Thursday, November 29, 2012

8 weeks old already!!

The little eagles are getting so old.  I cannot believe that 8 weeks have passed since they were born.  Crazy!!  Time really is flying!!  This is just a quick update to say that the twins are both smiling now and starting to coo, which is really awesome.  They are not totally in sync and sleeping through the night yet, but if we let them sleep in their swing and vibrating chair then we can get a pretty decent night sleep (even though I have to sleep on the couch!)  We definitely want them to sleep in their cribs eventually, but I know that getting sleep for me is important too!!

Update for me.  I'm still breastfeeding and pumping and it's going well, but it's hard to find the time at work.  I'm also eating like crazy, which is fun, but I think I'm going to cut back just a little bit so I can lose the last few pounds from pregnancy (6lbs) and from IVF (10lbs).  I'm super happy about the babies and so in love!!  It's hasn't been easy though and it still isn't easy, but I know that each day and week that passes we are getting closer to them sleeping through the night...I can't wait!!

Well, I just finished pumping!!

Happy almost Friday!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

We went up to my parents house for Thanksgiving and it was awesome and exhausting. All my siblings came back got the holiday which was great!  Wednesday night the babies slept poorly but we still managed to get a couple of hours of sleep.  On turkey day we hung out at home, went to the park, watched football, took a nap (me too), cooked dinner, took pictures, ate way to much food, went doing at midnight, and came home when CJ called for help, and everyone slept better that night.

Friday started off with feeding the kids and watching hgtv followed by a trip to the mall to get some Christmas presents and ideas.  Lunch was delicious leftovers and then we picked up a bunch of pallets for some interest craft projects.  After a nice afternoon nap for me it was time for dinner and some Christmas pictures of the twins for their Christmas cards.  Then my sister and her family hit the road back to Georgia and CJ and I tried to get some sleep, but the babies had other ideas and we were up all night almost.
On Saturday my mom and I went to Panera while CJ and my dad took care of the twins and then n before we knew it it was time to pack up and head home.
CJ's parents came to town for the evening and we hung out for dinner.  Then out was time to get the babies to we ranked them up with a mixture of breast milk and formula and they passed out for the next 5 hours, which meant that I got 4 consecutive hours of sleep.  It was amazing.

Now we are hanging out with the babies and my in-laws and trying to get ready for the week.  I don't want too go back to work or have my kids go back to daycare...I'm really going to miss them!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

So much to be thankful for...

But I will keep this brief so I can get back to the festivities.

For my amazing husband who is my best friend and biggest fan and without a doubt the love of my life.

For my twins who brought me back to life and are so amazing.

For my wonderful family and friends and all the blessings in my life.

Happy happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Daycare and transition back to work...

Despite the lack of sleep, my maternity leave flew by.  I guess it didn't help that I only had 6 weeks and I spent the 1st week in the hospital.  I was dreading this past Monday for awhile, but it wasn't as bad as I thought that it would be.  The biggest thing that I learned this week is that more than anything having my kids in daycare makes me appreciate the time I get to spend with them at home even more and therefore makes me even more productive while they are at daycare so I can concentrate on them when I'm at home.  We are all learning as we go...

In other twin news, I've started pumping during the day so that the kids can each have 3 3oz bottles of breast milk at daycare.  If they need a 4th bottle, then they get some formula.  Then, at night I only nurse them and it's going well!!

As far as sleeping goes...we have some good nights and some bad nights.  Good nights are when both kids go at least 4 hours between eating.  That way I can usually get 2-3 hours of sleep in a row.  Sometimes one baby will even go 5 hours between feedings, but then the other baby only goes like 3 hours and we don't get to take advantage of the long stretch.  Oh well.  Such is life with twins it seems. Bad nights are when they are off schedule and even though we try to wake them up to keep them together they still manage to stay off because one baby won't go back to sleep well or the other one doesn't nurse well, etc.  CJ and I have good and bad nights too where we are more frustrated with the babies or the baby monitors (and their false alarms) or other random things.  Overall though its going well and we are just looking forward to a few more hours of consecutive sleep in the future.

If anyone has tips on how to get a baby to sleep better in their crib then please share because that seems to be the hardest thing about getting the kids to sleep!!

In post-partum news, I am still 8lbs over my pre-pregnancy IVF weight and 18lbs over my ideal weight.  I'm definitely eating a lot though to help keep my supply up and I think once I start working longer days (starting next week) and I'm not just doing research from home then the weight will start coming off again.

In emotional news, I'm still happier than I have ever been.  It's kinda weird not feeling sad anymore, but I'm getting used to it.  People say to me, "You don't even look tired."  I think it's because I'm just so happy that feeling tired is nothing compared to the weight of loss and infertility and the uncertainty involved in all that.  I'm a mom now...a mother of twins...who is tired, yes, but so, so happy!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

5 Weeks Old

My babies are getting so old and so big.  They are 5 weeks old and our little man is weighing in at 9lbs 3 oz and our little lady is weighing in at 8lbs 8oz.  They will both be graduating from newborn clothes and diapers within the week.  Where has the time gone?!

In other news, today is my last day of maternity leave.  I am incredibly sad about that, but I know that my kids will be taken care of in a great daycare.  I just know that I am going to miss feeding them during the day and tummy time on the mat and cuddling with them during the day and our walks or trips to the store.

They are taking a nap now so I had time to write this post, but I need to jump in the shower before they wake up!!

Happy Friday!!