Thursday, February 15, 2007

Quick Update

I know I haven't been updating the blog much lately. I'm back at work, and Lisa and her mother are at home taking care of the babies during the day. The evenings are baby Olympics where we eat in shifts, nap in shifts, feed babies in shifts. Whoever has half an hour free goes and takes a nap. Whoever is not eating is holding a baby.

Twice last night I woke up thinking that Lisa had handed me a baby to hold while she fed the other one, and then I couldn't find the baby right away, and I could feel warm spots in the covers and I thought, 'Oh my god! They're under there!' and frantically tossed back the covers, only to realize that the babies weren't even in the room, let alone in the bed, and I was now breathing hard and cold and had to rebuild my coccoon of blankets.

Hopefully we'll have some more pictures this weekend.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Sleep? What's that?

The days and night have all just blended together at this point. You sleep when you can. You eat when you can. You feed a baby, change a baby, feed them some more, feed the next baby, change them, feed them some more, and hope that they go back to sleep when they are fed and burped.

Both Lorelai and Reece have decided they are night people, meaning they wake up at 10:00 PM, and don't want to go back to sleep until after their 2:00 AM feeding, which usually takes until 3:30 AM to finish. Lisa and I have been splitting the overnight feeding duties, and I usually take the 2:00 AM one, but it doesn't make much difference if they've been up since the 10:00 feeding. We're trying to change things up for them by waking them up this afternoon and keeping them up for a while, and setting them up for a really big feeding at 10:00 PM, which will hopefully induce the spirit raising 'food coma'. It's a beautiful thing when it happens.

My folks have been here this week, doing a lot of baby holding and keeping the rest of the house going, so we haven't had to worry about laundry or dishes. My mom has grown very attached to the babies, and can just sit and hold them for hours, which they love. Of course this is usally during the daylight hours when we don't necessarily want them sleeping really soundly, but it does allow us to take little cat naps ourselves.

I can't imagine how this will all work when I go back to work next week. Good thing I can code in my sleep.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Getting a routine

Things have slowed down considerably now that we are all at home. The bulk of Lisa's time is spent feeding the babies. Lisa's mother, Marcia, has been taking care of laundry and keeping the diaper changing stations fully stocked, and I've been doing, well, whatever else needs doing. Grocery runs, diaper changes, taxes, and lots of baby holding.

They seem to change every day now, getting bigger and stronger. It's amazing how heavy five pounds of baby become after having them in your lap for two hours. I can't even imagine what that would be like inside you for months. Yikes.

We've been told that by the time they hit 6.5 pounds, they should be able to feed themselves much more quickly, and we won't have to worry if they are getting enough to eat. Right now, we count every milli-liter they eat by using a scale to weight the babies before and after feeding. We no longer have to supplement with a bottle, but in order to do that, they need to hit 12 hour minimums, and that means feeding them regular small doses if they don't want to eat the large doses. We don't have many worries about Lorelai at this point, but Reece is a few days behind her, Hopefully he can catchup, and reduce his feedings to a more managable number and length.

We've been watching a lot of TV and napping when we can. I know it could be a lot worse, but we have two really good babies that like to sleep, rarely cry, and provide hours of entertainment just by watching them. Reece's artillery shows are quite fantastic, but then again, I am the only one he has not yet targeted. Marcia's dive for cover in mid diaper change today was quite hilarious.