For me, it’s not been so much the cut itself, but the pain from the gas.
Well, it decided to snow yesterday morning and while that’s all nice to look at….the thought of dealing with snow PLUS the twins PLUS getting out of the house PLUS hailing a cab PLUS getting their car seats in a taxi for the first time?! Whoa.
The visit to the doctor’s was fine although everyone was talking about how wiped out I looked.
Now that I’m on blood pressure meds and iron pills I should be getting better. They were very concerned about me getting enough rest.
I have no idea how to do that yet until I can get them tandem all the time. Not easy as sebastian aka whoop whoop, fights getting on. But once he’s there he could stay for 30-40 minutes.
His brother, Grunter, does better getting on but doesn’t stay as long.
We’ll get there, we’ve only had 5 days practice.
At least they are both breast feeding and I’m getting more milk from pumping. Not enough to stop the formula, but soon I hope.
I am having a really hard time finding the time to fit pumping in every two hours as well. But I have the hands free breast pump and just ordered a bra so I can actually use that feature when it arrives on friday! That will free up my hands which is going to be great.
I have massive swelling and fluid retention in my legs, feet and ankles. I realize now I barely had any swelling during the pregnancy compared to this. The thing is, walking and moving is supposed to help that, but it also raised my blood pressure so what’s a girl to do?!
We are both starting to suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation.
It’s really hard, even with my mom here. Damn hard. But we are getting into a routine slowly. Keeping a log of every single thing really helps as it gets so confusing.
We are enjoying it and they are so cute we could just eat them up, but tired? Yes indeed.
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In bullets b/c there’s just too much:
- My condition was declining toward HELLP but they were willing to induce me for a natural labor
- The natural labor they described was the most unnatural thing I’ve ever heard of, could take +48 hrs and more than likely would end up in an emergency C-Section anyway. The only natural thing was that the babies “might” exit out my vagina. Might.
- The C-Section was solely our decision
- We prepped for OR at 5:15 and the boys were here at 5:53
- Those drugs are intense. Whoa.
- Sebastian was fine from the beginning and was taken to well baby nursery
- Max had a little problem breathing and spent the night in NICU but was released the following day mid-morning
- I lost a lot of blood during surgery and am now severely anemic
- We didn’t name them for over 48 hours
- Chicken is a natural, she is a rock star and the love of my life. The babies totally have Chicken noses.
- If you didn’t suffer from gas pains from your C-Section consider yourself extremely lucky indeed
- My gas pains were so severe I had intense labor like contractions every 2-3 minutes all day and night on Saturday. I thought I might die. I actually wanted to die just to not feel the pain anymore. I was completely convinced there was no way it would ever end.
- Take the drugs they offer you. All of them. DO NOT let your pain get away from you.
- It got a little better on Sunday…with a little help from my friend suppository.
- We let the nursery take them the first full night (Friday) but kept them in our room on the second night (Saturday).
- By the middle of the night we knew that recovering from a C-Section PLUS twins=we need extra help BIG TIME.
- We called my mom Sunday morning.
- Sunday was a lot better. There’s nothing like two babies needing you to get your recovering C-Section ass out of bed and get on with it.
- My blood pressure started going up on Monday.
- We were all released to go home this day and Chicken’s dad drove 4 hours in the pouring rain to help us get home and meet his grandsons.
- Coming home was intense and chaotic and wonderful and with little sleep.
- My mom flew in yesterday (Tuesday).
- I now believe all the people who said “you WILL NEED EXTRA HELP.”
- Yes, I am a believer. If you ever want to sleep again, you will need help.
- My blood pressure continued to climb yesterday.
- I was almost sent to the hospital again last night, but my OB called in some blood pressure medication for me at midnight.
- Thank god we live where we do and there’s a 24 hour Pharmacy right across the street.
- I have to go to the Doctor’s this morning for monitoring and blood work and pray to whatever gods are responsible that this doesn’t now turn into E-Clampsia.
- I finally had a shower this morning after one week.
- The babies are the most perfect thing ever. They both breast feed but b/c they are so little we have to supplement with formula until my milk fully comes in.
- I can even tandem breastfeed!!!
- They go to their first pediatrician appointment tomorrow and I can get a better idea of how much we can cut down on their formula until we go 100% breast.
Se.basti.an Cr.uz 5.4 lbs. Born at 5:53 pm, Jan. 21, 2010
My blood levels are deteriorating and going in the direction of HELLP.
I’ve been taking my blood pressure 3 x day as directed and we noticed a trend that it was going up, but this morning at the OB it was high, high, high.
I’m hesitant to write about this because it’s like the nosebleeds, as soon as I think I’ve found a cure–the neti pot! the cool mist humidifier!–I wake up thinking I’m either a crazy drooling pregnant woman or I’ve got a serious runny nose only to find that I’m laying in a pool of my own blood staining what used to be a rather nice white pillow case.
This has not been the week we’d hoped for 3-4 weeks before birth. Chicken came down with a ‘cold’ exactly one week ago and that exploded into full-on sick, more than likely the flu. She has been sleeping in the living room and me in the bedroom, but of course I am around her germs because we are still sharing living quarters.
The other day I called my mom to give her an update as I do every Wednesday after my OB appointment. For some reason her husband answered her mobile.