Twin Newborn Essentials

When I was preparing our baby registry I scoured all the blogs and YouTube videos on twin necessities so that I could be as prepared as possible. I’m a planner at my core and wanted to have everything we needed. I put together a list of items we use every day for our twins to make our lives a lot easier. Some are common for singleton babies and a few are specific for multiples.

  1. Twin bassinets and pack-n-play
    • Baby Trend Retreat Twins Nursery Center, Quarry $219.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ we primarily use this right now as their bedside bassinets and chose it because we would be able to use the pack n play in the future. The only thing we don’t like about it is the bassinet liners do not come out to be washed so we’re constantly having to spot clean which is annoying. Otherwise they’re very handy.
  2. Baby swings
    • Graco Simple Sway Baby Swings, Stratus $74.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) & Abbington (Amazon | Target | Walmart) $74.99 ~ these come in handy when we’re up by ourselves and one baby doesn’t want to be put down but the other needs attention as well as when we both want to do something and need our arms free.
  3. Double stroller and car seats
    • Graco Ready2Grow LX Double Stroller, Gotham $199.99 (Amazon | Target |Walmart) with Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35LX Infant Car Seats $179.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ not something we use every day but a necessity when we go anywhere. It’s really easy to use and the loud click when it gets in place is reassuring that we did it right and they’ll be safe.
  4. Twin nursing pillow
    • My Brest Friend Supportive Nursing Pillow for Twins, Grey $65.94 (Amazon | Walmart) ~ when both babies are awake and want to eat this pillow is essential in order to tandem feed them. Makes them happier and the time goes quicker as they’re both eating together.
  5. Sound machines
    • Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine $59.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) and Yogasleep Hushh Portable White Noise Machine $29.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ we use the Hatch sound machine in their room when we can actually get them to sleep in there and the portable one for the bassinets and their stroller. So nice to be able to take it with us!
  6. Diaper bag
    • Ruvalino Multifunction Travel Backpack Diaper Bag, Dark Grey $40.99 (Amazon) ~ I love this bag! The backpack style makes it so easy to carry and there are so many pockets it fits all of the things we will need for them when we’re out.
  7. Pacifiers
    • Philips Avent SCF190/01 Soothie 0-3 month $3.64 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ Alexander loves his pacifier and these are the ones he likes the most. We keep one in practically every room. Audrey takes a paci some times and she seems to like this one as well as the Nuk style ones.
  8. Swaddle blankets
    • SwaddleMe Original Swaddle Size – Small/Medium, 0-3 Months $29.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ whenever it’s sleep time we’re swaddling the babies in these. They love being swaddled which helps them sleep so much better and the velcro latches has made the process so easy.
  9. Dish basket
    • OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts, Teal $9.99 (Amazon) ~ this basket is so handy for our daily washing of the bottle tops and nipples. Helps so they don’t get lost or tossed around with the water pressure.
  10. Burp cloths
    • Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers $13.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ we use these on the daily and often have to change them out for new ones because of all the spit up or vitamin stains. We like them the best of other burp cloths because they’re big and soak up the liquid without soaking through like other cloths do. So nice!
  11. Sleep ‘n play outfits
    • Any type of sleep ‘n play outfits that have hand and foot covers. They’re so easy to change their diapers in and keep them warm and from scratching their faces. Plus there’s so many cute ones out there! Zippers are easiest to change in but buttons are okay too. Here are some of my favorites: a b c d
  12. Bottle warmer
    • Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer $22.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ we try to always keep a bottle on the warmer because we usually need one fast (they go from fine to starving in 0.2 seconds) plus it saves time when we’re trying to do it one handed. Took us a little while to figure it out but we got it down now.
  13. Baby monitors
    • VTech Digital Video Monitor PTZ with 2 Cameras $169.99 (Amazon | Target) ~ having two cameras is a necessity for each crib. The video quality is pretty good and the microphone picks up every sound, even the cars driving by our house 🤣. It even shows them in night vision which helps with the blackout curtains and at night time.
  14. Baby booties
    • Luvable Friends Baby Fleece Lined Scooties $12.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ to be honest, baby socks are cute but a waste. They’re constantly falling off when those legs get moving. These booties are soft and stay Velcro’d on their feet with room to grow bigger. Best idea ever!
  15. Bath kit
    • Johnson’s Sleepy Time Baby Gift Set $9.99 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) and Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel, Lavender $3.92 (Amazon | Walmart) ~ I discovered these a few weeks ago and they smell heavenly. I LOVE the oil gel because it leaves their skin super soft and allows me to give them a good massage after bath time, which they enjoy.
  16. Bottles
    • NUK Simply Natural Baby Bottles, 9 ounce $8.99 for 3 pack (Amazon | Target | Walmart) ~ we use these bottles the most because the nipples are soft and easier for the babies to latch on to plus with the bigger ounce size we can make one bottle and split it between them. Saves on dishes!
  17. Blankets
    • Cloud Island Flannel Baby Blankets 4 pack, Bunnies (Target) & Two by Two (Target) $9.99 ~ these are super soft and easy to wrap then up in. I keep a few in their diaper bag and in the stroller as well for on the go use.
  18. Sling wrap baby carrier
    • Moby Classic Baby Wrap, Strolling in Salvador $44.99 (Amazon | Target) ~ this comes in handy when one baby doesn’t want to be put down and the other is sleeping. Usually it’s Audrey and I’ll carry her around the house with me while I clean or fold laundry. She loved being curled up in there to sleep! Now that they’re a little older we like the Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier $29.99 (Amazon | Target) because their legs can dangle and they’re still close on my body for warmth.
  19. Snot Sucker
    • I didn’t really think nasal congestion would be an issue but it really is! As soon as Alexander got stuffy and started having trouble eating we got the Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida $15.99 (Amazon | Target) which is truly an amazing device. It’s not as gross as you’d think it would be because it’s enclosed and has a filter to catch the boogies. We also use the Little Remedies Saline Spray/Drops $3.79 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) to soften them up first then use the NoseFrida. If that doesn’t work and they’re real stubborn we found a set of baby nose cleaning tweezers $6.79 (Amazon) to grab on to them and they usually come out in one solids piece. They both hate all of it but this combo works so well to clear their noses so they can breathe.
  20. Gas Drops
    • We use the Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops $7.69 (Amazon | Target | Walmart) daily, especially for Audrey. She gets so gassy at night which makes her uncomfortable and fussy. With a dose of this stuff she feels better in minutes and either burps it out or passes it which helps both her and us to have a better night. We definitely keep a bottle of this stuff handy!

