Jackson Week

My nephew, Jackson, came to stay with us this past week. Addy, his sister, had a dance competition in Myrtle Beach so my sister, Andra, brought them here from Gastonia last Friday and stayed the night before heading on down to Myrtle Beach, the car one person lighter. On Saturday, Laura and Craig brought us a magnolia tree to plant in honor of the birth of Fawkes and Phoenix. If I had my druthers we’d have gotten rid of the pine trees in the front yard and planted it in place of one of those. They’re very large trees though, meaning they’d be pretty expensive, resulting in them still being there. And as a result of that, the tree was …

First Father’s Day with Three Kids

Aptly enough, I got to spend a lot of time with my newest children this morning. They were awake and fussy from about 3:00 on. I guess I shouldn’t have talked about how well they did the previous two nights. Tristen got Phoenix at some point and I got Fawkes a little later. She switched with me, I think because she was able to give them some boob to calm down, but then Phoenix started thrashing around, doing that body-stiffening thing babies do that makes them flop around like a fish out of water. At some point I took him back to their room and changed his diaper, which was a little wet, but not too bad. I found some …

Milly’s Ninth Birthday Party

I would first like to say, before we get into the birthday stuff, that Fawkes and Phoenix have had two nights in a row where they’ve improved their sleep. I woke up to Fawkes making some noise at 5:59 AM. I put his paci back in his mouth, figuring it wouldn’t really last, and got to sleep until 6:11. Glorious. Tristen said she had gotten up once after their late night feeding, but it’s such an improvement over getting up every few minutes starting at 4 AM, putting them in bed at 5, and hardly getting any sleep until we all get up at 6. This was one of those days where we had a lot to do, but it was …