Yesterday was a BUSY day.
Actually, let me rewind. It first was a loooooong week.
On Tuesday, my littlest guy had a runny nose. He hasn’t had one since we returned from Alabama, so I thought it was some kind of allergy or the cold weather. By Thursday, everyone had snotty noses. By Friday, even my husband had a sore throat. I always feel congested and my throat is sore off and on from re-flux, so I’m still not sure if I caught it or not.
So, between running errands for the party (we were having the twins’ second birthday party after the March of Dimes’ Walk on Saturday,) bugging people to donate, hounding people to RSVP, making party decorations, and cleaning the house/backyard, I was wiping countless noses and dealing with some cranky little people. Who could blame them? Feeling icky is NOT fun.
But, on the bright side, I had some great helpers. Both my Mom and Dad helped me immensely throughout the week, and my husband’s Mom came on Friday to babysit while I got the last of the party stuff.
I stayed up until a ridiculous hour on Friday night making birthday signs, blowing up balloons, and packing bags for the walk on Saturday.
I then got up super early Saturday morning to decorate and get everyone ready to go. Even with my parents picking up the cake, and helping by coming a half hour before we were supposed to leave, we still were late to the walk. Not late late, but later than the time we were supposed to meet our team. Luckily, almost everyone else was running late too.
My husband and Dad dropped us off, T-shirts in hand, to register and meet our team for the March of Dimes’ March for Babies. There was a huge turnout, and I’m always impressed at how many family teams there are. It’s really a great thing to see the community coming together for the health of premature babies like mine.
The sun was shining, but I’m not going to lie, it was COLD. The wind was blowing off the lake, and even though I dressed in layers, I probably could have used another. The babies and my oldest were warm with bodysuits, pajamas, fleece lined jeans, two t-shirts, hats and these fleece Superman ponchos with hoods I found on clearance at Buy Buy Baby.
When everyone arrived, they got their t-shirts on, and we took a group picture. It was really cool to see how many of our friends and family were supporting us and the March of Dimes. We then walked around a path near the lake, and I’m happy to report, we made it the whole way without too many meltdowns…they saved those for the car ride home.
Speaking of home, we headed out quick and didn’t stay for the food at the walk. I heard really great things about the food, so next year we just may have to! Instead, we decided to stop and get pizzas for the party, and put the twins down for a quick nap. Unfortunately, my oldest didn’t want to nap, but I should have forced him. Let’s just say he wasn’t his normal charming self at the party.
Even though the twins’ actual birthday isn’t until May 4th, we figured we’d combine the two events and make the party really casual. Pizza, cake, and some good friends. It was really nice, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
By the time everyone left, I was EXHAUSTED. Not only had the lack of sleep caught up to me, but the 2 mile walk, combined with heartburn from the pizza I shouldn’t have eaten, made me feel like I’d been hit by a truck. As soon as the babies went to bed, I put my PJ’s on (OK. Before,) turned my heating pad on, and climbed into bed.
Overall, it was a successful day. We did have some last minute cancellations, and I was very frustrated with the lack of RSVP’s, but the people that DID join us and the people that DID donate all made up for it. I felt very supported and happy that my boys are so loved. We are all very lucky. We also raised over $1100 for the March of Dimes, which I am very proud of. And the Birthday cake was delicious!