Monday, September 21, 2009

What a month!

This week we will be coming up on the one month mark and have had a LOT going on (go figure right?) I have to say one of my biggest challenges through this transition since the boys came is managing my almost two daughter. She has certainly had some rough patches adjusting to no longer having 100% of mommy & daddy to herself. Though we try to give her special time each day, there is just no denying that her life is completely changed.

Aside from that, the boys are doing well! 100% breastfed and gaining well. With my first daughter I had a difficult time giving her enough milk for her to gain and it required supplementation with formula, which was fine, but just not the experience I had hoped for.

Otherwise we have had one minor scare with John getting a positive in his PKU/Metabolic screening that required an additional test. The PKU is not a problem, but our pediatrician wants to do a re-test to make sure it is a false positive, which he believes it to be. It is for a congenital condition that I am going to resist googling until I know it is verified, as I think it is a false positive and don't need that stress! Both babies are thriving though and getting to a point where they wake up to feed by themselves, at least at night, but during the day I still have to wake them up. I am just looking forward to getting more meat on their bones!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The First Week

This past week has been a flurry of breastfeeding-related activity, meeting with lactation consultants and working with a postpartum 'lactation doula' to achieve a successful experience. So far the boys are doing well, gaining well for their size and I am hoping will be back to their birth weight by next week. I had low-supply issues with my daughter and was never able to exclusively breastfeed her, as I had intended. At this point, Walter has a fantastic latch and nurses so well that he is EBF. John needs a bit of help so I am able to breastfeed him simultaneously with his brother who then triggers let-downs making things easier for John, but then I need to pump and top off John's feedings with bottles. It is a lot of work, but all in all a dream compared to my previous experience using an SNS system and pumping my boobs off. My lactation consulatant said "supply is never an issue with twins." While I would love to think that is the case, I do remain somewhat anxious to see how it goes. Of course I am loaded up on fenugreek and this time am giving Goat's Rue a whirl. Bottom line, I just want to put a little chub on these "rotissre chickens," as my husband likes to call them...