Wanted: Two napping girls and one refreshed mommy

Well, it’s been about three months since the last update, and the only reasons I space my updates is because
1) there isn’t much to tell
2) I’m woefully lacking on pictures
3) I have no time
4) I have no energy

You would think that number three wouldn’t be the case since I’m at home all day every day with the girls. But twin one year-olds take up more time than you would think! I’m usually ready for bed by 9:00 every night. They just take so much out of me; and here I am wanting MORE kids!

So updates…Eva is now walking and has been for a couple of months. I was worried she would pull even further away developmentally from Abigail, but it seems like In the last two months a lightbulb has clicked for Abigail. I remember the shock that ran through me one day when I was on the computer, and I turned around and she had propped herself into a seated position. And since then she has mastered pulling up to a standing position, crawling, and cruising within a very short amount of time. I’m hoping she will be walking by summer; she has just sped off on physical development.

Feedings are a different issue. I imagine the girls will always be terrible eaters. At least we aren’t regressing, but weight gain is still quite slow. I’m still working with our feeding specialist and now we have a pediatric nutritionist who comes as well just to brainstorm and see if I can’t squeeze in any more calories. She had actually asked me to keep a feeding record (which I’ve been doing since the girls came home from the NICU) and after she analyzed it she concluded we are doing pretty much everything we can to keep these girls stuffed like thanksgiving turkeys. πŸ™‚ Eva is thankfully transitioning to table food quite well (with some strange foods she loves: pickles, onion rings, Sonic fried mozzarella sticks) and I’m making banana bread weekly since she is pretty fond of it. Abigail, however, is having a rougher time. She still eats only purΓ©es since she gags and coughs on table food. I know she will get there eventually; it may just take a little extra time. Both girls are still on bottles as they haven’t really figured out sippy cups yet, and they still take formula rather than milk because formula is higher in calories. They don’t seem to mind it. And as far as sippy cups go, I’ve thankfully had my friend Shawnah offer us to try every sippy cup they own to see which ones the girls take to, and right now we are fighting lots of “battles” so the sippy cups are a bit lower on the priority list. πŸ™‚

We are still in lockdown mode and hopefully will be done by May; I can’t believe it’s been 5 months! Our lockdown may get extended because RSV, flu, and viruses in general hit really late this year. And they have been VICIOUS. I’ve read of so many posts on Facebook about moms whose kids had to use inhalers, nebulizers, etc. just to keep the symptoms at bay. My own niece wound up in the hospital for almost a week because of RSV. I know some people though we were being extreme, and even we were starting to relax a little on restrictions when everything hit. Needless to say we have tightened those restrictions back up. We’ve come so far, we don’t want to jeopardize anything. The girls, amazingly enough, haven’t been sick all winter. Kevin and I have, but not the girls. And thankfully my friend Shawnah makes a good effort to make sure I get out of the house at least ONCE every couple of weeks. πŸ™‚

The one area where we could use prayers is for sleep. I used to tell people that the girls were great sleepers, and not really to brag about how OUR kids were good sleepers, but more like, “We’ve had SO much to deal with (feedings, weight gain, physical therapy, developmental delays, not to mention all the oxygen, medicine, and PUKING we had to endure when they came home) that it’s such a relief God has been merciful to us in this one area.” Well, that’s no longer the case. For some reason Abigail is going through a period of teething combined with separation anxiety, because when we try to put her down for naps or bedtime she screams and cries and eventually ends up throwing up. Poor Kevin has had more success getting her to sleep (he just rocks her until she passes out) but he has also insisted on getting up with her if she wakes up in the middle of the night. It has left us all very tired, and we are hoping she gets over this very soon so that we can ALL enjoy our sleep!

Thank you all for your continued support. We do see the light at the end of the tunnel, so we are definitely improving! I would love to see/hear from you all. Some of my days can get quite long. πŸ™‚

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vickie Lopez
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 15:37:27

    So good to hear from you and to see the girl’s cute pics. Glad things seem to be improving and the girls are doing so well. Time does fly by, amazingly enough, my survivors are 18. I know it is hard at times but this too shall pass, then you will miss it. I would love to meet the twins. Take care of yourself too.

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  2. sharonchastain
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 19:23:31

    Laurel, Thank you for the great update. I was actually wondering about you all just a couple days ago. You are doing a fantastic job with those little sweeties. Your heart; yielded to the Lord, comes through loud and clear in your writing. God bless you and God bless your “Super-Dad” husband for getting up in the middle of the night with his baby girls!! I agree with vickie above…this too shall pass.

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  3. sharonchastain
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 19:29:59

    Laurel, I was just thinking of you all a few days ago. Thanks for writing the update. I don’t know who’s Abigail and who’s Eva in the pictures but they are both beautiful. I can tell that you are doing a fantastic job with those little sweeties. Your yielded to the Lord heart shines through loud and clear in your writing. God bless you and God bless your “Super-Daddy” husband for getting up with his baby girls in the middle of the night. I so agree with vickie above…this too shall pass. πŸ™‚

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