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#61 of 80 Old 04-10-2014, 09:48 AM
 
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Congratulations! I love that they got separate birthdays too :)


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Congratulations! Oh, they are so sweet! ! Love their little sweaters, and what beautiful names! That sounds like quite an adventure, and I hope your recovery proceeds smoothly:) Thanks for sharing♡
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Congratulations! They're beautiful. <3

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Checking in with you, twin mamas. Any other new babies to report?

My babies are 6 weeks old now, hovering around 12 pounds, chubby and healthy. They are so different from one another, in looks and personality. It is such an adventure to have two at once to watch grow. Anyway, I wanted to share my experiences of the early weeks, in case it might help any of you.

First I'll say, if you are cloth diapering (especially without a dryer), have way more diapers than you think you need! We use about 25 per day, so we have a total of...I think 65 flats, to allow for an extra day of drying indoors if the weather is bad. We wash every other day, and this is just enough diapers.

Also, goodness, get a twin nursing pillow! I didn't even consider having a nursing pillow for my singleton DS, and I don't nurse both twins together all the time (I try to have them on different schedules because it's just easier that way), but tandem nursing two floppy babies without the pillow is way more difficult. Sure, you can just use bed pillows, but then you waste time stacking them up while your babies are crying. The twin pillow is so much simpler.

If you have a toddler, get help for as long as you can! I take care of the twins entirely by myself (if DH even holds one, they cry!), but throw the two-year-old in too, and that can be quite difficult.

Babywearing twins--totally doable. I use one woven wrap, put one on my back (ruck tied under bum) and the other on my front (in the tibetan crosses), we're set. I don't wear them nearly as much as I wore my single DS, but we still get in 3-4 hours per day (not always tandem), and it lets me have a whisper of a chance at a garden this year. We didn't have a stroller at all until a week ago, and it does help me do things with all three children and no other adults, but at this stage, it's not essential.

Pacifiers. Greatest thing ever. (I'm not generally a fan, and DS1 didn't have one) The twins sometimes have a hard time getting to sleep because just as one is settling in, the other will get upset, wake first baby, and then both would be sad, tired, and grumpy. Now I change diapers, nurse the babes, then lay them down on the bed with a paci, and they are learning quite nicely to fall asleep on their own. It takes a bit longer than, say, walking, rocking, etc, but there is much less upsetness and disturbing one another. DS1 still has to be walked to sleep, so this is quite a nice change!

Three under three is both just as difficult as I thought it would be and much easier. Things really are going well. So, mamas, you can do it! You really can.


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HI IM SHANNON IM NEW TO THIS SITE AND FORUMS IN GENERAL… JUST FOURND OUT IM HAVING TWINS IM 11 WEEKS TODAY. ANY ADVISE WOULD BE GREAT IM STILL IN SHOCK LOL IT WAS A PLANNED PREGNANCY  ALL NATURAL THAT WAS ALOT EASIER AND EFFECTIVE THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED :) 

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Congratulations, Shannon! I haven't had mine yet, so no real advice. This is my 4th pregnancy and it's hard for me to slow down and be patient with my body. Realize your body is working super hard growing these little people and it needs more rest and forgiveness than a singleton pregnancy would require:)

@Azadehhast-so great to hear from you! Thanks for the tips and encouragement:) I'm 35 weeks now and getting very uncomfortable. My uterus feels super sore and I'm thinking of getting a recliner to have a better nights sleep. I just got back from an ultrasound, and now both babies are breech:( I've been doing moxa, pulsatilla, accupuncture and chiropractor, and one at least is moving all over the place-head down on sunday, now breech. Fairly discouraging, but hoping he's still able to flip around well. Meet with all the midwives tomorrow to discuss a plan. How did you find transferring for the birth of your son? I still really want to try for homebirth, but am a little worried about transferring in the middle of it all. Are you glad you stayed home for the first?
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Wow, I can't believe those babies actually have enough room to flip around! I wondered how mine had room to kick at the end!
Transferring was...of course not what I had planned, but at the time it was just so much the right thing to do, I was just feeling good about being sure DS would be born safely. I transferred after attempting home birth with ds1, too, so it wasn't unfamiliar territory for me, and I was already so overjoyed at having my vbac twin, going for another CS was...ok. The hospital didn't really know what to make of us, with DS being a patient and dd not, but they were all kind. I would have loved to have climbed into bed at home altogether, a family of 5, after giving birth, but I'm still pretty ok with how it all turned out. And I am so so so glad that my first twin was born at home. I'm so happy for the calm, homey environment she was born into, so glad that I got to pick her up fresh out of my body, all slippery and wonderful, and discover her gender myself. The stress of transferring was so worth having had those experiences. I'd totally do it again.
Good luck, whatever y decide! Turn babies, turn!

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Checking in with you, twin mamas. Any other new babies to report?

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Three under three is both just as difficult as I thought it would be and much easier. Things really are going well. So, mamas, you can do it! You really can.

