Thursday, October 18, 2012

One Month Old Twins=Living the Crazy Life

How has a month gone by already? I have no idea where time has gone, but I wish it would slow down... I can't believe how much Evan and Ella have changed in only one month!!

This is my first week alone with them-the husband took off two weeks and then we had family in town for two weeks. The first time I was home alone with them was on their one month birthday! What do I think about my first week alone? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... I'll explain more later.

In the meantime here are some things I have learned:
  • It's a fantastic morning if I can take a 10 minute shower and shave 3/4 of one leg without a baby screaming.
  • If you want to lose weight fast, have twins and live in a 2-3 story house that has 2,500+ square feet. You'll drop several pounds a week running around the house and up and down the stairs.
  • Drinking hot coffee is overrated. By the time I can get around to finishing up my cup, I'm thrilled if it's luke warm.
  • It's okay to have no idea what I'm doing, but it's important to learn something every day in order to make the next day easier (this was my husband's advice amidst a melt down from mommy).
  • I need to relax when it comes to getting everything done...the house will not be spotless, the laundry will not get done every day, dinner will not be cooked nightly, I'll most likely have spit up on my somewhere and my hair is and will remain a mess.
  • I hope getting acquainted with my blow dryer and flat iron is like riding a bike (a skill that returns quickly), because I'm not sure when I'll have the pleasure of using these items again.
  • Sleep is for the weak!!
In all seriousness, this has been the most amazing and stressful four weeks of my life. We have a sweet angelic girl who is extremely low maintenance. She's patient and just gives a little yell when she's hungry. She's willing to wait patiently for her dinner. She goes to sleep without a fuss. She eats and burps like a champ.  She is the perfect baby. If I had two like her my life would be a breeze!

We also have a gorgeous boy with bright curious eyes who has been deemed Captain Fussybritches. He is a colicky baby. Our first few weeks entailed hours upon hours of him screaming for no reason. He was inconsolable (cue many tears from frustrated mama). He's a grunter-he grunts most of the day and even in his sleep! He has no patience...feeding/burping two babies via a bottle at the same time is challenging. The second you remove the bottle from his mouth to burp Miss Ella he completely loses it and screams! He has gas issues and screams/grunts/kicks through most of his feedings which means he gets more gas. Whenever he eats he is completely ravenous and attacks the bottle. Putting him to sleep can be challenging...he fights sleep. He gets bags under his eyes by the early evening...does anyone else have a newborn with bags under their eyes?! There are days he only cat naps throughout the entire day! He's a curious busybody and wants to look at everything! I have come to the conclusion that he is a genius and he's bored with how ordinary everything is... He's high maintenance. I have discovered the use of a Moby wrap can be life saving because our Evan LOVES to be held. Sometimes it's the only way to get him to stop fussing.

We couldn't have two babies who are more different from one another! Hopefully this explains my absence from blogging...I'm trying to figure out this little man!! Despite the challenges, this experience has been wonderful! I adore seeing my husband as a dad-he's the best! 

I'm almost through my first week alone at home. Have I cried? You betcha-several times! Has my husband had to come home to 'save' me? Yup. Has it been harder than I thought it would be? Most definitely. Am I incredibly blessed to have this experience and get the opportunity to be insanely busy, incredibly tired and running around the house like a crazy woman all day? Without a doubt!!!

I still intend on writing an update about their birth, birth recovery and what I'm doing as far as schedule/feeding etc, but that will have to wait....Capt Fussybritches is on the rampage and I must go console him :)


waiting and wishing said...

You house sounds a bit like mine! Have no fear, you'll use that hair dryer sooner than you think! You'll find your groove and so will those babies! You are doing an awesome job, and those babes appreciate it even if they can't tell you yet.... Soon they'll be paying in real smiles and those are worth more than money ever will be!

S said...

Boy, does your post bring back memories! The newborn phase is hard.

Our twin sons are almost 9 months old now, and it does get easier! And more fun! Seeing their little smiles and watching them grow and develop is just the greatest thing ever!

Jules said...

You're doing great Amber! So proud of your progress with them!

Mrs. F said...

I have always heard that being a parent is the absolutely best and worst experience you will ever have. Everyone follows up with it is totally worth it! I can only imagine parenting twins is even more intense!

Ann Greenslade and Family said...

My baby turns 1 next week - believe me when I say that I thought I was dealing with a newborn just yesterday. All I can say is enjoy enjoy enjoy those babies - before you know it they'll be 10 years old and fighting with you about getting a cell phone, 8 years old and wanting clothes from abercrombie, or 1 year old and calling you mama. Can't wait to meet these two people - until then. Hugs from Adel.

Nichole said...

sounds chaotic and wonderful all at the same time :)

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Love this update!! I can't believe it's already been a month!!

AJ said...

wow, I just started my first week at home alone with the twins and so far I can totally relate. Its the hardest and best thing wrapped into one and all 3 of us have cried our fair share. Good luck!!!!