Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Post-pregnancy update: Mommy edition
Happy Wednesday, friends! On Friday I'm going to give you an update on my favorite two-week-old twins, but today, you get to read about me- congrats! This is sort of a follow-up to the monthly updates I used to do when I was pregnant, and I got the idea from my blogger/twin mom friend, Amber, who had her twins back in December- thanks, Amber!
How Far Along? Colby and Clara were delivered at 36 weeks and 5 days. While I wonder if things would have gone differently if we had gone another week (ie: Clara not having to go to the NICU), I am trusting that the doctor delivered them at the right time and they came right when they were supposed to!
Size of Baby(ies)? Colby weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and Clara weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce. When we left the hospital, Colby was down to 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and Clara was at 5 pounds even (I'm thinking she didn't lose as much because they were pumping her full of formula in the NICU). As of last week, Clara was back up to her birth weight and Colby was weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces.
Maternity Clothes? Considering I spend most days in my pajamas or nursing tank tops, I don't know that I can really answer this question yet. I have worn a couple of non-maternity dresses (like the one in our newborn photo shoot), but haven't tried on any of my pants yet. Now that Allison is pregnant (woo hoo!), I am anxious to get all of the maternity clothes packed up for her, so hopefully I'm done with most of them.
Weight Loss? I haven't weighed in at the OB's office yet, but according to my scale at home, I gained 39 pounds during the pregnancy, and as of today, I have lost 33 of those pounds. Apparently birthing and then nursing twins is a pretty great weight loss plan- ha!
Breastfeeding? Yes, yes, and yes. Seemingly all day, every day. It is going fairly well so far, minus a few hiccups last weekend when Colby was not being very cooperative. There were many tears (from me, not him), but thankfully we got back on track, and I am actually able to feed them both at the same time now. I can do it by myself, but it is usually helpful to have an extra set of hands to assist.
I am also trying to get into a pumping routine but haven't quite gotten there yet. Regardless, the moral of the story is that I spend most of my day either feeding them, or feeding myself so that I can keep up with the calories required to feed them. Fun times.
Sleep? Sigh. The babies sleep just fine, and I'm fairly certain that they would sleep a good 5+ hours if we let them. However, because they are little bitty, we have to make sure to feed them every 2-3 hours, which basically means that we are waking them up every 2-3 hours. When you consider that it takes 30-45 minutes to feed them both, that means we are really only getting 2 hours of sleep in between feedings.
Brian has been a big help and gets up with me to help change diapers, burp them, and put them back to bed. He is back at work this week, so I know that's getting harder on him :o/
Our pediatrician said that once they make it to 6 pounds, we can let them sleep as long as they want at night and hopefully skip out on that 2:30 am feeding. That means we will be able to sleep hopefully from 11:30 pm-5:30 am which sadly sounds like the most amazing and glorious thing ever right now.
Food Cravings? No cravings, and I am really not much hungrier than I was pre-pregnancy (or during pregnancy for that matter) but because people keep telling me how much I need to eat, I am constantly eating something. I have eaten a LOT of cookies in the past 2 weeks (including one after my second breakfast each day). And I've also eaten some ice cream, just for good measure.
What I Miss? I did miss feeling them move around inside at first, but they're so incredibly cute and fun to watch from the outside that I haven't missed it as much as I thought. I do miss being able to take baths and spend hours worthlessly lounging on the couch, however... but they're worth it :)
Symptoms? Not sure what this question is asking, but yes, I have experienced some of the normal post-partum "symptoms." My c-section incision is still a little sore, but I have weaned myself off of the pain meds and am up and moving around pretty easily for the most part. There have been a few semi-irrational crying sessions, but I think that's as much due to sleep deprivation as it is to hormones.
Belly Button? I'm proud to report that my innie is back! My stomach is still not going to be on the cover of any magazines any time soon (ever) but at least my belly button doesn't look like a nose anymore.
Best Moment of the Week? Even though I really wish we could let them sleep as much as they want, I do enjoy getting to wake them up and spend a little bit of awake time with them since they spend most of the day passed out in their rock 'n plays. I was also pretty excited to get to see a few of the proofs from our newborn photo shoot- can't wait to see the rest!
And there you have it. I know people are a lot more interested in how the twins are doing than how I'm doing, so I promise not to post any more of these :)