Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daddy's Girl


Had to share this. The other night, Emma was being Ms-Fussy-Pants. So Dan took her and put her on his knee and played the piano. I kid you not, she went from screaming to calm in an instant and listened to him for about 10 minutes. Cutest.thing.ever





Monday, March 29, 2010

The Adventures in Pumping

I have promised many people that I would write this blog post, so here it is: "How Shannon manages to pump in her Ford Fusion"

First, its interesting to note that my Ford Fusion is a company vehicle. Im not quite sure that they intended for me to conduct breast pumping in the front seat however, I do. So there.

Anyways, I knew early on that if I was going to continue breastfeeding, I would have to pump in my car. My job requires me to be on the road, sometimes for the whole day, so it was inevitable. To prepare myself, I made sure I had the following:


1. Power inverter: Im talking about one of those big power things that you plug into your cigarette lighter and then you can plug things into it. I use this for work anyways (to run my laptop and printer) If you dont want one of these, Medela also sells a car charger.

2. Small cooler and ice packs: Medela gives you a small pouch to put milk in with the ice packs but I often use a small cooler if I am going to be gone for the entire day.

3. Extra storage bottles

4. Lanisoh Cleansing Wipes (I actually started buying the Target Up and Up brand of these. They are in a purple pouch and you get 80 for $3.) I use these to clean off my pump and myself

5. Plastic bag for pump parts- I actually use the Medela Steam Bags to store my parts in during the day and then when I get home, I just clean them, fill bag with water and sterilize

6. Hands free pumping bra. I prefer this for days when I have to pump and drive. You can actually check out kellymom.com for instructions on how to make your own.

7. A poncho

Whaa?? A poncho. Yes, thats right. A poncho. I prefer one of those old school sweater style ponchos and thank god I kept a few because they come in handy. Because, trust me, the worst thing that can happen is that you are in the middle of pumping in what you think is an empty parking lot and someone pulls up next to you and looks over and you are in the middle of breastpumping. Its just uncomfortable for everyone. Trust me, I know.

I can tell you that pumping in your car is not super comfortable, but its 100% possible. I do try to avoid pumping and driving, however if I have an hour drive and it comes up during my pumping time, I do what I have to do. I also try to stay IN the truck lane and not NEXT to it. I don't need to be the source of entertainment for any of the truck drivers.

My biggest suggestion is to get a "pumping station" set up. I have an extra bag that I bring with me that has all of the above mentioned items in it. That way, when its time to pump, I can pull all of the items into the front seat and get it all set up. Its much easier if its all organized.

If anyone has any questions about pumping on the road, feel free to email me at dtbttl@yahoo.com. I will do my best to answer them!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hello Updated Blog!

Check me out! I am all updated and looking quite spiffy, I might add. I am excited to have a more stylish forum for sharing all of my stories about being a mom to Emma and Joshua.

I have said it many times but I really believe it- this blog saved has saved my sanity so many times. I am not sure if I would have gotten through infertility without an outlet to share my feelings and without the support of those who followed my journey. And I am fairly certain that I would not have gotten through the uncertainties of my twin pregnancy without being able to ramble about it here. Of course now that Emma and Joshua are here, this blog is a place for me to brag incessantly about them but its also a place where I can talk about all of the fears, inadequacies and just plain crazy stuff that happens when you are a mom.

The best part time of my day used to be 4:30 PM- the end of my work day. The best part of my day now? 6:00 AM. That's the time that I go into E&J's room, turn off their white noise machine and open up their swaddle blankets. Almost immediately, they both begin stretching and squirming and then open their eyes to look at me. And they smile. Seriously? It doesn't get any better than that. It makes all of the stress, and pumping in my Ford Fusion (oh yes, more info on that later), and eating cold dinners almost every night worth it.

For those who have read my blog from the beginning and those that are just reading now, I thank you! I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Emma and Josh in our bed this AM, after they ate

Friday, March 26, 2010

Under Construction

Excuse the mess as I re-vamp my blog. I have had this blog for a couple years ago and thought it was time for a new look.

