July 29, 2012

1 month old!

Somehow I am making it day by day as a new mommy of the twins. I can't believe they are already 1 month old. They are bigger and heavier and showing lot of personality!

Recovery from c-sec was tough for me. The pain was expected and I took it easy. Instead, I got a fever of over 100 and lasted for an entire week. I went to OB to check if it was from mastitis or infection from the c-sec, but all was ok. The fever was from exhaustion and sudden change of life on me that my body couldn't hold the right temperature. I was taking Oxycodone for pain and it worked as fever reducer. Hated the side effect (constipation) but it helped me. After two weeks of taking painkillers, the pain became tolerable and over all I started to feel better.

After a good recovery time at home, I drove my car to do errands for the first time in almost 3 months. I felt good to be independent again!

I have been pumping breast milk and seem to get good supply so I can give them that mostly. Every other day maybe one feeding session I give formula. I pump faithfully every 3 hours day and night. Even though the girls sleep throughout the night for 8 hours, I still have to wake up to pump, otherwise my boob hurts so bad like no tomorrow. Yes, you heard me. They sleep that long. We swaddle them at night and that seems to be the trick!

My mother came from japan for six months to help me out with twins. I have to go back to work in September so I am training her on babysitting! Taking care of two infants is hard. Especially feeding time. I want to put them on the same schedule but when I am alone, that's almost impossible. All I can do is to feed them one after another right away, hoping the first one won't cry and scream when I'm feeding the second baby.  But now I feel like a pro!

The twins are doing great without major issues. Just wanted to write down how they are doing individually!

CJA--(Baby A)
Cja at birth

Bathing time

She loves swing

* She was born 5lb 10oz. Healthy girl. At her 3 weeks, she weighed 6lb 12oz!
* She first started formula at the hospital and within 7 days she was chugging down up to 2.5oz at each feeding. Now she is eating 4.5oz, 5-6 times a day.
* She developed eye infection and got ointment from Ped. After a little over week of the treatment, her eye is much better although the eye bugger is still yellowish,, slowly healing.
* She seems to have 'baby acne'. Haven't gone to the Ped yet but will mention at their next appointment.
* She wakes up crying. After each meal, she falls a sleep for a little while and screaming cry to be held once. Then she is ok.
* She is on breast milk 90%.

KACI--(Baby B)
Kaci at birth

Milk drunk?

Diaper being changed!

* She was born 4lb 13oz, healthy girl. Not a preemie. Went home with mommy! At 2 weeks appointment, she was 5lb 10oz, caught up to her sissy's birth weight.
* She has been eating a bit less (about an oz) than her older sissy Cja. She eats 3.5 oz mostly and when she is super hungry then 4oz. She isn't most fan of formula. She is on breast milk 90%
* Unlike her sissy, she has no issue so far. If anything, diaper rash, minor one. So I put cream to treat it.
* She is not a cryer. She calls out for love but doesn't last really long. good girl.
* She has hard time waking up and she doesn't fall a sleep right after feeding. Always making noises and constantly kicking in the air and moving her arms. So when she is sleeping she moves a lot like this:
I always put them in the same direction. But after couple of hours Kaci moved like this.. then

Kaci turned 180 degree by the end of her nap time.
They are such a love of my life. Mommyhood is so wonderful. I thought it would be a lot harder but fortunately it's not too bad. I think mostly because I consider the twins s as easy babies.
And I often find they sleep the same way!

Dear Kaci and Cja,
Thank you for coming to this world. It has been 4 weeks since you were born and life may be harder than it was in mommy's womb. I am still learning to be the best mommy for you. All I want and pray is for you to grow up healthy and free spiritedly. I love you so much!

July 9, 2012

Happy Birthday my miracle babies! 6/29/12

So here goes my twin's birth story!

I was originally scheduled for the c-sec at 35weeks. A day before, OB checked the amnio fluid for the lung development and they weren't 100% developed yet. So we waited extra 9days to give babies time to develop a bit more. I was 37weeks.
As many of you know, my c-sec time was moved from 5p to 7:30a on 6//29/12. The morning was much better because I woke up and left for hospital, rather than starving myself all day long for 5pm surgery. These are photos going into the hospital and being prepped for the op.
morning of c-sec

My c-sec was delayed because there was a red flag on the fact that I took lovonox injection the night before. It is the blood thinner, which was prescribed by my fertility doctor and  I had been taking it an entire pregnancy. Obviously for the anaesthesiologist, it brings the concern and by their "book", they prefer to wait complete 24hrs! They also consulted with my OB. He was ok with 12hrs. The spinal anaesthesia is a much stronger drug than epidural and it took 10 seconds to numb my bottom half completely. From then, Everything happened less than 30 minutes and I was meeting my miracle babies!!
CJA (BABY A) 8:35a 5lb10oz 18 inches

KACI (BABY B) 8:37a 4lb13oz 17 inches


first poopy diaper

 I stayed at the hosp for 3 days. Both babies are so healthy that they didn't have to stay in NICU at all. That 9 extra days really helped I think. It was the hardest 9 days, physically and emotionally. I gained 38lb at this point. Some people may think that's nothing but my original weight was 100lb so it was tough! 

Hospital stay was ok. The nurses come in and check on us 3, (me and babies) at all time. It was nice to be pampered like that. I also learned a lot on nursing and taking care of babies. Every specialist is available at the hospital. So If you have a question about something, I always get the answers right away. The 3 days at the hospital was the toughest, yet the most educational time of my life. 

We took girls home. I felt weird that I have babies in my house.

From the 7 weeks of bed rest to non-stop sleepless nights of motherhood, my life is now totally changed. They are the most precious things I've ever had in my life. I still have bruises and tiny bumps from PIO shots from IVF time. This is a silent reminder of how hard we tried to conceive these babies.  They are just perfect and I am in awe every single day. 

These babies items had been waiting for the girls' arrival for a long time!

After midnight feeding.....Cja and Daddy
6 day postpartum, I started to run fever. Fever after birth is common either mastitis or infection from c-sec. My incision looks ok. I don't have all the symptoms that describe the sign of mastitis either. I called OB and was told to take fever reducer for the weekend. But it's been 3 days and fever comes and goes. I am thinking this could possibly from exhaustion. I need to call doctor tomorrow (Monday) although I have a 2 weeks post-op appointment on Thursday. 
I can't wait till my body is 100% again so I don't have to be fighting with pain when I have 2 little sweet peas to take care of. They are worth every effort I make!