I finally understand the phrase “don’t cry over spilled milk”. I have been pumping milk for vitamins and extra to have around just in case. sometimes I will lean over to pick something up and some of the milk I pumped will spill on to the floor… it makes me want to cry. They don’t call breast milk liquid gold for no reason. 🙂
An eCard from our family to yours…
I know I already posted about the Robots and how AWESOME they are but I finally got around to taking some photos of the robot themed nursery. The crib bed skirts and sheets courtesy of Grandma Seacat, Aunt Sara, and Aunt Katie. I love it!
This is the best room in the house as far as the light shinning in the windows. We sometimes regret that we only got one glider. The built in bookshelves are going to be really nice for all the boys books.
This Christmas is Anthony and Nathan’s first Christmas as well as the first Christmas that Steve and I have had at our own home. We are lucky that Grandma and Grandpa DeLuca and Uncle Paul are able to join us. Steve and his brother Paul went out yesterday and picked out this beautiful tree:
The stockings are hung and chocolate covered potato chips were made yesterday… it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
Anthony is excited for Santa:
Nathan is playing the air guitar while Anthony sings Christmas carols.
Anthony and Nathan are hiding in their stockings to scare Santa when he comes down the chimney:
Can you guess which one has been naughty and which one has been nice?
You boys are so lucky you don’t even know it. For the first six weeks of your life your Grandma Seacat and her sister, mommy’s Aunt Laurie, came to visit and help us with you. They were amazing. Having extra hands with twins is crucial. I know during those six weeks they slept much less than I did helping out with everything around the house and with each of you. Even though feeding babies is tiring, the real time consuming part has been rocking you each to sleep after you eat. Once Aunt Laurie and Grandma left it was a shock to Steve and I as to how much work they did. Both of them have a secret Grandma power, baby whispering you both calm.
**It’s really hard to get pictures of the two of them since they are both against me taking their photo!
I had a such fun crawling into bed during the wee hours of the morning and talking with these amazing women, hearing their stories, listening to their advice, and learning from their mistakes. I looked forward to each days fresh air escape pushing the stroller around the neighborhood on our walks. Anthony and Nathan much preferred the “butt baths” to the cold wipe scrubbing they would’ve gotten from their mom and dad.
I miss and love you Mom and Aunt Laurie!
When in doubt… throw them in the same crib:
Anthony and Nathan might not know yet that they have a brother or what that means but I swear when we have them next to each other they calm down. Check out the video Aunt Laurie took above.
One of the perks of being an IBM employee is a program with LactCorp which allows me access to a Lactation consultant for 6 months after birth. This includes unlimited phone calls to a consultant. Yesterday I decided to call in and see what it was about. I’m so glad I did! I got lots of great advice and cleared up a few wives tales. Here’s some interesting facts I learned:
- It’s okay to wake up a sleeping baby. “They wake you up, it’s okay to wake them up… especially if it makes life easier on you by getting them on the same schedule”
- Stress does not affect milk production
- Breastfeeding mom’s only feel “full” for the first month or so after giving birth. Even though you don’t feel full, there is plenty of milk.
- There is no correlation to the amount of fluids a mother drinks and her milk supply.
- Almost all babies have fussy periods. It’s usually around 6 weeks old.
- What you eat does not affect whether or not your baby has gas.
- Pumping does NOT increase your milk supply. In order to trick your body into thinking you have another baby you’d need to pump 8x more a day. Your body produces milk based on the “pulls” and draining of the breast. That’s why milk typically slows down around 6 months since that’s when solids are introduced and less pulling is happening. Since a newborn typically eats 8+ times a day that’s why it’d take 8 extra times to increase the supply.
Tummy on Mummy
My tandem breast feeding attempts so far have been in the football hold. One thing the consultant suggested was to lay on my back and let the boys find my nipples to nurse that way. That position makes it so that I don’t have to pull their heads up to my breasts or support their body weight.
Bottom two photos:
There was even a video: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html. We gave it a try last night and it worked amazingly well. Since it’s just Steve and I now at night, this hold made it a lot easier feeding both babies at once.
My consultant, Nancy, said that I was in the top 5% for multiple moms. She was impressed that I was exclusively breastfeeding the twins.
It makes me feel good to get some expert advice and reassurance that the boys are getting everything they need.