Many props to Laura at Laura Edwards Design for designing my blog. She did an amazing job! She had great ideas, was fast and a real pleasure to work with. If you'd like a super cute blog, head over to her page and check her out!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Updates

Wow, Im a bad blogger- its been over a week since my last post. In my defense, I've been super busy. I am doing ok being back at work but its still hard to balance E&J, work, housework, Dan, me and my other part time job. Pumping. Yep, I am still at it and have basically became an Exclusive Pumper. Here's how it happened.


I had this perfect vision of nursing one baby in the morning, nursing another baby at night and then pumping during the day. I was able to do that the first week back to work but I was struggling to pump enough during the day. E&J both eat between 25-30 oz (normally around 27) per day each. I quickly realized that the best time for me to pump and get alot was in the morning. So instead of nursing in the morning, I switched to pumping so I could take advantage of the 12-15 oz I was able to get. I figured "hey, no big deal" because I can still nurse at night. Well around this time, E&J went to eating every 4 hours during the day, so they were taking 5-6 oz per bottle. I would try to nurse one of them after work and since I could only nurse on one side (because two babies=one side per baby) they both seemed frustrated because, honestly, I don't think they could get enough or it wouldn't come fast enough since they were used to the bottle.

So I had to make a decision. Was it still important for me for E&J to get breastmilk? And I decided that it is. And with that decision, I have become a full-time pumper.

My schedule to pump looks like this:

5:30 AM- First pump of the day
9:00- Second
12:00- Third
3:00- Fourth
6:30- Fifth
8:30- Sixth
10:15- Last

Thats right. 7 times per day. Its the only way I am able to get anywhere over 40 oz which I feel like is a good amount for E&J- 20 oz per baby but normally its a bit more than that. The rest is supplemented with formula.

I am not sure how much longer I can keep up with this but my new goal is 4 months. I will re-evaluate from there.

In other updates, Emma and Joshua are doing great! Joshua has started this thing where he just does not want to sleep during the day. So sometimes he is up from 2 in the afternoon until 8 at night. He just chills out and unless he is hungry, he really isn't fussy. I try so hard to get him down for a nap when I pick him up for work but he is just not having it. Sometimes he will nap in the swing but most of the time, he just wants to hang out. Since he still goes down to bed fine and sleeps through the night, Im just going to let it go. For now.

Emma, on the other hand, loves sleeping. Loves it. She takes a nap after every feeding without a problem. She also loves sucking on her thumb, mostly when she is going to bed. We swaddle at night and every night this week, she has broken out of it. Not because she doesn't like to be swaddled but because she wants her thumb. I normally don't wake up to the sounds of her crying in the morning to be fed. I wake up to the sound of crazy sucking and slurping as she works to get her thumb in her mouth. Makes me laugh every time.

Ok, I am going to be better about blogging especially since I have a new blog design coming. Be super excited! Can't wait to unveil it and rave about the person who designed it, she did a great job!

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week!




Tuesday, March 16, 2010

3 Months






Time is passing quickly and my sweet little babies pictured here...

are still sweet but not so little anymore! Check out their 3 month picture! (and yes, thats as good of a picture as we could get. They just weren't into it. We might try again tomorrow)


I'm telling you, I am crazy about those kids! Although I am working every day, I spend a majority of the time thinking about when I can see them again. And being away from them during the day just makes the time we spend together at night and on the weekends that much more special.


Joshua is still kicking around like crazy. He kicks so much in his crib sometimes that I found him like this one morning:

He is starting to laugh alot but it sounds like a hiccup. When he hears the noise, he always laughs louder though. We do, too!


Emma loves to be on her tummy so she gets more tummy time on the floor than Josh does although I do more of it with Josh on my chest. Here is the latest picture of her on the floor:


Emma also does what I like to think of as the "Chris Farley" You know how Chris Farley would always move his arms and whole body in like a twist motion? Ok, well thats the only way I can explain it but Emma does that, too. (I hope atleast someone knows the motion I am talking about!)


