And then there were 5Posted: May 19, 2010
Ahhh (Calmly said), the family of 5! No, more like AHHHHH (screaming), the family of 5!!!!
Yes we are surviving, but I must say that to jump from a family of 3 to a family of 5 is quite the challenge. I will do my best to fill you all in, but I may have to go if one of the girls starts to fuss or wakes up, or better yet, if Cooper wakes up early from his nap.
I am still breastfeeding the girls. That has been a real challenge. I am using a special pillow designed to help twin mother’s breastfeed, but still it is quite the challenge. The girls spit up a lot and I never know when I am going to get soaked by one if their projectile spit-ups. Sigh! They are growing a ton. Molly is still larger than Anna and both girls are finally out of their preemie clothes and wearing newborn clothing. They have lost most of the hair on top of their heads, but it looks like it might be growing back finally. They sleep pretty well at night. They go to bed around 9pm and sleep until 2/3am. Then they wake up between 6-7am. So there is really only one middle of the night feeding, which is not that bad if you ask me. Some nights are better than others, but for the most part that is not bad for almost 6 week old babies.
Outings: Well, we made it out of the house on Mother’s Day with all three kids. We went to the Zoo. It was a lot of fun. Cooper loved it and the girls napped in their strollers. We also made it over to my in-law’s house for dinner one night and that went pretty well too. Then finally this week, I took all three kids to the library so Cooper could go to Toddler Story time. Everything went well and Cooper had a great time.
I think the hard part is that I feel like I have not bonded with the girls. Cooper demands so much attention and you really cannot ignore him so I have to pay him more attention. So I feel like I never really spend any time with my girls unless it is to breastfeed or diaper change them. I do get some on-one-one time with each of the girls, but it is limited. When Cooper was an infant I had all the time in the world to just soak him up. I guess with your first you have that luxurie!
Cooper keeps getting cuter and cuter each day. I find that he says a new word all the time now. He is also very obedient and I am so grateful that he is such a good listener! For example, when we went to the library the other day, I told him to hold onto the stroller and to not let go as we walked from the parking lot into the library. He held onto the stroller and never once let go. Such a good boy! He loves playing outside and now that the weather is warm, well hot, he is outside a lot in the evenings. He loves to follow the other kids around that live on our street.
Here are some pictures of the kids. Enjoy!