Friday, January 22, 2010

I think I forgot how to take care of babies

I'm watching the twins again today for the first time in over a month.

I'm not sure why but I feel like I'm all thumbs today.
Fumbling like I haven't cared for a baby in 20 years....

Brogan began our day with lots of crying and a colossal-five-wipe-alert messy diaper.

He seemed really mad that it took me so long (like 2 seconds after he started screaming) to figure out he needed changing (hey! I was busy smooching those big chubby baby cheeks....give me a break!). By the time I got out the changing pad, wipes and clean diaper he was furious.

That resulted in him arching his back and kicking and screaming through the entire diaper change.

Due to my five-thumbs-today-handicap I ended up getting "it" all over the place.
I thought I saw a little diaper rash (maybe this is why he's so mad?) so I decided that he needed a little Desitin.

I kinda forgot, a little of that stuff goes a long way and with all the kicking and squirming, the thick white goo ended up on his legs, his chest, in between my fingers and under my nails. I tried wiping it off but that just spread it around. I tried just rubbing my hands together....it doesn't rub in. I think I see some in my hair now.
I had to lay him down to make his bottle which made him even happier and caused Marcus to join in the screaming. The can of powdered formula was bran new and I went to pop the top and it broke off. I had a moment of panic and images flashing in my mind of failing to pry it open, sliced fingers and blood squirting everywhere, screaming hungry babies and a humbling to call Brian and Amber. But the can opener worked just fine on it and all is well.

Of course, they both wanted to eat at the same time so I had my first experience of propping babies, balancing bottles, and tandem burping.

Just as we were finishing up the last few ounces and I swear I hear water running. I have not started any laundry today (I know that when I can actually accomplish something other than childcare on these days...I will be a well adjusted twin babysitter!)
In the past our washing machine hose has broke off and flooded the house and that is the first thing that I think of.
I gather both babies in my arms and run upstairs to check to see if it's the hose or maybe a pipe has burst (been through that too).

The noise seems to disappear upstairs. So we go back to the living room.

I hear it again.

We take a trip to the basement.
Gone again.

Back in the living room I realize it's this stupid thing....

Back in my baby rearing days we didn't have all these fancy noise making motion simulator thingies.

Doesn't he kinda look like Archie Bunker in his old chair?



It was a long day for Ace.
He needs his nap time to be uninterrupted.

I think at one point he purposefully barked to wake the boys up just for pay backs,
and of course I loved every minute of the day....

21 comments:

Tracie said...

I love the expressions on the babies faces! Too cute!

I don't know what I would do if I had to take care of twins after being out of the baby business for 7 years. Probably cry along with them.

Daffy said...

What squeezable smoochable cheeks! I was just looking a pics of my girl when her cheeks looked like that. I wasn't that long ago but seems like ages! She's only 16 mos...but I would've been cryin after a day like yours :O)

Mrs Montoya said...

Those are the cutest dang babies. I love taking care of my niece, but even after 5 years I feel rusty. I'm never quite sure if I am feeding her right or what I am missing when she's screaming at me. I am grateful, though, that it doesn't frazzle me like it did when the screaming child was my own. It's amazing how calm I am with her. Thanks for the pix of the babes and Ace. Gosh I love Ace

blueviolet said...

I never doubted for one second that you loved every bit of it. :)

Brian Miller said...

ok, i was panicking, but i am a guy...and these days are at lest 4 years ago an i have banished them from my memory.

Lucky Girl said...

I would be FREAKING OUT!!! You are amazing Tori!

Kathy Irwin said...

I have been doing daycare for 20 years and I still get the desitin all over me!! gotta love it. :)

Widge said...

What gorgeous pics! and big ups to you, you brave thing!! Well done :)

Darla said...

So worth it though. I have worked in the Church Nursery for 4 years now and used to have a home daycare.....hard work, but fun!

Tracie said...

Super cute babies make it all worth it....but I'm not sure how well I would handle twins-those cuties are a lot of work!

Lol about the baby seat.

otin said...

I was snickering through the whole post and then I got to the picture with the dog and actually chuckled out loud! LOL!!

mommyto3kiddos said...

Cracking up about the desitin!! I am so glad we are almost out of the diaper rash cream...I get it under my finger nails everytime I have to use it! :P

MODG said...

he is NOT so sure about that dog.

rxBambi said...

I thought the water running was going to be the dog peeing so you're a step ahead! Have fun with the babies!

Deborah said...

Your puppy looks so big next to the baby! I have NEVER babysat twins. That must be hard. The water noise was pretty funny. You must have laughed when you figured out what the noise was!
Have fun! Deborah

Kimberly said...

There are a lot of NEW things that are out since my children were babies.

Looks like fun, but a lot of work!

How did you get time for photos?

Kerri said...

Awww....what sweet babies! My "baby" is 3 1/2 already! I live just north of Kalamazoo, so your blog caught my eye! Have a great week!
Kerri
www.sickofmg.blogspot.com

tea said...

cute :)

tattytiara said...

The thought of taking care of twins when everything goes perfectly overwhelms me, and no, of course that never happens. You have my sincerest admiration!

Michelle said...

Wonderful post

Corrie Howe said...

I'm looking forward to babysitting grandbabies...in a decade.

Right now I get my baby fix when I go to church.