So my previous post requested advice on how to feed twins without going crazy basically....so today I decided after 2 nights with basically no sleep I was going to make some changes. I am still going to pump & bottle feed, more or less as I am weaning. I figure I gave it a shot, they've had majority breast milk for 3 weeks but its too much for me. I am not even producing enough which is bc I'm not pumping enough, bc I choose sleep & food sometimes over pumping plus I still have 2 other children as well, 3 if you count DH lol.... Anyway, I went to Walmart today & bought a small fridge, small shelf, rubbermaids (2- 1 for clean bottles, the other for dirty), made a pallet on the floor for the babies and decided I'm going to make everything convenient for me. I'm going to attempt to feed them at the same time, propped up on that pallet and I'm going to try to get some sleep in between feedings bc this is nuts lol... Did I mentioned I put the air mattress in the nursery? Anyway, well see how it goes.... I'm pumping as we speak, then I will feed them & try to get a couple hours shut eye before I get delusional
Those first few months are pure insanity. Do what you need to do to get sleep and take care of yourself. If you are not somewhat rested and feeling sane, you cannot take care of all of your kids well. It is so hard, I know. I had my DS and both babies, and it was very difficult. You can do this though. I promise. The good thing is that lack of sleep should be a very short stage in the overall scheme of things related to kids, right? It seems like it is ages long though.
I finally feel like my life is getting some order and functionality to it, and my girls are almost 3. It really happens in stages. Life gets a little better at 3 months, then better again at 6 months, then it seems better at a year, then it gets easier at 18 months, then life goes downhill some as the babies decide they want to be independent, then you adjust and life gets better again...I suppose it just goes along this way until they are adults. The good thing is that as kids get older, all becomes more stable. They become more independent and you are not giving so much of your physical energy to them. I think it helps us prep for the emotional energy we expend when they get into school and have to start dealing with academic and social dilemmas.
I didn't know you could be organized with twins! Mine are almost a year and still forget stuff when we go out! I will be honest, I did not pump. I should have, but I didn't. I produce a lot of milk (I honestly think I could feed triplets) so I never needed to. So I unfortunately don't have any advice there. But, when I did supplement because of their poor latching I remember it was easier to have a days or nights worth of bottles prepared so I can just grab and go. But if you are pumping that's a little harder to do! I found it easiest to put them in their bouncy chairs and Feed them both at the same time.
I agree 100% with Mel. The first month is utter hell. At 3 months you can really start scheduling them and I don't know what happens at 6 months but it does get a little easier. You can do! I know the lack of sleep is horrible (my guys really just started STTN together although Kay will occasionally still wake up) just nap when you can and don't feel guilty about it. House work will get done later.
Oh, and does this mean the babes are home?!
Both babies are home! as of Friday, Bella was discharged with meds & a monitor. I'm attempting to keep them on the same schedule as far as eating at the same time & so far so good there. Feeding them both at the same time is working out nicer but has it challenges esp at burp time. I am getting some sleep that way vs almost no sleep. I'm again checking boards from my phone while pumping & Anthony just started screaming....
I am so glad both babies are home with you. YAY!
A schedule is so important. I learned to feed them the same time starting first thing in the morning and I stuck to it. I was flexible in that I let them sleep however long they wanted, but once one was up and hungry, I woke the other one. It is the only way to get some sanity. Eventually, my girls brains got used to that schedule and they woke up together. Talk about a sanity saver.