We have been home almost one week and I think we're getting into a rhythm. Thank GOD!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
We have been home almost one week and I think we're getting into a rhythm. Thank GOD!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Now that I'm on blood pressure meds and iron pills I should be getting better. They were very concerned about me getting enough rest.
I have no idea how to do that yet until I can get them tandem all the time. Not easy as sebastian aka whoop whoop, fights getting on. But once he's there he could stay for 30-40 minutes.
His brother, Grunter, does better getting on but doesn't stay as long.
We'll get there, we've only had 5 days practice.
At least they are both breast feeding and I'm getting more milk from pumping. Not enough to stop the formula, but soon I hope.
I am having a really hard time finding the time to fit pumping in every two hours as well. But I have the hands free breast pump and just ordered a bra so I can actually use that feature when it arrives on friday! That will free up my hands which is going to be great.
I have massive swelling and fluid retention in my legs, feet and ankles. I realize now I barely had any swelling during the pregnancy compared to this. The thing is, walking and moving is supposed to help that, but it also raised my blood pressure so what's a girl to do?!
We are both starting to suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation.
It's really hard, even with my mom here. Damn hard. But we are getting into a routine slowly. Keeping a log of every single thing really helps as it gets so confusing.
We are enjoying it and they are so cute we could just eat them up, but tired? Yes indeed.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
- My condition was declining toward HELLP but they were willing to induce me for a natural labor
- The natural labor they described was the most unnatural thing I've ever heard of, could take +48 hrs and more than likely would end up in an emergency C-Section anyway. The only natural thing was that the babies "might" exit out my vagina. Might.
- The C-Section was solely our decision
- We prepped for OR at 5:15 and the boys were here at 5:53
- Those drugs are intense. Whoa.
- Sebastian was fine from the beginning and was taken to well baby nursery
- Max had a little problem breathing and spent the night in NICU but was released the following day mid-morning
- I lost a lot of blood during surgery and am now severely anemic
- We didn't name them for over 48 hours
- Chicken is a natural, she is a rock star and the love of my life. The babies totally have Chicken noses.
- If you didn't suffer from gas pains from your C-Section consider yourself extremely lucky indeed
- My gas pains were so severe I had intense labor like contractions every 2-3 minutes all day and night on Saturday. I thought I might die. I actually wanted to die just to not feel the pain anymore. I was completely convinced there was no way it would ever end.
- Take the drugs they offer you. All of them. DO NOT let your pain get away from you.
- It got a little better on Sunday...with a little help from my friend suppository.
- We let the nursery take them the first full night (Friday) but kept them in our room on the second night (Saturday).
- By the middle of the night we knew that recovering from a C-Section PLUS twins=we need extra help BIG TIME.
- We called my mom Sunday morning.
- Sunday was a lot better. There's nothing like two babies needing you to get your recovering C-Section ass out of bed and get on with it.
- My blood pressure started going up on Monday.
- We were all released to go home this day and Chicken's dad drove 4 hours in the pouring rain to help us get home and meet his grandsons.
- Coming home was intense and chaotic and wonderful and with little sleep.
- My mom flew in yesterday (Tuesday).
- I now believe all the people who said "you WILL NEED EXTRA HELP."
- Yes, I am a believer. If you ever want to sleep again, you will need help.
- My blood pressure continued to climb yesterday.
- I was almost sent to the hospital again last night, but my OB called in some blood pressure medication for me at midnight.
- Thank god we live where we do and there's a 24 hour Pharmacy right across the street.
- I have to go to the Doctor's this morning for monitoring and blood work and pray to whatever gods are responsible that this doesn't now turn into E-Clampsia.
- I finally had a shower this morning after one week.
- The babies are the most perfect thing ever. They both breast feed but b/c they are so little we have to supplement with formula until my milk fully comes in.
- I can even tandem breastfeed!!!
