First I am going to warn you this is kind of a random postpartum post. I am all over the place with different things that have been going on. But, hey I figure that is how my life is right now so I guess my post can mimic that!!
Wow, I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks since our little girls came into our lives.
McKayla and McKenzie are doing very well. They have become amazing at breastfeeding; I couldn’t have asked for anything better. McKenzie eats about every 3 hours during the day and every 3 -5 hours at night and McKayla eats about every 2-3 hours during the day and about every 3-4 hours at night. For their tiny sizes I think they are doing really well. I am pleased with how we are doing thus far.
It is not always easy having pacifier babies. Both girls kind of like them, but they don’t keep them in very well. I have no idea why. I know they are little and that happens, but for some reason I feel like everyone else’s baby takes pacifiers so easily. Neither of my older girls liked them at all. I don’t know if I need to try a different brand or simply give up. Right now we have the soothie pacifiers from the hospital. I just thought it would be nice to have something that would sooth them other then me; since there are two of them!
Tommee Tippee – Breastfeeding Bottles
Since they have become great at breastfeeding they haven’t taken their bottles as well. They only get one every once in a while or when we mix their vitamins with breastmilk (a trick we learned from the NICU nurses; I will talk about that in a minute). Anyway, the nipples they were using at the hospital were smaller and didn’t require the same sucking as breastfeeding (easier for their tiny mouths at the beginning). So, when we got home and they started breastfeeding more they didn’t like those bottles. However, we started using Tommee Tippee bottles and they have been fantastic. Both girls take them very well, without much spillage. We were noticing, before using these bottles, that they would let a lot of the milk drip out of their mouth. They were not getting the best latch on the smaller nipples. The Tommee Tippee bottles resemble breastfeeding better and have worked great for us.
How to Give Infants Vitamins:
With our first two daughters giving them their vitamins was impossible. It was a daily struggle and no fun. To be honest I think we ended up giving up and stopped giving them vitamins. However, the NICU nurses would give the twins their vitamins through a bottle. They would mix about a half ounce (15 ml) of breastmilk with one serving of vitamins. This has seriously been wonderful. No more struggling our girls take them. We always make sure to give them their bottle of vitamins right before a feeding to kind of wash down the funny tasting milk. 🙂
Life During the Day
Both girls are beginning to wake up a little more during the day and are able to stay content for longer and longer periods. McKayla is still acting a little bit more like a preemie/newborn and sleeping a lot, but McKenzie is definitely starting to stay awake longer.
4 Weeks Postpartum Weight: Same as last week 5 pounds more then pre-pregnancy.
These five pounds don’t bother me at all. I am wearing my clothes again and feeling great. Yes, I am a little softer then I was before getting pregnant, but I am totally okay with that right now. I mean hey I just had twins. I know once I start working out again I will get back to myself in no time. But, let me tell you right now I am not sure when I will be working out; simply because I have no idea how I am going to pull it off. I know once the twins are sleeping better I will figure it all out and let you know. I am thinking with four children the childcare center at the gym is probably going to be my number one way to exercise. The best thing is my big girls love going there. Sophia has been asking when we can go back to the gym for months now (I put my membership on hold in January because of restrictions given to me by my doctor.). Now Isabella is old enough to be in the same section as Sophia. The twins will also be together. I love knowing my girls will not be alone and I will get to workout.
Pictures from 33 Weeks to 4 Weeks Postpartum
4 Week Postpartum Measurements:
Hips: 36 inches (same as pre-pregnancy and last week) I am still wearing my Shrinkx Hips.
Thighs: 20 inches (1 inch below pre-pregnancy)
I am feeling really good with how I look right now. Yes, my body is not the same as it was pre-pregnancy even though my measurements are just about the same, but I’m ok with that for now.
I want to say that it is not normal to lose weight this quickly and I don’t post my progress to make anyone feel sad I simply want women to know it is possible to get your body back. For some women it may take awhile for others it may fall right off, but you can get your body back!!
My body has done this with all three of my pregnancies. I do contribute the initial weight loss to breastfeeding. Some women say it didn’t work for them, but I truly believe that is what has helped me all three times. Since, I am feeding twins my body is burning a ton of calories to produce enough milk. Breastfeeding has so many benefits for you and your baby(ies). If you can do it I would definitely try for at least a few weeks or months.
I know to really get to where I was pre-pregnancy I need to weight train. That is what really helps shape my body. One thing I learned after my first two pregnancies is that while I am exclusively breastfeeding I don’t need to add in much cardio, but I do need to add resistance training. I need to get my muscle back and in no time my body will begin to transform.
Once, I am able to workout I will let you know what I am doing to build muscle. I will also fill you in on how I am going to fit exercise into my crazy life; once I figure it out myself.
I do want everyone to know we are all made differently and everyone is going to gain and loose weight in their own way throughout pregnancy and life, so please don’t be hard on yourself, simply do the best you can. One thing I have learned is that this is the only body we are going to get so take good care of it!!
In the Comments Below:
If you have children did you have to find a certain bottle that worked for child or did they take to any bottle?
- Any advice on pacifiers? Should I simply forget about them or try a different brand?