September 13, 2009

How do you handle two babies at once?

This is a question I get from a lot of people and the truth is, I try not to :)

I was under no illusions when I found out they were twins and knew I'd need lots of help.

So we have a day nanny Monday - Thursday from 8am to 5pm (she started on 1 Sept), and a night nanny twice a week from 7pm to 7am. Last week we transitioned to the day nanny working Friday nights for us, also from 7 to 7.

Yes, it is a lot of money (the night nanny was totally unbudgeted but we found out very quickly that we need our sleep to function) but hopefully they'll start sleeping for longer soon and she won't be needed any longer.

On Friday we went for their 8-week check-up (at 9 weeks because their paed was on holiday) and after Dion dropped us back at home, this is more or less what it looked like the whole day.

My left arm is under Connor, supporting Kendra's back while I try burp her
and simultaneously hold the bottle for Connor

Kendra drinks her bottle in fits and starts - needs about 3 burps along the way. Here we are with her drinking again. You'll see Connor hasn't changed position (thank God for one "chilled" baby) but my right hand is now holding Kendra's bottle

Pics taken by D just before he dashed off to work.

The babies' stats
Weight 4.08 kg
Height 57 cm
Head circumference 38cm

Weight 3.14 kg
Height 50 cm
Head circumference 37cm

They're now on new formula - Kendra on Nan lactose-free because we want to see if it's the milk causing the screaming - and Connor on Nan lactogen "for the hungry baby" since he is easily polishing off 8 X 100 ml feeds, enough for a 5.3 kg baby!

Apparently the lactogen will keep him full for longer, which means he should sleep better! They started the new formula on Sat at 8am and last night woke every 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Hmmm...

However, Connor's just slept for 5 hours so maybe this is it?
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jacki janse van rensburg said...

that looks quite hectic! good luck...

just for some comparison, my baby was 4.01kg when he was born more than 23 years ago. :-)

Nat said...

It would be great if nature had thought about growing twin Mommies another set of arms... but you look like you've got it waxed! I battle with holding just one squirming worm.

Tishia said...

Wow I don't know how you do it...those pictures look so hectic! They are soooo adorable :-)

Diane said...

Wow it looks like you are one very talented mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristi Bennitt said...

I remember having to switch my son to the lactose free formula at that age. he thrived on it and I'm sure your wee one will to. They are so adorable. Hang in there, it gets more complicated as they get older! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I also gave birth to twins ( sept 09)two beautiful girls, Miah and Zara. Well done for doing a great job with your babies,I know how tough it can get but one smile makes it all worth it. I am managing to breast feed, although trying to burp both at the same time is tricky. I already have a gorgeous boy (2) Thomas who will know doubt appreciate the girls in about 20yrs time. Any way good luck.