Friends and family are helping and surprising us so much! We cannot thank everyone enough! Even short visits or babysitting help tremendously, and it means so much to us. My aunt and cousin left this week and both Jason and I are CRYING. Like my mom, my aunt and cousin put their lives on hold to help for 3 weeks, and it made all the difference in the world to us (and the babies). I can’t even put into words what they mean to us. Being pretty independent people, Jason and I never expected to call on family and friends for so much help. A very surprising silver lining. It’s so important and invaluable to have these close relationships, and we will treasure them forever!
After the parting of my aunt and cousin, we brought in the nanny, who I found via craigslist. She and her son will come during the day so I can get some sleep after being up all night with the babies. Jason and I are on our own this weekend. It’s our very first time alone as a family! It’s hard to believe that Jason and I have never been alone with the babies. I’m a little scared, and I hope we can manage by ourselves! Then my other aunt comes the 6th – 20th.
Little has changed with the babes, except they’re growing like crazy! Like clockwork, they fuss every 3 hours to eat. It goes like this: lots of crying, change them, feed them all at once on the boppies (about 4-5 oz), burp them intermittently, feed them more after they burp, then maybe change again. Burping takes forever, as does eating. The reflux makes them very fussy during and after feedings, so there’s no position of comfort; they cry alot. I usually flip everyone over on the boppies while I pat them on the back (it’s like I’m playing the drums:), they stop crying for a bit, and burp themselves, if needed. I’m very efficient, but still, the whole process often takes 2 hours from start to finish. Then another hour goes by and it all begins again. They may or may not sleep in that hour between feedings; usually one baby is up and needs to be held (the bouncies and swings don’t do it). We’re lucky when they all nap at once. Then we scramble to clean bottles, do laundry, wash dishes, and eat ourselves. When they’re up, they fuss. They demand constant attention. I expect this’ll get better as they get older. The most they’ve slept at the same time is about 2 hours twice in a 24 hour period. That means we’re strictly giving all our attention to babies 20 out of 24 hours a day.
We take them for walks and it calms them all down! I thought 6 weeks was too soon, but they do really well, and it’s good for mom, dad, family, and helpers to get them out of the house (and those boppies). We actually took them for a walk around the block at 2 weeks, but I think it was too soon. Now at 7 weeks old I can tell they look around and seem satisfied with the experience (a.k.a., not crying). If we see people, they usually approach us, so getting out of the house is a very public and social experience. Even in our quiet neighborhood people actually come out of their houses, stop us, and ask questions. This is something I did not expect (or would do myself), so it’s a big surprise. Still, I’m nice to everyone. I figure it’s our life, and why not accept it?! :)