn't allowed to nurse her for the first 2 days because they didn't want the weight of her full stomach to push on her poor little distressed lungs, so she was fed through an IV for the first 2 days. It was horrible, but she's back to normal now thankfully.

While in the hospital I got sinusitis and the flu. That was painful and miserable but I had a sick baby to take care of so I just kept taking Tylenol (which I NEVER do) and squirting saline solution up my nose, and carried on as if nothing was happening.

Then, Antonis got sick. Really sick. Pneumonia and a really strong virus that is something like H1N1. The doctors think he probably picked it up while we were in the hospital with Yorgia. He ended up in the hospital for a week and the doctor said if he'd waited one more day to come in, he probably would have died. But some major antibiotics and lung treatments and 8 days in hospital he was finally doing well enough to be released, but not well enough to come home. He had to spend the next week at his parent's house because it was too dangerous to have him near the kids. Yesterday was his first day home with us finally after 2 weeks! The restaurant was closed for a few days because Lefteris was on his own and then he got sick, which freaked us all out that maybe he had the same thing Antonis had but thankfully it wasn't. Antonis still has a lot of medication, including an inhaler-type thing that he has to take for a whole month, but he's doing a lot better and even was able to go back to work today.

And now....well we have a gastrointestinal thing going on around here now and Eleni has a cough.....

Maybe next week we'll finally all be healthy?....Please????

So here's some photos from the last 2 months. Actually, this is about all the photos I was able to take because taking care of twins and a toddler, all alone....not a lot of free time, or even a free hand to pick up the camera. But everyday gets a little easier, and I'm getting better at strategically placing the camera around the house so I can as many photos as possible. Time is going by fast and we're all going to want to look back and see what was happening during this crazy time in our lives.

Crazy? Hmmm, some days I think 'chaos' might be a better word to describe it....but I love it! How could I not? Look how cute and amazing they all are!!

 Miss Eleni

 Eating too many cookies and playing outside

 and having too much fun!

 Eleni and Mommy wishing it were summer 

 Big sister Eleni taking the babies for their first walk

 2 weeks - Yorgia on the top, Olympia sleeping on the bottom

 1 month,Olympia on the top this time, Yorgia yelling at someone

 Still yelling....

 Olympia doing some tummy time

 I've been trying to get a photo of Olympia's gorgeous dimple, 
but I'm never fast enough.
But you can kind of see it here....
I, of course, missed the shot of the biggest smile ever right after this....

 7 weeks, smiles and matching jammies!
Yorgia on top, Olympia on the bottom
They look so different, maybe I don't need to point out which is which anymore?

 Big sissy Eleni sneaks in

 Olympia smiling for mommy, 
just moments before Eleni jumps in for a big cuddle

 Pre-nap cuddles with Yorgia and Eleni

 Eleni's learning about the Easter Bunny....
I'm all about diving head first into the stuff we're learning
even if it means she'll be seeing a therapist when she's 30 because her mother made her wear a bunny suit and put it on the internet....

 Woo hoo! We're 2 months old!
Olympia the cheerleader, Yorgia the spectator

 Big sissy Eleni gets in on the fun again

 Yorgia close up, in her 'Grandma's Little Girl' onesie
and one of the lovely Lorraine's gorgeous sweaters!

 Olympia...she's actually watching tv here

Olympia and crazy Eleni

 More Yorgia smiles!

This was Eleni this morning, 
not impressed that mommy had the camera out already
I guess I could have at least let her have her "coffee" first
(shh, it's actually just milk...but don't tell her that)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

And Another Chapter Begins

Ohhhhhh my GOD!!

The craziness that has gone on around here lately! So much to tell in so little time!

Today I'll just share the important points and few photos. As soon as I find another spare (but proving to be rare) minute I'll tell you all about the epic birthday and add some more photos 

For now, here's the important stuff you want to know:

  • We're all healthy, happy and doing really really well - Olympia does have a touch of jaundice but nothing to be concerned about according to the pediatrician who cleared us to go home a day early
The babies:
  • Born: January 21 - Olympia at 1:15pm, Yorgia at 1:20pm
  • Olympia: weighed 3kg 330grams (7lbs 3oz) and 49 cm (19 inches)
  • Yorgia: weighed 3kg 60 grams (6lbs 7oz) and also 49 cm (19 inches)
  • both are gaining weight and getting cuter and more amazing everyday
  • they don't have middle names yet...we know 1 for sure, the other we're choosing between 3 options, and we don't know which name to give to which baby yet
Mommy
  • I actually went into the hospital last sunday because my blood pressure was a little high
  • Tuesday the doctor decided we'd induce labour before situation got dangerous, and besides the girls we already full term anyway at 37 1/2 weeks, and around 2.5kg each (haha, so we thought)
  • Wednesday, after 5 hours of labour and the 30 minutes or so of the craziest delivery ever (I'll tell you later, don't worry it's not gross, but it's definitely interesting!), I was holding 2 very beautiful, very healthy, and very big baby girls
  • the blood pressure and everything else went back to normal immediately after
Baba
  • he hasn't stopped smiling for last week
Eleni
  • is a very proud and helpful big sister who gives tons of kisses and hugs but is not so excited that they poop and cry!
Some photos for you:



The night before the big day
tired,
nervous,
excited,
can't wait to shed some of this 27kg weight gain...
can't wait to hold some new babies!


Twinnies on day 2! 
Olympia on the left
Yorgia on the right


Baba and Yorgia


Mommy and Olympia


Eleni and Olympia


Eleni and Yorgia


Now a few photos from cousin Katerina who joined us for the big birthday

Just born


 Holding the twins
about 30 mins after delivery
I have twins! So crazy!!


Olympia


Yorgia


Papous Yorgos meeting his new granddaughters 

Talk to you soon!