Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I wish I had blogged more when Declan was little.

I wish I knew how long he was sleeping at this point and things like that. As a friend just posted in my comment who had twin girls exactly one week before M&M were born - "did you know they'd be this much work?" and the answer is a resounding HECK NO. I never imagined.

At first, the first few days home, I told someone it was "easy". HA! Omgoodness there is nothing easy about it. And with the work of them comes the guilt over not spending good time with the older 3. The worry about them being upset at being sent to someone else's house (not Caden, he'd go to ANYONE'S house, but Avery will quite often be upset over having to leave and I know Declan doesn't nap as well...the list goes on). My new mantra is this: This TWO shall pass, this TWO shall pass...

Macey and Madelyn have given me a run for my money this afternoon. I think the feeding takes up a lot of our time and that is amplified by the fact that someone usually requires just one or 1/2 extra little ounces about 45min - 1hr after a regular feeding. Which is TERRIBLY hard when you're trying to get them both on the same schedule, because if Madelyn (who's chunking up quite nicely, we had to finally cut off her hospital ID ankelet Sunday night because it was TOO tight!) wants that extra ounce an hour after she's fed then she is satisfied longer than Macey who wants a regular full feeding (which is 2 ounces for each of them right now) about one hour after Madelyn's extra ounce. Make sense? I know, hardly, and it's very hard to keep track of who ate what and when and how much and ugh. I am honestly very tempted to make 2 little paper plate clocks, labeled with their names...and set the hands to the last time they ate so that at 4am when we're totally bleary-eyed because we've been up multiple times already we can remember when they ate and see if a pacifier might do the trick. But honestly, you cannot stop a hungry baby from crying because they need to EAT, no matter if it's been 1 hour or 4 hours since they last ate.

So some stats: They will be 2 weeks old tomorrow. Macey's cord fell off sometime during the night on Sunday night into Monday morning. Madelyn followed suit (in typical fashion, baby A first, then baby B) and lost hers Monday late afternoon. They are each eating just shy of 2 ounces at each feeding and eating every 2 hours...sometimes that is stretched to 3 hours but that is very rare. They very much like to have an extra 1/2 to 1 oz about an hour after they ate to drift them off into a deeper sleep. (Hateful, lol.) They have more head control and are stronger than any of our other babies have ever DREAMED of being...could it be possible they'll walk at or before 12 months of age? I can't fathom.

6 comments:

Jo Bach said...

I can't even imagine what it must be like! Strength to you and i hope you manage to get some sleep soon.

Mark and Valerie Brandt said...

I think the paper clock thing is a great idea! Plus Avery and Caden can be aware about how time and a clock works. Benefits everyone. Now, when will you find the time to craft up some silly little paper plate clocks?!?!?!? PRAYING FOR YOU LOTS AND LOTS.

Carla said...

Bless your heart! I can't imagine having two of my London! haha! I love her to pieces, but she is handful! :) I'm sure things will get easier as you adjust, I hope it happens quickly for you!! Sounds like your doing a great job!

Michelle said...

You may not feel like it but you sure sound like you're holding up quite well. You have a good head on your shoulders Tena! Your kids are blessed to have such a good mom who even worries about such things.

Kristi said...

I can't imagine it either. It is hard enough getting up all with one infant. I give it up to you girl

Cindy said...

You're doing great! You're SUPER MOMMA! You will survive, and the kids will survive, and it will get better real soon, but slowly. You can do it, Tena! But I know you're smart enough to not turn down any help.