Much has happened since my last pregnancy update post. By now, any readers from Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube know that I’ve already delivered the twins at 34 weeks. They spent 8 days in NICU and have been home since. You can check out this Youtube video about the birth. Here’s a summary of what the last 4 weeks have been like and how the twins are doing, how big brother is adjusting, and my postpartum recovery.
For a video summary of the girls throughout this month, see this video.
Babies born before 37 weeks have not mastered the suck, swallow, breathe coordination needed to nurse. The twins are very uncoordinated when breastfeeding. During the day time, I put them on to practice for about 15 minutes and then we bottle feed with breastmilk I pumped previously. They have improved greatly after 4 weeks and can nurse for most of the 15 minutes although neither girl can get a full feeding on the breast yet. At night, I skip the nursing and we go straight into bottle feeding with Similac Neosure 22, a special high calorie formula for preemies that the pediatrician and hospital want us to supplement with.
Nipple Shields – I use nipple shields to help them detect the nipple. Kiley is now able to nurse without it but Sophia still needs it.
My Brest Friend Twins Nursing Pillow – This twin breast feeding pillow helps me coordinate nursing both.
Medela Pump in Style – The pump I got from insurance was the Medela Pump in Style. It works just fine. Not as good as the hospital grade Medela Symphony but I don’t think I need something of that grade since they will still need to supplement with formula any way.
Baby Brezza Sterilizer and Dryer – Here’s the bottle sterilizer and dryer in one that we use. It helps save so much time since we have twice the amount of bottles because we have twins who are almost exclusively bottle fed. I can’t recommend this product enough. I demo this product in a Vlogmas episode I posted on Youtube.
Mother’s Milk Tea – this is the lactation tea I’m taking to help boost my supply. I’m not sure if it works but I have boxes left from my last pregnancy so I want to finish it. It doesn’t hurt to stay hydrated.
In the first three weeks, they slept for 3 hours at a time even at night. Eventually they did 4 hour stretches at night. This week we got a few 5 hour stretches and last night they slept 6 hours at night. I don’t expect this to be the norm yet. Right now we have no plans to force any changes on the babies. We will continue waking to feed them until they sleep through on their own or reach 5 months, after which I’ll feel more comfortable sleep training if they haven’t already slept through.
Older Sibling Adjusting
Colin is very sweet to his sisters. He’s always asking for them and tries to be helpful by patting them on the back as we burp them, or holding the bottle while we feed them. He recently learned to climb out of his bed in the mornings and would quietly come into our room, stop by his sister’s beds and sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to them before coming to wake us up. As a toddler, he does need more attention and stimulation so it’s been tough on him to stay cooped up in our room. We plan to start him in day care as soon as our parental leaves are over so he can make friends and work off his energy.
So far the recovery from my repeat C-section has been going well. Aside from an incident at 6 days PP where I was bleeding heavily (explained in this Vlogmas episode), I’ve been healing according to schedule. I was able to get off pain killers sooner than last time. I am 5lbs from pre-pregnancy weight mostly thanks to breastfeeding and still eating a low carb diet, an old habit from my gestational diabetes routine. I’m trying many products below to help get back into pre-pregnancy shape, kinda.
Palmer’s Firming Butter – as expected of a twin pregnancy, there’s lots of loose skin around my abdomen. Much of this won’t ever go away. Still I thought I’d try some firming butter to see if it can tighten up some of the skin.
ScarAway Silicon Adhesives – My incision scar is small, thin, and fairly flat. I think my OB did a good job. She cut away the first C-section scar so my second one is the only scar I have. This ScarAway adhesive tape wasn’t too expensive so I thought I’d see if it can help minimize the scar even more.
Mederma Scar Gel – Same as above. Reviews on Amazon say this product should be used in conjunction with the adhesive tape since the tape doesn’t have any medication.
Loreal Cica Cream – The skin on my face hasn’t fared well during pregnancy either. I have lots of sun spots and while this product isn’t aimed at lightening, it does firm and tighten the skin. It’s working well so far.
Metamucil Fiber Supplement – Taking a regular dose of fiber is one of my best tips for postpartum recovery from C-section birth. It’s crucial while you’re still on pain killers because the medication causes constipation, along with changes in hormones. I’ll continue taking a few capsules a day to make sure constipation is not an issue.
Postpartum body shaper underwear and jeans, nursing tops and night gowns from Motherhood Maternity. I’m really impressed by the underwear and the Bounce Back line of pants they offer. I’m in that transition size where maternity jeans start slipping but pre-pregnancy jeans are not even close to fitting. I think I’ll be wearing the Bounce Back jeans and nursing tops/bras for most of this year. My favorite products are tagged below.