- They go to their first pediatrician appointment tomorrow and I can get a better idea of how much we can cut down on their formula until we go 100% breast.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- We don't know the sexes and I am perfectly OK with that. The sex was determined from Day 1, nothing I can do about it but wait and see! I never in a million years would have thought I would be OK with not knowing. Surprise! I just want healthy babies, that's it. And honestly it has been SO nice not to be bombarded with pink/blue. There is plenty of time after they are born for people to get obsessed with colors. For now, thank god, they can just be babies.
- We don't have names picked out. Oh sure, we have lists of possibilities, but nothing for certain. I want to see these babies, hold them, get to know them before naming them. I know babies and pets are completely different, but I would never name a pet before meeting it. Blast me if you want to for that comparison, but that's the best I can explain it.
- We have no birth plan other than showing up, thinking positive and going with whatever is best for the babies. Yes, we have educated ourselves on our options and medical interventions, but ultimately--what will be will be. I have seen way too many bloggers go in for one kind of birth they had carefully spent months planning out only to emerge with something they could've never dreamt of. I've also heard of too many bloggers heartbroken and guilty that they didn't get the birth they had planned. I might feel different if I were having a singleton, I think so...but almost all of the twin moms I've spoken with have agreed that childbirth classes and a 'plan' were completely useless in a twin pregnancy.
- Music. It rules. Take away the TV for the rest of my life, I could care less--but give me my music! But what do I want to hear in the throes of birth?? I have no idea. Plus, I'll be in the OR, they don't allow you to give birth in a nice birthing room for twins, so I can't even imagine me rocking out while 30 people stand by waiting to see if they are needed. I think if I have the choice, I'll just put Brandi Carlile on the iPod and keep repeating. Or maybe that will drive me crazy and I'll ask everyone to join me in singing "Under Pressure" with Chicken in charge of snapping. Who knows.
- Going home outfits? Onsies. Seriously. I mean, it's winter and they are going to be so bundled up and who is going to see them that hasn't already seen them? The cab driver?
- The nursery. HaHa! What nursery? This one has probably surprised me most. I always thought I would really need this and have it be perfect in order to be happy. Not so much. We have two cribs. The cribs have bedding and mobiles. We have a changing table. Everything matches. The drawers are full of clothing. It all fits in a corner of our bedroom, so therefore it's perfect! We were able to stay in our newly rent-stabilized, rent-reduced apartment in Manhattan, an apartment we love, a neighborhood that is perfect for us and kids, and we are surrounded by friends. We can walk anywhere we want, we have many, many parks right outside our door. Our Y is right around the corner and has baby swimming classes, Mommy and Me Yoga and a host of other kid-friendly options. All of this trumps the perfect nursery 10 times over.
- Chicklet is 5.7 lbs
- Shadow Boxer is 5.5 lbs.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here's a complete list of all the offers:
We offer a one-time gift of coupons to parents of twins, triplets, etc. To receive this gift, please send a copy of the birth certificates to: U.S. Requests: Kimberly-Clark Corporation Department QMB P.O. Box 2020 Neenah, WI 54957-2020
We welcome twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, or more with a one-time gift of money-saving coupons! Simply send us copies of the hospital discharge papers. Any sensitive information, such as social security numbers, should be blacked out before sending them. Finally, mail your name and address along with the hospital discharge copies to: Pampers Multiple Birth Offer, The Procter & Gamble Company, P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your coupons to arrive!
BABIES R US
10% off of purchase of 2 or more of same item. Big things only
Free Baby Products from The First Years
The First Years produces a variety of well-regarded gadgets and gizmos for babies. Send proof of birth, such as a newspaper clipping or copies of the birth certificates, to: The First Years, One Kiddie Dr., Avon, MA 02322, Attn: Multiple Births Program. You'll receive a gift of items from the company's product line. Contents may vary, but in the past have included bibs, rattles, teethers and toys.
Multiples packet includes coupons for Beech-Nut baby food products.