And there it is! My list of the top 20 twin newborn essential items that we used to get us through the newborn stage. Now that they’re 3 months old we definitely still use a lot of this stuff but we’ve added a few new things. That’s for the next post on this topic. 😉 I hope you found this list helpful! Feel free to ask questions in the comments and share it with someone you know that’s pregnant. ☺️ Thanks for reading!

Alexander & Audrey: 3 months old

3 months! Wow. Summer is nearly over as is their newborn status. They’re officially infants now and growing like weeds. 

Alexander and Audrey eat about 5-6 bottles a day and 6-8 ounces of formula at a time. She’s weighing in at 11 pounds 7 ounces and is 23.5 inches tall. He’s weighing in at 11 pounds 10 ounces and is also 23.5 inches tall. They both wear 3 months clothes and 0-3 sized items but probably not for long at the rate their growing. 😅 Also they’re both in size 1 diapers now.

Just last week they started sleeping through the night mostly. If we stay on a schedule in the day they’ll go to bed anywhere from 9p-11p and sleep till 4a-6a. Which is nice for mommy and daddy to sleep also. 🙌🏻 Occasionally Alexander will wake around 1 or 2 and want an extra bottle but then he falls right back asleep which is nice. Naps in the day time are anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I’m going to do a post on the loose schedule we follow with them soon.

Alexander: (he wasn’t in to smiling for the pictures and got tired real fast – but at least he did it without the paci this time! ☺️)

Loves laying on the activity mat and swatting at the toys that jingle, favorite toy is the mirror and the jingle rainbow

Still obsessed with the pacifier when he’s tired, an upgrade from wanting it all the time

Is a good sleeper for the most part

Warming up to bath time, especially when we wash his hands and feet

Doesn’t like diaper changes or nose cleaning time (he’s been stuffy lately)

Getting great at tummy time and can lift his chest up off the surface (us, boppy, floor) He can even shift his legs like he wants to crawl!

