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Over the weekend, Rick and I decided to take all four kids and attend a birthday party at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City. Because you know how newborns love to bowl.

And like any great bowling adventure, we learned a key fact of life…

Operating a new stroller is not intuitive.

We brought our Graco DuoGlider and well, we couldn’t even figure out how to open it.

So we finally threw it back in the car and just carried the infant car seats.  Strollers are for wimps anyway. (We have since figured out how to open and operate the damn thing.)

Meanwhile, exactly 5 days after Harlowe got out of the NICU, she came down with a cold. I knew those nurses should never have trusted us with her care. Just to clarify, my daughter Dylan came down with a cold first and because Dylan insists on loving too much (which means kissing and hugging the babies about 57 times a day), Harlowe also got sick.

I was a little stressed out because I don’t like the idea of a sick newborn. I immediately brought her to the doctor who, of course, asked…

“Does she have a temperature?”

Hmm… well, how the hell should I know?! I didn’t exactly take her temperature. I was just thrilled that in my fatigue haze I actually brought the right twin to the doctor’s appointment.

Thankfully, she does not have a temperature and hopefully it’s just a little virus.

Rick has been on paternity leave and I promise you, even though he won’t admit it, the guy is DYING to go back to work. We’ve really been struggling with the exhaustion and trying to keep this house moving along. But every night, once we have found a little calmness, we can’t believe how lucky we are. I love when my arms are full of babies…

40 Responses to i seriously can’t even remember what day it is

  • Wendi says:

    I absolutely love to read your blog and see these wonderful pics!! I can’t wait to see you and those beautiful babies!!!

  • Meg D says:

    First of all, you look FANTASTIC. Secondly, I can almost smell those sweet little baby heads from here. Love ’em!

  • Jordana says:

    Amazing! Beautiful honey!!
    My favorite line – I was just thrilled that in my fatigue haze I actually brought the right twin to the doctor’s appointment.

  • Karen Veronica says:

    Wow! I am so impressed you even thought to go to bowling with newborns and big sisters cannot possibly be intuitive either. Bravo! You and Rick are exceptional!!!

  • MN Mama says:

    It is amazing that you went into the city, tried to open the stroller and had the camera ready. You are incredible! Keep the pics coming! Those babies are too sweet!

  • Peta says:

    Howling in laughter! I have sooooo been there. I totally stop in the street to aid other frazzled parents struggling with their strollers – we ALL know that look.
    Oh, and thanks for reminding me that although my heart wants more babies, my body is just not up to it. I needed that!

  • Sigh… “arms full of babies” So wonderful!

    p.s. thank you for being real and not all “This is sunshine and roses all the time.” because then I’d have to deck you and I try not to take out mothers of four. Mother of two and under, absolutely.

  • Robyn says:

    LOVE the picture of you with the babes. How are you so skinny???

    I didn’t “practice” with our stroller when we had our 2nd, I assumed I would remember what to do. Those were an embarassing 20 MINUTES in the parking lot…

  • Amy says:

    I am seriously impressed that you a) eventually got the damn stroller to work and b) managed to locate the correct twin and get her to the doctor’s office. I’ll bet you were even on time for your appointment. Because you rock like that. Surely the doctor gave you kudos for that?!?

  • ErinB says:

    ooh the most beautiful pic ever…of you- not Rick and the insane stroller :-} Dont feel badly…when we were getting ready to leave the hospital with Katherine we didnt know how to get her in the car seat. for real. we had to have the volunteer pushing my wheelchair get her in it for us because we had no idea what to do…and really it could not be any simplier. put in baby. buckle strsps. go home. we laugh now but at the time it was soooo overwhelming!! xo

  • Krista says:

    First– you are looking great and your babies are simply adorable.

    Second– I don’t know how you are even able to stand up at this point. I have one newborn and one 3-year-old and it is KICKING MY ASS! My new little one isn’t a big fan of a thing called sleep… oh and we’re moving in a few weeks but have yet to find a new place to live.

    Keep on keeping on, girl!

  • christy says:

    Kelcey, I have a two month old at home and I swear, reading this post made me want another baby! What the hell is wrong with me? You look amazing, and those kids are so freaking cute!

  • Crystal says:

    Your babies are BEAUTIFUL!!! They look so content to be with you. Sometimes I wish I could have more babies – but the 3 I have are driving me insane!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Blink 3 times, and the twins will be on their way to Kindergarden…and you’ll be missing the ‘baby smells’.

  • Aimee says:

    ok –seriously How is it your arms are that SMALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL after having twins! I only had ONE kid last year and I have that old teacher dangle flab when you wave! I am seriously arm envious.

  • Every post is a wave of nostalgia for me… That’s exactly right – exhaustion followed by gratitude followed by tears followed by a call to the doctors… But arms full of babies is the best part.

    Speaking of arms full of babies… I have a tip for you. When you’re out in public and both twins want to be held (and you are the only one to do it), put on in the baby carrier and then hold the other one right next to attached one. Much easier than trying to balance one in each arm.

    Love that picture of you with the babies!

  • Diane says:

    No one should look as beautiful as you having just had twinkies. And the stroller thing – Been a parent now for almost 12 years and still can’t figure out the double stroller. Peg Perego is Italian shorthand for ‘laughing at stupid Americans that can’t even figure out how to unfold and fold strollers’. Have a college degree and STILL can’t remember how the darn things works. Go figure.

  • Katherine says:

    First of all, congratulations! Your sweet family has an awesome mom in you! Love, love the snuggly babies. Wondering do they make a double Baby Bjorn? Love reading about your adventures.

  • Jean says:

    Awww…your two, little gifts. Like my mama used to say, Kelcey, ‘Motherhood was the hardest job I ever did’. But, obviously, also the most rewarding.

    Hang in there; you’re doing a beautiful job…


  • willa says:

    You, with your arms full of babies and your eyes full of joy, is my favorite picture, ever!!

    Ah, to be in love….

  • Sarah says:

    @28 Aimee….I know! Is it wrong that that was my first thought, too? Where’s the under-chin flab?? Sigh. Those babies are too cute, but get ready for the colds, my third had a cold from 3 weeks until he was over a year, just from all the LUV 🙂

  • Tully's mama says:

    just when I was going to send my hubby to get snipped you post the yummiest photo and I swear my milk let down. 10 months after I stopped nursing my youngest. I am so thrilled for you and your family! You look surprisingly rested – how is that possible? Oh and your arms ARE totally hot.

  • Jennifer says:

    love your blog, and i’m so happy you’re still posting despite being more busy than i can ever imagine! you look absolutely fabulous, and all of your babes are adorable!
    oh, and the hubby pictures made me laugh out loud!

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