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    Jill- I was wondering the same thing. How has the transition back been?

    Jennifer- so glad to hear she is feeding better. How has the bfing been going? Kaylee was a slow gainer. It took her 4.5 months to double her weight and she was only 5.1 when she was born. Good luck with the stroller purchase.
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    It's been super crazy. My MIL flies home end of month and then it'll be just us settling in to routines.
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    Jennifer- Don't feel bad about stopping breastfeeding. Bfing twins is a definite challenge. That is why I did not try it. I knew I was going back to work (with a 30 mile commute). My girls are just fine. Sarafina was on a high calorie formula and she is still drinking whole milk (and is almost 3). She is just petite and she tends to be a picky eater.

    It really does get easier (for a little while until you hit the terrible tantrum and "I do it" stage). I think our turning point was at about 6 months, then again at 12 months. It is getting so much easier now that the girls are almost 3. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. We are two years away from age 5, which I always say is the "magical" age of rational thought.

    As for feeding two babies at once, it is hard, but you can do it. We often used two bouncers and sat in between them. Sometimes, I fed one in my lap and one in a bouncer. I preferred to feed them at the same time. IMO, a schedule with twins is an absolute necessity. We did not feed them exactly every so many hours, but when one woke up in the morning, we woke up the other, and got ourselves on a schedule that way. They ate every 3 hours, so once they were awake, they were pretty much on the same schedule. It made getting out of the house much easier.

    As for getting out and about with twins (and more kids), I found it to be so hard. There were days that we got into the car, and I had to sit there and breathe before driving because a) just getting everyone ready and out to the car was exhausting, and b)getting everyone ready was so frustrating. It is still that way. That has not gotten much easier.

    Keep plugging along. You are in twin survival mode now. Slowly, you will stop having to survive twins and you will get to enjoy them (most of the time, when they are not fighting over a toy or pulling each other's hair, or knocking each other over).
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    I agree with Mel. Don't feel guilty at all for not bfing. I always say do what keeps you sane and happy. You already have a challenge of caring for two new borns, don't let the stress of bfing add to everything else. I also agree with Mel that it gets easier. I found 6 month and 12 months as well to be the biggest changes. Obviously there are new challenges now mainly due to the fact I have two walkers that get into everything. But I find they are starting to entertain each other and really interact. I'm actually loving the fact that I have twins instead of cursing my ovaries for dropping two eggs (don't get me wrong, i love and adore my babes but those first 6 weeks sucked and it would have been a lot easier if they were born apart!). Hang in there. It's survival time so do what u must to survive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by melnzai View Post
    As for feeding two babies at once, it is hard, but you can do it. We often used two bouncers and sat in between them. Sometimes, I fed one in my lap and one in a bouncer. I preferred to feed them at the same time. IMO, a schedule with twins is an absolute necessity. We did not feed them exactly every so many hours, but when one woke up in the morning, we woke up the other, and got ourselves on a schedule that way. They ate every 3 hours, so once they were awake, they were pretty much on the same schedule. It made getting out of the house much easier.
    Agree. I also have a breast feeding pillow (I bottle feed, but it still works!) I can't imagine not feeding at the same time - they are eating every 3 hours, so I feel like that would all I would do!

    I go back to work in 2.5 hours, so getting nervous about trying to get everything done, everyone out the door, etc.....I'm sure after a week or so, a routine will develop and make it tolerable!
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    Definitely "survival mode" here but we're managing... Had to call the Pediatrician today because my son's been super fussy the past few nights, as in not even sleeping! So she she said to get some gas drops plus we ran out and bought Dr. Brown bottles. That boy is actually a lot less fussy now and seems to be resting a lot better, whew! It's nice to see him be more peaceful instead of grumbling in pain.

    UPDATE: Last night was the worse, Finn was up from 11PM till 3AM, would not settle down, stop crying. Phoned Pediatrician up again today, she says to try to spread out feedings longer, see how that goes. If no improvement, then tomorrow we'll take him to see her and she'll make a diagnosis whether it's reflux or colic.
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    Hope it gets better. We are having sleep issues too. Hang in there.... I'm hanging on by a thread.
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    Our pediatrician told us to phone a gastro specialist for Finn, so we'll try to get an appointment this week. In the meantime we are trying "Colic Calm" and last night was a wee bit better. He still started his "episode" at midnight but it didn't last till 3 AM this time. We also let him sleep half the night in a swing, which I think helped too. If the Colic Calm does good tonight, maybe we won't even need a doctor. ::fingers crossed::

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    *Fingers crossed!!*
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    Here's hoping. Could it possibly be reflux. Kay had it. It wasn't overly painful for her but I know other MOM who had babes with severe reflux and they were in a lot of pain because it. Once medicated they did much better. Kay just projectile vomit everywhere. It hindered her weigh gain and made more laundry for mommy!
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