I've been a little MIA with being in the hospital and then having an ER visit and constantly attending to babies.
My milk still hasn't come in, at least not as much as it should (7 days after babies were born). I guess I wasn't putting them to the breast enough post-surgery (I was so out of it for 2 days) and no one at the hospital was concerned and so I didn't get concerned either. Both were having trouble latching and I was so tired (from the drugs?) that I was falling asleep constantly, so it was recommended we supplement with formula since by day 2 both had lost 7% of their weight. Now we are trying to play catch up. We had a lactation consultant appointment and have some things to try - skin to skin, pumping, manual expression, warm compresses, etc. Owen is pretty good at breastfeeding but Wyatt has a tongue tie and can't get latched enough. So far I'm pumping only about 30 ml total for a 20 minute session a few times a day, but the lactation consultant wants me to up it to 6-8 times a day. I'm trying to be hopeful. I wish that we had maybe had a lactation consultant appointment before the babies were born, or had been more educated about breastfeeding, because I think our ignorance totally contributed to where we're at now.
In other news, I had to visit the ER the night we got home from the hospital, and was there for 8 hours with my mom (my dad and brother helped my husband with the babies). I had been told if I passed any blood clots larger than a golf ball to go into the ER, and that evening I passed two that were seriously like fist or lemon-sized. After lots of tests and exams, determination that there wasn't any active bleeding in the uterus, my hemoglobin levels had increased since the surgery, the ER doc pulled out another blood clot the same size, said another was forming, and after consultation with the OB on call, decided to prescribe me a medication to make the uterus contract more. I took that for 2 days and now it seems like there is no bleeding at all. Scary to have those blood clots come out, though.
My c-section incision has been painful, I have never had a surgery before so I guess it's just my first experience with this kind of pain. It looks really good and clean, though. My belly is this crazy jello blob right now, and I try not to look at it or think about it. I've been using an abdominal binder, which has made an immense difference already. Although, we were at the babies' first pediatrician appt on Monday, and I was wearing a regular button-up top that was pretty tight around my belly (but still a regular shirt in my size!) and a woman came up to us and ooh'd and ahh'd over the babies, and then pointed to my belly and said something like, "....and....?" AS IF I WAS PREGNANT. I kind of snapped at her - "The twins are 5 days old!" YEESH. That really made me feel not good, I'm already self conscious that my tummy is jello-y and wrinkly and the color is funny and my belly button is like forever messed up. :(
Thanks for listening! It's been a busy 7 days!