Sunday, July 26, 2015

Everything Since April

It's been a while!

So here's what's been happening since April

 First Easter! 
Yorgia Nora and Olympia Zoe

 Gaga and Papa came to visit and it was sooooo fun!
Eleni keeps asking why they don't just get in their car and come over again

Big Sissy Eleni's name day May 21st 

 After a very large piece of chocolate cake and ice cream
and miraculously
the dress is still clean!

 5 months old
Here you go Gramma, can you see Olympia has your dimples?

 We like to hold hands

 A flower for mommy

 Yorgia loving the fresh morning air outside in the play pen

 Olympia approves also

 Eleni thinks photobombing is hilarious

 Afternoons in the garden
bouncing around....

 ...and eating watermelon

 Our little stars

 Yorgia's a girl after my own heart

 Pool time in the garden, just us and the dragon

 What's happening mommy??
About to try baby cereal for the first time
It was a success!
Now they're also having some pureed carrots, apples and pears
Olympia's favourite is pears 
Yorgia HATES pears 
she'd rather have carrots 
Olympia HATES carrots....
but they both like apples, thankfully they agree on something

 cousins Tassos and Thalia come for a visit from Australia 
with their kids Eleni and Yorgos
Eleni and Eleni are just 6 months apart
Yorgos, Olympia and Yorgia are 4 months apart

 Bravo Yorgo!

 Eleni's such a big girl, she decided to wash her hair by herself
in the sinkt
with hand soap
What?

 We found the toys mommy!

Putting Baba's hair in a pony tail is soooo funny!
Another hair stylist in the family

So Olympia and Yorgia are 6 months old now. Last visit to the pediatrician, Olympia was 8kg and Yorgia is 7kg, still WAY bigger than the average twin. Yorgia is VERY close to crawling, probably later this week she'll figure out that if she puts her hand foward it will stop her from toppling over and doing a face plant into the floor. Once she figures that out.....she's off! Olympia is nearly sitting up on her own, her balance is getting really good. She's not trying too hard to crawl yet, which is fine by me. Eleni is the BEST big sister ever, and such a good little helper. She keeps us all entertained all day long. She's been learning her English letters. She already can say both alphabets, Greek and English, but now she's picking out English letters and identifying them....yes, she IS a genius!

Now, gotta run but lets hope I can do this again soon!

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)