Hello ladies! I hope you will forgive me disappearing for so long, but I am back to work as of last Monday, so I finally have a bit of time to post again when taking a break at work. We have been having a pretty good time of it, but two babies and an intense toddler is a lot of work and when I did have a spare moment on maternity leave I was usually doing stuff around the house and we actually did a lot of travel as the twins love the car (thank God!) and all of my siblings are now in driving distance so it has been and will be great to visit each other more often. I've got my sister and youngest brother in one town 3 hours from us and my other brother is living with my parents which is ~5 hours and the 3 hour trip is on the way to my parents so its been really nice.
Speaking of busy, we're also planning on selling our house and getting a new bigger house in a better school district next spring. As if we didn't have enough to do
We originally planned to wait until the next year, but DH wants to go sooner and I kind of agree its a good time while interest rates are still low and house prices are too high yet, since we are upgrading we are better off with low prices overall even if it means we get less out of our house the net will still be better for us.
Kate&Joey, thanks for starting the thread. I hope your ped stops giving you grief about delayed vaxxing.
pastormamma, I switched my babes into the 6 month clothes before I went back to work so I could send the N & 3m with my Mom to her house, but they are still pretty big on them. They were just starting to outgrow some of the 3m stuff with feet, so I just made the switch, rolling up sleeves is no biggie when they are pre-crawling anyway.
Mama4life14, regarding the bleeding, I have the same kind of thing this time and last time, I actually stop bleeding postpartum really quickly (1 week of heavy period bleeding, 1 week of light and 1-2 weeks of spotting) and then after a bit yup same thing as you described. For me its like my period is trying to start, but isn't quite making it past the BFing hormones. Dunno, its annoying but isn't concerning to me. Don't be afraid to give your doc/midwife a call though!
Twilightjoy, I know, it is amazing that it has been that long!
nstewart, it is so weird that my babies actually like tummy time ok this time, not forever, but they are fine for a few minutes and Oliver especially even likes it at times for much longer. However, holding a baby up so that they are supporting their head at least somewhat themselves (either in arms or in a carrier) is supposed to count as tummy time too from what I've read, at least for head control. I dunno, I really don't worry about tummy time too much TBH, I never did it with DD1 as she HATED it.
eepeepee, I'm so sorry for all your stress about BFing
My twins are getting a bottle of formula a day (sometimes 2 bottles during the week if I have an off pumping day) and I feel a twinge of guilt at times, but I've mostly been able to let it go. The 5-6oz a day is still great for your baby gives her antibodies, etc. You've done so much to make BFing work as much as you can, I think you are awesome and
MarieWalter, sorry about the bad car experience, we had several of those with DD1. I'm glad you don't have to have her in the car on a regular basis! And good for you for recognizing the need for some personal interest time for you. Its definitely good to start slowly reincorporating that stuff as you can, I know it always makes me feel more like me too.
Lynann, glad your baby is growing so well and that your oversupply issues are getting better. That can be really hard!
PhilsBabyMama, oof, sorry to hear about the thrush and mastitis, but glad you kicked their butts. I don't understand peds that push for solids at 4 months, oh well, at least the ped seems to be on the same page with you otherwise.Sleeping
- Typically put them down 7:30-8:30, trying to make it no later than 8, but with DD1 and DH sometimes having to work late or whatever, it isn't always feasible. DH puts DD1 down unless he has to work late. Anyway, after they are down they will have one 4-5 hour stretch sometime during the night and otherwise tend to wake every 3 hours hungry, so it ends up being 2-3 times a night. They also tend to get restless around 4-5am waking frequently and just needing a pacifier popped in or a quick cuddle. If it has been at least 3 hours and one wakes up, I will wake the other one up to eat so I'm not getting woken up 30-60 minutes later. They generally wake up staggered about 10-20 minutes on their own though, so its not bad. I don't like BFing them together as my right nipple is inverted so it takes a lot more effort to keep a baby latched, so staggering their feedings works best for me. I am giving them one bottle of formula on the weekends during the witching hour (usually between 6-7pm ish) as otherwise they want to nurse for hours and I just don't have the time/energy to do that! Now during the week at daycare they've been usually getting one bottle of formula at the end of the day, so I don't need to typically give them a bottle on the week nights now which is nice as it saves bottle prep time. I'm pumping at work which is going pretty well, but I'm not stressing that I'm not providing every drop they are drinking there, I'm generally providing 3 bottles each for them of 3.5-4oz and then they usually get a 4th bottle of formula and I'm cool with that. If I can provide more, great, but I'm cool with this if not
Overall, sleep has been pretty good as it is way more than I ever got with DD1. When they both growth spurt together it does get rough as they wake more at night, not looking forward to the next one of those!Weight Loss/Exercise
- I am 7lbs under my PP weight (I have it to lose though for sure as my PP weight was higher than it should be), but still in my maternity pants or my one-size-up pants as my belly is still very flabby. I'm eating fairly healthfully as we've really been trying to plan meals better to save money and eat better and I'm eating much better than last time as I'm not a zombie. As for exercise, I was getting in a good walk with the stroller almost every day on maternity leave, now I am making sure to walk at least some on my lunch break, but that's about it. I'm too drained to do much else right now, but I want to start doing some push-ups and that sort of thing again soon to build some strength. Carrying two bucket seats is rough!Development
- Alice & Oliver are 17 weeks on Wednesday and we have their 4 month appointment on Monday. At their 2 month appointment, Alice weighed 8lb14oz and was 22in long. Oliver was 10lbs even and 21.75in long. So Oliver had doubled his birth weight and then some and Alice nearly had, they are still low on the charts for the age since they were 4 weeks early, but they are growing great, can't wait to see how much bigger they are on Monday! Both have good head control and are smiling, cooing, gabbing, etc. Oliver is really into grabbing stuff and is always looking around, Alice is more behind on grabbing but is starting to get the hang of it this week. Both love watching their big sister Sydney and both are adjusting really well to daycare which is nice. The both have flat spots on their head which I never dealt with for Sydney, she wouldn't lay down long enough
, so I've been trying to encourage them to be on their other side, but their have such good head control now I can't prop them easily anymore off that side when they are in their bouncy seats or playing in their pack-n-play, but they will be sitting up soon enough, so it will take care of itself. Otherwise, their health has been great, just some gassiness and a little bit of stuffy nose sometimes, so not bad at all!