After a 9 day NICU stay (which seems short but seemed like forever to me) we finally brought Zayden home. It was the Best Day Ever. Getting Zayden home with Noah made everything feel right.
Once they were together Matt and I buckled in for what I would call extreme parenting. We decided to stick with the schedule the NICU nurses had the boys on, so they eat every three hours. We feed them at the same time, this way they wake at the same time too.
Nighttime is the hardest, obviously. Matt and I are each responsible for one twin at night, both of us have a bassinet on our side of the bed. We do all the feeds together and 2 am is our least fav feeding time! Having to get used to sleeping in 2 hr increments is rough! But even at our most zombie- like moments we look at each other at 2 am, each feeding a baby, and we say we can’t believe this is finally our life. It’s great. Exhausting but fantastic ❤️
To add to the craziness of nighttime feeding, I also pump and bottle feed the boys breastmilk. I had a hard time nursing them, since they were pre term, it made me anxious now knowing how much milk they were getting from me. I would inevitably want to follow a nursing session with formula! So while I do still nurse (usually in the middle of the night if they are fussy) sometimes, I mostly pump and bottle feed them breastmilk.
I also have production issues with milk. It seems like I just can’t make enough for each of them to have breastmilk for every feed, so I alternate who gets BM that is pumped. It makes me so sad. I have already had a few meltdowns to Matt how stressful I find nursing/pumping. Do not get me wrong: I believe FED is best. Period. I have no issues supplementing formula for the boys. But right now it’s more like they are formula fed and I supplement with BM☹️ I’m doing my best to make sure they get some breastmilk every day, so I’m trying to not be so hard on myself.
The boys are each 6 lbs now and their pediatrician check ups have been great! I also have been recovering from the c section very well! After two weeks I was finally able to drive (I was restricted after surgery) and it felt great since I hadn’t driven in forever! It’s nice just having things get a little back to normal.
We are also very fortunate with family and friends wanting to see the twins and coming by to bring food or let us sleep while they watch the boys. Sleep and food have truly become our lifeline since becoming parents to twins!
Things for the boys we could not do without:
Aden & Anais swaddle blankets
Pack n play
Rock n plays & Halo bassinets
Burp cloths.(SO MANY)
Baby tracker (I use this one)
Zipper PJs (if you ever think it’s a good idea to buy newborn pajamas with SNAPS instead of zippers, let me tell you – they won’t get used. F snaps)