Sunday, February 28, 2010
What is your salad dressing of choice? depends on the lettuce. Ranch on iceberg, vinagerette on romaine or spring mix/spinach
What is your favorite sit-down restuarant? Fleming's
What is your favorite fast food restaurant? Probably Chick-Fil-A
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? PB&J
What are your pizza toppings of choice? Jalepenos and Mushrooms
How many televisions are in your house? so many its embarassing - 8
What color cell phone do you have? Black
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Teeth, sunspots (moles) and endimetroisis
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No
Have you ever fainted? No
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Hmmmmm. Maybe
If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Princess Consuela Banana Hammock (hopefully someone will get this)
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? probably 5 and three of them are black.
Last person you talked to? My mom and Jake (and Josh and Jules)
Day of the week? Friday
Drink? iced tea
Alcoholic? Miller Lite, Pinot Noir
Missing someone? always
What are you listening to? the music on the vibrating chair that Josh is in
What are you watching? Golf (why do you think I'm blogging?)
Worrying about? Nothing =)
What's the last movie you saw? watched some of Mamma Mia today
Do you smile often? Yes
If you could change your eye color what would it be? I love my brown eyes thanks to Van Morrison
What's on your wish list for your birthday? Nothing. I have always wished for babies on my birthday
Can you do a chin-up? HELL no
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Both
Have you been in a car wreck? Yes
Have you caused a car wreck? Yes
Do you have an accent? A southern one
Last time you cried? I'm sure I have creid, but I honestly can't remember. I know for sure I did when they took Josh out, but surely I have cried since then...
Plans tonight? Nope! Chillin at the house
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Sure
Name three things you bought yesterday? Margarita, valet parking, dinner
Have you met someone who changed your life? probably Jake if I had to pick someone
For the better or worse? Better!
How did you bring in the New Year? over at a friends house. Very low key, which was fine since I was going to birth babies a week afterwards
Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes
What songs do you sing in the shower? Anything and everything
Have you held hands with someone today? No :(
Who was the last person you took a picture of? Josh
Are most of the friends in your life new or old? Old
Do you like pulpy orange juice? yes
Last time you ate peanut butter and jelly? a couple of days ago :)
What were you doing at 12 a.m. last night? Sleeping
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? which time????? LOL - I have newborn twins!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Feedings: We are doing a little better with our reflux. It is still very frustrating. Josh is doing much better, I think. The acid doesn't seem to bother him nearly as much as it did. Jules, however, continues to throw up all the time. Its such a science with her after feedings. You literally can't move her or she blows. We are having them both sit up at least 20 minutes after every feeding. They are also on Zantac twice a day and Maalox 4 times a day. I decided to stop nursing after about two weeks. I gave it a go, but it was so hard with two. They were nursing maybe 10 minutes, then were supplementing with formula or extra breast milk, then I would pump. It was literally taking forever. Now, I am exclusively pumping, and everyone is much happier. I am thankfully producing more than enough milk for two babies, so hopefully that continues!
Waketime/Napping: We are struggling here too. My babies love to sleep, but once you wake them up, its hard to get them to go back down. I am really going to start paying attention to their optimal waketimes to know when they need to go down for their nap. I think they are probably getting over-stimulated, but because we have to keep them upright for so long, we hardly have any playtime, which sucks! As far as napping goes, they are pretty good, but tend to wake up after 45 minutes like clockwork. I have then been moving them to the swing or bouncy seat. But, now I think we are going to let them fuss for a bit to try and get them to self-soothe.
Nightime: We are doing great that first stretch. They have been sleeping a good 4 hours. Last night was 5! But after that, its terrible. We are up A LOT between 3-6am due to crying and fuss-fits.
Our Schedule: We are sticking to an every three hour schedule, and we're doing pretty good. Its nice when I have help, because they get to eat at the same time. But when I'm by myself, I usually start about 15 minutes early with Josh, because he's the fast hungry eater, so he's easy. Jules always takes much longer, so she has to wait. This helps my sanity, too, because Josh will start crying the moment he's hungry. Here is what we are currently doing:
6-6:30 am (whenever they wake up - sticking with this until they are sleeping through the night, then setting a 7am waketime) - wake, feed
9:45am - feed
4:00 - feed
6:30 - bathtimes, feed
7:45- to bed
10:00 - dreamfeed
then we are letting them wake on their own during the night. Now, we are down to once around 2 or 2:30, then they wake again in the early morning. Hopefully we will keep stretching that out.
