Saturday, January 31, 2009

One Month Old

I can't believe that one month has gone by. I actually remembered to take the boys' monthly chair pictures. Kyle on the left, Kase on the right. Believe it or not this is the best picture I got. It was much easier to get them to stay somewhere when they were only days old. They now wiggle around and let you know when they are not happy.

Kyle isn't too much bigger than he was a month ago, but he is getting stronger. He does really well at tummy time and likes to hold his head up. He is a good sleeper. He calls his own shots and likes to do things his way. This is the one of the last pictures of Kyle with his cord stump. Minutes after the picture was taken it fell off. His new belly button is too cute.

Kase is a good eater and is gaining weight. His little chicken legs are filling out. Kase is usually more laid back. He keeps us cracking up with his funny faces. Today he has demanded to be held all day long, but that's okay with me... he likes to cuddle!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

4 Weeks Old

I've been a mom for an entire 4 weeks now. It has flown by and it has also taken forever. It usually takes forever around 2 am!

The boys still sleep a lot, but they will usually stay awake between one or two feedings a day. Thankfully they are usually awake during the day instead of during the night... usually, but not always! Even though they are awake, they still don't do that much. This picture was taken today while they were both awake. They will lay there and stare at the colorful toys for about an hour each day.

And a few pictures from earlier in the week. First one of Kyle, then two of Kase.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Shutterfly Website

I created a website on shutterfly for all of the pictures we have taken of the boys. You can view the pictures at anytime by going to this site...

http://thosecoatsboys.shutterfly.com/

Thursday, January 22, 2009

3 Weeks Old

The boys turned 3 weeks old yesterday. Miss Harper came over for cake and ice cream and a little play time. Surprise, surprise, Harper lost her pants yet again!


Then she decided to flirt with Kyle and take his pacci.



Even at 3 weeks old the boys are very different. The physical difference are easy to see. They have different coloring. Kase's hair is longer and crazier. Kyle's hair always lays down perfectly. But, there are other differences as well. Kase caught on to nursing easier than Kyle did. Kyle likes things his way, and Kase is more laid back. Kyle is usually a better sleeper. Kase likes to fall asleep in your arms, but then wakes up when you set him down in the crib.

I was relaying that last bit of information to my friend, Lora, yesterday. She told me that she and her husband used to sleep their son in his boppy so that he still felt like he was being held. After the next feeding I tried that with Kase and it worked like a charm. He slept solid for a couple of hours. We have been using the boppy in the crib ever since. It still seems to be working! He looks pretty content, if you ask me!

After Harper left and while Kase was still sleeping, Kyle was checking out a few of the toys he will be able to play with very soon. Sweet, sweet babies!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Visitors

We've had tons of visitors wanting to meet the boys. And we have loved spending time with them all. I especially love visitors because I've hardly left the house the past three weeks and its my only chance to get to see people.

Some of the visitors in the hospital...







And then at the house...











We have had tons of visitors, but I'm not always the best at remembering to bring out the camera. The boys have loved meeting everyone. And it makes me so happy to know that there are already so many people in the world that love them!

2 Week Doctor Visit

My Mom and I took the boys for their 2 week check up on Thursday, Jan 15. That will be the last appointment that I schedule for 8:30. We got the boys ready to go in time, but I had to leave the house with no make up and a pony tail. I hope I remembered to brush my teeth. Kyle on the left, Kase on the right.

Kase's Stats:

20 inches long

6.6 lbs. I hate that they don't give me ounces. I did the math and it comes to 6 lbs. 9.6 oz.

head: 35 cm

Kyle's Stats:

20 inches long

6.5 lbs. That's an easy one... 6 lbs. 8 oz.

head: 34.3 cm

After the appointment at the doctor's office we had to go to Providence to get their second PKU test. What a pain! We had to go through admitting for the simple lab procedure. You would not believe the amount of paper work required... times two. When it was finally our turn at the lab, my Mom took Kyle in while I waited with Kase. The test requires a heel prick and blood to be smeared over five circles printed on a piece of paper. I could hear Kyle screaming from where I was waiting with Kase. It broke my heart, but by the time he was out he had calmed down. I took Kase back and prepared myself for the crying that was about to happen. Kase did cry when his heel was pricked, but he had fallen asleep before the second circle was smeared with blood. Such a brave little man!

Their two month appointment is scheduled for March 3rd. They have to get shots at that one. I've already told Jason that he has to come with me. I hope I don't cry more than the boys do.

