We blinked (and have had many sleepless nights) and the twins are already one month old.
Time goes by fast when all you do is to feed the babies, rock the babies, change diapers, and figure out why they fuss. The biggest thing last week was all about Okra. In light of the feeding problems, he saw our pediatrician who told me that the formula the babies had been on is one of the most gas-inducing ones. I brought the gas drop that someone bought us off the baby registry. Dr. Easygoing gave him the right dosage and right away the gas seemed to have dissipated when he listened to Okra’s tummy. So baby boy has been put on the sensitive version of the same formula the last few days. Baby girl is also using the same formula because it’s just easier to switch them both. The doctor said that since Okra gained over 2 pounds in three weeks, he’s doing really well health-wise, so he is not worried about the baby. So off we went to switch formula. The new kind seems a lot foamier and I still don’t know how suitable it is for them. All you can do is to try, right?
Two days later, Okra all of a sudden developed this congestion. The advice nurse on the phone told me to use saline nasal spray and the bulb syringe or Nosefrida to clear his nose. Lo and behold, some huge snots came out two different times. So I thought he was okay, but the next morning, he was again congested with some audible breathing when he was eating. My mom instinct told me to make an appointment that day with the pediatrician’s office just so I would feel better. At most we’d make a trip for nothing and waste our copayment, but I had to know if he was okay. Dr. Easygoing checked his lungs and he was all clear. He didn’t have an ear infection or a fever. His O2 level was good. Upon checking his nostrils, Dr. Easygoing said that his left one was good but the right one might have a bit of a cold. And the breathing sound that resembles an 80-year-old man who had smoked for 60 years? He said it wasn’t a cause of concern. I was told to continue the saline nasal spray and bulb syringe, and separate him from his sister. We originally had planned a family dinner at a Chinese restaurant for the babies’ one month celebration. Since I really don’t want to expose him to any more germs, we postponed it to another week. Poor boy, he has been having a hard time breathing at times, so he has been struggling with eating. He screams his head off during the saline nasal spray but often looks and feels better after it is done. Sleep has been tough, and poor baby girl has been mostly ignored in her rock and play because everyone has been tending to baby boy’s illness and neediness.
After an almost sleepless night and the accumulated sleep deprivation from the last few weeks, Bob and I reached an agreement to try out a night nanny for three nights per week. One night nanny’s name keeps on coming up on the FB posts in our local parents of multiples group and many of the parents there vouch for her. I sent her a text and she immediately called me back. We discussed the details of her duties and the her rate. I would say her rate is mid-range, which is fine by me. She has 20 years of experience helping parents with twins, and many parents in the group gave her glowing reviews. After a few hours of consideration, we decided to book her on a trial, week to week basis. She is currently free for us to choose any nights. The family that has booked her in the future was supposed to start November, but it seems like the babies may come earlier, as early as next weekend. Since we are starting first, we have first dibs in choosing our nights. Bob opted for Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday so we can sleep through the night every other night and he can go exercise on Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings. I will update you later on our experience with her. I just feel tremendously blessed that we are in the financial position to do this. Hopefully it helps with my sanity on a day to day basis, so I feel more productive during the day. And maybe with the night time help, I will finally have the energy to work on our birth story?!
Here is a glimpse of them napping in their rock and play:
We will see how they do with weight and height at their one-month old check up today!