Outing/Events: We have had several lately! We took the babies down to Waverly on Sunday for the day. It was Jake's grandfather's birthday lunch. They did great and napped in their car seats like champs. They also went to a doctor's appointment due to the stupid sickle cell debacle . We also took them out to a restaurant for the first time! Jake and I met our friends Tom and Andrea Scobie and their daughter Sarah Grace for dinner at Nacho's Mexican restaurant. They did great here too, and slept the whole time in their car seats. They also got to stop by my office at AHA and meet all the girls there. So we have had a productive couple of weeks. Hopefully we can gradually continue this. I have had to cancel a couple of outings, though, because Jules would rather spend our outing time throwing up and getting changed several times :( She seems to enjoy that very much.
Diet: I had my doctor's appt this Monday so I am now cleared for exercise! (is that a good thing or a bad thing, really??) Now I have no excuses, LOL. I am only about 7 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, which is fabulous. But, I still have the baby pudge belly, so that definitely needs some attention.
Milestones: Josh is a rockstar when it comes to lifting his head up. He does so well when we get to have some tummy time. Jules is getting there. She does good at lifting her head when she is on your shoulder, but she doesn't like tummy time too much. Unfortunately, they don't get to have much tummy time because of the stupid reflux. They are also really good at following your face or following your movements. They have both starting smiling, which is absolutely precious. We talk to them and sing to them and read to them, and they seem to like it. (or at least we pretend that they do). They both kick and wave their hands all over the place. They both grab our fingers with their fists and cover being cuddled.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Well...now, pure bliss is the twins sleeping 4 hours in a row last night. WOOHOO!!!!! We fed at 10, and they woke up at 2, then woke again at 6. THIS IS PROGRESS PEOPLE!!
P.U.R.E - B.L.I.S.S.
We like sleep around here. Oh how I have missed you.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Lori and Easton with Jules
Josh, Jules, Jake and Easton.
Now, the funny/not-so-funny thing about this is that sickle cell disease is an African American disease. Hmmmmm. As you can see, my children are not that. At least I don't think so. (ya never know whats in your family tree) Here is what I learned about who is affected.
In the United States people are often surprised when they learn that a person
who is not African American has sickle cell disease.
The disease originated in at least 4 places in Africa and in the Indian/Saudi Arabian subcontinent. It exists in all countries of Africa and in areas where Africans have migrated.
I mean, good grief, I hope we don't have it, LOL!!! My poor sweet babes had to get their heel pricked twice and had to fill little vials of blood. They screamed and I buried my head in whichever twin was not getting pricked. Jake was there to hold the twins that was. I don't know how I am going to get through these vaccines. Whew. The good news is that they are both little chunks. So, regardless of their awful acid reflux and all the vomiting, they are still gaining weight like champs. Which, makes me a little sad. Josh weighed 7lb6oz, and Jules was 6lb9oz. Crazy!! They are no longer my little baby dolls but actual babies that don't fit into their preemie clothes anymore :(
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
We are still dealing with babies with intentional issues. Boo!! They are still spitting up alot, vomiting, very gassy and just all-around fussy. Yes, I know it could be worse. They could have colic and cry for hours on end, so thankfully we aren't dealing with that. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though - WE HAVE ZANTAC!! It has been called into Walgreens. Please say a prayer that this will help them (and me...and Jake...and any and all helpers) , as I have thought for a while that they simply suffer from acid reflux.
They are still cute as ever and I can't stop staring at them. Every day they look so different. I hope I don't forget all this time. Most moms of twins say that they forget the first few months, as its such a blur and they probably have just blocked it out, LOL. Its a good thing we take tons of pictures!
Its hard to believe they are three weeks old already. Time is absolutely flying by. It seems like yesterday we were a month out from delivery, and now they are here and have just settled into our lives like they have always been here the whole time.
We are trying to do some sleep training. Its hasn't been very successful so far, as they have been premature, and as I said before, you really can't do anything like you can with normal babies until they are full-term. So, hopefully starting now it will get better. We have changed our schedules around it seems like 100 times already, but here it is so far (or at least what we are attempting to do so far).
7:00 - wake, feed
8:00 - nap
10:00 - wake, feed
11:00 - nap
1:00 - wake, feed
2:00 - nap
4:00 - wake, feed
5:00 - nap
6:15 - bathtime
6:30 - feed, then bed time
9:00/9:30 - feed again
Then they usually wake twice in the night to feed again. Sometimes (uggggg) three times.
So....riddle me this. With all this naptime, how come I am not sleeping?? Good grief! Where does the day go?