Tummy Time

We tried a little tummy time for the first time last Friday. I'm sure they will learn to love it! Kase tried it first.

It was a really tough work out!

Then Kyle took his turn.


The cool down.


Sweet Kyle!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Our Dad turned 30 yesterday and we just had to celebrate!


Happy Birthday, Dad! We love you!
Kase on the left, Kyle on the right.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My future daughter in law...

When the boys were just 4 days old they got to meet Harper. It was love at first sight.


Harper wanted to impress the boys with her bicycling skills. I just hope in the future the girl can learn to keep her pants on! I mean it was only their first date!

Think I can remember to do this every month?




I'll sure try! I mean, look how cute they are!


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Breastfeeding Diaries

OK, I realize some people are not going to want to read this entry because its kinda weird, but breastfeeding has really consumed my life. And I have some pregnant friends who might want to hear how my breastfeeding experience is going. And I might want to read and remember everything I went through for the boys one day in the future.

While still in recovery after the c-section, I tried breastfeeding both boys. I had read that this was the best time to start trying. They both showed interest and may have even latched on a little... I was on a lot of drugs so its all kinda fuzzy.

The next few days, while still in the hospital, Kase slowly caught on, but Kyle would get frustrated and not want to latch on. They were having to share the little amount of colostrum that I had, and over the first two days both boys lost about 8 percent of their birth weight, which is actually normal. The lactation specialist (who was so helpful and so incredibly patient) suggested supplementing with a little formula until my milk came in. We fed each boy 20 ml of formula with a syringe instead of a bottle to avoid nipple confusion. Then I pumped. By the second time I pumped on Friday, my milk was starting to come in. After that I would try to breastfeed both boys, but Kyle was still not having it. Kase was slowly learning and I was pretty confident that he was getting milk in him.

The lactation specialist helped out again when she worked up this contraption to feed Kyle my pumped breast milk.

It is a 2 oz. bottle with a feeding tube they would use for a NICU baby strung through the nipple. Someone would stick their (very clean) finger in Kyle's mouth and he would start sucking. Then they would feed the end of the feeding tube into his mouth, next to their finger. We were still avoiding nipple confusion and Kyle was having to work for the milk instead of having it dropped into his mouth via a syringe.

And while I am very grateful for this little device that allowed Kyle to eat, I am ecstatic that we don't have to use it any more. We went home from the hospital on Saturday and by Tuesday morning Kyle was latching on. Its not always easy to get him on and he decides how long he will squirm and fight it, but so far so good.

I usually start a feeding with Kase. He spit up a couple of feeding in the beginning so we decided to keep him upright after a feeding to try to avoid that. Someone will change Kase's diaper to try and wake him up and get him ready to eat. I feed Kase, usually on the left side. For a few days though he would only take the right side. Do you think these boys are going to be difficult teenagers, or what? About 15 minuted into Kase's feeding someone changes Kyle to get him awake, but not too awake! If Kyle gets over stimulated he will take forever to latch on. Once Kase is done, someone brings me Kyle. I feed Kyle (once he decides that its a good time for him) while someone burps Kase and keeps him upright for a while. Both boys usually fall asleep by the end of the feeding and the goal is always to get them to sleep in the crib until the next feeding. That might happen about half the time. They also love to make more room for their meal and dirty clean diapers while they eat. The post meal diaper change usually hinders the chances of them going down for a nap. The entire feeding process has taken as little as 50 minutes and as long as 2 hours. During the day they are eating every 3 to 3 1/2 hours and at night they will usually go 4 hours. My next goal is to learn how to feed them at the same time and to also learn how to do it all by myself. Right now an extra pair of arms is necessary.

I've heard that the first two weeks are the hardest. Tomorrow will be the boys' two week birthday. I've almost made it! It can only get easier, right? RIGHT?

I've really got this all figured out...

Look at the hot meal I made for my doting husband and I between feedings.
Yeah, right! My life revolves around feeding people, but its not Jason and I. We would be eating milk and cereal every meal if it was left up to me.

So a HUGE thanks goes out to Sheila for this meal and also to Kim for the fajitas on Sunday night. With friends like these, we just might survive this after all!

The success of the day...

Two babies with full stomachs and clean diapers sleeping in their crib for the first time. Kyle on the right, Kase on the left.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Just a few quick pictures...

I know that is what everyone wants to see anyway!


And some from home on Sunday morning.

Kyle Randall Coats


Kase Warden Coats