Thursday, August 12, 2010

I have less than 24 hours here with the twins. I don't want to dwell on that fact. I am going to miss them. I am however looking very much forward to being back with my husband and my children. Oh yeah, and sleeping 8 hours at night.

I took off for the evening to give Shana and J.D. time without me hanging around. J.D. has been in FL on business this week.
I treated myself to a movie. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I've been reading the Twilight series this summer. Easy reads. Juvenile, but catchy. And I am happy to report that this third flick is much better than the other two, thank goodness.

Why does Wyatt remind me of Rex is this picture? 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So how do you feed newborn twins...

Wyatt and Sadie were put on a 3 hour feeding schedule in the NICU and it is the same at home: 12, 3, 6, 9, 12, 3, 6, 9. They are breastfed babies. We feed on an alternating schedule. Shana breastfeeds one baby while the other is fed a bottle of breast milk. The breast milk is obtained by Shana by pumping after she has fed one baby. This pattern only differs for the 3am and midnight feeding. During those, both babies are bottle fed. Breastfeeding is harder for the babies and it takes them longer to fill their tummies. So night feedings are shortened a little. However they are getting faster. When I started my 2 weeks they would often breastfeed for an hour. Now most feedings are 30 minutes.

Wyatt eats more than Sadie and has a faster flowing nipple for his bottle. For this reason the bottles are differentiated by the color of the nipple ring. Wyatt’s are white, Sadie’s are green.

There is a system to the bottles in the refrigerator. Pull from the left, place new filled bottles on the right. (Formula is mixed with the breast milk when the amount needs to be increased.)

There is also a system to the bottles on the counter. Bottles, nipples, and pacifiers in the right drainer have been washed with soap and water. Those in the left drainer have been sterilized. The sterilizer is a plastic microwavable dome. We fill it with 7oz of water, place items in tray, close lid, microwave for 2 minutes, and let stand for 2 more. I think it’s a cool little contraption. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

I'm glad to be back. I missed these little people. They have worked their way right into my heart and I am going to miss them terribly when I leave on Friday. School for my kids and me start up in the next weeks and our schedule will be very busy. I don't know when I'll get back. But I won't think of that now...

This morning was a bit hairy. It seems Miss Sadie is waking up from her newborn slumber, just as her big brother did last week. Both babies were fussy and had Shana and I with our hands full. But this afternoon couldn't have been more the opposite. They were magnificent. After feeding they would lay for a while on their play pad and squirm, hiccup, poot, grunt, you know all those things that are precious coming only from a newborn. Then we'd have a little fussing as they would fall to sleep.

Wyatt does seem to suffer from gas, reflux, what ever you want to call it. He cries about 30 to an hour after a feeding in spurts and then he'll burp or release the gas by other means. He's also spit up a few times today, which is new. He cries more often then Sadie.

But the faces he makes cracks me up.

Sadie's sweet feet.
Just before bedtime. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Poor little man. He had a rough day. He started fussing after the noon feeding and had a hard time getting good heavy sleep until just this evening. He took a pretty good nap on his mama's chest. But anywhere else he would wake after a few minutes and cry. He had gas and burped a time or two. Hunger, gas pains, who knows. All we could do was try our best to comfort and pray that it would all go away soon. 

And it did.

Sadie was an angel today.


"You better watch it, I ain't scared of you."

"Oh yeah, take that!"

Bless you and you