Friday, May 29, 2009
All I can say is...wow.
The drama begins the day after Labor Day when mom, dads and even nannies are making phone call after phone call trying to receive an application to the school. They spend hours speed dialing and getting busy signals, but if they're lucky, they'll manage to get through to one or two schools. Because the demand for these applications are so high, by the time the caller reaches someone on the other line, they may be informed that they're out of luck and all applications have been handed out.
These poor parents are driving themselves insane during the application process, the interviews with the schools then acceptance process which, by the way, takes about 6 months! One of the parents that was interviewed said that getting in to the best nursery school will lead to the best kindergarten, followed by the best grade schools, high school then on to an ivy league college. Talk about pressure. I may be naive, but I thought preschool was about socializing with other children, singing, reading and playing! At least that's what it was like for me, my brothers and sister...but then again, we don't live in Manhattan.
By the end of the documentary, one of the families actually left the city to move to a suburb outside of Boston where the nursery school process wasn't as competitive. They moved because of a nursery school...what?!
I'd love to hear from you if you've either seen the documentary or have been through this tough process. Do I need to start worrying about preschool now while the boys are sitting in my belly?! I sure hope not...
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Monday, May 25, 2009
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Friday, May 22, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It was a lot of fun spending time with Justin getting the room together. I couldn't do a whole lot when it came to putting the furniture together and painting, so I basically just sat there and kept him company while he did all of the hard work. I can just imagine Luke & Nolan in their cribs talking their baby talk to one another...I can't wait!
Monday, May 18, 2009
The nursery is complete and I will be taking pictures soon! My best friend is off work today and may be coming up for a visit so perhaps we'll do it then.
In other (GREAT!!) news, my brother called me on Friday to let me know that he and his girlfriend, Terri are expecting a baby!! I'm so stinkin' excited! Justin and I both hope for a very large family and it feels like it's all coming together with the twins, my brother's baby and my cousin, Kevin & Bridgit's baby. I love it! I'm hoping that my cousin Stephen & Krystle are going to follow soon too.
Posted by Jennifer at 10:07 AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I got myself checked in and they strapped the monitors to my belly to monitor the boys' heartbeats and any contractions I was having. I had to give a urine sample, so I lay in bed hooked up to the monitors while they ran that test. Justin was like the water police and kept bringing me water to drink because he didn't want me to get an IV -- I didn't want one either, so I drank like there was no tomorrow.
I could feel the contractions coming and was checking them out on the monitor. After every contraction, the boys would kick and punch belly and it looked like there was some sort of party going on under my gown!
The doctor came in and performed a fetal fibronectin test (fFN) to test for preterm labor and she swabbed me to see if I was leaking any amniotic fluid, which I thankfully wasn't! I was barely a fingertip dilated, which is also good. She gave me the results of my urine test which showed that I was a little dehydrated when I arrived at the hospital, but since Justin was so diligent about providing me with water, I didn't need an IV. The contractions had also subsided as I was laying there.
About 45 minutes later, the results of my fFn showed that I wasn't in danger of preterm labor (yea!) so I was sent home with instructions to keep drinking and take it easy. We got home around 1:30 and promptly went to bed. I'm feeling much better this morning and have been drinking water like a mad woman. As nice as the nurses and doctors were, I do not want to have to go back. The next time I go to L&D, I want to come home with my little bundles of joy!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
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Friday, May 1, 2009
The author makes it very well known that raising two babies at the same time is definitely a challenge, and yes, parents will be exhausted, but that having twins is such an incredible blessing and watching them grow and interact with one another is one of the most amazing life experiences. I also liked that there were certain excerpts written by fathers of twins and how they handled situations with their babies.
One of the main focuses of the book was to accept help when it's offered, which is really hard for a lot of women to do. There are a lot of Type-A personalities out there who want to be able to do everything themselves with little assistance from others. I have a bit of that going on! Thankfully, we are fortunate enough to have incredible families and friends who live very close by who will be there with us every step of the way. These babies are very well-loved already!
The next parenting book I plan on reading is "Babyproofing Your Marriage." I'll let you know how that one is when I'm finished!