December 21, 2009

SO GREAT!

The girls have been sleeping through the night for the last week now! There was one day last week that they woke up every 5 hours (which is still not a big deal at all because that is only one midnight feeding). Other than that night, they sleep 8-9 hours at night!

Like I said in a previous post, I take them with me in their bouncers from room to room all day long. They nap through out the day, but don't fall into a deep sleep. After feedings we "play" and do some tummy time. The eat every 4 hours during the day. By night time, they are tired enough that they sleep all night long. The only thing I try to make sure of is that the last feeding of the day lands around 7 or 8 o'clock at night and then they sleep till 4 or 5 in the morning. I can't believe what great babies I have. They are so great!

December 16, 2009

December 14, 2009

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!

It is amazing to me how everything works out. (Long pause before the next sentence...Mackenzie was not happy in her room. She is happy now. With me, down stairs, sleeping. Madison is still upstairs sleeping.) (Another long pause...my mother called.)

45 minutes later:

...It is amazing to me how everything works out. The first couple of months with the girls were really rough. It was a hard transition, but Jeff and I are finding our grove. I actually played in the symphony this weekend, something I thought wouldn't happen until next year when the girls were a bit older. I am going Chris.tmas shopping this week and taking the girls with me. We went to see my nieces dance recital and took the girls (they were angels).

What am I getting at? We still have a life! With twin girls. We still have a life. Something that almost everyone told me would be over. "You will never have time to yourself again... not until they are 18" "You can't be intimate with your husband anymore. Not with two babies!" "You can't play in the symphony! Who will take care of the girls??"

I love proving people wrong. Guess what? I DO have time to myself sometimes. I AM intimate with my hubby. And I DID play in the symphony.

Enough about me, though. The girls are thriving, as they say. We had a bit of a problem with gas. I mean, they wake up screaming their little heads off after only a half hour of sleep because they have terrible gas. (can you imagine having gas so bad that you cry and scream? Poor babies) The drops? They take them like candy. They got a prescription for zantac that seems to help and I still give them acidophilus to keep them "moving". So we are working through the gas situation. Literally. :)

We have a great routine going, the girls and I. During the day, they go with me in their bouncers (which, by the way, we cannot live without) where ever I go. If I am downstairs, they are downstairs. If I am cleaning, they go room to room with me. I feed them every 4 hours, hold one of them for a while, hold the other for while and then they go in their bouncers, stare and ooh and ahh at the wonderful hanging toys and wave their arms around. Then when they start to get fussy, I give them their sucky and they sleep a bit. They don't fall into a deep sleep because I won't let them. They take siestas all day long. THEN, at night, I feed them and put them to bed and they will go 5-6 hours between feedings and they are tired enough that I don't have to fight (much) to get them to go back to sleep at 2 in the morning.

Madison is on the left and Mackenzie on the right. You will notice that they love the "hospital issue" suckies. I can't get them to take a nuk for the life of me. My friend, who also had a preemie baby, said her daughter (now 2) would never take anything but the hospital issue suckies either. So, she gave me a bunch of them recently in all different colors. They are called gumdrop pacifiers, FYI.

December 4, 2009

Remedies

I think I have heard every home remedy that ever existed. Some of them-Great ideas! And some of them-UM, I don't think so!

To cure hiccups: Sugar water
This is a very popular remedy recommended to me by several people. I have never tried it because the doctor said that it is the act of sucking that relieves hiccups. Give more milk or use a pacifier.

To cure constipation: Sugar water
Is this all they had back in the day? Unfortunately doctor said water could throw off the babies electrolytes. They would get full from the water and not eat their formula. That would be bad. Instead, give baby acidophilus probiotic.

To cure colic: Whiskey water
I am sure this would knock them out and make them sleep (hence stop crying). Even the 5 drops of whiskey to 4 oz of water, which is what was recommended leaves me with a not-so-good feeling. Plus, water is no good given the above explanation.
Instead, .... Just try to work through it. Fortunately, my babies don't have colic.

To cure pains of teething: A drop of whiskey on your finger rubbed onto the gums
I am not there yet, but I think anbesol might work. I really don't know if I am comfortable giving my babies whiskey... Even though these remedies were used on me!