Our little babies are getting so big, so fast! We obviously do not have time to post on the blog as much as we would like. We enjoyed the long weekend and having Daddy home an extra day! He had to go back to work this morning. I have the boys fed and now they are resting. They are having some issues with constipation, but we are working on that. We tried pear juice, but it gave them terrible gas! We are going to switch to prune juice and if that doesn't work, try suppositories.
But, enough about poop.
On Friday, the boys and I went to their weight check. They needed to be back at their birth weight. Baby A, Zachary C. weighed in at a WHOOPING 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21 3/4 inches long!! His birth weight was 5 lbs. 15 oz. ONE POUND AND THREE OUNCES over! The pedi couldn't find his heart murmur at all (oh, how I continue to LOATHE the NICU...) His hearing was referred in his left ear and we have an audiologist appointment on June 3rd.
Baby B, Maxwell T. weighed in at a WHOOPING 6 lbs. 5 oz. and was ALSO 21 3/4 inches long! His birth weight was 5 lbs. 9 oz. ELEVEN OUNCES over. He passed his hearing test. Both of the boys do have closed tear ducts. Max's is the right eye, Zachary's is the left. We are massaging it, which has all ready made a huge difference. If they do not resolve by one year, we will see an ophthalmologist. Little overachievers!
We absolutely ADORE our pediatrician. She is amazing. She also has twins, 5 days apart. A biological son and an adopted daughter. We are so lucky that she can relate to us on so many levels being a parent of multiples. She knows the boys apart and is so sweet. :)
The boys ARE on the same schedule. I would not have it any other way and yes, I did it. (Lots of people said I wouldn't be able to put them on the same schedule, Ha!) They go to bed about 9:30 p.m., wake up at 12:30 a.m., 3 a.m., and 5 a.m. They get bottles, diaper changes and go right back to sleep. I let Dustin sleep during the week unless I really need his help, but last night, at one awakening, I had both babies fed, burped, changed and back in bed in TWENTY minutes. Made me feel a bit like super mom!
Thank God for Boppy pillows, which allow me to feed both boys at once. I am not breastfeeding. I tried until 11 days and my milk never came in. The boys would NOT latch on after having bottles (again, thank you NICU), so, I was pumping. It was literally all I felt I did, pump, pump. I was alone with the boys one day & pumping, they started to cry and I was unable to pick them up & hold them. We were supplementing with formula anyway (and rotating the breast milk every other babe, every other feeding). I couldn't do it, I cried while they were crying and the pump has been in the bag ever since.
We are loving our family of 4! Our hands are not that full. We are not exhausted. We are not overwhelmed. We are full of love and joy. It is not "so hard." Someone told me right before I had the boys that everyone who says how hard it is doesn't have twins and she was right. It is always people of single babies (who I think are rather cute!) that think how "hard" it will be to have to. It isn't. We do everything twice.
The boys are so sweet together. I love watching them interact and grow.
I will attach pictures now.
Love to All,
----Dustin is convinced now that I call myself Mommy all the time that I will go out in public for something like a doctor appointment and say, "Mommy has an appointment at 2 p.m." ------ :)