Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hospital - Day 3

Thank you for all your breastfeeding e-mails, comments and support. A lot of them made me laugh and I'm glad I'm not alone. [By the way this post is attributed to Husband but it is Mommy, Esq. - I'm hijacking Husband's laptop since mine doesn't work at the Hospital.]

Today was a very good day for the Esqs. Husband was out doing some important errands (including scoring me some Fenugreek) so he didn't arrive until 11:30 am. My mom came around 11:00 am. I managed to feed Penny both breast and bottle around 7:30 am and Ned joined us around 9:30 am (below are some duo pictures) but he took his supplement in the nursery. Of course as soon as my mom came it was time for another feeding! She was a big help so I did our standard plan - 15 mins for each on the breast (usually with them naked (with diaper - I don't want them to pee on me!), helper (this time mom) feeding formula (10-15 ml), with me pumping for 15 mins to give them more colostrum if I can. That should make it around 45 mins but usually it takes us 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins since I have to try to cajole them to wake up, pass them off, syphon off the colostrum, etc. To be repeated every 3 hours from when we start and couldn't be done without Husband handing me things and doing all the washing of the bottles and diapering and swaddling of the babies.

My friend Theresa brought us lunch (Mexican) which I scarfed down. It was much needed for Mommy, Esq. since I have not enjoyed the hospital food. Mom and Theresa left around 1:30 and Husband and I started the next round of feedings which went very well and then the whole family took a nap from about 3:45 to 5 pm (Ned needed to sleep with me a little which I totally loved - he slept right on my chest). Ned still isn't latching great but the lactation consultant said we were doing well and Penny latches well. Plus I got 2 ml of colostrum at most of my pumping sessions which is huge - I feel like I'm getting their auto-immune systems up and running.

Both have lost weight - Ned is down to 5 lbs and Penny is 5 lbs, 5 ounces. But they are eating well, peeing and I feel really good about how today's feedings went even though sometimes I have to "give up" a little with Ned (we still at least try for 10 mins).

This afternoon our visitors started with my dad (who helped feed them their supplemental formula), then Liz from the Firm, my Aunt Robin and cousin Katie all dropped by - well timed to be just after we finished a good feeding. Jordan, Jersey Girl's husband, is in town on business and he brought us Chinese food. I think I have him to thank for the gas that will get me out of the hospital on time.

I love the visits but beware that if you come near feeding time the breasts come out! I think pumping is way more embarrassing than just feeding them from my breasts.

I'm already comparing them - Penny is so quiet when she sleeps it makes me nervous. I must have looked at her a dozen times while we took our afternoon nap. Both like to sleep during feedings and Ned just likes to keep his gums clamped tightly when you try to feed him breast or bottle. It is amazing how beautiful I think they are and how much I love them. Napping and being surrounded by nurses does help. :) Neither look like me. Husband thinks Penny looks "exactly" like his grandmother Polly. I don't see it but I've only met her a few times.

Assuming I sleep okay tonight I promise the birth story tomorrow. See how my breastfeeding pillow also works as a laptop station for blogging? Any the photo of Husband is with Ned - he tried to part Ned's hair (he has cute side burns!) to be like Husband's.


Krissy said...

Wow! Sounds like you guys are doing great! And you look wonderful! Doesn't it feel great to be able to breath deeply again?

Congratulations on your little ones. Again, they really are cuties!

Nancy said...

Awwww! That's awesome!!

I'm loving the pictures. And you sound (and look) so great and up-beat. GO YOU!!! :)

Gretchen said...

Oh, wish I was closer so I could come and visit and hold them and bring you more Chinese food ;)

And I do think they have your cute nose. Just my two cents!

What A Card said...

You're doing GREAT with the sounds exactly like how I started out (right down to the tongue tie, nipple shields, and very little pumping results). Feel free to email me if you want.

And, it sounds amazing now, but once you get good at it, you'll be blasting out blog entries WHILE you're tandem nursing. Really.

Your babies are beautiful...congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the babies!
Welcome to world of sleepless least for the next few months!

Anonymous said...

Such great pics! Look at my cute hubby feeding your sweet little Penny!!! Awww!!!

Sounds like you are all doing great!