Gives lots of smiles and coos after eating

Enjoys being held while he falls asleep

Laughed for the first time last week (video)

Audrey: (the model baby 😂)

She’s learning to be more independent and loves to play with and talk to the activity mat, favorite toy on there is the mirror and ribbons

Better with meal time and sharing mom and dad time

Loves diaper changes and bath time, she’s stay and splash more if we let her

Doesn’t like being swaddled and breaks free a lot

Gives mommy and daddy lots of smiles after eating and after she wakes up from sleeping

Enjoys being rocked to sleep

Is a big kicker and will kick at everything

Likes tummy time and will raise her head and chest up way high, also making the leg motions to start crawling

Had her first laugh last week with Aunt Abby (video)

Alexander is mommy and daddy’s big boy and Audrey is mommy and daddy’s little princess and we love them both so, so much! Stay sweet little babes. 😘

July Latte Date

This month is over and seemed to slow down a little bit for us. It felt strange to not have the Cherry Festival this year but our city is still busy with all the tourists, especially after the travel bans lifted. About 75% of the patients I see in the ER are people from out of the area, which I always found interesting. But here’s what’s been going on with us. Grab your favorite drink and let’s catch up!

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you that starting back at work hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. My husband has made it as easy as he can for me by watching them during the nights and the days. He just definitely needs a break when I get home to either go workout or do yard work if he got decent sleep or take a nap if he didn’t. The random sleep times are a little more organized now so it makes the days feel longer and the babies are on a loose schedule (I’m going to do a blog post on this next week). Andrew starts back at work next week and it’ll be the first week of them going to my parents for ‘daycare’ on Thursdays and Fridays. We did a test run of me watching them all day and night while he was ‘at work’ and I think it went as well as it could. My mindset is a little more positive if I know I’m the only one there to take care of them so I need to get up, no matter the tiny amount of sleep I got.

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you that my postpartum workout plan is not going as well as I hoped it would. It’s hard to find time to actually workout because whenever I think I can squeeze some me time in the babies must sense that and one or both of them will decide to take a short nap that time. On a positive note the three days I work I’m getting 10,000+ steps in, on my days off I try really hard to get the babies out for a walk around the park, and our nutrition is doing better since we restarted our Hello Fresh food delivery subscription. We’re saving money by not eating out as much and having slightly healthier foods than we would if we had take out. Win win!

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you that Alexander has plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome. We noticed about a week before his 2 month appointment that his head shape was starting to look off but didn’t really think anything of it. We knew that babies skulls move around for a long time as their heads grow so when the pediatrician pointed out that his ears were crooked too we knew we’d probably need intervention at some point. Any time he lays down his head automatically goes to the right and he resists turning his head to the left whenever we try to fix it. He can move it that way if something interests him so his muscles aren’t shorter over there but I’m sure they’re a bit tighter since he always looks right. Our pediatrician recommended trying to position him more on the left side when he’s eating, playing, or going to sleep and do a re-eval at his three month appointment which is just before they turn three months old. So we’ll see how that turns out. We are definitely trying and making a huge effort cause we want to avoid him having to wear a helmet if we can. At least this is something that is fixable so that makes us feel better.

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you that we went on a family trip this last week with my in-laws. It was mostly relaxing and I enjoyed some quiet time and my husband and kids enjoyed lots of family time. I would love to make an annual trip something for our kids because the idea of them having memories of a fun place we always went every year just makes me so happy inside. I had that as a kid because we always went to Northern Wisconsin and/or Florida every year because we have family in both of those locations. I remember swimming in the lake near the neighborhood we stayed at in Wisconsin, riding our bikes on the dirt roads, and going up the road to the Piggly Wiggly (grocery store) for potato wedges. In Florida we had lots of beach days and would always collect sea shells or sea glass. I would love to do something similar for my kids. 💕

A short get together this month! That’s really all that’s gone on for July. Not as much happening as it’s been as I have been working full time again and the time is just flying by. Thanks for visiting! Until next time. ☺️

Alexander & Audrey: 2 months old

Another month has gone by and the babies are two months old now, six weeks adjusted. Their personalities are starting to shine out a bit and we’re still learning their likes and dislikes.

They each eat anywhere between 3-6 ounces at a time, sometimes 8 in her case if she still wants more. We had their 2 month check up today where they got their shots and she’s weighing in at 9 pounds 2.5 ounces while he weighs 8 pounds 12.5 ounces. She’s surpassing him in size which is funny since it was the opposite before. Haha!

