Saturday, August 27, 2011

THREE WEEKS OLD...

Its crazy that my boys are already three weeks old!  Whats even crazier is that they are only 38 weeks, not even to their due date yet, and they are doing so good!  They had their third pediatrician appt on Thursday (well second for Maximus) to check on their weights.  I was shocked at Maximus's growth.  Last week he weighed 4lbs 7oz and exactly one week later, he weighed 5 lbs 4oz!  Almost a pound in growth!  He was also 17.5 inches last week and this week he is 19!  Rocco was 5lb 6oz last week and this week 5lbs 14oz and 19.5 inches!  Those 2 hour feedings the other night did some good I guess ;-)

As of Wednesday, am done with pumping for Maximus and now exclusively BFing both boys AT THE SAME TIME!  I was so exhausted from pumping and decided to give it up.  Maximus needed to be on the fortified breast milk to gain weight, and it did its job.  I had moments of just giving up and I can see why so many people stop BFing, but this is something I wanted to do for a long time and I know how GOOD it is for my babies! I got asked for a couple tips on how to breast feed both at the same time...

What I do is get my burp rags ready and recieving blankets.  I change both babies to wake them up more, especially if one wakes up first.  I lay them both out in their crib and strap on the pillow.  I put each baby on the pillow in position (football hold), and walk to go sit in my rocker.  I use the recieving blankets and sometimes the burp cloth's to support their heads, once I latch on each baby.  THAT is CRUCIAL to keep them latched.  Then you can be hands free!  Usually one baby is ready to burp before the other so I have the burp cloth ready, burp and relatch.  I feed each baby on one side for each feed then switch.   Because mine are premies I am topping them off with higher calorie formula to make sure they are getting enough.  Its all working!  Hope that helps you new twin mommy's!

Yesterday we did their newborn photo's!  It was a long day... six hours of posing, feedings, changings etc.  Newborn photographers need to be very patient,is what I learned!  Here is a sneak peak my photographer posted on her FB page...


Maximus Matteo and Rocco Gianni @ 3 weeks old!


P.S.  Sorry for being a "bad blogger," but I am soaking up every minute of these little blessings. Looking at this pic, can you blame me?

12 comments:

My Vegas said...

I am giggling with adoration at that photo!!! oh my!

I can't remember...are they identical or fraternal?

So cute, and I am so happy to hear that BFing two at once is possible!!

My Infertile Confessions said...

@ vegas... their fraternal. Rocco is my mini me and Maximus is C's! Its funny how that worked out:)

clewis said...

oh my god! what an adorable pic. cutest ever

Tiffany said...

OH my gosh...melt my heart!

Allison said...

That is THE most adorable picture EVER!!!! So glad both boys are doing so great!!!

Emby said...

What a beautiful picture! I am amazed that you can bf both boys at the same time. So, you strap on that pillow and then it will support both babies while you walk across the room? That's pretty neat!

Calmly Chaotic said...

love the photos! okay i was wondering about the whole logistics and Andrew was thinking i should strap on the pillow and now i know from you that it works!

uneggsplained said...

What an adorable picture! I can't wait to see the rest. Did your boys have jaundice? And if so when did it resolve? I am trying to figure out when is the best time to book our photo shoot. I just do not want them to be yellow in the pictures :)
Thanks for the tips on tandem nursing... that is eventually my goal.
Sounds like you are doing well and enjoying your 2 little bundles of joy.

mommyinwaiting said...

First off I just have to tell you how totally adorable your boys are, what a gorgeous pic!

Thank you so much for the tips on feeding them together, this is one of my biggest concerns, how I will get it right to feed both my babies at the same time.

Jess said...

Oh My Goodness! Sooo cute!!

Cstelle said...

Congrats on your twins!!!! just loveeeeee you photo shoot pic!!!! enjoy!!

Amanda said...

They are just too cute for words!!! I know what you mean about the pumping, I was so happy to give it up too! I envy your being able to breastfeed at the same time. I've had to start doing Ben and Mia separately because of reflux issues:( It takes so much longer I'm hoping they outgrow it and I can start doing them at the same time again. I was using the exact same technique as you- works great!

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