I knew I'd be tired, but it's catching up to me. Here's what our day looks like:
3am: pump breast milk for 2o minutes, wash up pump supplies.
5:45am: wake and shower.
6:30am: on road heading to the hospital.
7am: I breast feed both Connor and Chloe for ten minutes each, one at a time. After the ten minutes, either Chad or I will feed the babies a bottle of the pumped breast milk. After they are back and settled into their isolettes, I pump for 20 minutes. Chad heads to work after the babies are settled.
8:30am or so...I order breakfast. It's provided free to breastfeeding mothers of NICU babies. Nice perk!
10am: Another feeding. I pump for 20 minutes.
1pm: Another feeding. Another pump session of 20 minutes.
2:30pm or so...I order lunch, again provided by the hospital at no extra charge.
4 pm: Each baby breastfeeds for 10 minutes, followed by a bottle feeding. I pump for 20 minutes after they are settled.
6:45: Chad arrived at hospital from work. We head to the NICU to help with the 7pm feeding. Today I pumped for 20 minutes while Chad attended to the babies.
Around 8pm, we head home and either enjoy a meal out or a meal at home. Our times to have date nights with just the two of us are limited, but we are perfectly OK with it!
11pm: Pump for 20 minutes. Hopefully I've had a chance to sleep before this pump session.
Start over at 3am....
I'm going to start laying down and taking short naps in between feedings. My cankles have returned and I don't want the swelling to get any worse. I started to wear support hose once I return home and will wear until the morning. Hopefully that will help decrease the swelling.
The babies moved from the section of the NICU into Module 3. This is the feeder/grower area where their only need is to gain weight! It is such a nice feeling to see them progress to the final destination of the NICU.
We are going pick up a new digital camera tomorrow. Luckily I have a disposable camera with each baby, so we are getting some pictures! But, I need new ones of their tiny hands and feet, fuzzy hair and adorable faces! Of course I'm not partial at all!
Thank you to everyone who has sent well wishes. I apologize I'm not able to recognize each and everyone, but know that we all appreciate it!