They’re both outgrowing their newborn sized clothes, Audrey especially, and fit better in the 0-3 month size. They can wear the 3 month size clothes but they’re still a little too big on them.

Sleep is all over the place for them still. I’ve tried to do a loose schedule of feeding, playing, sleeping every three hours throughout the day but because there’s two of them and one of us is usually sleeping at some point in the day time it gets thrown off. I’ll still try to wake the other to change and eat if one wakes up first but otherwise they’re running our schedule right now. Audrey sleeps better in the day and is gassy and fussy at night while Alexander is a little fussy (mostly when he spits or knocks his paci out) during the day and sleeps better at night. The longest block of time they’ve slept at in a night was 7 hours but mostly it’s up to change and eat every 3-4 hours still. We’ll see how we do as we head towards three months. 🙂

Alexander:

  • Has discovered moving objects above his head and will watch it for a while
  • Still loves his pacifier and loses it when it falls out of his mouth
  • Sleeps in the chill position, on his back with his arms out over his head
  • Starting to like bath time if the water is warm enough
  • Still hates diaper changes
  • Loves getting his hair played with
  • Is calmer with the swaddle on
  • Smiles often and laughs in his sleep

Audrey:

  • Is a snuggle bug and loves to be held
  • Goes from fine to hangry in 0.2 seconds and gets jealous when she hears her brother eating, even if she just ate herself
  • Enjoys getting cleaned up either with diaper changes or bath time
  • Sleeps on her side, may be losing the swaddle soon
  • Makes the funniest facial expressions
  • Smiles often for mama
  • Loves kicking her legs around
  • Has discovered any object moving above her and will watch it for a while

We love watching them discover their environment and give us sweet smiles. The best thing ever!

Happy 2 months, Alexander & Audrey! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!! 💕

June Latte Date

How is June already almost over? Time is just going by so fast! We’re definitely trying to make the most of it but honestly with the babies and our all over the place sleep schedule it’s a big blur. Grab your latte or coffee or tea and let’s chat about it!

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you the babies surpassed 1 month old and now are almost 2 months old already! I can’t believe the time is flying by but we’ve been in survival mode and just doing what it takes to get through each day. Sleep, eat, play, repeat. They’re getting so big and filling out their newborn clothes almost too well. They fit best in the 0-3 month sizes right now. I can’t wait to see how much they weigh at their 2 month appointment. At this one they’ll get all their shots which I’m not looking forward to watching them cry but I know they need them.

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you I start working again July 5th and I’m not looking forward to going back just yet. I’m nervous about doing it with our erratic sleep schedule and how we’ll handle juggling me being away for 12+ hours, 3 days a week. Andrew isn’t going back to work till August some time so at least we can ease back in to work life and maybe have the babies sleeping through the night by the time he does go back. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you I started a new workout program with Beachbody called Barre Blend. It’s just challenging enough to get me sweating and achy without being too much for my postpartum body. My knee does not like all the ballet tip toe moves though. 😅 Now I just need to reign in my nutrition. We’ve been making healthier choices for groceries and meals. Now we just need to stick to them.

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you postpartum is different than I expected. I don’t know why I thought this but I always thought the postpartum bleeding would be way worse and that my belly would shrink down as the skin tightens. That has definitely not happened. My stomach is now like a soft, squishy pillow with loose skin and stretch marks. It doesn’t really bother me because I carried two babies at once and am getting back in to exercise to try and tighten and tone my body, plus the person who would see it more than me has already seen it. My weight has fluctuated a lot too, I think from water weight, and my feet became swollen again this week. No fun!

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you breastfeeding is going okay but not as good as it could be. Because of how we’re doing our sleeping in shifts I actually have been only breastfeeding when I’m awake and it’s time for them to eat otherwise they get bottles of formula. When they do breastfeed I’m not producing enough milk to satisfy them (I would pump 5 ounces each session before and they sometimes eat 5 ounces each) so we still have been supplementing and mostly using formula. Which doesn’t really bother me because fed is definitely best, they’re growing like weeds, and there’s two of them and one of me. I know my supply has dropped and I’ve considered doing lactation cookies or something to boost it back up. I’d like to keep breastfeeding as long as I can but at the rate it’s going I wouldn’t be surprised if we only made it another few months or less which does make me a little sad. I’m going to find a good cookie recipe and see if it helps at all. Any recommendations?

