When you don’t have a playroom

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time now, you can guess that when there’s radio silence, someone’s sick. And when you’re a family of 4, the sickness often goes through the entire family before another illness hits. We were buried in a sea of medicine, tissues, vapor rub, sippy cups and lots and lots of coffee for basically the entire month of May. Sick twins is no joke. Life literally stops for a while. We are finally on the mend and pretty much sleeping again (hallelujah)!

Now that the girls are feeling better, they have decided they only need one nap a day now, which is normal for their age, but I now have to figure out how to entertain them for the 11 hours out of the day that they’re awake. E L E V E N. I love those sweet girls to death, but their attention span at this age is so short and I run out of ideas quickly. And now that they’re running around everywhere, our house gets smaller and smaller by the minute.

I have to admit, I get super envious when I hear someone say the word playroom. I mean, it’s a room completely dedicated to PLAYING!? (If you told me 10 years ago that those words would come out of my mouth I’d laugh at you).

In a 790 square foot house, all of our rooms are multipurpose; actually, almost everything we own is multipurpose. Aside from our bedroom and bathroom, which we close off when the girls are awake, the entire house is the girls playroom. How do we do this without allowing our house turn into a walking hazard of toys everywhere? Here are some tips if you also don’t have a dedicated play room or if your house is on the smaller side like ours.

Storage. This is pretty obvious, if you don’t have anywhere to put said toys, they will just go everywhere.

Spread it out. Our main area that we play in is the living room so most of their toys and books are in there, but we also have toys and books in the nursery. This also helps with having a change of scenery or when I need to separate the girls. We may need to change this once the girls aren’t sleeping in cribs anymore but for now this works. We also use our back yard all the time now that it’s nice out. They have room to roam and explore when I’ve had enough of them exploring every outlet and cord in the house. Also…play dates, parks, museums, libraries, etc. Keeping them busy is the name of the game. IMG_5629

IMG_5632Clean up throughout the day. I typically don’t clean as the girls are playing because if I put something away, that is in fact the exact toy that they both will want to play with. I do put things away once they go down for their nap (and bedtime), otherwise the toys just get overwhelming and by the end of the day there’s nowhere to walk. And for toddlers who aren’t the steadiest walkers, this is extra important.IMG_5628

Get rid of stuff. We donate or sell toys or items quickly after they no longer use them, especially things that take up a lot of space.

Designate a toy free room. For a while, I was nursing the girls in our bedroom so that also became their space, but now we’ve taken it back. The girls LOVE coming into our bedroom but we don’t have any toys in there. It’s our space, the one room I don’t have to childproof.

Let your home just be. This is hard as a decorator. I love having a pretty space but currently most of our rooms have completely cleared off surfaces, and our living room is down to one lamp. This is their home too and saying “no” all day long isn’t fun for anyone. It won’t be forever so I’m going to enjoy each stage, even if it’s the childproof home/toys everywhere stage.

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Life Lately

Ya’ll, I realize it’s been a while since I’ve been on this thing. I think I still know how to publish a blog post…. We’ll find out won’t we? Life has been so busy! Both good and bad. We’ll start with the bad because I like to leave ya’ll on a positive note (hint: there are two adorable girls included in that note 😉).

2016 came and Kelley got sick. We’ve heard this story before haven’t we? Yes, yes we have, the story was called 2015. A few days after the New Year I started coughing horribly and had a high fever for days. Come to find out I had the flu (and we all got flu shots) and pneumonia. Great. Also, did I mention I have two tiny humans I have to take care of? Mom came down multiple times to help out and C was able to work from home, but then they both got sick, AND the girls got sick. So not only was I still not feeling well, everyone else was sick and trying to take care of sick twins. PLEASE tell me this is not the norm for wintertime with kids, please!!

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Good news, everyone got better…but 5 rounds of antibiotics later, I’m still sick. I’ve had 2 separate bouts of pneumonia, so just when I thought I was getting better…it started all over again. I’ve been seeing a specialist and was put on a long dose of antibiotics to hopefully knock this for good.

So that’s my sob story, sorry but it’s literally consumed us lately. Life still has to go on when you’re a mom, and sick; you still have to show up for the job…like the Nyquil commercial. It’s been rough.

Meanwhile, the girls have been growing like weeds. Seriously. I blinked and they are full on toddlers. They each have such a personality and it’s been a blast to watch. I’ve totally become that mom that just sits around and talks about her kids because they’re doing something new and funny every day.

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With toddlerhood also comes strong wills, attitudes, and the lovely tantrums I’ve heard so much about. I never thought I’d have to start discipline so early, but we absolutely had to. They totally know how to push our buttons and they do it. All. Day.

One of the top questions I get from EVERYONE is if they are walking yet. Almost…they walk holding on to things all the time but only take a few steps on their own. Other big updates, I’ve been weaning the girls as my doctor seems to think my immune system is weakened because of breastfeeding, hence being sick all year. I’m now only nursing them sometimes in the morning when they wake up, which seems to be the hardest feeding for them to drop. They also no longer have a dairy allergy, so they’ve been drinking whole milk and would eat cheese all day long if I let them.

For the most part, we do everything together (I’ve yet to separate them), but their personalities are so different from each other now and it’s so fun to watch. Here are a couple individual updates:

Faith

Our shy, independent one, she will straight up stare down a stranger or anything she’s unsure of. But once she warms up, she’ll entertain herself forever and act like she owns the place. She’s also such a mommas girl, her favorite spot is laying on my left shoulder, sucking her fingers, while gently playing with my hair with the other hand. It’s the sweetest. Her smile and giggle is to die for. I can’t even explain it. It’s like the most genuine thing you’ve ever experienced when this girl is happy. Faith LOVES books, in fact, every time she picks up a book she says “read?” and looks at me as if she’s asking me to read. Other words she says often, momma….all day, dada, uh oh, book, buh bye. If we’re in the car or getting ready to go somewhere she just says buh bye over and over, often the entire way home. Her favorite toy is whatever June is playing with.

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June

This girl is a ham. If she does something and we laugh, she stores it away for next time. It’s like she has a bag of tricks she pulls out whenever she wants to get us to laugh. We call it the June show because everywhere she goes she commands attention. This girl gets out of the car and just starts waving like a beauty queen non stop…to no one, just in case someone didn’t get the memo that she’s arrived. It’s hysterical. She loves to dance, even when no music is playing. She has tons of energy until she doesn’t and then she just crashes. She’ll sit in my lap watching everything as if she’s still a part of the action, both hands behind her head playing with her hair, paci in her mouth…until she’s ready to go again. Her favorite word is “uh oh”, often it’s “uh oh, dada”. She usually says “uh oh” not as in whoops June made a mistake or June dropped something, but usually as in she’s about to do something she’s not supposed to. At least she gives me warning… Other words June says: momma, dada, book, sister. She’ll also try to repeat things I say and gets pretty close most of the time!

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We’ve been outside non stop since it’s been nice out and it’s made for some really fun days. Both girls love getting dirty and to be honest, I really don’t care, as long as they’re having fun. I will say, I’m looking forward to when they can walk so they’re crawling less outside. We’ve ruined several pairs of pants this way! But hey…let them be little!

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