Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lost

Lost:
One pound of coffee...this was lost sometime last summer. After the babies were born, I went back to drinking a large strong cup of (french press) coffee each morning. This has a lot of caffeine in it. I have needed it.
Most people who know me know that I do not lose things with any frequency. I try hard to keep track of things...but I lost a whole pound of coffee.
This is, in retrospect, entirely reasonable. Anyone who has as little sleep as I have had would be losing a lot of stuff. At this point I estimate that I have not had a complete, long, full night of sleep in a year...since I had to get up every 2-3 hours starting last January while I was pregnant. (Twins in the womb don't leave a lot of room for, err, liquids to collect at night.)
I started asking everyone to keep a look out in case they found the coffee someplace weird, like in a baking pan or something. Nobody found it.
A very unhelpful person wondered if I had early onset Alzheimer's. (Really.) It wasn't funny...

The professor has been in charge of baby bottle stuff, since I am not to fully supply two babies with breast milk. He lost some very expensive plastic baby nipples, new in the package, at the same time.


The conclusion? A friend determined that somewhere, we had some nipples very hopped up on caffeine.
More recently, I seem to have lost something that upsets me more. Remember these mitts?

I seem to have lost them, too. I can't figure out if I left them somewhere outside the house (unlikely, since my hands would have been cold all the way home) or if someone picked them up inadvertently when they left our house...or??

I just don't know.

All this brings me to the bigger point. Time, at least for us right now, is not elastic. It doesn't stretch anymore. I cannot find any more of it by managing my time better. Believe me, I've tried. I am using the twins' morning nap time (20 minutes of shared sleep is a great nap around here, I don't get more of a break than that. Ever.)

We are finding it so very hard to get basic tasks done, like making dinner, or doing all the laundry, etc. Why? Well, I had a taste of what it is like to have one baby this week. The professor had to take Leo to some appointments. I had blocks of time with just one baby. WHOA! Amazing!

I could take a shower. (bouncy chair in the bathroom kept Sam amused.) I could use both hands when I put ONE baby down. When one baby napped, I didn't have to try to help the other baby fall asleep. I fed only one baby at a time. WOW.

The professor's undergraduate research mentor had twins. She told him being with just one twin was like being by yourself. I get it now. Really, I do.

All this is to say that time--time to blog, sleep, shower, eat, shovel snow, go to the bathroom, etc. is in very short supply. Having someone around to care for the twins occasionally does not allow me time to work yet, or even to rest. I run around cooking 3 dinners in an hour to feed us for the week. I try to take a shower. I rush off to do laundry...

Ooops. Nap time is over. Crying is starting. If you find my mittens...or the last 7-8 months? Please let me know!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Willow said...

Yup. My niece has twins :)

If I find your mittens, I'll return them. Personally, I think the house elves are up to something...

January 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

It's great to hear from you. If you weren't such dedicated parents, you wouldn't be so tired. Those boys are very lucky little guys!

January 22, 2012 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Cloverleaf Art and Fibre said...

I can't explain the mitts either -- would have loved them last week instead of the double layer of mismatched store bought synthetic fibre which did NOT keep my hands warm. Missing you! Hugs, M.

January 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger ilana said...

you are superwoman. those boys are, yes indeed, so lucky. i find that i am losing things too. i used to hate losing things, it would piss me off for days. now with my (singular, even) baby, i just have to move on. socks missing from the dryer? i would have hunted for hours to find it. i rarely lost a sock. ever. now? i have several singles that i just keep putting back in the hamper, hoping its pair will magically appear.
i love you, joanne. great job blogging and caring for my gorgeous nephews.

January 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

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