If we were having lattes together, I would tell you that I went through a touch of the postpartum blues. Our lives were definitely flipped on its axis when our beautiful babies arrived, and while we wouldn’t change anything, it’s been quite the adjustment and doing things we want to do takes way more effort to make happen. The sleep deprivation hit me way harder than I thought it would and I had quite a few emotional breakdowns. So every 2 weeks or so we’ve had to adjust our sleep routine for my sanity and his. Right now we’re doing 3-4 hour blocks of sleep with an overlap of awake time so that we can take care of the babies and settle them back down before we’re back to solo time. It’s working out okay for now and we’ll have to change this again when I go back to work.

What would you talk about with me on our latte date? Anything on your mind or something interesting going on that you want to share? Tell me about it below in the comments!

Summer Bucket List

Every season I love to make a list of things I want to do before it ends in a few months. This summer will be unique, not just because of the pandemic, because some of the things I would normally do we won’t be able to, like go to the county fair (it’s not happening this year) or go to the beach for long if at all (the babies are too young still. Either way I’m going to try and do as many things as we can while it lasts. Summer always goes way too fast!

  • Go to the Village Cheese Shanty and get a sammie
  • Have a beach day
  • Get Moomers ice cream cone
  • Shop at the farmer’s market
  • Eat watermelon
  • Get flowers from Omena’s U-Pick
  • Pick blueberries at a u-pick
  • Have a picnic
  • Eat fruit popsicles
  • Get a mani pedi
  • Have my hair cut and lightened

That’s usually the core things I try to do or places I like to go to every year. We’ll see how many I can get to this summer with the kiddos!

Alexander & Audrey: 1 month old

Oh my gosh has it been a month already? If I didn’t have a calendar to check the date I wouldn’t believe it at all. How can they be growing up so fast? 😭

Time has flown by and they get a little bigger every week. Finally they’re filling out their newborn sized clothes and I’m trying to get all the outfits on them before they grow out of them. They eat about 3-5 ounces of formula most feeding sessions after breastfeeding and are starting to sleep for longer blocks of time. Now we just need to get them to actually sleep at night time and not mostly in the day. 😅

Other than eating, sleeping, and pooping they have started to let us know their likes and dislikes.

Alexander:

  • Likes tummy time
  • Loves to look around, especially out the windows
  • Enjoys going for car rides
  • Loves his pacifier
  • Loves to eat
  • Wants his arms by his face all the time
  • Hates getting his diaper changed
  • Doesn’t love bath time

Audrey:

  • Loves to be cuddled
  • Loves falling asleep in our arms
  • Sometimes likes the pacifier until she realizes no food is coming out of it
  • Sometimes enjoys bath time
  • Hates getting her diaper changed
  • Dislikes tummy time but will try to look around
  • Doesn’t like being on her back, will immediately roll to the side
  • Doesn’t like car rides

It’s been so fun to learn more about them as their personalities are emerging. They take turns being chill then crazy or fussy but overall they’re pretty great babies and we love being their parents.

Happy 1 month, Alexander & Audrey! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!! 💕

Our Hospital Twin Delivery Story

I’ve been thinking of how to write out our story over the last few days and figured I better at least get the ball rolling on it. Not like it’s something I’ll ever forget though!

We arrived to the hospital on Wednesday May 6th at 7 am for our schedule induction. The twins reached 38 weeks that day and it was time for their eviction as they were out of growing room. We got into our birthing room and set our stuff down then waited for a nurse to come get us admitted. While we waited we took a last bump shot for the books. (We had to wear a mask whenever someone was in the room with us or if we left the room.)

Once our nurse got us admitted and my IV started (it took a few tries 😅) we settled in and waited for the doctor to come and get things going. She arrived before 8am and went over the plan for the day and what options were available. She checked to see where I was at, which was the same as 4 weeks prior when I had a preterm labor episode, 4 cm and 70% effaced. We decided to start with Cytotec (a medication to thin out and soften the cervix) to see if that led to any progress. She said she would be back to check me around noon and break my waters then.

In the mean time I got to eat breakfast and go for walks around the room and unit. Also we video chatted family to keep them updated and us entertained.

