Wednesday, November 4, 2009

an update


Yes, that's actually how they sleep, all cuddled together.  Even at night when I'm in bed with them, they tend to face one another rather than me.  Very sweet.

Things are going well.  Very well, in fact.  By some miracle I'm getting almost 7 hours of sleep daily, despite the fact that I spend close to 16 hours a day breastfeeding.  The babies are very sleepy so it takes them a long time to nurse, and I haven't quite mastered feeding them both at once; also they need to eat every two hours because it's so important that they keep gaining weight.  That all adds up to breastfeeding around the clock, which is fine by me since I'm just thrilled that I haven't had to use any formula or do any pumping and I can keep it simple:  babies, mama, cuddles.

Joseph is taking this all wonderfully.  I am so relieved.  He's spending a lot more time with his grandparents and father so I can take care of the babies, and when he does see me the babies are always on me, but that doesn't seem to make him jealous.  He likes to help change their diapers and rock them to sleep; he has spent so much time watching them nurse that he's now a fully qualified lactation consultant.  He cheers us on ("Good job Violet, good job Mama!" "Babies growing!"). The most fascinating thing he has ever seen is when I hand express some milk into Violet's mouth to keep her awake.  He desperately wants to help accomplish this feat, which should make for a few interesting therapy sessions twenty years from now. 

I really need to get a picture of him holding one of the babies.  He looks so proud.  And huge.  How is it that toddlers triple in size when they have a newborn sibling?

8 comments:

Jennifer Perez said...

Great Job Momma!

Tammie said...

wonderful.
im so glad things are going smoothly for your family, especially joseph. i think about you guys pretty often.
the babes are adorable.

Amanda, Jake, and Parker Patow said...

How sweet! I am so glad things are going well for you! Love the twins' hats! ;)

Barefoot_Mommy said...

Oh my gosh, Karen, that picture just warms my heart, it really does. I know what you mean about toddlers tripling in size too. I used to think Nadi-B was still small until we brough Calvin home, now all of sudden she seems so grown up and big!

I have so much respect for you for breast feeding those babies. You have no idea. Having failed miserably at breast feeding any longer than six weeks with both of mine and crying and sobbing and all of that, I know how hard it is to do that for just one baby, and to see you do it for two makes me feel like such a whimp. LOL Go you! For reals.

gidgettm said...

It's great to hear things are going well. Especially with the big brother transition. And 7 hours! It seems almost impossible. The twins are adorable. Congratulations again.

annie said...

Oh, my! So very, very sweet. My sisters are twins and it is kind of an amazing thing actually- you have that person there for you always, no matter what. Apparently, this is true from the very beginning.

Not Hannah said...

Oof,I want to eat them up they are so adorable.

Kira said...

There is enough sweetness in this post for a mouthful of cavities. I too love the hats and Joseph's encouragement.