Thursday, February 12, 2009

Holy Cow, this is hard!

I have been absent from blogging for the last few weeks because I have literally not had a moment to sit down and write anything. The boys don't sleep all day like they used to. Plus I think they are both going through growth spurts so they want to eat all the time. Kase's was actually last week and he has the cheeks to prove it. Kyle has decided that he wants to try to catch up to his brother so he has wanted to eat about every two hours today. Kyle is a slow eater so it takes me at least an hour to feed both of them. And they eat every two to three hours during the day.... you do that math! Right now Kase is asleep in the swing and Kyle is kinda asleep on the activity gym in the middle of the living room floor. He still needs his paci replaced every few minutes. So, I've got a few minutes to try and update everyone on what is going on.

I've decided that raising twins is the hardest thing I've even done and the hardest part of that has got to be breastfeeding twins. It is an emotional roller coaster. One nursing session will go wonderfully and I will have no doubt that I'll be able to do this as long as I want. The next session both boys will be hungry at the same time and decide they want to take forever to latch on while their brother is screaming his head off. They are both slowly getting better at being more consistent. The other hard part of breastfeeding is not knowing exactly how much each baby is getting. And I'm bad at convincing myself that I'm not producing enough milk and I'm starving my boys... even though they poop and pee all day long.

The first four weeks were the worst. We went to the doctor every week for weight checks.

birth - 6 lbs. 4 oz.
2 weeks - 6 lbs. 9 oz.
3 weeks - 6 lbs. 13 oz.
4 weeks - 7 lbs. 8 oz.

birth - 6 lbs. 14 oz.
2 weeks - 6 lbs. 8 oz.
3 weeks - 6 lbs. 9 oz.
4 weeks - 7 lbs. 2 oz.

Because Kyle was not back to his birth weight by 3 weeks I had to supplement him at each feeding. I would have to pump between every feeding session and give that milk to Kyle before the next feeding. They were eating every 3 to 4 hours so I was nursing or pumping at least every 2 hours.

Around week 5 Kyle started nursing better so I don't supplement at every feeding any longer. I do give them both a 2 oz. bottle before one of the middle of the night feedings in hopes that they will sleep longer.

Speaking of sleep.... I don't get any! I'm really amazed that my body is still running after 6 weeks of getting on average 4-5 hours of sleep a night and at 1 1/2 or 2 hours at a time. I've heard all along that I should sleep when they sleep. Well, if they don't sleep at the same time that can be hard to do.

OK, enough complaining. I know you guys don't read this to hear me complain... you come for the pictures! I don't blame you... look how freaking cute they are!

Kase on left, Kyle on right
Kyle will stare at himself in the mirror for like 20 minutes.
Kase on left, Kyle on right
Dad and Kyle sneaking in a little nap.

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