My angels all slept in their cribs together for the first time! Oddly enough the ones who woke up in the middle of the night were the ones who have been home already, Brody and Emerson. So other than having to hold and rock those two from 12-1am, they all slept good. Brian and I have the nighttime feeding procedures down, from warming up milk to changing and feeding. We feed all four at once, using the versatile cloth diapers to prop bottles in their mouths. Then we just make rounds burping each one. You do what you gotta do! Emerson demonstrates our craftiness:
During the day, we’ve had help from family and friends who have stopped by in their free time. Pappy gets in on the action too! Hayden was super comfy after a bottle and burp!
The babies seem happy to be home, and we’re happy to have them home. I’m totally amazed that they are one month old, and already home! When I was pregnant, we fully anticipated two or three months in the NICU. It’s actually kind of sad that we won’t visit there often anymore. We still want to visit sometimes, because you really get to know the nurses there and most of them really seem to care about and love your children, and want to see pictures after they leave. However, it’s so much better not having to figure out when we will fit in a visit to our babies there! It was tough last week with two home and two there, especially with Brian away.
We are slowly adjusting and figuring things out around here. Trying to continue getting organized, while taking care of the kids and getting enough rest. There aren’t enough hours in the day! Between feedings, chores and pumping, I barely have a minute to sit down! But I am pretty proud that they are still on 100% breast milk. Our supply is dwindling though, because I think they have now surpassed my output. Not looking forward to buying (or smelling) formula all the time! And it doesn’t help when I spill a five ounce bottle on the floor, or let it overflow all over me. Soooo frustrating! This stuff is like liquid gold!
I think the biggest adjustment for me is not being able to just run out to the store whenever. It was easy to just throw Easton in the car. Now, we have to make sure we coordinate it so errands are run during nap time between feedings. I got out today for an hour, to Walmart and BRU for preemie diapers and a second bottle warmer. So fun! Not too exciting but it’s fun to drive the Volvo and be a little free for a bit.
Back to the babies, Brody and Emerson had their first checkups with their pediatrician last week, which went well! The doctor wants to see them weekly for now, so that will be crazy, but I like the peace of mind of constant care.
Brody is our squeaky wheel. He tends to be the one to wake up crying between feedings. We upped his milk amount, but it doesn’t always work. He looks like a little old man, with his wrinkles and hair sticking out over his ears.
Emerson is our pretty girl! She has perfect little features and looks like a doll. She sounds like an angry cat when she cries though! She’s also a mover. We put her in the crib one way, and she flips around upside down!
Hayden likes to kick out of her swaddle. She’s the biggest, so I guess a blanket swaddle isn’t going to cut it for her. She’s adorable with her chubby cheeks, and she has a birthmark. A freckle just above her hairline on her head.
Deacon is our little monkey. He’s so cute, and so hairy! He still has the peach fuzz on his cheeks and shoulders. It’s too cute. He’s also a bit of a crier like his brother, but not as loud!
Easton is doing awesome. Im having fun being with him again, and i feel like we’ve rebuilt our relationship after so much time apart, which of course makes me so happy. He isn’t super interested in the babies, but does look at them, and tries to rock them in their bouncy seat (or shake them violently).
He’s learning to be a good big brother, while maintaining his active social life. He’s enjoying parties and shopping with his Aunt Holly. We live vicariously through him.
I'm feeling good, aside from being tired and having almost no muscles left! Bed rest is tough on the body, not to mention major surgery on top of it. Plus now I'm having leg pain, possibly a pulled ligament at the top of my leg, and hip pain from compensating so that's always fun. My doctor says no exercising yet, not even walking, so that's killing me! I can't wait to be back on the soccer field.
Hopefully for the indoor season, if not sooner.
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