The first 24 hours are done… now what?
So, first I’d like to apologize for blogging while tired. I just re-read my last entry and wow, I can tell that I was not all there. Hopefully, this will come off a bit better but there are no guarantees because we are on our first full day home.
Last night was our first night of getting up in the middle of the night for feedings and pumping. We are on a 3 hour schedule right now, so if you’d like to know what we are doing at 7:30, 10:30, 1:30 or 4:30, it’s a sure thing that we are stumbling through feedings and pumping. Tony started the night shift by taking care of the 10:30 feeding (though I have to pump every 3 hours regardless- he can’t help with that), then I took 1:30, we split 4:30, and after the 7:30am, we dragged ourselves through showers and started on the day.
The girls seem to be doing great at home and the animals are all taking it in stride. Mostly, they seem happy just to have us home. As we expected- Daisy is very gentle and interested in the babies. The cats seem non-plussed and are just glad to be out of kitty jail (the bathroom). I had to change Audrey’s onesie 3 times because she kept peeing right as I was trying to swap out her dirty diaper for a clean one. Both girls have been eating like champs and doing all the "other end" things that keep tummies happy.
It’s so wonderful to be home. Last night, Tony’s mom came by, and during dinner, I commented that the house seems better and more alive now. It seems like a real, family home. It’s the best feeling in the world.
Today, we even managed to do a few things that did not involve feeding and diapering. I went out for a brow wax (you should have seen them after months of neglect!) and bought some new clothes. I have lost about two-thirds of the weight I gained during pregnancy, but predictably, nothing fits. So… it’s off to the store I go. I know that things will continue to head in the right direction, but the first 40 pounds were the easy part- now the rest will take real work. It’s not my focus obviously, but I also don’t want to run around in ill-fitting maternity clothes for 3 or 4 (or more) months, until I am back in a semblance of my pre-pregnancy form.
Anyway, enough about that! Yesterday, when we left the hospital- we practically left at a run! The Nurse Practitioner hadn’t even offically completed our "release orders" when we had the babies in their carseats and ready for take off. Luckily, our nurse helped us make a quick getaway and convinced the NP that she would send along the paperwork.
At home, we were greeted with a wonderful surprise because our dear friends and neighbors had organized a small welcome home committee for the girls! They had a sign, balloons, and lots of hugs for all of us. It was great to finally get to bring them home!
I better wrap this up because I can hear the babies starting to fuss over the baby monitor…
I hope you enjoy the new pictures in the "Week 3" folder. The girls had their first outing today- a walk around the block in the pouring rain. It was oh-so "Seattle" and an indicator of the next 4 months, weather-wise. At least they get to ride in style- they’ve just got a lot of growing to do before they look like they fit in their stroller.