Moo, or Things I Am Learning
July 2, 2011
Notes to self for next time I have triplets (har har):
- The pumping schedule rules my life. I estimate spending 6.5-7.5 hours per day in pumping-related activity (which also goes through the night)–sometimes I wonder why I even wear a shirt! It was super-stressful at the beginning, especially when a lactation consultant told me she was worried about my production level and suggested I look into taking Reglan. I looked into it. It has awful side effects. Instead I took fenugreek to the point of sweating maple syrup, ate oatmeal, Barb made me lactation cookies (oatmeal with brewer’s yeast and flaxseed meal), and Karen made me Guinness milkshakes. It all helped.
- I get really grouchy when strangers ask when I’m due.
- I don’t multitask anymore, unless it involves typing while pumping (thank goodness for my hands-free solution).
- If I can’t order it online or send someone to the store for it, I don’t need it.
- Having all three babies in the ISCU for three weeks helped a lot with the first-time parent jitters. We still checked on Audrey several times all the nights we’ve been home.
- My parents and Alan’s dad and stepmom are amazing. So are our siblings and their spouses, our neighbors, and friends. We would not be able to take care of the babies if all these other people weren’t taking care of us.
And now some notes on the babies:
- She still gets the hiccups daily. Sometimes several times per day.
- She likes sticking her tongue out a lot.
- We are grateful that she is very patient with us. She doesn’t complain or scream unless she needs our attention, and once she has it, she’s quiet.
- She has periods of quiet alert time where she just locks eyes with whoever is holding her. It’s pretty awesome.
- She likes to sleep with her arms by her face or behind her head, like she’s posing.
- The hospital staff all comments on her blonde hair–maybe strawberry blonde?
- She knows what she wants (usually food) and lets us know it, perhaps a nod to her namesakes, two women who also know what they want and are not afraid to speak up: Great-Grandma Theresa McNally and Aunt Karen Frindell Teuscher.
- She has reached 6.5 lbs and should be home some time next week!
- The nurses comment on how he wins the cutest boy contest. We agree.
- He has been a bit fussy recently due to some G-I tract issues, which should clear up soon. Mommy and Daddy and some of the nurses have been witness to some impressive feats of distance.
- He seems to be a blend of his sisters, in looks and personality.
- At 5.5 lbs, he just got his feeding tube out yesterday and may also come home next week.