At noon she checked me and I was at 5 cm and 80% effaced. She also did a membrane sweep at this time (where they push the cervix opening away from the amniotic sac – so painful!) and broke Alexander’s waters (that part wasn’t bad at all). It’s definitely a strange feeling to feel warm liquid pouring out of you every time you move. Fortunately I put in a pad so it at least absorbed that and I wasn’t trailing everywhere. Then we waited and continued video chatting family. I stayed in the room mostly after this and just moved from the bed to the bouncy ball and back.

Contractions started picking up in frequency and intensity to the point where I was literally squirming on the bed and curling my toes. What helped me get through every contraction were tips I had learned from Briget Teyler’s YouTube channel and podcasts. She is a San Francisco based birth doula and provides valuable information for women who are pregnant and new mamas after delivery. Hearing other women’s natural birth stories and knowing that I could get through anything that lasted a minute (something I learned from Beachbody) empowered me to breathe through the surges and get to that sweet relief break in between them.

But by 130pm I was ready for an epidural! If it was one baby I definitely think I would have considered going without one (especially after learning how far along I was) because I was breathing through them okay even with a mask on (and the transition phase [7-10cm] goes the quickest right before delivery I’ve read), but with two babies I knew I definitely wanted one.

I got the epidural placed around 2 pm and it took the anesthesiologist three times to get it. This was a horrible experience because I tried so hard to hold still, the only time I moved was when I breathed heavy through the contractions, and he kept hitting nerves which sent shooting pains down my left hip then up my neck. It made me super nervous the more he messed around back there getting it and I squeezed Andrew’s hand so hard the whole time. My nurse was awesome at reminding me to slow my breathing and rubbing my shoulder to keep me calm. Finally on the third poke (I think, pretty sure I saw more once I looked at my back in the mirror) he got it and injected the medicine which prompted me to throw up my lunch. Fortunately it started to kick in after a few minutes and I felt so much better when it took full effect!

Around 215 pm the doctor checked me again and I was 7 cm and 90% effaced. I couldn’t believe I had made it so far without any pain meds! I tried to rest during this time knowing that the real work was coming up soon.

The doctor came back around 6 pm and checked me again. I was fully dilated and 100% effaced now but didn’t have the urge to push yet. Plus it would be shift change at 7 so she said we needed to wait until I felt the urge to push. She had my epidural lowered so I would feel it as I was only feeling a light pressure down there but nothing overwhelming. This didn’t happen until around 720 when my new nurse came on and introduced herself.

We started doing practice pushes while the doctor checked Alexander’s head position. He was low in there but his head was facing the middle of me so he was sideways. I pushed and pushed in a variety of different positions while the doctor tried to turn him inside so he could move past the pelvic bone.

I started running a fever about an hour in to pushing that caused the babies’ heart rates to rise to the 190s (from the 140s) and they had to quickly start antibiotics and gave me Tylenol. The doctor suspected that it was from an infection in the placenta and amniotic fluid (acute chorioamnionitis) due to her having to constantly try to turn him inside. Plus I was overheated from having to wear a mask the whole time while heavy breathing and pushing.

Andrew was so encouraging and helpful with his words and actions. He would make sure I was drinking water in between contractions, wiping my face with a cold washcloth, and holding my hand while telling me what a good job I was doing. When we were taking breaks and the staff stepped out of the room he’d give me sweet kisses and tried to lighten my mood with jokes. I definitely couldn’t have done it without him!

Approaching the three hour mark I was exhausted and with my epidural lowered I was having more pain with each contraction. I felt so defeated that Alexander hadn’t budged or turned at all the whole time. The doctor said with the persistent fever (after Tylenol and the antibiotics) and rise in the babies’ heart rates she didn’t recommend pushing more than another hour or we could move to a c-section.

I cried a lot and talked it over with Andrew, who was supportive of whatever I wanted to do. I had never had surgery before and was freaking out about that knowing it was considered a major abdominal procedure and the recovery process, not to mention the pain afterwards, was longer and more intense. In the end I decided that a c-section was the best option for me and the babies. If he hadn’t budged yet I wasn’t hopeful that another hour of pushing would change that and I was tired and in pain and just ready for them to be here.

Things moved quickly after that as they got me ready for the OR. They increased my epidural until I was totally numbed up (a huge relief) and had Andrew get changed into surgical gear.

Before I knew it they were rolling my bed into the OR suite and getting me all prepped up. Andrew had to wait out in the hallway but once they had the screen lifted up over my stomach they brought him back to sit next to me and hold my hand.

