I'm glad you are all loving this story. . . so am I! It is definitely the talk of our area among those who are into birth. I keep running into people who say, "I just heard that someone had surprise twins at home!" And I say, "Yep, SOMEONE did!" Mama, Papa, Elijah and Aryeh (pronounced sort of like "Ari-yay") are all doing great. At one week and one day old, both boys had already surpassed their birthweights--Aryeh by a whole pound (he had been the littler guy, now they're about the same). So nursing is going very well indeed! Now that the size difference is mostly gone (one is 6-13, the other is about 7), it is crazy how exactly alike the boys look. I have never before seen such identical-looking twins. Mama is pretty good at telling them apart, but even she got mixed up today. She says it's hard when we change their outfits. I'm thinking they better start dressing one baby in certain outifts and the other baby in other outfits so that they can tell who's who in photos later.
I've still been helping out a lot, but haven't needed to nurse the babes again. Today I was maybe going to have to nurse them when the papa and I brought them to the pediatrician (Mama is still on bedrest), but we ended up deciding not to go because the midwife had just weighed them, and another midwife agreed to do the PKU test at home, and we all decided that they looked less yellow (they are fairly jaundiced). So that was a relief because I really didn't want to take them away from their mama or have to give them toddler milk when she is making so much of the stuff they need.
I had weaned my boys back in May, but after a couple of weeks I started nursing Jasper again. He just wasn't ready. It's really nice to just nurse one! We weren't nursing that often--every few days or so--but about a week before my friend gave birth, Jaz started nursing a few times a day (I think because my wife's away right now--at that time she'd been gone about two weeks, and Jaz was really upset about it)--just in time to build up my supply for Eli and Ari! I still didn't think I'd have that much milk, but when I was first nursing Aryeh, I tried to express some to see if there was anything in there, and milk came spraying out! So, it could have just been the circumstances. . . I think a lot of milk production is a mind-over-body thing. It was totally natural to nurse her babies--I suppose in part because she is my best friend and I think of her like a sister. I also just think of nursing as so entirely natural that it feels okay to me to nurse anyone's baby, I guess! When my boys were babies my wife tried nursing them a few times, as did my mom and my sister (just to see what it was like). I think it used to be really normal for everyone to nurse everyone's babies. . . I don't know when or why that changed, but it certainly has! It was fun to widen people's horizons the first time we took Elijah and Aryeh to the pediatrician and I was nursing them. Everyone kept congratulating me, and I'd say, "oh, I'm not the mother, I'm just her friend, helping her out." At one point one of the midwives suggested that I nurse the babies in a different room (as opposed to the mama's hospital room) so as not to upset the nurses. And I said, "I prefer to think of it as educating them, not upsetting them," and I nursed them right there.
It has been sooooo healing for me to help out with these new babies and get to mother them the way I wish I'd been able to mother my own babies (when instead I was recovering from a c-section). I sling them and bounce them and walk them and change their diapers. . . it's heaven! I am definitely ready for another baby!
We should have some photos online sometime soon. . . I'll be sure to add the link so you can all appreciate just how beautiful these two new beings are.