Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday photos (and more)

I don't know why Bean looks so forlorn in this picture, he's the one who wanted to watch "Cars" for the 80th time this week.


Life isn't all television watching for Bean these days (just mostly). Here he dines with his friend Emily, who became a big sister two weeks after we welcomed the twins. They commiserate over pasta.


He also got to help Grandma frost a cake -- she even let him lick the beaters when they were done.


You can't see my face, but I'm as content as the babies are.


I generally prefer nursing one twin at a time, but there is an undeniable cuteness when I tandem feed. This is the blissed-out result of double mommy milk.


And this picture just because I have a zillion of them.


This morning the traveling circus and I we all took the twins to the pediatrician's office for a weight check to make sure they are gaining properly. I was nervous because they haven't been getting much formula at all (only 1-2 oz total each day) since their last check a week and a half ago, so this was a real reflection of my milk supply. But I needn't have worried... they are packing on the pounds. The doc was hoping to see an ounce per day, but just like last time, they are up an ounce and a half per day and she was thrilled. Twin A is now 8 lbs 14.5 oz (born at 8 lbs) and Twin B is now 8 lbs 1 oz (born at 6 lbs 6 oz). WOO HOO!!! The boobies are working!!! All it takes is 9 fenugreek pills a day and countless delicious lactation cookies mailed to me by some generous mamas on the parenting forum I frequent. I am thrilled and relieved that the kiddos are doing so well. They didn't get any formula yesterday (accidentally... long story) and this news may just give me the confidence to cut it out completely. It won't do any good for my efforts to get more than an hour of sleep at a time, but that will change soon. Right? RIGHT? PLEASE GOD SOMEONE WITH TWINS TELL ME I'M RIGHT?

Last but not least, my friend Allison brought to my attention a post by Jenn, a high school classmate of ours. Her 26-year-old cousin, Ashley, has Cystic Fibrosis and is raising money to cover her share of a double lung transplant. I can't even imagine what she's gone through with this disease. For every tax-deductible $10 you donate towards her goal, you'll be entered to win an iPad. I plan on winning it myself, but it's for a great cause, so if you feel inclined and able, you can click HERE to donate. Thanks!

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18 comments:

AFD said...

Thank you for posting that Christine. I really appreciate it. And, like always, I LOVE the pictures! Way to go on the BFing and weight gain!
Al

Coffeegrljapan said...

I just heard about these "MilkMakers" brand cookies for lactation (with the same key ingredients) for the first time today. Cool!

WiseGuy said...

Oooh...I am playing catch-up here...totally adore the pictures...

Am glad twins are doing good. Also glad that there is no trouble at lactation front...

Blessings to all the kids...:-)

Kristina P. said...

Oh, they are getting so chubby!

Michelle said...

I am glad to hear that everything is going well. The kids are just as cute as ever!

Lavender Luz said...

You have aDORable kids. Love seeing the pix.

meinsideout said...

It totally gets better - I am 8 weeks out almost and getting decent sleep - only because I pump and my dh takes an early evening feeding...I nurse once or twice a day - sometimes not even (major guilt) I mostly pump - and the babies are spoiled on the bottle...but it does help me get sleep and the babies are still getting breast milk...that keeps the guilt from eating me alive!

Red said...

Beautiful photos!

Well done with the breastfeeding - that is amazing that you can susatain both of their weight gains. Our bodies sometimes amaze me!

Martha said...

The boys are so adorable and the one w/Bean and his beautiful friend is Delightful. I am so glad the twins are thriving.

Jingle said...

http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/05/jingles-may-followers-award.html

Happy May,
lovely kids there,
Bean seems okay!

Furrow said...

Great work on those boys! They sure are looking happy, all three of them (except for that one forlorn Bean pic). I'm loving the lactation cookies, especially the instructions to eat four daily. I think I'll make some for my SIL who is also nursing newborn twins.

strongblonde said...

:) great job!!! you're in full working order. and who cares if you smell like maple syrup? there are worse things to smell like, right? lol.

it gets better. but i have to say that i can tell when the kids are getting ready to hit a big growth spurt b/c they start crazy nursing again. maybe it's less noticeable with a singleton, but with twins it is very obvious b/c you feel like all you do is feed :)

Kristi said...

Oh my goodness. Massive cuteness here. So glad that nursing seems to be going better. I liked feeding one at a time better too. In fact, after a few months, that's all I did, and while it felt like I was nursing 24/7, it was more comfortable for me, and for them, I think, once they reached a certain size.

Keep up the great work, mama!

Chad and Gena said...

I agree that once they get to a certain size it is almost impossible to tandem feed, or at least for me it was LOL. And it does get so much better, for me it got tons better by 4 months (maybe a little sooner, cant remember exactly) but when they stopped nursing for so long at a time. They were still nursing 20-30 min at a time but that was so much easier on all of us than the nursing for 45-60 min at a time...you are definitely in the hardest part right now but it sounds like you are handling it like a champ and doing an amazing job. Congrats on your beautiful babies and congrats for conquering this nursing thing so well so fast. You're my hero!!

MrsSpock said...

Lactation cookies! Never heard of those!

I couldn't handle feeding one baby, so I am in awe of feeding two.

Jingle said...

Happy Friday!

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/family-friday-special-happy-mother-day-family-first-award/

Family First Award,
Happy Mother's Day!

Rach said...

Oh dear, sorry I've been MIA but those twins are super dooper gorgeous!!!!!!


xxx