Q: I was getting an ok amount then I haven't been doing it every 3 hours so I only get like 15ml from each boob which is awful. I feel like the pump sucks and doesn't get a lot out friday.
Q: Awh thank you so much! I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing me on Christmas I'm in this awkward stage where my clothes are getting pretty tight but I'm still not fitting into most maternity clothes but I do fit into this one grey tank top you have me which I love lol thank you so much. Ill def check out that app and we'll actually be finding out the gender this Thursday so ill let you know hehe
Q: Thanks so much were definitely going to need it! We were really happy when we found out it's a boy since hell be able to play with Kingston and Langston since they'll be in the same age group. It'll be fun seeing them all grow up together and were definitely going to try cloth diapers-we just hope they workout for us. How are the twins doings ?
When we found out we were having twins I was so freaked out...it made going back to work impossible and I was so worried things were going to be crazy, but it's been so great. Our boys are the best thing that's ever happened to us, and everything worked itself out. I know you guys will feel the same. It wasn't real to me until I saw them, and Steve took a little longer lol, but all of that is totally normal. As they're getting bigger and interacting more each day it's easier and easier for him to bond with them
Q: Hey Claire! I'm just wondering for the g diapers that you gave me can you put the plastic pockets with the outer fabric covers in the washer machine together?
Q: Yeah I was planning on line drying everything just wanted to check that I don't have to hand wash, thanks!
Q: Haha yes! And sounds delicious thank you so much! I'm going to let you know a little later because these past few days I've been feeling terribly sore and it hurts to walk and stand because hes so low I feel like I have a huge bruise across my pubic bone sorry for the tmi I wish I had something to lift my belly up so I wouldn't feel like I'm being pulled down towards the ground all the time lol
Q: Seriously?! Did you try it and did it work ??
CONVERSATION #6 (gDiapers, just me explaining some tips I have for them to a mom who asked)
With gdiapers, which are awesome because they work well AND are available in babies r us making them the only easy, non internet, cloth diaper brand, you can use disposable flushable inserts or cloth. I likes the flushable inserts during the first 2 weeks when the boys were teeny tiny and needing very frequent changes, but ever since I have only used cloth and loved it. One really important thing though is the cloth liners are a MUST. They are similar to a sheet of thick toilet paper and lay on top the cloth. They trap all the poop and keep your cloth inserts stain free and hassle free in terms of laundry. I wash mine with our regular clothes in cold water with free/clear detergent. If you use hot water it will not be boiling and therefor won't kill the bacteria, but instead heat it up and make it grow. I don't suggest hot water gDiapers come in baby specific sizes, tiny (6-10lb) small (8-14lb) medium (12-24lb) large (22-35lb) and extra large (33-?lb). If you know your baby is going to be about 8/9 lbs I would actually use disposables for the first month or so until they get up to about 12lbs (the mediums actually fit my boys at about 10.5lb), because even my little 5 pounders grew out of the tiny and smalls so fast and I felt like I wasted a bit of money, although I know I have diapers for any future babies we may have. I had 16 that the boys shared in the beginning, and now they share 12. It's plenty. I say you're probably good with 6, but the more you have the less laundry you have to do. If you know you do a load a day like we do though, 6 would be fine.
CONVERSATION #7 (NICU, twins, breastfeeding, body issues, bottles, pacifiers....it's long)
Q: Hey girl thanks for messaging me! Omg it's been a crazy few days but we are still at the hospital bc the girls kept losing weight and now one of the girls may have bilirubin so we are waiting for the results. I wanted to ask you if you strictly breast feed your boys or did you also give them a bit of formula? I feel like I still look sooo big but I do notice my belly going down...I don't think I look as great as you though
Q: Thank you so much! I will, thanks for all the advice you've given me. How are the boys doing?
Q: Thanks I'm def going to have to get me one of those!! So right now I'm breast feeding but also giving them a bit of formula bc they were at 10% weight lost when we were at the hospital. Did you do that and also when should I just do only breast milk since my milk I think already came in?
