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I can generally judge how "easy" I think my twins are by how much I feel ready to have another baby! That said, I think months 8-12 were relatively easy and then they became easy again when they were 20 months. I've loved, LOVED months 20-23 (mine are 23 months now). They are so much fun and can communicate enough that they're not that frustrated with me or each other. I think hardest times for me so far were months 0-6 and then around 18 months.
Mine were IVF as well. After TTC for 3 years we were thrilled beyond belief to be having 2!
My period returned at 9 months post partum on the dot. I never supplemented. My twins stopped eating at night around 7 months and started solids around 8months.
I too TTC'd for a very long time (3+ years) and finally had my twins via IVF. I couldn't have wanted those babies more. However, when they arrived I had a very hard time bonding with them. It was all I could do to survive. I dreampt of giving one or both of them up for adoption. I fantasized about this and wondered how my family would take it if I just told them that I had adopted out my son or daughter. I felt like I was incapable of connecting with them. In...
I had horrible, horrible post partum depression/anxiety for the entire first year of my twins' lives. Pretty much constant suicidal thoughts and a despondancy that I couldn't shake. I saw a total of 3 psychiatrists (each of whom "specialized" in womens' health issues), spent months on zoloft, lexapro, alternative meds (omega 3, etc) and never felt much better. I exclusively breastfed my twins which was very important to me because in the midst of feeling so crappy, I...
I started zoloft when my 35 weeker twins were 3 weeks old. I had horrible ppd beginning almost as soon as I delivered. I started at 25mg and titrated up to about 150. When they were 9 months I switched to Lexapro which worked as well but had less side effects. I debated long and hard about taking these medications. I spent many a night agnonizing over the decision and about whether or not I should wean. I decided to take the drugs and to keep breastfeeding. I felt...
My twins are exclusively breastfed and starting sleeping through the night at around 6-7 months. They also started solids at 7 months. I got my period back at 9 months on the dot.
I had an emergent c/s when my twin B's heartrate began to drop precipitously as I was pushing twin A. I'm a nurse midwife and this was not the outcome I wanted by any means but it was quite scary to hear MY baby's heartrate continue to drop and not return to baseline.
Quote: Twin parenting is great, because it really ends up being easier to be AP... part of being AP is that it's about doing what comes naturally, what is best for you and the kids, and listening to your inner voice/gut/whatever. It's not about following the "rules" of mothering, MDC, or Dr. Sears. If twin parenting does anything, it makes you follow your inner voice and do what's best for you and the babies. You're under such demand, you can't HELP but think...
I pumped twice a day at work for my twins and once before I went to bed until they were about 11 months. At that point my pumping output declined precipitously and I also found that my kids were not finishing their daycare bottles of breastmilk. I ended up stopping pumping and used up my freezer supply and also supplemented a little with cow's milk. Now at 12 months my twins are eating tons of solids including daily yogurt and cheese. They sometimes take a sippy of...
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