And a couple pictures of them together.:

Still in size 1 Diapers. And this picture cracks me up because Emma looks just as big as Josh but she really is smaller



With Sophie the Giraffe (But we call Josh's Sammy, because Sammy is for boys, lol)

Happy St Patty's Day to everyone, have a great day!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sing a little song

I have a horrible voice. Sadly, that does not stop me from belting out a tune just about everywhere I go. I sing in the car. I sing at work. Coincidentally, I am normally too tired to sing in the shower, although that would be a good place to sing because no one can here me there. I also sing a lot for Emma and Joshua.

I started singing to them when I found out I was pregnant. And as they got bigger, I used to like to think that my singing would make them do some of the kicks and wiggles that I could feel. Once they were born, the singing continued. I sang to them in the hospital and when we brought them home and quickly made up two songs that Dan and I use all the time. If I was really brave, I would take and post videos of me singing them but I like all of you too much to subject you to that! So here they are:

"The Burping Song" (Yes, I made up a song to burp)

Mommy burps Joshie (or Emmie, of course) all day long
Mommy burps Joshie while she sings this song
She burps him to the left (and I move to the left while I sing this line)
She burps him to the right (you can guess where I move this time, lol)
Mommy burps Joshie with all of her might.



"The Sleeping Song"

Rocky, rocky, rocky, Emma likes to rocky.
I rock the pretty Emma all day long (If you remember, I also burp all day long, too)
She's such a sweet pea baby and mommy loves the baby
The baby named Emma Sophia (also works for Joshua Robert)


So what about you, do you have any songs you made up just for your little one?


Joshua wearing his "Daddy Boot Camp" onesie

Both in their onesies


Emma and Joshua

Emma in the swing

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Whats going on?

Just realized that I have not done an installment of "Things I Don't Want To Forget" in awhile so I thought I would do one today. Especially since they seem to change so much all the time, sometimes I barely recognize them when I pick them up after work. So here goes:


Joshua

1. Even though he is such a long baby and I'd love for him to play basketball like his daddy, its quite possible that the kid might be a soccer player. Man, does he love to kick. When he is laying on a blanket or in his crib, he just kicks and kicks. And it really picks up when he is happy, he flails around like crazy.

2. Both E&J love when I make noises like "Ohhhh" and "Owwww" but Joshua is really into it. The other day at my parents house, I would say "Owwww" and Joshua would reply with a "Wooop" He did it about 5 times a in row and we were all howling from laughter, it was so funny.

3. I bought a swing the other day and Josh loves it. He can be kinda fussy and then I put him in it and he gets this little smile and calms down.

4. Joshua is up to eating 6 oz of food every 4 hours during the day for a total of 30 oz per day over 5 feedings. One feeding is still a nursing session and he is still doing good with that.

5. I tried to put Josh in the Bumbo and he actually could sit up in it but wasn't a huge fan. Maybe in a couple more weeks!


Emma

1. This kid is on the move. She is desperately trying to roll over and I find her sleeping on her side quite often. (Which of course makes me so nervous!) Even though she is in her crib alone now, she still is moving 45 degrees to her left all the time and is starting to inch herself forward and backward, too.

2. While Joshua makes alot of noise when we interact with him, Emma is always just babbling to herself. She coos and makes "Ohhhh" sounds, even when no one else is listening.

3. Emma loves to watch things. She is a HUGE fan of the bears on the mobile over the pack n' play and she becomes hysterical when they quit moving and the music stops. There are similar bears on the swing I bought and although she is not a huge fan of the swing, she will go in it just to see those stinkin' bears.

4. Emma's eating habits might be my punishment for being a bad eater as a baby. When I was nursing her exclusively (with a bottle here and there) she ate like a champ. Not that she mostly has bottles, we are struggling big time. She also eats every 4 hours but the amounts range from 3 oz (because she just won't eat) to 6 oz (when she is really hungry) Oh and then there was the night that she ate 8 oz. Go figure. She averages about 25 oz a day and although I worry this is not enough, she is completely happy and content with plenty of wet and dirty diapers.