- Nvm my brain is not working lol you already answered that lol
- Q: I am I love them so so much! I feel a bit scared sometimes bc it's TWO babies I'm taking care of lol...my breast milk is just starting to come in my boobs are feeling tender and hard. I hate that I'm giving them a bit of formula bc I really just wanted them to be specifically breast milk but omg it takes soo long to feed them bc we are using a syringe to feed them bc the breast milk consultant told me not to use bottles until they turn 3 weeks sooooo feeding time takes forever!!!!
- Q: Yes I have the twin nursing pillow and tommy tippee bottles. If you dont mind me asking what is your breastfeeding routine. I'm kind of at a lost and getting a bit overwhelmed
Q: Monday I have my appointment and I get to learn more about breast feeding. I don't think my milk supply has fully come in yet but I'm pretty close! Right now I'm overwhelemed bc after I breastfeed we give the girls formula but with a syringe bc they told us not to use bottles yet until they are fully trained to breastfeed so that is driving me nuts bc it's soooooo time consuming omg! So my feedings feel extremely long. I'm def using pacifiers and bottles specially at night time bc like you said I want to make sure they get enough to sleep at night. They do sleep in their room though and so far that's been working, I don't mind.
- Q: Yeah I really am sick of the syringe! Sooo I hate my stomach, how was yours a week after giving birth?
- Q: Was it flabby?
Q: Yesssssss!!!! Ughhh I told my husband yesterday to not look at me
Bc I didn't want him to think "great now im married to a whale" lol....I feel sooo umcofortable and my face, legs, and feet are still swollen. My hands are almost back to normal though.
- Q: Oh yeah how can they not???? I notice it!
- Q: I am eating pretty healthy, lots of veggies, brown rice, protein, fruits....I hate feeling this ugly!Oh no!!!!!! My knees are pretty messed up bc there's sooo much swelling around it.
Q: Lol!!! I'm ready to feel "hot" again.....have you asked ur dr about your knee?
Q: Omg you're lucky!!!! That's awesome that your hubby can train you....my husband is a marine soo no training for me bc he's always busy with work.Good thing is he took a month of vacation to help me with the girls and he gets up with me to every feeding.
Q: Omg yes! My friends husband is like that unfortunately
- Q: Well today I had an appointment with the lactation consultant and she told us to stop the formula but ever since we got home all they've done is cry and I give them the boob and once they fall asleep I put them in their crib but literally 2min later they start crying again wanting the boob.
Q: No she told me not to yet.
- Q: But when do I pump if I'm always putting them on the boob?
- Q: They told me not to use a paci for two weeks!
- Q: They told you the same thing?
- Q: That's what they told me
- Q: Crap I don't have those! Where can I get them?
Q: Oh ok.... I'm going NUTS!!!!
Q: Ok so I put them on the boob and if they're falling asleep burp them and then put them back?
Q: I have to try to find a system/routine bc if not I'm going to go crazy
Q: Ohhhh no I'm sorry!I'm trying to figure out how to feed the girls on my own
Q: I'm also supplementing though.... When do you change diapers?
- Q: I was trying to breastfeed first to make sure they get more breast milk than formula
Q: No. I have Tommee tippee bottles
Q: Hmmmmmm...I'll have to look into them
Q: which bottles do you use?
Q: Same here my husband always has to help me....He's going to be going back to work soon so I'm trying to figure out how to feed the babies without any help bc I'm going to be on my own pretty soon
Q: I dont think I'm making enough breast milk.for example once I'm done nursing the girls my boobs feel super empty until its time to feed them again.
When do you pump?
Q: Hey! So I started pumping just now and I barely got an oz lol.....So when do I use the milk supply? I have no idea what pumping is all about lol.
Q: I'm going to start building my milk stack and maybe I can get them off of formula.
Q: I'm hoping to get more milk in.
Q: I'll prob get the supplement bc my husband is not ok with me drinking while I'm breast feeding
Q: Oh wow! I hear that it makes you smell like honey or something like that
HOPE SOMEONE BENEFITS FROM THIS :) Thanks for reading!