Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Twin Update

I hate to jinx everything, but having twins has been easier than I thought it would be. I think having Connor already, makes things easier. We appreciate the ease of this stage (compared to the 2-year old stage); we appreciate the routines and consistency; we know how quickly things go; and mostly we appreciate that this is the end of this chapter of our lives and understand that we will never again (at least according to OUR plans) have newborns.

We both even have successfully watched all three babies (Can you call Connor a baby anymore?) by ourselves. It's hard, really hard. But it's totally doable. We are just so blessed.

We also got great advice and read a few twins books before having them and implemented a few things that I think make life easier. We always, always feed babies at the same time. So when one wakes up and is hungry, we wake the other baby and feed him/her at the same time. When one baby is sleeping, we put the other baby down to sleep and vice versa (so when one is awake, we wake the other). It may sound harsh and go against what you know about babies (we've all heard the "don't wake a sleeping baby" advice), but most twin mamas tell us that the first step to sanity is getting them on the SAME schedule.

Daddy and Isabella:

 Aiden and Mama:

I'm happy to report that I've made it a whole month of breastfeeding twins! Miraculous because I honestly thought I was ready to quit a few days in. It's still overwhelming and frustrating. I still don't make enough milk for both babies exclusively (not surprising, considering I really, really struggled to make enough for just Connor), but I pump a lot and nurse only a few times a day. It makes it a little easier because Mr. Howard can feed babies and change them while I pump. But I don't think I'll make it six months. Honestly, I MIGHT make it two months and if I do, I will seriously celebrate it because nursing two babies for any amount of time is pretty amazing. It was WAY WAY harder than I ever thought it would be. All those twin mamas who nurse for nine months or a year are spectacular!!

Alright, it's time to feed babies!


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You are an AMAZING Mama! Nursing one baby is challenge enough - I think nursing twins makes you Wonder Woman!!!....D (BTW: Happy, Happy Birthday to you!)

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