Fun Fall Festivals & Sicky Boys

I was originally supposed to be on call this weekend but ended up switching with a co-worker so our weekend was totally free! On Saturday we finally attended the annual pumpkin races in our town. What a fun event! Kids and various organizations decorate a pumpkin and attach wheels so it can be rolled down a small incline in the parking lot where the event was held. People were really creative with some of their pumpkins and some local politicians raced against each other. There was live music, carnival rides and games and junk food for sale. We brought lunch for the boys and avoided the various fried items for ourselves, even though I would’ve given my right arm for an apple dumpling.

Mayor of Gaithersburg and President of Montgomery Village Foundation race their pumpkins.

The boys got their second wind after a nap at home and we decided to take them outside to play in front of our house. Wyatt is still learning to walk on different surfaces and would strictly crawl on the grass and walk on the pavement. I was so nervous I didn’t even get a picture when he was on the pavement! Helicopter parent much?

Later that night, we took the boys to eat at Red Robin in order to support the Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics. Not only did we help support Special Olympics of Maryland but we discovered a new dining strategy when we’re with the boys. If they sit side by side at the end of the table, then we can relegate all silverare, beverages and food to the other end of the table and prevent the boys from grabbing everything. Doesn’t sound like much but it was quite the breakthrough. The boys had a great time and enjoyed their meals from the kids menu, while Shane and I each had a Sam Adams Octoberfest… delish. Shockingly, the boys didn’t melt down even though we only left the restaurant a little after 7:00 (their bed time). Success!

On Sunday we packed up the boys and met some friends for brunch. We implemented the new seating arrangement and it worked like a charm once again. Although this time the boys were positively STARVING by the time their meal arrived, so they were getting pretty antsy beforehand. The boys were quite the messy eaters and as always, I felt bad for the wait staff. I remember when I was a waitress and the feeling of seeing that the “6-top” that was seated in your section was actually 2 adults and their four kids. Yikes. The table was always trashed with smooshed Cheerios on the carpet and puddles of milk and water saturating the tabletop. Now we’re sure to try to clean up a little more and maybe throw a couple extra dollars their way. We save the fancier restaurants for date night and choose to patronize louder, more family friendly restaurants. That’s just how we roll now.

After brunch we probably should’ve gone home for nap time but we figured we’d check out an Oktoberfest in a neighboring town and maybe the boys would sleep in their stroller. Needless to say, they didn’t. Our visit was short, due to the overwhelming crowds and the fact that they ran out of all beer, except Miller Lite. The boys got cranky so it was kind of a bust, but I’m glad we checked it out. I would stack up our small, local Pumpkin Race against that big, fancy Oktoberfest any day!

Riiiiii – collllaaaaaaa!

The boys had no appetite last night and we were worried they wouldn’t have a good nights sleep. We were right. Shane had to sit in the glider with Wyatt for a majority of the night and I had Caleb sleep with me in our room. Once Shane made his way back to bed there was no reason why all three of us couldn’t comfortably sleep in the same bed, but of course, Caleb chose to sleep perpendicular to Shane and I.  We were both teetering on the edge of our mattress while Caleb was stretched out with his hands in my face and kicking Shane in the ribs.

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It was a rough one. Miraculously, I felt well rested today, despite the crappy night’s sleep. It funny when you have a newborn you just assume that once the baby is sleep trained you’re set, but there are so many small things that might wake up our boys on any given night. Luckily, they are GREAT sleepers a majority of the time. Mama needs her 8 hours!

Wyatt had developed some sort of rash that we noticed on Saturday and come this morning, it was much much worse so Shane stayed home and made a sick appointment with the pediatrician. He brought Caleb to daycare but I took him to his eye doctor. We’ve been concernced that his prescription may have changed and his glasses are too strong, but after pupil dilation, the doctor was able to determine that Caleb’s vision hasn’t changed. It’s unclear as to why he’s rejecting his glasses, but she is going to reduce the power and see if that makes a difference. We’ll wait and see I guess! While waiting at the doctor, I noticed Caleb had similar bumps and blisters developing on his hands, like Wyatt had on his legs, hands and around his mouth. Well, you guessed it… Wyatt was diagnosed with Hand, Foot, Mouth disease today. Not to be confused with Hoof and Mouth disease which affects cattle. He and Caleb basically have a rash, which is known to be associated with fever, although they don’t have one. The doctor only noticed one sore in Wyatt’s mouth, so that’s also a plus. The boys didn’t end up going to daycare today and we’re not sure if we’ll send them tomorrow or now. There’s no medicine for Hand, Foot, Mouth… just Tylenol, fluids and TLC. Aside from their lack of appetite and the obvious blisters, you wouldn’t even know anything was wrong. They’re still my happy-go-lucky guys. If this fall/winter continues in the current trajectory, I’ll have to change my blog title to Super Sick Twins.

Aren’t you gonna put some Noxzema on this shit? Embarassing!

Who wants to schedule a play date? Anyone?

Check out those dilated pupils! Yikes!


I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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2 comments on “Fun Fall Festivals & Sicky Boys
  1. Amy says:

    Poor babies!! 😦 It looks painful!!! That same virus/disease made an appearance around our area last month. Not for Kins, but a few others that I know of! Hope they feel better soon! Miss you!!

  2. […] Working Woman's Journey Through Life with Twins « Fun Fall Festivals & Sicky Boys Oct […]

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