Saturday, October 13, 2007

Motherhood Meme

I totally nabbed this from another blog that is a regular read of mine.
Since she didn't have question 7, I tried to find it on another site ... I didn't try all that hard ... and I gave up. Oh well.

1. How long have you been a Mom?
21 months and three days ... or just over two years if you count the whole incubating.

2. How many children call you Mommy/Mom/Mama?:
One. Bucket does. Bruise calls me Daddy.
I hope that this will soon change.

3. Girl? Boy? or both?
One of each. Worked well. I was so worried that I'd have to paint infant toenails or dot them with permanent marker ... But, thankfully, the good Lord in his wisdom gave them different plumbing. And incredibly different looks. Phew!!!

4. Did you know what you were having?:
Not for sure until the doctor and ultrasound technician told us. I had no idea that I'd ever have twins (and we learned that one EARLY on -- about seven weeks along).
Michael and I did the old wives' tale-trick using a ring and a piece of string. Sure enough, it was confirmed by the technician that we were having a boy and a girl.

5. How old were you when you became a Mom?

6. How long were you in labor?
I'm not entirely sure. I wasn't wearing a watch (too swollen for it to fit) and there wasn't a clock in the room. I'd have to ask Michael. I remember starting to really feel it before 10 that night (at least that's when I got my first dose of Stadol while waiting for my epidural --- which wasn't near strong enough ... but that's a whole 'nother story, chickies!). I gave birth just before 8 A.M. ... so, around 10 hours, I guess. I wasn't in much of a state of mind to keep track anyways.

Like, I said ... no question 7. If you find it, please send it here. I'll answer it.

8. What was your least favorite thing about labor?
The red-hot shootings of pain in my thighs. WHICH I had to keep pressed up against my chest around my ginormous twin-filled abdomen (my thighs, that is, not the pains. Thought they were there too.)

9. Do you want more kids?:
Yeah, I've always wanted a large family. I'd like to have more. I liked being pregnant. Being pregnant with twins was really fun ... except for the preeclampsia and the being a high-risk pregnancy thing.

10. Do you plan on having more soon?:
Define "soon." Not immediately ... but after the kiddos are talking well enough to express their needs. AND ARE POTTY-TRAINED. (Or else we'll be living in a cardboard box.)

11. Does daddy change diapers?
Oh, yes. And very well. And without complaint.
I shouldn't take him for granted. He's a good one.

12. How many times have you been peed on?:
Quite a few times. I got it once in the face from Bruise. Bucket's peed on me twice THROUGH her diaper (once at church, once at the zoo). But those are NOT the only times.

13. Barfed on?:
Too many times. Yes.

14. Is your child named after anyone?
Bruise is named after Michael and my paternal grandfather's.

15. How did you come up with their name(s)?
Bruise's name we had picked out before we got married. Bucket almost ended up named for my grandmothers' middle names ... but it just didn't feel right. So we went through baby names and decided names we liked ... then went through their meanings ... and THEN the HARD part was getting her middle name.
Girls' names are harder to pick out. I don't know what we would have done if we had had two girls.
(We still have a boy's name that we're saving for their little brother.)

16. When your child(ren) gets in trouble, who is the bad guy?
It's pretty equal. But Bruise cries more when I lay down the law.

17. And who is the good guy?
We're both the good "guy." We try and take turns.

18. What is the longest you have been away from your child(ren)?
Maybe around eight hours for Bucket. Bruise ... around 24 hours (He was under observation during the time I was on mag sulfate ... I'm still a little bitter about it. I wanted to hold him the day he was born, dammit.)

19. Kids bedtime routine?
After dinner, there's bathtime. They get dressed after a brief stint of nude racing and jumping on the couch (only nude on their part, thanks very much). Around 8 p.M., we have the last "deet" of the night, I carry Bucket to bed. Bruise climbs into his crib after Michael wrangles him into the bedroom. We turn on the nightlight, pray, give out goodnight kisses, and turn on the humidifier after we tuck the munchkin brigade into their cribs. I blow kisses as we leave the room and tell them that we love them. And they wave and say "buh-bye." Or scream. It depends.

20. Are your toes painted?
Not right now. For a few weeks. I almost painted them today. Last time I painted them, they were a creamy, bubble-gum pink with a sheer aqua topcoat.

21. Last movie you saw in the theater?
Transformers (for Michael). Before that was Harry Potter 5 (for the both of us).

22. Last time you had a date?
August. We went to a wedding.
We'll be going to the temple this week, though.

23. One thing you will not give up just because you are a mom?
My time online. This is why Bucket now knows how to turn on the TV ... AND how she knows to turn the TV off as the opening bars of the Barney and Friends theme begins.

24. One thing you did give up now that you’re a mom?
Volunteering at a local library. I really miss it. I miss the parking pass I got for doing that, too. I'm going back though. Soon. Before a year's up. *nods* It's a temporary sacrifice.

25. Best Mom you know?
There are many moms that I look up do and try to emulate. My own is one of them.
I mean, really. I survived my childhood and adolescence. She deserves a frickin' MEDAL.

There you go!

Now I'm really wondering what question 7 was ....

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