Yesterday, we brought our two little ones home from the hospital. We could have stayed one extra day but, frankly, we needed some rest! This is a little-known secret of hospital stays that no one mentioned to us prior to our delivery – You don’t sleep for longer than 30 minute intervals because someone is always coming into your room to check on the babies or the mom or both. On Tuesday morning we had 11 people come into our room in a 4 1/2 hour span. These included doctors, nurses, nurses assistants, food delivery people, birth certificate person, lactation consultant, and some woman wanting to give Andrea Communion. So, once we were cleared we brought the babies back to our humble home. Last night we got more sleep than the previous three nights combined. I feel so refreshed! (I never thought I’d say that after only getting four hours sleep.)
Feeding two babies at once is a challenge but Andrea and I have settled into a routine and it seems to be getting better. The babies are still learning to suck at the breast so we supplement their breast feeding sessions with a syringe and a small thin tube placed along side our finger as we put our finger in their mouth. They suck on the finger while we squeeze the syringe. Very effective feeding method. Right now we have settled into a schedule of feeding them every two and a half to three hours. It takes us about an hour to feed them both but on the rare occasion when they have both fed at the breast at the same time (Thank God that He made two breasts), the time has been about 40 minutes. Andrea then has to pump for another 20 minutes after feeding them so by the time we’re done with the feeding cycle, We only have about an hour to an hour and a half before we start all over again. So far, all we’ve done is nap, eat and clean during that time. They sleep in between and the whole saying that all babies do is Eat, Sleep and Poop would pretty much describe our first few days. Of course while babies may Eat, Sleep and Poop – parents don’t always have that luxury. I’m tired but it’s a good tired and today has been a good day.
So far, so good.