My first day back to work went well. My classes are great and the kids are very well behaved. I did miss the girls, but it was also very nice to get out of the house and have human contact.
The girls both have colds. I took them to the doctor yesterday because I'm scared to death of them getting RSV (and we weren't approved for the RSV shots). But their doctor said their ears, throat and chest are ok - just a little congestion. We need to make sure they aren't running fevers and that the congestion doesn't settle into their lungs. The girls also got weighed and are still gaining weight at such a great speed!
Audrey - 8lbs 6oz Natalie - 8lbs 2oz
Bryan and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house tomorrow. Audrey has been "helping" me out!
Audrey and Natalie got a package in the mail today from Uncle Rod and Aunt Lisa. They just love the little stuffed animals that they got! And in other news, still trying to get the house cleaned before going back to work on Monday. I was really looking forward to the days Bryan had off this week - but it turns out he's been really sick, so I haven't really gotten a break :(
So it has been a few days since I last posted. There's really nothing to post about. I am feeding babies every 3 hours around the clock, changing diapers and getting tons of hugs and kisses in before I go back to work. I start back on Monday, and of course the Palmetto's Finest evaluation team is coming to our school that day. So instead of a meet and greet with the 120 students I've never met, I have to jump right into an activity to keep them "engaged". Ugh.
Anywho, here are a few pics of the girls - they match their pack n play just a little bit :)
I've spent today trying to clean the master bedroom. To say a tornado of clothing hit this room would be an understatement. When Bryan and I moved into our house, we left a lot of stuff at our apartment. And then when we had to have it moved out, we just shoved it in our guest closet. But since we turned the guest room into the nursery, all of those clothes came into our room. So I've spent today sorting them into piles and doing load after load of laundry. Plus organizing 100 some pairs of shoes. And, might I add, taking care of twins. I am just that awesome.
The girls have kept themselves pretty occupied with these wrist rattles that my mom got for them. Natalie just shakes her elephant and shoves him in her mouth - it is too cute.
Here is what a typical 24 hour day looks like at our house:
2:00 am - Feeding 5:00 am - Feeding 8:00 am - Feeding and clothing change. Mom trys to sleep a little more, but the girls aren't having it 8:30 am - First activity of the day, usually swing/bouncer 11:00 am - Feeding and tummy time 2:00 pm - Feeding and nap in boppy 5:00 pm - Feeding and "wide awake time" until bedtime, or nap on mom and dad if we're lucky 8:00 pm - Feeding and bath or story after 10:30 pm - Change out of clothes and into sleep sack, feeding, rock and then pray they go to sleep.
So that equals to 16 bottles, bibs, and diapers a day. I have feedings down pat and can get them fed, changed and put back in their cribs in under 30 minutes at night.
Over the last few months, I've been asked a lot of questions in my comments section that I always try to answer. So here is your chance to ask anything (within reason) and I'll answer it - when I'm not busy being pooped, peed or barfed on!
It figures just as soon as the girls started sleeping in their cribs for 3-4 hours at a time, they would hit their 6 week growth spurt! They are wide awake during the day and very fussy. BOTH girls demand to be held pretty much the whole day. Which means I'm stuck sitting on the couch holding them both against my chest, or else I'm subject to the most horrific yelling I've ever heard. Not that I don't love holding and hugging them all day, but I do have a lot of chores I need to get done before I go back to work. They have both also figured out how to break free from their swaddle. However, they don't sleep as well when they aren't swaddled - so I might invest the $60 to buy two Miracle Blankets so my little Houdini and Copperfield can sleep longer at night (and me too).
This picture was taken moments after I had just dressed Natalie after her bath. We have just a BIT of a problem with reflux. And in other news, Bryan decided not to "Respect the Turkey" this year. He already has thrown up 6,000 or so Christmas lights - not to mention the ones that never made it down off the roof from LAST year!
Audrey is set on killing me with lack of sleep. Both girls slept while Bryan and I watched Ironman last night at midnight. We fed them again at 3 and then 6. After her bottle at 6, Audrey was bright eyed and bushy tailed. So we stayed up in the living room until I finally got her to sleep in her swing at 8. And don't you know the next feeding was at 9.....
I usually am able to feed the girls one at a time. However, sometimes both girls become impatient and I need to feed them at the same time. Thank goodness for the Boppy pillow! Here is a photo montage of dinner time tonight: "We're hungry mom!" And it took them less than a minute to wiggle while I grabbed their bottles! Can you tell they are mad? Ok, let's try this again Oh nom nom Fussy Babies