30 fingers&toes

"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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Winter is always a busy time for our family. Add in the sickness we have been plagued with and I feel like I have just been living in a blur. We celebrated Isabelle’s 7th birthday quietly with our family and she had a birthday party with some of her friends from school on the weekend. Poor kid was sick on her actual birthday and barely made it through her requested dinner out at Boston Pizza. She managed to feel better in time to go bowling with her friends at her party. She and her friends all had a great time together!

Yesterday my babies turned 6 years old. When we found out we were pregnant again so quickly after having Isabelle I was a little worried how I would manage with a newborn and a 1 year old. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to give Isabelle the attention she needed from me. We were living up in Tuktoyaktuk at the time and due to a few blizzards my scheduled ultrasounds kept having to be pushed back. I was 23 weeks along when I finally got to drive to Inuvik for my first(of many)ultrasounds. The nurses in Tuk had joked that since my baby belly grew fairly quickly that perhaps I was having twins. However we only ever heard one heartbeat and could feel only one baby. I did not think it was a funny joke to be having twins. I was already worried about having one baby I did not need to add the idea of TWO babies being in there!

We drove the ice road out of Tuk since the planes weren’t flying again because of bad weather. It took us about 3 hours to get there and I was so relieved to finally be there and to see our baby! As I lay on the bed talking with the Tech who had done all my ultrasounds while I was pregnant with Isabelle, we chatted about her and how she was doing. How I was worried about the idea of it being two babies but also saying that there was NO WAY it was two and I would just about die if there was two and that there was NO WAY I WAS HAVING TWINS!! All the while she calmly did her thing chatting to me about Isabelle and our new home in Tuktoyaktuk. When she was done she went out of the room to go get Ian and Isabelle. She handed me a box of Kleenex and backed away (this was likely due to my saying that I would probably punch someone if I was having twins…..) and said “I don’t know how else to tell you this” at which point my heart sank thinking something was wrong, “you are having twins, so congratulations I hope!”

She was so right to give me the box of Kleenex. I did not take this news well. The husband on the other hand had this huge grin from ear to ear! I cried and cried. I cried all the way out of the hospital and through the parking lot to our truck. I cried in the truck. I pulled myself together as we walked into my husbands office to share our news. As I was about to tell a friend in the office, she guessed it was twins and I just cried. Thankfully a another friend there came and just hugged me and told me everything was going to be fine.

6 years later, she was right. Everything is fine. It’s wonderful actually. Having our twins was a huge, HUGE, surprise. I would not change a thing though. Isabelle is a wonderful sister to Madeline and Aidan. They are wonderful to her. Sure we have our moments and there is a lot of screaming and tears and stomping of feet in our house but I can say I really love every moment of (the chaos) it!

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news travels fast…

We have been contemplating switching the kids from French Immersion to the English track at the school. It has nothing to do with the ability of the teachers, I think they have all done great jobs this year. However we do have our reasons and would rather make the switch now before it’s too late.

I was dropping the kids off at school the other day and while in the office I asked the secretaries who we would speak to about switching the kids over and also when do they need our decision by. Both agreed I should really re-think our decision to switch them and before we decide anything at home we should talk to the teachers and to the principle. Sure sounds fine, however we have spoken with the teachers at every parent teacher night so really I only need to speak with the principle. Also I feel this isn’t a decision he can make for us as we are the parents and he’s just the school administrator. Anyways. I said we would make an appointment with our principle next week or after March break.

Yesterday I go to pick up the kids from school. Both their teachers were telling me how wonderful Aidan was doing, was now speaking in full sentences in French and how amazing and wonderful this was. I thought, this was great but also a little weird, that out of the blue Aidan just starts speaking in full sentences! So there is a good chance that yes, Aidan all of a sudden decided to show his teachers just how much he really does know, or it’s more likely that the secretaries mentioned to the teachers that we are considering making the change.


The kids are doing well in French. However we feel it’s just not the best fit for them and they have talked to us about how they feel about being in the French Immersion and it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for them either. They enjoy it, but it’s fairly easy to see they aren’t really embracing school and I think it’s because of the French.

So we have some talking to do as a family and as parents and then we will approach the school about our decision.

On a totally unrelated note, I cannot WAIT for winter to move along…..