D'Anne, please don't take it that way...
I read it, started a reply, then was called away by a shrieking newborn--that's the way it is all too often. I wanted to say first of all that your son is beautiful, and does have an amazing smile. Were I in your shoes, I would definitely use up as many of those nursing hours as you can get and get as much assistance from family or friends as possible--especially the first month or two--even if it comes to hiring a nanny or part-time helper.
I will write more later--both boys are again awake for another meal.
Okay...as I was saying...the most helpful things I found in the first few weeks were people to help cook and help out with my daughter as she ever-so-gradually adjusted to life with two babies pulling away mommy and daddy all the time. Just before I delivered, I got in touch with a local multiples group (can be a great resource of info and tips!), all of whom have been phenomenal and probably kept us in dinners for a solid two weeks! Now, help with my daughter is always nice, but having an extra set of hands to hold, carry and love on a baby now and again is divine--while it's possible to sling or wrap both at once, it's not always practical, nor do they always like it. I don't know what to suggest about how to get all three around at the same time--again, perhaps someone in your local multiples group has BTDT and has suggestions for you. You may want to consider finding extra help, too, for your last trimester so that you can be sure to get enough rest, food and water to bake those babies as long as possible.
Finally, I don't know how many on this board would agree, but it has been a life-saver, after the boys were about 6 weeks old or so, to get them on a routine of eat-play-sleep at an interval of about 3 hours, more or less, depending on when they give hunger cues, that has helped us push their long stretch of sleep into the nighttime so that now they routinely sleep from at least 10:00 at night until 6:30. Sleep keeps me sane. I exclusively pump for them, so I think it's a bit easier with a bottle to get them to eat more at feedings than if they were nursing--but that isn't to say that nursing makes a routine impossible, either.
Those are all the things that come to mind! Best wishes for an uneventful and happy pregnancy!
Cindi, mama to Hannah (7/04) :, Eli & Sam (6/06) :