This has nothing to do with twins, but I just had to write about how AWESOME the rain was this morning.
We live in drought-ridden Southern California, so I honestly don’t even know if my 2 year old can remember the last time it rained. If he does, it in no way muted the complete and utter THRILL of playing outside in the rain this morning. I opened up the garage door and did laundry while the kids ran around in the front yard – soggy, wet, and absolutely overjoyed.
Most of the time I fall prey to the “grass is greener” syndrome, but in this case, I just don’t think children who live in a place where it frequently rains could ever possibly match the level of delight that my San Diego kids experience when we finally get some weather. It was pretty epic.
This is a summary for the babies’ 29th week. They were 28 weeks old.
This weekend I went to see The Sound of Music with Vera and left the babes with Eddie for their first bottle. I was far more nervous about this than was reasonable. I mean, what did I think was going to happen? Even if they had refused all milk and all food, six hours is not long enough for a baby to starve.
In any case, they did great. They only drank an ounce and a half each (so, not great) but they eagerly ate their lunch and dinner and were mostly content the whole day. Whew!
I was also concerned that my boobs would explode if I wasn’t able to pump while I was there. I have a pump but no battery pack for it, so I needed access to an outlet. The musical was in an old theater with no nursing room, women’s lounge, or anything of the sort, but some incredibly considerate manager let me use her personal office to pump during intermission. I couldn’t believe it!
So that all went swimmingly. What isn’t going swimmingly is the repeated nipple biting from two-toothed Sammy. I am unsure how to handle it. I don’t want to react in a way that will scare Mercy but I need to get the NO BITING message across to Sam. Any suggestions?
Naps are great. We are in a good two nap groove. I anticipate us staying on this general schedule for at least the next 6 months.
Nights are also good. One of them (I’m actually not even sure which!) cries out every single morning at some point between 3am-4am. It wakes me up and I get out of bed to go listen at the door and see who it is, but by the time I get there it’s stopped. I’d say “very weird” except that I remember Abel doing the exact same thing… for the entire first year of life.
7:00am Wake, Nurse (1)
8:45am-11:00am Nurse (2), then Nap
11:00am Wake, nurse (3)
1:00pm-4:00pm Nurse (4), then Nap
4:00pm Wake, nurse (5)
5:30pm Sometimes nurse, sometimes don’t
6:45pm Nurse (7) then in bed at 7pm
No dream feed or MOTN feedings
They are doing great with their eating now. I am still doing mostly purees, but am pureeing it less and am sometimes offering tiny chunks of food (like soft chicken or whatever).
The food has started some constipation issues for Mercy. I am combating that by giving her prunes every few days. That has been working.
Feeding them is pretty time consuming. It’s not that either of them eat particularly slowly (they are actually quite fast) but I mean, there are two of them. It can also be unpleasant at times because they both want to eat but I can only do one bite at a time. One sees the spoon going into the other’s mouth and protests. I go back and forth between feeding one baby at a time and feeding them together (alternating bites). I am planning to start offering them large chunks of soft foods (whole bananas, etc.) soon so I can just plop it down on the table and let them feed themselves. This spoon feeding thing is TOO MUCH WORK.
Both babies can sit up for brief periods if they are holding onto some sort of toy to keep them balanced. However, they get very, very little practice doing this because they aren’t safe to leave in the sitting position and I just don’t have a ton of time to sit on the ground helping them along. The most practice they get is sitting up in the grocery cart.
That’s it for this week. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year so… let the chaos begin.