Josh & Ben arrived in hospital Tuesday May 20th - 38w2d, no drugs, no surgery :) 12 min apart, with less than 2 hours of active labour, MW caught A (6lb15oz), OB caught B(7lb6oz). We've been home since Wednesday evening, and like Azadehhast said ... 3 under 3 (plus a 7yo here), is both just as challenging, and yet easier, than expected! We're fortunate to have a lot of help available right now, and hopefully that continues to allow the transition to twice as many children to be relatively smooth.


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Congratulations again, @SynEpona! I can't wait to hear more sometime, if you are up for it:)
@Azadehhast, thanks so much for sharing your story! The meeting went well-still somewhat torn about what to do. The midwives seem totally at ease and confident in my ability to handle this, just wish there was more information out there to get a handle of the risks.
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Thanks for the advice @Azadehhast! I'm 26 weeks tomorrow. We've already bought our twin nursing pillow (the twin Z - it's pretty awesome so far as I can tell without the babies yet) and were just talking about pacifiers, breast pumps, and bottles yesterday. I told DH I needed to dust off the breast pump and, while I don't plan to use pacifiers right away, I want them on hand. I'm planning on doing a combination of cloth and disposables only because DS, who is 6 almost 7, has Aspergers and tends to have toileting issues. DD3 will be potty training (she'll be 3 in November). And DD2 still wears nighttime diapers. I can't pressure myself to cloth full-time, but I will be picking up some extra prefolds, covers, and pins since all we have right now are snappis and I don't want to use snappis on the twins, since they're both boys!

Congratulations @SynEpona! Love the screen name, btw. smile.gif

@SHA3RYAN Congratulations and Welcome!

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I'm thinking about dipping my toes in here. I've been pregnant with twins before, but they were mo/mo and passed away at 13 weeks. I'm pregnant with twins again and thankfully, they're each in their own gestational sac. I'm 7w6d and everything is look fine. They're measuring 7w6d and 8w1d with heart rates of 177 and 178.


But, as I know, it's a long, long road ahead...


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Be encouraged that it I possible to cloth diaper and ebf twins. My boys are almost 6 months old. My best purchase was a baby trend double snap n go stroller that their baby trend car seats snap into. My boys are getting heavy at almost 16 pounds a piece.

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Xerxella! Congratulations! I know how you feel, I didn't really breathe until we passed the 13 week mark. I hope these babies stick and you have a healthy pregnancy this time.

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Hi. I'm freaking out. We just saw two poles and yolk sacs today at our five week ultrasound.Took 50 mg of clomid, ONE shot.
I really am scared. I don't know how to feel. My betas are strong. Another ultrasound in two weeks.


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wow! wow! wow! @iixivboots That is so exciting! Twins are great but definitely intense! Can't wait to see what happens in two weeks.

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@lilacvioletiris , I told my 2012 DDC and our friend Andaluza was like you need to tell Lilac immediately! Hehe. I'm sure I'll have tons of questions. As for now I'm just glad my husband is home. 7:30 a.m. ultrasounds are a little crazy for news like this.


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@iixivboots - As I'm sure you know, it's a long road. There's nothing to do but wait and see. Did you see any heartbeat or was it too early? After 6 weeks you should be able to see a heartbeat. You could go back next week if waiting 2 weeks is too stressful for you.

Was each fetal pole and yolk sac in their own gestational sac?


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Too early for heartbeats, I am 5w5day by LMP but measuring more like 5 since I O'd late. Definitely two gestational sacs.

Congrats to you! It seems like you've been on a long journey yourself. Looking good there, little beans!

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@iixivboots - As I'm sure you know, it's a long road. There's nothing to do but wait and see. Did you see any heartbeat or was it too early? After 6 weeks you should be able to see a heartbeat. You could go back next week if waiting 2 weeks is too stressful for you.

Was each fetal pole and yolk sac in their own gestational sac?


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@lilacvioletiris , I told my 2012 DDC and our friend Andaluza was like you need to tell Lilac immediately! Hehe. I'm sure I'll have tons of questions. As for now I'm just glad my husband is home. 7:30 a.m. ultrasounds are a little crazy for news like this.
I had notifications set up on tapatalk app and I was just checking befor bed You know nursing and using the smart phone to do something for the many hours I nurse each day.

When I joined this thread last year all the ladies recommend d a book by http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0061803073?pc_redir=1402871505&robot_redir=1

Best thing I read! I was already overweight - I only gained 20 pounds with my babies, all of it by 5 months - then I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Now 6 months post partum, thanks to tandom nursing, I am 25 pounds below my prepregnancy weight. Don't assume your twins will come early, but make sure you drink lots of water to keep contractions at bay. That book has other great recommendations. I read a copy from the library.
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Got it, digital library had a copy! Thanks!


ecstatic about BFP #2 after another round of Clomid,
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