Saturday, April 30, 2011

40 Weeks!

May 1 is the girls' official due date, and they are almost 8 weeks old. Weird. They are now 6 lb 8 oz and 7 lb 9 oz. I can't even imagine what I would have felt like had I carried them to this size!

Things around here have been pretty good. We are busy with all the feedings, changings, and burpings, but it is going surprisingly smoothly. My wonderful mother was here for the first two weeks that the girls were home, which was enormously helpful since they were still struggling to eat during that period. It was rather stressful because we would have to wake them up and convince/force them to eat whether they wanted to or not, and then we would anxiously wait for the next weigh in to make sure they had increased the expected amounts. Since then, they have become more like normal newborn babies who wake up and cry when they are hungry. It may sound strange that I am so happy that they cry, but it is quite a relief to have the girls actually communicating this need for food.

Zander is proving to be a total superstar of a big brother. He takes his responsibilities quite seriously and assures me that he is being "very gently" whenever he pats them. He gathers up their car seat blankets and diaper bag for me while I get the girls ready for an outing, and when they fuss in their crib he goes in and checks on them. One day when he was looking at them, he shook his head, sighed and remarked, "I have so many babies!"

It is a bit of a challenge balancing the needs of a 2-1/2 year old and two babies, and we are really trying to ensure that Zander still gets one-on-one time so that he doesn't feel resentful of the girls. I think the hardest part about having twins is also having a preschooler, but if I hadn't already been through the baby-years once, I would probably think it is really hard having twins. So it all works out. 

So what do you think, identical or fraternal? We can't decide (and have not done any testing yet to determine for sure).

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