My baby girls turned a month old yesterday! It has been really tough. I've had quite a few breakdowns where while sobbing I tell my husband that having twins is impossible, and I simply cannot do it. But finally I am getting more sleep at night (meaning maybe 3 hours total
: ), I guess because the babies are getting more organized and I am learning better how to nurse them and help them sleep. So I think I am starting to see that I might be able to do this afterall.
mamasi - My babies also do better when nursing lying down. When they nurse together football hold on the twin pillow, they seem to get into a grunting contest. This can go on for well over an hour! Grunt, grunt, nurse, nurse, grunt, grunt, nurse, small scream, nurse, grunt.....and repeat.
And I also got mastitis, in the second week I think. I didn't take enough preventive action at the early signs and ended up with a 103 degree fever. At that point I took antibiotics for a week because I was too exhausted to fight it myself. For me part of the problem is that nursing still is not very comfortable, especially when they are both latched on. But it is slowly getting better. BTW, there is a thread on mastitis that has some recommendations about drinking small amounts of unfiltered apple cider vinegar as a preventative and cure. I tried for a day or two, but then stopped.
mamasoleil - I had my mind set on EC'ing before I found out I was having twins. It seems very cool. The baby potty was the second baby item I bought! Anyway, I can't manage it yet with twins. In fact, they are still in sposies, not even cloth...Sigh...So many of the things I was hoping to do with my baby aren't happening with twins. Only have time for nursing right now...I keep thinking once they have better head control maybe I will be able to handle both at once easier.
I am venturing out into the real world by myself with both babies for the first time tomorrow. I am going to a mom's group. My midwife and doula will meet me there to help out, but getting there will be on my own. I have been out a few times with my husband and the babies already, but not yet by myself. I still don't know how to sling them both, so I will be slinging one and carrying the other.
And one of these days I am going to get some birth announcements printed.
wow, the babes are still asleep - I might even have time to read the earlier posts on this thread!!