What to Do:
Call 1-800-BEECHNUT (233-2468) and provide your contact information. You'll be sent a packet designed especially for families with multiples. No verification is required, except for quadruplets and higher order multiples.
Visit Beech-Nut's website for additional special offers.
Type of Offer: Coupons for baby food. Gerber's products include foods like rice cereal, juices and staged foods for infants and toddlers. They also produce a line of organic baby food products.
What to Do: Call (800) 443-7237 to request a packet for parents of twins and multiples. Verification may be required for higher order multiples.
Other Info: Visit Gerber's website for more coupon and discount offers. Gerber's product line includes a wide variety of baby care products, like bottles, pacifiers, medications, shampoo, bath accessories, clothing and sippy cups.
The 1st Years, 1-800-533-6708 Rattles, bibs 1 Kiddie Dr. Avon, MA 02322
American Baby Magazine, Free magazine subscription http://www.americanbaby.com/subscription/
BabyTalk Magazine, Free magazine subscription http://www.pathfinder.com/ParentTime/parenting/babysub.html
Beechnut Baby Food, 1-800-523-6633 New parent package including coupons; label saving program http://www.beech-nut.com/
Carnation Good Start Formula 1-800-782-7766 Nestle Infant Nutrition PO Box AW Wilkes Barre, PA 18703 Mothers of multiples need to send copies of birth certificates to this address for coupons for 5 cans of formula.
Drypers Corporation, 1-360-693-6688 Several $1 off coupons and a coupon for a free package of diapers for each baby P.O. Box 8830 Vancouver, WA 98666-8830
Evenflo, 1-800-356-2229 Disposable bottles, holders, nipples 1000 Evenflo Drive Canton, GA 30114
Fisher Price, 1-800-432-KIDS (1-800-432-5437), Family registry, brochures, catalogs, coupons http://www.fisher-price.com
Gerber Baby Food*, 1-800-4GERBER (1-800-443-7237) Quarterly magazine, coupons; call for more coupons at each stage http://www.gerber.com/
Johnson&Johnson, 1-800-526-RASH/1-800-526-3967 Brochures, coupons
Kimberly Clark (Huggies), 1-800-544-1847 May now require birth certificates for proof. They will send coupons until the babies are 26 months old. PO Box 2020 Dept. Q-M-B Neenah, WI 54957-2020 http://www.huggies.com/
Lil Things Store Ask about discount for multiples
Little Tikes, 1-800-321-0183 Two shoppers guides per year http://www.littletikes.com
McNeil Consumer Products (Tylenol), 1-800-962-5357 Coupons
Mead-Johnson (Enfamil/Prosobee) 1-800-BABY123 (1-800-222-9123) Family Beginnings Program for free baby products, coupons, free formula; call every month for coupon packet http://www.meadjohnson.com
OshKosh B'Gosh 1-800-692-4674 Discount for multiples. Ask at your local store. http://www.oshkoshbgosh.com/
JCPenney Portraits, Visit website to receive free offer http://www.jcpenneyportraits.com/multiples/
Proctor & Gamble (Pampers/Luvs/Baby Fresh), 1-800-543-0480/1-800-232-5326 http://www.pg.com/
Pampers Parenting Group Coupons, rebate offers http://www.pampers.com
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Show Free ticket to use any time during lifetime. Send child's name, address and birth date: P. O. Box 39845 Edina, MN 55439 http://www.ringling.com/TextContent.aspx?id=11736&parentID=348&assetFolderID=354
Ross Labs (Similac/Isomil), 1-800-222-BABYLINE (1-800-222-9546)/1-800-232-7677 Welcome Addition Club; teddy bears, formula samples, newsletters, coupons
Sassy, Inc., 1-800-323-6336 Buy one, get remaining multiples free, offer for a feeding utensil set or training cup
Spencers, 1-800-633-9111 Growth chart, product booklet, coupons
Stride Rite Stores Ask about discount for multiples