OK ladies! I edited my initial post so that our information is up top. Maybe it is ambitious of me, but I think it will be easier that way instead of continually reposting. Please let me know if I made any goofs.
Ryann and Dillysgirl, I thought I made a mistake, but looks like you both went to 34w2d..funny!
My favorite book is the one Dillysgirl mentioned, Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or more!
By Gromada. It is like $12 on Amazon and well worth it in my opinion. It has a lot of good information, not just about breastfeeding. I also got When You Are Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads
, by Dr. Luke. That book I didn’t personally find as helpful, although it was highly recommended and I know a lot of other women loved it. It also kind freaked me out and caused unecessary worry (imo) regarding weight gain. They strongly recommend a lot of early weight gain that was not possible for me to achieve. I also got the book, The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers
, by Dr. J. Newman. Lots of good advice there too.
I saw a perinatologist throughout my pregnancy, but I had several risk factors. I-AMA (I HATE that term, lol) 2- twins, and 3-hematoma. We also were fortunate that the hospital I was planning to deliver at has a Level III NICU. Of course, I had every “intention” of not needing one, but things often happen.
And yes, I am breastfeeding. It hasn’t been easy, I will say, but it has gotten increasingly easier as time goes on. But mine were in NICU for a while and that added a challenge. I’d be happy to share more about my experience if you would like. I am now tandem feeding them a few times a day, but am feeding on demand so they don’t always match up on when they want to eat.
Bedrest isn’t a given with twins, but yes, is pretty common. I was on bedrest early in my pregnany due to my hematoma. There are different forms of bedrest, and I have been on them all at some point! "House arrest" is kinda taking it easy around the house, but not confined to bed. "Modified bedrest" meant I could go to couch, etc, but not do much else. "Strict bedrest" meant only up to go to the bathroom. Hospital bedrest is the worst (IMO). For me it only lasted one day and then my LO's decided ENOUGH and were delivered. For me, I found lots of activities to keep me busy--reading, planning for babies, Amazon (LOL), scrap-booking, and online support groups. I also found it helpful to do things to help DH so I didn't feel totally useless. For example, I would fold laundry that he would bring to me. Whatever works to keep you from going nuts.
cute photo of your boys!
Wow Ryann! What milestones! I cannot believe how big your LO’s are.
Great job, momma!! And teeth!! Wowza.
Glad to hear ped isn’t worried about the lack of bearing weight. So much is so individualized. Why no more swaddling? Is she just too big?
And, yes, feel free to ask anything.
Regarding the “natural” thing...I totally agree. It isn’t most people’s business. What I typically hear as “code” (I think) for asking if IVF is, "Do twins run in your family?" What I usually say, which is true, but irrelevent, is that, yes, DH has twins in his family. He does indeed....but that fact couldn’t affect our having fraternal twins!! Most people don’t think too hard on it though, and usually smile and walk away.
The silliest thing I have been asked is "are they identical or fraternal?" Um. They are a boy and a girl. So.....they can't be identical!!
I try to refrain.