Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Well, it's going pretty well here. Perhaps as good as I had hoped for. I think the first night home was just a fluke, and maybe they were just uncomfortable from their circumcisions because they've been better since then. Still better sleepers during the day probably, but not as nuts as Cash was.
Phoenix (left); Ashton (right)
And I've done a few things right, like sending them out of our room (where their crib is since we only have 2 bedrooms) after that first night so they only keep one person awake (namely my mom, downstairs in the living room - thanks mom!) instead of two. Also, my other good move is sleeping through one of the night feedings while somebody else feeds them so I actually have managed a few 5 hour stretches of sleep. And last night it was close to 6 hours I think. I'm not sure at what point you can let them sleep longer at night without waking them to eat, but we're about at that point where we'd welcome it, so last night they slept 4 or 5 hours straight. Oh yeah, and the other thing we did right was hide the train set Cash got for Christmas until the day we brought the twins home. That's been a lifesaver.
As for Cash's reaction - well this picture pretty much sums it up. "Um, what are these, and can you get them out of my way so I can watch tv?"
He's been a bit out of sorts, and I've had a hard time feeling so neglectful and sort of missing the days when I just had one child and could be such a doting and attentive mother, but overall he's doing pretty well. And it is cute to see him peeking in over the pack 'n play to make sure where they are once in a while.
Ashton (left) Phoenix (right)
As for the twin thing - I guess they send the placenta to the lab and that's supposed to give them some sort of idea if they are identical or not, but we haven't heard back about that yet. I think I mentioned the doctor said there were some things that made them seem very identical, but it's hard to tell sometimes since there heads are shaped differently. But based on what it looked like in the ultrasounds - one placenta with one big sac and two smaller ones, and the fact that there are enough similarities that we still think they're probably identical. The only real other way to tell is genetic testing. When I look at pictures, it's sometimes quite easy to tell them apart, but when they're all bundled up with hats on, we have a hard time. I must say we refer to them as "this one" and "that one" quite often so as not to have to use the brain power to identify them. And sometimes the same one gets their diaper changed twice instead of them both getting changed once. Ryan was pretty adamant that we put a dot of nail polish on one of them in case their heads changed overnight, so we did that. But then he decided to paint the other ones toes. So then the next day, of course I couldn't remember who had the toes and who had the fingernail.
I don't know if you remember my coveted crib bedding:
but I used that as the inspiration and begged my mom to make something comparable. I LOVE the results!! I would wait until we had them in their own cutely decorated matching room to display them, especially since this picture doesn't do it justice, but I have to put it on here so you can see her work because it's just too great. And saved me $600. The one for the other crib is the same fabrics but a little bit reversed. Love it mom! Thank you!
As for having a great recovery, well, I probably spoke too soon.