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Well, I’m over a month behind on posting this … but I have twins, so really, it’s to be expected.
Wow! I can’t believe it’s already been one month! But I am not gonna lie, these early newborn days are HARD! Thank god these are my first (and technically second) babies, so I don’t know how much harder it really is to have two! I am definitely looking forward to them sleeping longer during the night and actually having some personality instead of being these little eating and pooping machines. I might share the babies’ birth story at another time, but I will share that bringing these two babies home was STRESSFUL! The day we left the hospital, I had THIRTEEN different doctors, nurses, consultants, etc. in and out of our hospital room ALL day long. It took hours to get all three of us discharged and then I had to make sure they were fed, diapered and … dressed for RAIN. What? Yes, it has not rained in forever in Los Angeles, but it POURED the night we had to drive these babies home from the hospital. Plus, we couldn’t put the babies in their car seats inside the hospital room and carry them out – I had to carry them out in my arms while being pushed in a wheel chair. So we had to struggle with getting them into their car seats in the dark and in the rain. Oh, and I had NO SHOES. I accidentally sent my only pair of shoes home, so I was wearing hospital socks and an old pair of slippers. And it was the first time we were driving our new car in the rain. And it was the first rain in LA, so extra slippery, oil-slicked roads. It was stressful to say the least and there were a LOT of tears.Our first day at home with the babies wasn’t too bad, but our second day with the babies was one for the baby books. We had our first Well Baby doctor’s appointment scheduled for 11 am in Hollywood. And of course, we were running late getting out the door. I went to change Wren’s diaper and get her dressed at about 10:20 am. We needed to be in the car to leave at 10:30 am. And that’s when Wren decided to screw us over. I was putting a new diaper on her, lifted her legs to place the diaper under her bum, and she EXPLODED SHIT ACROSS THE ROOM! It was on the changing table, the new diaper, the clean wipes, the onesie I was about to put her in, THE WALL, and the rocking chair. At the time, I knew it was funny, so I called in the Mister and told him to just laugh at this for a second. He decided to take photos. And then I started to cry. So we cleaned everything up and we were now running late, but decided to give it a try to make it to the doctor’s appointment. It was going to take me just as long to try to find the phone number and call as it would be for us to just go there. So, we loaded the babies into the car and drove to Hollywood. But just as we were pulling into a parking spot … my phone rang. Yeah, we were 45 minutes late and it was a nurse calling to cancel. So we pulled right back out of the parking spot, paid our $3 parking fee, and drove back home. We told ourselves that it was good practice! And who knows, maybe it was the universe’s way for us to avoid this year’s bad flu season.So pretty much every day of month one was just a variation of eat, poop, sleep, repeat. The babies’ gross belly button stumps fell off. In a sleep deprived state, I got up in the middle of the night and put my cell phone in the fridge.
It’s going to be interesting to see how their personalities form and see if the little quirks we’re seeing now will continue to be their personalities. For example, Wren loves to stretch. When we free her little arms and legs from her swaddle, she loves to stretch them out and will do full body stretches several times before she’s done and ready to be picked up. Will she be a little yogi? She also “talks” and makes all sorts of little noises when she’s awake and even when she eats. We think she’s going to take after her Grammy who talks A LOT! And Hank is quick to cry when he’s hungry. I think he takes after his dad and his Grampy, both of whom need to be reminded to eat a snack sometimes. You can always tell when they’re hungry when they get a bit cranky, so yeah, that’s Hank – Hanky gets cranky when he’s hungry and he likes to be fed right away! Wren’s nicknames for this month included Zombie, Burrito, and Mittens. Whenever we tried to get a bottle into her mouth, she would snap at it like an extra on the Walking Dead snapping at brains. When she’s wrapped up in her swaddle, she’s our little baby Burrito! And when she’s wearing a onesie with mittens and waves them around, she is just SO cute! Hank’s nicknames for the month included Tremble Lips and Cranky Hanky. The little boy’s bottom lip trembles right before he starts crying, which is often when he is hungry, which also explains his other nickname, Cranky Hanky.
If you’re an expecting twin mom reading this, here’s a link to nearly everything that was on my Baby Registry and here is what I’ve purchased in the first month since bringing the babies home, or also known as “what I didn’t know I needed”: 3 sets of Miracle Swaddle Blankets (seriously, the BEST swaddle), 2 sets of battery operated candles (we use them around the house at night so we keep the house dark, but we don’t trip and fall), a wipe warmer (not frivilous – when changing the babies at nights, it keeps them sleepier to use a warm wipe instead of a freezing cold one on their bums), lots of cloth storage boxes to corral all of the bibs and burp clothes, organic formula, more bottles, preemie nipples, a second dishwasher basket for bottle parts, dry wipes (we use these to cover Hank when changing his diaper so he doesn’t spray us – we found that when using a wet wipe, he was more likely to pee), more onesies (I underestimated how often I’d be changing them due to messes), and nursing pads.
And just a quick roundup in case you’re visiting my blog for the first time. My husband and I went through infertility treatments to get pregnant. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It explains the babies’ onesies of “Buy One, Get One Free” since it sorta feels like we bought one with the money paid for the infertility treatments, and then because it turned out to be twins, I feel like we got the second for free.
If you’ve read this far, maybe you’re interested in the Twins’ Two Month Update?