The Dog Days Have Arrived!

Dog Days of Summer are here! with that comes 95 degree weather & 90% humidity. Not toooo much to do with newborns since they can't be out in the heat for too, too long. (and by newborns I mean 3 month olds that we still have to treat as newborns) But, we can do some summer things and just cut them shorter than we are used to! This week marks the 2nd full week of being on nightshift AKA Shannon being CRAZY because nightshift makes me certifiably nuts. I'm just sleep deprived. and loony. and its just completely unnatural for the body to sleep all day and stay up all night. BUT everyone has to do their time and now is mine! I'm just having difficulty remembering to ask our amazing nanny Kristy to come the days AFTER I work nightshift instead of just the days before. Which ends poorly for me each time.

Take Tuesday for example.

Brandon was home for Memorial Day on Monday, so I slept all day. Went to work Monday night. Got home Tuesday morning to the realization that Kristy was not coming because I forgot to tell her to come. Well, our babies are no longer sleeping all day like they used to. This left a worn out me. taking care of crazy babies. all. day. long. without. sleep. I ended up staying up from Monday at 4:30pm to Tuesday at 10:00pm. woof.

My littles celebrating their Freedom and giving thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

This is obviously BEFORE heading to work on Memorial Day....note how well rested I look.

we did a lot of play-mat time Tuesday while Mom laid on the ground next to them dozing in and out of sleep. . . .

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Olivia and Jackie playing on the play mat.

Lazy bum Clara asleep in the back after eating breakfast.

Jackie loves this rattle thing that hangs down. I shake it and he does this funny moan/laugh

Like I said....Lazy bum.

BUT! Something good came of it because I was able to swap my nights and days around so I could hang out with one of my BFFs from college Johanna who came to visit us on Tuesday and Wednesday on her way to the Outer banks.

Johanna in her happy place. [note: there are two baby heads bobbling in her arms]

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Dave bonding with his fellow triplet man, Jack.

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There was rarely a time in the 48hrs she was here that she WASN'T holding two babies at once.

Johanna and Dave helped me pull off our first trip to the neighborhood pool. Since the babies aren't old enough for sunscreen or chlorine they just took their noon nap. No worries though--everyone was dressed for the occasion.

NEWBORN BATHING SUITS.

most adorable things ever. Jacks big ole belly hanging out? I'm in love. I didn't want to take them off when we got home.

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Olivia

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Jack

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Clara

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Naptime at the pool

To top off an awesome week, I finally had the weekend off after working two weekends in a row! Both Brandon and I woke up saturday morning craving our favorite sandwiches....that just happen to be 2hrs away in Wilmington, NC. So, what else are we supposed to do but pack up the ole' fam dam and head on down to Wilmington?!

I've said it before and I'll say it many, many more times. We are not the kind of people to just sit around. Everyone will regret it if I'm locked up in one place for too long. We are constantly on the move! So, we have gotten pretty good at traveling with this crew. We always leave right after feeding time so we give ourselves a SOLID 3hours to get anywhere before having to feed them again. While I change babies and load them into the car, Brandon is usually the diaper bag packer-getting all the bottles and burp rags and the milk cooler set and ready to go. The babies LOVE riding in the car making trips just that much easier for us to take.

I posted this photo to my instagram, but I just love all the little baby toes!

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The Britax mirrors are awesome! Makes driving less stressful

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Usually when we arrive it's time for another feeding. Since the car makes them sleepy we have a little time to get where we are headed in the stroller and settle somewhere without anyone melting down. Brandon went inside and ordered/waited for food while I started the beginning phases of feeding them (warming bottles, divvying milk, etc).

Chops Deli. yum.

I CRAVE these sandwiches. and I have never been a big sandwich lover.

We are both creatures of habit and rarely stray from our favorites.

Mine: The Marseille [Maple Glazed Chicken, French Brie, Spring Mix, Tomatoes and Cajun Remoulade, on a French Baguette]

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Brandon: The Malamo [Homemade Pimento Cheese, Black Forest Ham, Maple Glazed Chicken, Tomato, Red Onion and Homemade Cajun Remoulade on Multigrain]

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They definitely hit. the. spot. Seriously, if you're ever in wilmington you have to go to Chops.

Of course, walking around a small downtown area such as Wilmington we always get the "oohs," "ahhs," and "awwws." Usually we get a lot of "There's three?!" Most of the time it's just whispers as people pass us and look back to point and stare. It's always heartwarming to hear people say "God bless you" and "How amazing." Today was one of our better comment days. Lots of positivity. Not one negative comment. (unlike brandon's trip to Raleigh two weekends ago where someone told him they would kill themselves....REALLY PEOPLE?!)

The best is when you have someone reach out to lend a hand, no matter what form it may come in.

We were back at the car to change diapers and head home. A guy who owns a bar/lounge that we parked in front of saw us as we got there and unloaded and just happened to be outside again as we were about to reload everyone. He commented "You did it!" to which I responded, "Sure did. Now time to change diapers and head home." He then offered to let us into his bar so we could get out of the heat and change the babies diapers someplace comfortable. The best!!!! I'm so thankful for kind souls.

and of course the babies LOVE bars. So we had fun.

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I hope everyone's week was as fun as ours was!

Just a little tip to leave you with: If you see a mom of multiples or just any mom with lots of kiddos offer a positive comment. Telling then you'd kill yourself if you had that many kids? Not. helpful. I've posted this before but it just seems appropriate to post again.

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