It’s been four weeks since Emma and Kate were born – which is so hard for me to believe! The days have gone by slow, but the weeks have flown by.
The girls have definitely changed everything since we’ve been home – but the biggest adjustment for me has been sleep deprivation. The girls nurse every three hours and it takes about an hour and sometimes an hour and a half to feed both of them. So I’m basically living in three hour increments. Everyone says sleep when the baby sleeps, but usually one of them is up in between the feeding periods now. It’s amazing how one can function on little to no sleep.
I quickly realized I needed extra help when Mike went back to work. Mainly, just an extra pair of hands and set of eyes to hold and watch when I’m busy with one of them. Fortunately, my mom has been irreplaceable. I also have a friend who is helping me three times a week for a few hours until she goes back to college.
We’re focusing on the little victories every day – like me taking a shower or getting a two hour uninterrupted nap. Plus, we reached our biggest goal this week: getting the girls back to their birth weights! Once I’m cleared by my doctor from the surgery (hopefully at 6 weeks), I’ll be able to lift over 10-15 lbs again and will be able to do so much more than I am now, too. Lots to look forward to, but for now we’re taking it day by day!
This post is extremely belated but for a very good reason. I’ve been quite busy taking care of my new twin girls, Emma and Kate. My world has been turned upside down since July 2, the day I was induced and brought them into the world at 9:58 and 10:00 p.m. Emma was 6 lbs 11 oz and Kate was 5 lbs 15 oz. It’s no wonder I was so enormous at the end of my pregnancy! But it was all worth it to have such healthy twins.
The short version of their birth story: after 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, little miss Kate (baby A) did not want to cooperate. She was the smaller of the two and kept shifting while Emma (baby B) was on top of her. This led us to somewhat of a quick decision to have a c-section to get both of the girls out safely and without further distress. At my hospital, it’s a requirement to deliver in the OR if you’re considered a high risk pregnancy so fortunately we were already in there and the operation went swiftly and smoothly. The room went from about 5 people to 15 very quickly but the girls came out healthy and crying at 36 weeks 6 days! Mike was amazing throughout the whole day and couldn’t have been a better partner and coach.
The girls had to spend their first night in the NICU for monitoring but I was able to visit, feed and be with them every 2 hours during the night. The next day they were dismissed and were able to room in with us for the rest of our hospital stay. I had a wonderful experience at Overland Park Regional – every single nurse was so kind, caring and helpful. They taught me a lot in 5 days! Plus, the lactation consultants visited us every day to help us begin our feeding multiples journey, too (more on that later).
Now, the girls are almost 3 weeks old! Time seems to stand still at certain moments and other days I wonder how how it’s gone by so quickly! The girls dropped in weight after they were born and we’re still trying to get back to a steady growth. I also had to overcome a somewhat unrelated infection in my legs during my recovery (another very long story that I’ll spare the details on for now).
More updates and photos to come soon! You know, once I have a moment to blink in between 3 hour feedings and sleepless nights 🙂