Sunday, June 10, 2012

Family of Four

Our boys are three weeks old ... and they're both at home!  It was a happy three week birthday for all of us.  We finally feel like a family of four.


J took to the feeding-on-demand schedule very well.  It was a bit of a transition, but it worked and he found his hunger and his vigor for eating!  The change in him was so obvious to us both and we were excited our plan worked.  He gained weight and was eating regularly, so on his 21st day he finally got to bid the NICU farewell.  


J says - see ya suckas!
Having PB&J at home has definitely had it's challenges as both boys, especially J, have been cluster feeding every hour to hour and a half during the wee hours of the night.  Sleep is at a premium around here, but we'd rather have this than worrying about splitting our time between home and hospital.  We have gotten out of the house a few times - to lunch with friends, for a walk to the park, a trip to Buy Buy Baby - and they have done really well, but mostly I've been impressed with us and our ability to keep their accouterments to a minimum while still being prepared for anything (working around their schedules thus far not being quite as challenging as I had anticipated).  Yet finding time to eat, let alone supplying the actual meals, has been far more difficult than we could have planned for ... so we welcome all visitors that come bearing food!


Shop 'til you drop!
However, I would say having both boys at home has definitely had it's rewards more than anything.  They have remained easy-going babies, crying only when hungry, but easily consoled.  Their periods of alertness are stretching out and they definitely recognize their mommas' voices.  They're both gaining weight and have an impressive appetite (even our "little" J gained four ounces in the last two days, easing this momma's worries).  We're starting to see small half-smiles and their personalities are certainly starting to show.  


J in action
PB's milk-drunk look
I'm sure it'll still take some time for life to settle into our new normal, but I look forward to that day.  I am not trying to rush through and miss any experience, yet life does feel a little disjointed currently.  Momma B and I also have a lot of plans and experiences we wish for our boys, but we need more sleep and energy to make them happen.  So though today is a good day, that day will be even better!
Brotherly Love

4 comments:

  1. The photos are great. Cristina totally does the same milk-drunk look with one eye open. I call it her "Captain Bligh" look. We also have something else in common -- the desire for more sleep! Hang in there.

    BCD

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  2. So glad that you're all home together now and that things are going well. The boys are so beautiful. Hope the sleep situation gets better. (It will.)

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  3. Wow! They're beautiful! Congratulations!

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  4. It is so hard but it does get better little by little. Just don't expect everything to change overnight. And there's a great website called mealtrain.com. My friends did that for me and they signed up to bring over food. It's great if you can do it yourself or get someone to do it for you. Ask friends to come over, meet PB&J, have a little baby time and in exchange they bring you some food. It's nice to have company, food and extra help.

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