Rocking two babies on my lap, arms full of tousled curls, chubby arms and legs, happy chortles and the occasional nip, my heart is full. Though the past year has been tiring and in some ways has felt like a marathon, it has also been one of such joy that it brings tears to my eyes. God has been gracious in giving Jamie and me strength each day and also in keeping our children safe and healthy and growing strong. Eliya and Carys have become “best of friends,” and they love to play (and fight sometimes) with the babies.
On a very practical level, I have been thinking of the things that have helped us get through each day, and I thought I’d do a little picture show of some of those things in case there are other moms who need some ideas or encouragement. So, here they are, not necessarily in any order.
Haha. Yeah, what a mess. 🙂 But this room is a “safe room” where I can leave the babies to play either together or with their big sisters for short spurts while I get things done.
We had these made when the babies were crawling and starting to wreak havoc in the laundry room and kitchen. Very wonderful.
High chairs. Great for meal times and snacks and another place where I can safely buckle them and know they will stay there.
I use this all the time. It’s basically a small blender which is a nice size for me to puree smoothies or any other food for the kiddos. Someday, I hope they will enjoy texture as much as I do, but for now, this is the only way to get some spinach and other goodies into their bellies.
Roughin’ it all over campus, pushed by many a child and often a toddler or two standing on the bars on the back, this stroller has been such a blessing this first year. I really don’t know how I would have left the house with the twins without it. It has broken a few times, and we have actually had the bars replaced once, and then again welded underneath. Often the neighbor girls come and borrow it to stroll around the neighbor babies and give their mamas a break.
When the bars broke for a third time, we tried this mesh tape that hardens to be 100x stronger than duct tape (was it from you, Mama Viands?). Anyway, that has worked great. Yes, we love our stroller!
A four-year-old who likes to play with the babies is a huge blessing.
The Nerve Center (laundry room) where nothing gets folded (except towels) and all the kids’ clothes can be put away within a few minutes because everything goes into a basket or drawer within reach of where I’m standing. The look won’t win any Martha Steward awards, but with the rate we go through clothes, this is my favorite (and only!) way to stay on top of things.
White noise maker. Batteries take over seamlessly when the power goes out. Essential for making naps happen in our boisterous abode.
These are fabulous. I buckle the babies in when I need to get something done, or when they are tired, or just for fun. They really enjoy these when there is a lot of activity on the porch, though Daniel protests now because he would so much rather be crawling down the steps and wandering the wide world.
Lots of little friends.
A friend suggested this idea after Daniel and Talia discovered how much they like to eat soil.
Jamie only let me keep this up for one day, but it was a glorious day. If the twins weren’t already so old, I’d prioritize making gates for the porch. But they are almost to the point where they can safely go down the steps, so I think we’ll hold off at this point.
And how could I leave out the picture of Old Faithful (washing machine)??? But I must wrap this up.