Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vet Tech Memes: Part 2

Being a veterinary nurse is one of the parts of my life I don't talk much about outside of work. If you're not in the field, you just don't get it. The number of people who don't understand the complexities of the veterinary field and the job requirements for a veterinary technician is just astounding. If I try to explain my job or talk to anyone about what I do at work, sure enough we get onto one of 3 topics. Every. single. time.

1. Puppies and kittens. Sure, I play with puppies and kittens. Maybe 1 out of every 20 appointments of the day? And sometimes those puppies and kittens are sick. Or nasty, mean, aggressive, gross... Then it's not so fun.

2. Euthanasia. Yes, it's part of the job. Yes, it's sad. This is a complex topic all on it's own but it seems there are 2 camps of people. Those who think that it is a humane option and those who adamantly refuse to accept that there could be any reason for it.

3. Any medical question. Sometimes they skip numbers one and two and go straight to "My aunt had a dog..." or "My cat hasn't been to the vet in 9 years, but..."

So it's always great when I come across something veterinary technician or veterinary field related on Pinterest because I'm finally like "SOMEONE ELSE GETS IT!!!"

Here are some of my favorites I've stumbled upon recently:

Feel free to follow my 'Vet Tech Shenanigans' board on Pinterest for more field-related memes!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sleep Themed Baby Shower Gifts

If you've been lurking around or reading my blog posts for even, oh, 3 minutes, you know that I have 2 recurring themes throughout my posts: food and sleep. Today, we're talking sleep (again!) and what products we have used and loved over the past few months to get us more precious sleep. Currently, at 10 months old, the boys are sleeping through the night. About 11 hours straight. They wake up well-rested and happy and I wake up well-rested and (usually) happy - although I still need my morning cup of iced coffee.

It seems like every 3rd person I know these days is pregnant. That means a lot of baby showers. I have a go-to gift theme and I'll give you one guess as to what it is... sleep, duh. Some people put together little bath time gift baskets or diaper changing kits. I gift items that may help the new baby (and parents!) get a tad bit more sleep in the early months.

As new parents of twins, Andy and I get a decent amount of sleep. Some would call it a luxurious amount of sleep. We have good sleeper-babies but there are a few tips and tricks we have picked up along the way. How do we get 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep out of our boys? These products.

Swaddles, Sleep sacks, and footed-pajamas, oh my! For the first few months, you'll want baby to be swaddled. It feels natural to babies to be in a cozy, secure environment and they tend to sleep better when swaddled. Once they start to roll, swaddling is out and sleep sacks are in. Babies still get the cozy, secure feeling without Mom and Dad having to worry about baby rolling over in the middle of the night in a swaddle. Once baby is too long for sleep sacks, bring on the footed pajamas!

No lie. I now buy these Summer Infant SwaddleMe Swaddles for every.single.freaking. baby shower I go to! They come in dozens of adorable patterns and are much more decently priced than other brands (that we ended up not liking as much anyway!) 

White noise. I didn't think it was possible to love background noise as much as I do now. When the twins are sleeping, they have white noise on to drown out the sound of me doing dishes, watching TV or just generally moving around the house. At night, the white noise puts me into a deeper, more peaceful sleep - I would wake up at the tiniest grunt or whimper from these guys! We have this white noise machine in the nursery and set it at a neutral (read: not too soft, not too loud) volume during all naps and at night.

Wubbanubs You know I love these things. I know I love these things. The boys love these things. Emmett is not a binkie-baby and only uses his as a stuffed animal to suck on but Oliver is a binkie fanatic. I do not recommend starting baby out with a binkie as you may need to sleep train them to get them to learn to fall asleep without it down the road, but now that the boys are older and can find it in the middle of the night and use it to soothe themselves - life is good! Each baby gets one of these in their crib to do with as they please. These make super cute baby shower gifts! I can't believe more people don't know that these exist.

Stuffed animal blankets. I remember way back when (oh, 4 months ago?) when I was so concerned about putting one of these loveys in the crib with the boys. First time mommy problems. Since giving the boys a few items to use to comfort and soothe themselves in the middle of the night, they have started sleeping so much better. More often than not, when I go to get them in the morning, Emmett's blankie is soaked from him having it in his mouth all night. Loveys also make cute baby shower gifts!

What would you purchase for a new mom as part of a sleep-themed gift? Which products are you a fan of?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Life with Twins at 10 1/2 Months

Once again I am more surprised than you at how much has happened in the last 6 weeks since the last post about the boys. It feels like they are growing up faster than any other babies on the planet. I mean, how many 10-month-old babies actually walk? I know it's within the normal time frame but it just seems... so early!

Since the last post, we have changed schedules several times. We flip flop back and forth between being 2-nap a day babies and 1-nap a day babies (I prefer 2 naps!) and whether we are drinking 4 or 5 bottles a day. These kids can definitely tell me what they want and when they want it at this point. Which is good and bad. Good because I know what they want/need and bad because... well, sometimes that just doesn't work for me.

In the last 6 weeks we have been through (and survived!) numerous injuries from walking and exploring the environment... and grabbing cats... sleep regressions, nap regressions and moving to a new house. It's been tough and I do not recommend moving with small children if you can avoid it.

Our Schedule:
7 a.m. - Wake up
8 a.m. - Bottle #1
9 a.m. - Finger food breakfast and sippy cup
9:30 - 11:30 - There's a nap in there somewhere...
12 p.m. - Bottle #2
1:30 p.m. - Finger food lunch and sippy cup
2:30 - Nap #2, which sometimes Emmett declines adamantly
4 p.m. - Bottle #4
5:30 - Family dinner
6:15 p.m. - Purees (only once a day now!)
6:45 p.m. - Start bedtime routine
7:15 p.m. - Bottle #4 and bed!

Where we are now:
  • We WALK!
  • We try to RUN... doesn't usually work out too well
  • We help mom change our own diapers... and each others'
  • We are growing 2 top teeth- they're just barely poking through
  • We climb over and under everything. 
  • We babble all of the time. Both babies say DaDa. Emmett says MaMa.
  • We use sippy cups with straws like professional babies
  • We eat real people food. Our current favorites are toast with hummus or peanut butter and jelly, peas, butternut squash and BLACK BEANS. Those things are like candy. 

What we are working on: 
  • More sounds - ma, ba, ga, ta... kitty kitty, tini, nana, want...
  • Waving Hi and Bye
  • Clapping
  • We can take things out of containers, but we want to work on putting things back in!
  • Putting wooden toys on their pegs (Emmett has done a few times but not consistently)
  • Weaning down on the bottles and onto milk, juice, water
  • Weaning down on purees. We're down to only at dinner now. Almost done!

See you next time for our 1 YEAR OLD update!