At 11:11 pm Alexander James was born. They opened the little window in the screen so I could see him when they pulled him out which was really cool. I couldn’t believe that an actual baby came out of me! It took them more than a few minutes to get him out as he was so stuck down in there, and once he was out they took him to his station right away because he needed suction and oxygen to stimulate him crying. By the time he did start crying his sister Audrey Rose was born at 11:12 pm, she came out screaming and I got to see her lifted out as well, and they brought her around the curtain for us to see before they took her to get her measurements. (I wrote about those in their announcement post)

The doctor later told us that Audrey’s water had ruptured as well before they got to it and her umbilical cord was on top of her head, which could have fallen out or been compressed after I delivered Alexander vaginally had it happened that way and I likely would have needed a c-section for her anyways. It definitely validated my decision to have a c-section which made me feel better.

Andrew was able to go be by her until they got her bundled up and brought her to me, then he went to Alexander and brought him over all bundled up.

Once they started to close me up they moved the babies to my recovery area and Andrew went with them. I asked for more anesthesia cause it was starting to wear off (I could feel them poking around in there) and basically dozed until they were done and wheeling me off to recovery.

We got to snuggle with the babies and do skin to skin before trying breastfeeding. It was a wonderful relaxing time after the long day just the four of us. I needed to get more Cytotec due to passing large clots and heavy bleeding but once that slowed and I was cleaned up we moved to a different room for postpartum families.

We notified our families and did a FaceTime with my parents and sister before going to sleep till the morning (like 2 hours – ha!). The whole experience was different than I expected but the end result was so worth it. We have our beautiful babies and they’re happy and healthy.

We were in the hospital for a total of 4 days (3 nights) learning each other and figuring things out. Alexander struggled with jaundice, due to being stuck (he came out with facial bruising) and us having different blood types, and had to go on a BiliLight to get his bilirubin levels down. Plus we had to start supplementing with formula to get him to poop it out, which we were okay with. I struggled with him being put under the light because it meant he was sick and he hated wearing the little eye shield which tore at me. Eventually I got over it but I felt really sad he had to go through that and couldn’t sleep until the nurse offered to watch him for a few hours, which then made me feel awful that he was out of the room away from us. Not a fun night!

Once his levels dropped late Saturday evening we were cleared to go home and were so thrilled! We packed everything and everyone up then headed home where we had a celebratory pizza dinner.

That’s everything! It was quite the journey and now we’re in the recovery process as we are settling into a routine here at home and still learning more about each other. I’m loving being a mom and absolutely love watching Andrew be a dad. They are worth everything we went through and I can’t wait to watch them grow up. 💕

June Intentions

A new month means new goals to set. Some of these are continuation of goals from the last month to keep them going or restart them again.

Personal

  • Continue to make healthier choices for groceries
  • Start filling out habit tracker daily again
  • Get cleared to work out again at my six week postpartum appointment
  • Start the Barre Blend program

Financial

  • Keep limiting take out to once a week
  • Update Quicken once a week
  • Track bills in my Erin Condren planner

Blog

  • Post once a week at minimum
  • Plan out calendar of topics
  • Keep running list of topic ideas on notes page

Professional

  • Stay on top of e-mails and communication if needed

Reading

  • Pick summer books to read
  • Post to book club page

I’m looking forward to working on these as the month progresses! What are your intentions or goals for June? Let me know in the comments below!

May Intentions Progress

It’s the end of the month and time to see how I did on the intentions I wrote out at the beginning of May. It’s been a busy month and I met a lot of them but not all.

Personal

  • Have the babies 🙂 Met on May 6th
  • Make healthier choices for groceries Starting to
  • Continue filling out habit tracker daily I have in my phone app but not in the Erin Condren journal.

Financial

  • Limit take out to once a week We started out after the babies were born with twice a week and now we’re down to once a week or less.
  • update Quicken once a week I haven’t been downstairs hardly at all much less on the computer to do the finances. Everything I’ve been doing in my phone.

Blog

  • Post once a week at minimum Pretty sure I met this one 😊
  • Plan out calendar of topics I did put in some posts to remind myself, like this one.

Professional

  • Stay on top of e-mails and communication if needed Since my email is linked to my phone it’s been easy to stay up on my work stuff.

That’s a wrap on my goals for May! I feel like I did pretty well considering how busy it’s been for us. Now to think of my June intentions. Did you meet your goals or intentions for the month?