Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Howard and Caroline -- Two Weeks

Howard and Caroline are a little more than Two Weeks old and I want to document how they are changing and growing the way I did with Tracey Ann... and I hope I can make this a priority...

Weight: We're actually not sure because they haven't had their two week check up yet.  We're really hoping and praying that they will both be up to and over their birth weights which were 6 lbs 9 oz for Howard and 6 lbs 0 oz for Caroline.

Length: They were measured two days after their discharge from the hospital, but I don't know what their lengths were... I know, bad mother.

Clothing size: They are both in newborn clothes, and sometimes those newborn clothes are too large.  If the newborn clothes says "5-7 lbs," then they fit... if they just say "newborn," they are too large.
Eating: Both Howard and Caroline are getting only breast milk, but we have a sort of complicated feeding procedure right now.  At two weeks we started feedings every three hours -- so 12am, 3am, 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm repeat and the feeding process took between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes.  I breastfeed Howard for 20 minutes, then Caroline for 20 minutes, then I pump for 20 minutes.  After his 20 minutes of breastfeeding, Howard is burped, then bottle fed (my breast milk), burped again, then changed by someone else.  Right around the time Howard has been changed, Caroline is done nursing and ready to be burped, bottle fed, burped again, then changed.  It is quite the assembly line.  Both Howard and Caroline eat approximately 60-90 ml with every feeding.
Sleeping:  Well... sure, we sleep for 75-90 minutes between feedings.  Thankfully, the twins are sleeping between feedings right now, which allows myself and other cogs in the feeding assembly line to sleep between feedings... in theory, but when Tracey Ann is awake, we don't sleep between feedings.  We're all a little like zombies these days, but we're okay.
New things for the Twins: 
  • Both babies have become much better at nursing over the past two weeks -- Howard really had a hard time getting the hang of nursing in the hospital, and now he is a CHAMP!  He has a great latch and looks so proud when he opens really wide and successfully gets himself some milk.  Caroline does not latch as easily has Howard, but she gets better and better every day.
  • They both LOVE to be cuddled - they are absolute snuggle bugs
  • Taking newborn pictures
  • Meeting both sets of grandparents, Memaw and Peepaw Miller, and Grammie and Papa Sanden
  • It was so special to bring the twins home to our new, the first home that we own, to see their big sister and our critters, Lexie and Lloyd.  We are a family -- just now a larger family then we were a few weeks ago
  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Pacifiers
  • Warm baths
  • Laying next to each other
  • Having their big sister help take care of them
  • Cold diaper wipes
  •  Delayed feedings
Big events:
  • Having her newborn pictures taken... hopefully images to come soon
  • Being dedicated in church
  • Adjusting to life, their family, their big sister and their parents outside the womb

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