Part of the daycare paperwork is to define a schedule for the babies for them to follow. Despite my initial good intentions, I haven't really enforced a schedule around here. They demand their feedings about every 3 hours, but I don't have set times that I have them eat and I don't insist that they eat at the same time. But now I need to plan for how many feedings I expect them to have at daycare so that I can pump milk over the next 10 days so they have something to eat! I'm thinking I'll have them eat at 6 am (after my shower, before we leave for work), 9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm at daycare, and then 6 pm and 9 pm at home. And if they want midnight and 3 am feedings, that's fine too. Any advice or feedback on this plan? They'll be 8 weeks old when they start daycare.
I had my 6 week follow-up appointment yesterday. I am at 201 lbs! I know that may not sound like a number one would excitedly put an exclamation point behind, but that is actually low for me these days. When I successfully lost 25 pounds on Weight Watchers last year, that got me down to 199 lbs. That's pretty much where I was when we started the FET cycle. So for breast feeding and twin tending alone to get me within 2 pounds of that is exciting. And I eat ALL THE TIME. I am seriously ravenous all day. I guess supplying milk for 2 babies burns a lot of calories. Who knew? Now that I'm cleared to exercise, maybe I can truly get to a weight I'm happy at. My short term goal is 185 lbs. I would say that I'll keep you updated on my progress, but anyone who has read my blog for any period of time knows that I am not a reliable updater!
In exciting news:
- Egan slept through the night last night! I don't know how he did that. Of course, now I'm worried that he's not getting enough to eat because he's sleeping so much. Worry: it's what I do.
- Zoe has officially rolled over twice. Once at 5w2d and again at 5w6d.
- Egan rolled over twice in a row this week at 6w3d
Well-rested Egan after sleeping through the night
Zoe: Tummy Time Extraordanaire
They aren't smiling yet. I am really looking forward to that! I guess they'll be a little slower since they were 4 weeks early, but I am certainly ready for a little encouragement that they like me - at least some small fraction as much as I like them :) Last night Egan was fussing up a storm for Forest while I was nursing Zoe. After she was finished I asked him if he wanted to trade. He said, "I would feed him if I were you" but he had just eaten an hour and a half before. I was very proud that I snuggled him and talked to him and he calmed down. If I can't get a smile, at least I have that!
Lis asked last time about the crib arrangement. Right now they are in the same crib with a divider. This is because Forest and I have not yet moved out of their room. I consider it their room now because it has all of their clothes, toys, and care items in it, but the only thing of ours in there is the bed! Once we get the den fixed up and converted to our room, we will set up the other crib and they'll sleep separately in the same room. That's the plan, anyway. At our pace, we should have that done by the time they start kindergarten ;)
Emotionally, I've never been happier. It kind of feels like I've been in a fog for the last 34 years or so, waiting for my life to begin. I guess I had an Egan and Zoe shaped void in my heart, and now it is full. I feel like a better mom, better housekeeper (still not great, but definitely better!), and better wife. We'll see if this keeps up when I go back to work - I sure hope it does! I am just so thrilled to finally have these delicious babies that I wished, prayed, waited, longed, cried and worked for. I told Katie the other day that I feel like I hit the Mommy Lottery to have 3 spectacular children. But there has definitely been a lot of heartbreak and pain to get here, so right now I feel Karma Neutral.
So that's where I'm at today. Much love and hugs to you all!