Monday, October 13, 2008

Bonding with Mommy and getting big!

What a fun week we have had--especially for me--the Mom:). We learned on Monday that Avery was low enough on her oxygen dosage for us to do what is called a "non-nutritive feeding," and Matilda just made the mark yesterday. Basically up until this point the girls have been fed breast milk through that little tube in their nose, and I have been pumping like crazy. But now, I get to be a little more personal with my girls! Now a part of our daily time together includes one of these special feedings. Basically, I go to the hospital, pump until I am empty, and then I am able to bring the girls to breast to practice without drowning them--they still have to develop the ability to breathe and swallow simultaneously. They have both done really well with it, and I have been absolutely giddy over the bonding that takes place between us! They can't go too long without getting totally exhausted and falling asleep, but we are just wanting them to get used to the idea. What helps is the nurse will have their tube feeding start a couple of minutes after our "practice" so that they associate the "full tummy feeling" with being at the breast. So hopefully, after lots of practice the girls will get good at alternating the breathing, sucking, and swallowing so that they can nurse solely. Speaking of the girls' nutrition, I feel like they have gotten so much bigger! We just gave them their baths last night and they both seemed so big to me (even at a whopping 4 lbs:)). Recently another set of twins born at 27 weeks were bedded near our girls... and they look so small to me-- it is just so fun to see how far our girls have come!
Matilda last night... love the smirk:)
Itty-bitty Matilda last week

Avery last night--giving her admirers a good wink!
Avery about a week ago...



Holding both...
Enjoying my time with my girls...
Closer shot so you can see the girls' faces...they loved sleeping like this.

13 comments:

Kathleen said...

Mace - you look so beautiful holding the babies...oh the glow of motherhood. That make me so happy! love to you all - see you Friday!

Naomi said...

I am so excited for you! Breastfeeding is amazing! I loved it! I will be able to come for a little while to your shower on Saturday. I have to do a Lia Sophia party and I have to be there at abou noon. See you then!

olivia jarrett said...

I'm so excited for you...breastfeeding is so wonderful...I can't understand why it was ever considered strange to do! Yeah!!!

Nead's Est. in 2002 said...

wow Maci that is so awesome...when i first did that with Ashlinn it was such a good feeling to bond with her to let her know that her mom is still around:):) I am so happy to hear that they are progressing so well...we are praying for you guys.

Chrissie Brown said...

Mace, you're totally glowing. And there's good reason to do so! The girls are doing so great, and you look GOOD, girl. Thanks for all of the details--all of us nursing mommies enjoy them. Isn't snuggling with them amazing! I want a turn. :)

Emily said...

You look so beautiful Maci, I'm so glad you can nurse them some now!

The Graham Jr's said...

MoMaci!! Holy Cow! Totally the perfect Jordan/Maci mix in those two... it's uncanny!

JEM said...

They are sooooo sweeeeeet!!!

lindsey said...

seriously you look great in those pictures. and so do the wee babes. i've totally been taking nursing tucker for granted...thanks for the sweet reminder about how wonderful it is!

Team Bowers said...

I love that you cherish the little miracles in a big way!!

Darla said...

You are so gorgeous in these pics, Mace. Love em.

Brian and Lori Faulconer said...

Your babies are so expressive! I haven't seen so many winks and smiles since I used to go to YSA dances with you, Maci!

Forever Young said...

What little angels. You look so good Maci.