5. Since her head control is better, Emma loved the bumbo. She actually cried when I took her out of it so I put her back in and sat there with her longer.


I can't believe E&J will be 12 weeks in a couple days. I look at them and am amazed at how quickly they grow and change. I also thank God every day for healthy and happy babies, they are such a blessing.

Here are some photos. Hope everyone has an awesome week!


Josh- and yes, the bumbo is purple and the blanket is pink.

Ready to go to Dan's parent's house

Sleeping on Daddy

The only way Emma will take a bath

Smiley Joshua

Emma where her onesie from my friend, Elisa

Yes, sometimes I have to feed her this way

Chilling in the swing

My Beautiful, Precious Babies

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Time for separation

When we brought Joshua and Emma home, we put them in the bassinet portion of our Pack N' Play and they slept in our room. At a month, they got too big for sleeping there and we decided to try the crib so that we could all get some better sleep. When I switched them to their cribs, I decided to put them in the same crib. It made the transition easier for ME because I thought they could be close to one another and keep each other company. Weird, I know.

I knew that one day I would figure out when it was time to move them into their own cribs. Well that day, my friends, has come.

About a week ago, I heard Joshua crying in his crib. Now I have what I call a "3 cry system." If I hear Emma or Joshua cry once, I take note of the cry but don't get up. If they cry out again, I move towards the door and if they cry a third time, I go into the room. And I'm not talking about hysterical crying, by any means. But sometimes they just cry out or fuss and I can't tell how how many times I have gotten to outside of the door waiting for the third cry and I peak in and they are both sleeping soundly.

Anyways, the cry that Joshua let out did not fall under one I would use my "3 cry system" for. It was loud and urgent sounded like "Mom, get in here NOW." So I bolted into the room and found this:


In a nutshell, my lovely daughter had turned herself 45 degrees in the crib and was kicking Joshua. In the first picture, you can see that he is wailing but in the second picture, he calmed down. Probably because he saw I was there to rescue him!

So as of last night, they are in their own cribs. I just checked on them and Emma, once again, had moved 45 degrees but at this point, who cares. She can air kick as much as she wants now. Because Joshua is nice and safe in his own crib, lol.

I wonder if having their own cribs is helping with their sleep. They normally go to sleep around 10 after a dream feed and sleep until 5 or 6. Well its almost 7 and they are both still sleeping away. This could be a good thing.


Hope everyone is doing good!

Monday, March 1, 2010

I Survived

Well I did it. I went back to work. I will admit, I had to leave earlier so that I wouldn't have to see E&J packed up in their carseats because somehow, that would make it harder for me. So instead, I peaked my head into their room and watched them sleep for just a moment and then said my good-byes. I won't lie, as I drove to work, I considered having a good cry but instead, I turned up the music and sang at the top of my lungs. Nice alternative, right? And by the time I got to the office, I felt ok. Its been nice to see everyone again and I am slowly getting myself set back up.. But I think of my babies often. I find myself getting the urge to just close my laptop and walk it and my company car keys over to my bosses desk. But I'm going to be strong and stick this out. I know I can do it and I know E&J are in good hands.

I feel bad because I never updated about Joshua's surgery last Wednesday but it went great. He was the smallest and clearly the cutest baby in the surgery section at the hospital that day. He was ALL smiles with Dan and I and the nurses and looked so cute in his hospital gown. They put him under at 8:45 and by 9:15 they were already coming to get us. As we got closer to the recovery area, I heard him screaming and asked the nurse if he was in pain. She just smiled and said "I doubt it, I think he is just hungry" And she was right, since he hadn't eaten for almost 5 hours. I nursed him and he quickly calmed down. The surgery went great and his belly button looks so cute!

I do have some new pictures but those will have to wait until my next post. I hope everyone enjoys their week! 4 more days until the weekend :)