Welcome to the Roe household blog. We're attempting to post 365 days of pictures in a Roe. Cork and I have been married since 2002 and welcomed identical daughters in August of 2009 after a struggle with infertility. Our girls were definitely worth the wait and I say they were destined to be here because they were conceived on my birthday, due on my sister's birthday and born on my grandma's birthday. What are the chances of that! We welcomed our third daughter in June of 2012. We all fell in love with her right away. She has two amazing older sisters who love to watch over her.
We went to the library today. Zia would not stop throwing a fit. Eventually I gave up and put her down. She went berserk, tearing books off shelves, dumping puzzles, climbing chairs etc. You know, the usual. Then she saw the water fountain. It's a low one for kids with two wooden steps up to it. She climbed the steps and tried to take a drink. I had to turn it on for her. She kept trying, but each time she would bend down, plunge her forehead into the water, and then laugh.
E: Look at the magic we can do. Turn the cheese into a cheese hat! (And she put a piece of wooden cheese on her head)
A: Turn the belt into a belt necklace (And she put a belt around her neck)
If only Eiley knew how funny the cheese magic was considering where she lives and that people really do wear ridiculous cheese hats.
I separated the twins for the first time tonight and feel like the worst mom. Both started the night in my room since Cork was gone. Eiley wouldn't stop yelling at me, and I forewarned her, so she ended up back in her room. She was less than happy about that. She screamed so hard I thought she was going to puke. I tried to calm her down, but she just wanted Arya. I stuck to my word though and would not let her go back to my room. Eventually she fell asleep. It was a long process and I feel like it was necessary to show her I meant what I said and that it is not okay to yell at me. I'm pretty sure it was harder on her than me, but it was still pretty hard to see her that upset.
Zia seems to think she's a triplet. She wants to do what the twins do. I caught her brushing her teeth in the bathroom this morning. Before that, she was in the twins' room, got herself a pair of underwear and yelled "ugh, ugh, ugh" at me until I put them on over her diaper.
I took our cat to the vet this morning thinking he had a UTI. I expected he'd get some anti nausea meds, an antibiotic, and we'd be on our way. I was very wrong. Poor guy had a lot going on. We had to make the very tough decision to let him go peacefully. All three kids were there with me and Cork came over from work. It was not fun, but I wanted the twins to stay with us. I felt like they would have less questions about where he had gone if they got to say goodbye. Both kept telling me they didn't want the cat to die, which of course broke my heart. I didn't want him to die either. He loved us all, but was definitely my cat. He drove me crazy, but loved me so much and always looked for so much attention.
We brought Sikozu home and buried him close to Ingogh. He was in his cat carrier until Cork could dig a hole for him. I was in the laundry room and Arya came to tell me "Zia is climbing on our died cat". At least the kids could give me a little comical relief.
Their new hats. Because everyone needs a sparkly cowgirl hat with a rainbow tiara.
We roasted beets from our garden. The girls ate them all before dinner.
I went to buy fabric today to recover the chair seat of the desk I'm painting. The twins helped pick it out, even though they have no clue that it's for them. They just like to go pick out fabric. They also picked out about 20 other things off the shelf and tried to put them in the cart while I was waiting for someone to cut the fabric.
We went to a magic show at the library today. Arya was so enthralled with it. Eiley liked it, but not nearly as much as Arya. Arya sat with all the other kids, right in the middle of everything and never looked back at me. Eiley only sat with the other kids for a few minutes, then she wanted to come back by Zia and me. She watched the show, but also played around and was distracted. Zia liked the show too, but mainly because the magician had a bunny and a dove. Zia fell asleep shortly before we left for the library. She slept for the car ride there, and I thought she'd stay asleep once we were there. I put her in the Ergo and she did sleep, for a few more minutes. Then she heard all the other kids and woke. So she went to bed easily tonight after only sleeping about 30 minutes all day long.
We left the house today at 9:00 and didn't come home again until almost 3:00. I love days like that. The older two weren't worn out enough to sleep early, but I did my best.
One of our stops was at the mall. The twins loved this family bathroom that had a kid sized toilet, sink, and hand dryer.
This is my grandma's old desk. I decided at the beginning of this year that I would paint it for the twins' birthday. Now we're closing in on their birthday and I haven't started. Oops. I took the hardware off tonight, and I do have the paint. I need some masking tape though and it looks like we are out of that. So the start of painting is on hold for at least one more night.
