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Fragments

Inspired by my friend who does a weekly blog called Fragmented Fridays, I’m going to update you with fragments, rather than try to create a coherent chronology of everything that’s been going on. In no particular order:

  • The ten days between when Kamryn and Kenley came home (8/13-8/23) were some of the most hectic days ever. Having Kamryn at home was wonderful but I still spent many hours at the NICU with Kenley.
  • Tom went back to school and came down with a nasty cold almost immediately.  Both the girls caught it, but luckily it was very mild for them. No fevers to deal with, thankfully!
  • Both girls got their 2 month vaccinations and seemed handle them just fine.
  • We’re still settling into our new house. Lots of boxes still to unpack in the house and the garage.  There were some plumbing troubles (that resulted in one huge mess and one smaller mess), but our awesome landlords had the house repiped last week.  This is the first weekend since both girls have been home that we haven’t had to deal with either a household crisis or illness.
  • Toady was the first day we cooked a meal in our new kitchen–scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and toast!
  • Having twins is a huge challenge and a lot of work. They eat about every 3 hours and it takes about 45-60 minutes to get them both fed and changed. At night they can go about 3.5 to 4 hours, so that’s when am able to get a little bit of sleep. I usually nap for a few hours when my mom is here to help and/or when Tom comes home from work. On the weekends, Tom takes over the night shift so I’m able to get more sleep.
  • Kenley is finally outgrowing her Preemie sized clothes and diapers. At the doctor’s visit on Friday she weighed 5 lbs, 5.4 oz. That was a gain of about 1.5 oz per day since her last visit the Thursday before!  So the doctor lowered her caloric intake from 30 calories per ounce to 24 calories per ounce. I’m a little nervous about this, but she’ll be monitored to make sure she’s still gaining.
  • Kamryn is doing very well, too,  She weighed 6 lbs, 6 oz as of 9/10, so I bet she’s close to or over 7 lbs now!
  • I joined a twin mom group and twice a year they host a clothing exchange, the last one was 9/8. Everyone brings in their baby clothes, volunteers sort them into age groups, and then everyone just takes what they want. I brought in a few preemie things and left with two shopping bags filled with clothes for them.  I won’t have to worry about buying any clothes for them for the next few years with the help of this exchange.
  • I started using cloth diapers this weekend. I’m trying a sampler pack through this great store/website, Jillian’s Drawers. They have a program where you try out a bunch of different styles of cloth diapers for 3 weeks and then you return them for a full refund, minus $10. Right now I’m leaning towards the Thirsties All-In-Ones, but I’m not sure yet. I still have to try the old-fashioned pre-folds and use them all a few more times before I make my final decision.  But with the major blowouts the girls have had this weekend using disposables (and not while in cloth diapers), I’m definitely ready to make the change.  Also, the cost of cloth is so much cheaper in the long run.  One year of disposables for twins will run us about $1800 (!!!), while the most expensive option for cloth for the entire time they will wear diapers is about $1200. A huge savings.
  • I’ve become a big fan of Freepeats.org. You should consider joining them in your area if you have kids.
  • I’m so grateful to the people who have brought us meals during the last few weeks: Mom, Gram and Gramps, Dad and Lizz Andy, and Adana. And most especially my sister who has made us the most delicious lasagna and lentil soup. Thank you everyone!!!
  • Oatie is settling in to the new house and family members as best she can. She doesn’t like the hardwood floors–it’s hard to explain to her that we’ll get rugs eventually. She’s mildly interested in the girls, and way more interested in what’s in their bottles. I actually caught her grabbing a used bib off the couch so she could lick it. Yuck.
  • Curtains.  My next big household goal is to hang curtain rods and curtains. Wish me time and luck!
  • Both girls are so amazing to me still.  I wonder when it will finally seem normal to me to have two healthy babies. It’s still a wonder to me. They’re both very sweet and very good and I’m lucky to have them both.
  • Keep checking my Facebook page for new picture of the girls. That is where I will post all the pictures (and videos, too).

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Both girls are home!!

’nuff said.

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Quick Stats

Kenley:  3 pounds and is maintaining her own temperature, but is still in the isolette.  Takes 2 bottles a day (25 CCs) like a pro.

Kamryn: 4.5 pounds and is maintaining her own temperature, but moved to a bassinet early this week.  Takes 2-3 bottles a day (35 CCs) and does a very good job with them.

Both: Moved to nursery C last Wednesday night (7/29) and are doing extremely well.

Me: Ankles swelled up again (on my feet too much because of the move [even though I did very little] or on my feet too much because the house is much bigger than the apartment?). Still tired and trying to catch up on sleep.  Sick of pumping.

Tom: Amazing but tired (from my point of view).

Both: Married 4 years yesterday and very happy to be in our new house.  Anxious for the girls to come home.

You: Very supportive friend, reader, family member, packer, unpacker, and/or gift giver.  Thank you!

By the way, if you live in the area and want to see the girls, just let me know so we can figure out a time.  They’re going to be in the NICU for a few more weeks.

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We could use some help

Over the past few months, many of you have asked us if there is anything we need. Well, now we could use some help getting ready to move because I still can’t lift anything and have to stay off of my feet as much as possible.  I hate to see Tom do everything by himself.

Don’t worry! We’ve hired movers to move all of our boxes and furniture, but we need to get those boxes packed. So, if…

*you’re inclined to help us pack a box or two

*you enjoy using a power drill (our bookshelves and curtain rods need to be taken down)

*you’re handy with spackle (we have lots of holes to fill)

…you will be rewarded with food, drink and forever have our deepest appreciation. You might also win a ride to the hospital to see the girls.  🙂

If you can help, we’d be forever grateful.  And if you can’t or don’t want to, then don’t even respond to this.  We promise (crossing our hearts as I type) we won’t be mad.

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Babies’ Shower

On Sunday, my two aunts, Lynette and Audrey, Gram and Mom hosted a babies’ shower for me and Tom. It was a casual brunch at Mo’s Restaurant in Burbank with lots of family and friends. Click here to see some photos.

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