Sunday, January 24, 2010

One Month!

We can't hardly believe that we have had our sweet little girls for a month now. It has been such a blessing to get to know them each individually and watch Owen be such a sweet older brother- as well as to see each other as parents again times two. It is hard to believe that we are really a family of five so quickly. As can be expected life is a bit chaotic at times and a tad sleep deprived but as always God gives grace to get through that day.

I've been asked what my days are like and thankfully we have had full time help basically since they were born and actually even a couple weeks before that. It has truly been such a blessing! I really wanted to be able to nurse both babies and don't think that I would have been able to manage the feedings, pumping, and visits with lactation consultants as well as taking care of Owen and getting any rest without help. God has really answered prayer to take care of us!

Adelyn is a great little eater and always has been. She is weighing in at about 8 lbs 11 ounces and looks like the cutest little chub. She is one rolly polly! She is super sweet and content yet struggles to a degree with gassiness which often leaves her crying out in pain. It is so hard to see my little girl hurting and not be able to offer much comfort.

Anabel has always struggled with being a good eater due largely to struggles associated with her slight prematurity. While Adelyn took right to nursing we had to take quite a different approach with our little peanut. She is growing well and is at 7 lbs 3 ounces which is adequate weight gain for her- but it has been a bit of a struggle to keep her on a good growth chart. She was not able to coordinate a suck, swallow, breathe rhythm and was eating by sucking on our finger with a feeding tube. Thankfully, after much consultation with a lactation consultant, we are almost to a place with her where she can nurse exclusively- she is only getting about 1 ounce of extra milk in a bottle after nursing.

Now for what you really want... more pics :)

Our sweet Anabel
Sweet little Adelyn

I need to upload more pics and videos... hopefully coming to you soon :)


Susan Stephens said...

Gorgeous!! Wow, down to 1 oz. from a bottle for go girl!!!

Vickie Mumma said...

The girls are so adorable! Great job working so hard with Anabel that she is nursing so well now! Miss you all!