I go to a group every Monday night with Zia. I'm sure I've mentioned that before. She is such a ham while we are there. Tonight, she made her usual rounds, checking everyone out. She also stole every water bottle she could find and climbed into each stroller. She's definitely going to be a climber like her sisters. I think she might be a bit behind them in the climbing, but I can't remember for sure. She's always climbing something now. Our couch is too high and so are the kitchen chairs, so she finds other things that she can get up onto.
We made it about 30 seconds into the church service today before Zia started throwing a baby fit. She would not sit still. I spent the entire service in the back and in the nursery with her. I could still hear what was going on and got way more out of it than I did last week. I can't even begin to say what was covered in church last week. Some weeks are just like that. I think the twins were better this week than last, but can't say for sure since I barely saw them. After the service, someone said to me "I don't have to ask what you do all day long."
I'm failing on the blog this summer. I love to look back, but it is hard to do this at times. I've been doing stuff for myself like reading, sewing, working in the garden etc. My house also doesn't always look like the Twinado hit it. I hope to get better about doing this again once the kids are back in school, but that just may not happen. Life is getting busier, and I'm sure it will just continue to do so.
Cork took the day off today. The twins asked every day all week of Daddy was going to work that day. They really wanted some time with him. We went to a wading pool, swam in our neighbor's pool, and basically just spent the entire day together. The kids loved it.
I was driving past the stadium today and Eiley says "Arya, remember when we went there a long long time ago." I couldn't remember at first when they had ever been to the stadium. Then it hit me. I asked her what they did while they were there and she got it right. She told me she drank hot cocoa and ate cookies. I looked back in the blog today to get a date. She's remembering something she did on November 12, 2011 when she was 27 months old. How crazy is that. Maybe it's normal, but it amazes me.
Zia is obsessed with the picnic table. I've started giving her snacks there. They end up everywhere, but she loves it.
Eiley asked me today if the baby monitor was on upstairs. Good try kid. This was right after I told her to stop the poop talk. At least she has enough sense to know that if the monitor is on, I can still hear her if she's upstairs.
I think the kids may be a little too into The Little Mermaid.
It's hard to see, but Zia has taken up coloring. Her 17 month old cousin was coloring while we were in Boston. She kept begging for markers, so I figured why not. She loves it, but does try to eat the markers.
I was in the bathroom with Eiley today. She told me "Momma, you have to stay here. I have a big surprise for you." Wonderful kid. We'd just finished lunch and her food that had gone in was pushing everything else out.
I took some video of the kids tonight. They were supposed to be cleaning up, but weren't. The house was so loud that the baby monitor, on the second floor, was going crazy. Everyone in the house was on the first floor. Arya was carrying around a potty seat and throwing it despite my telling her not to. Eiley was singing and waving around a ribbon baton thing. Zia was pushing a toy highchair on the floor and singing with Eiley.
Every time we go on vacation, I try to keep the blog updated. This time I decided that I was not going to do that. I was going to enjoy the vacation, take pics at random and give one big update at the end. We left for Boston around noon on June, 28th. We stopped in Erie, PA and spent the night and then did the rest of our drive the next day. The kids had a blast while we were there. They played and swam hard with their cousins. We spent the first few days just outside of Boston. Then we went to Cape Cod and spent the fourth out there. We left there on Saturday the 6th and 3:10 am and got home about 19 hours later.
Do you like a side of toes with your peas? Driving was so much easier now that Zia eats solids and doesn't just breastfeed. If she was hungry, I could give her something while we drove.
If we give Zia her waterbottle and don't pay attention, she will keep drinking once she's done and spit it out all over herself, over and over again. Not the best game while in the car.
We all went to my sister's pool and spent a few hours swimming. This is the baby pool, that the members call the toilet bowl.
We took the kids to a park and let them swing together.
We visited some sights.
Swam at Cape Cod.
At icecream and were "benasters" after. Most people would say disasters.
Got really tired during our ride home and did weird things, like stick tissue up our noses, and refuse to take it out. (Miss Arya).
All in all, we had an amazing vacation with my parents, niece, nephew, and four of my siblings. It is not often we get that much family together, especially on short notice. The girls did not want to go home since they had so much fun.