I can’t believe that on Thursday, we will be hitting the one-month mark since the birth of the twins. Time really does go by so quickly.
This past month has been a crazy one to say the least as we deal with recovery, health issues, and just adjusting to now being a family of six rather than a family of four.
Looking forward to sharing these monthly updates with you all! Thank you again for all of your support and encouraging words throughout my pregnancy and on the twins’ birth story that I shared.
One Month Postpartum
It has probably taken up until a week ago to fully recover physically from my emergency c-section. The first few weeks were pretty hard on my body, but I am now feeling more like I have my own body back versus living in this frail state of not being able to do much.
At my two-week appointment, I was 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I attribute all of this to the exercising during pregnancy🙂 Thank goodness for all of the immediate weight loss too because I crave chocolate like crazy right now thanks to breastfeeding and hormones. I still look about 4 months pregnant as of now, but my uterus and the swelling around the incision are going down pretty well.
I got the surgical tape removed at two weeks postpartum and my OB said everything is healing okay. Thankfully, the surgery that I had to have was done by him, a very skilled doctor and surgeon. The scar really isn’t that terrible, although looking at it brings back a lot of memories from the day the twins were born. Scars are stretch marks have never bothered me in the least. I think they are beautiful reminders of what our bodies went through for our children.
Emotionally, I am still trying to deal with the anxiety from what happened. It really affected me in a way that is difficult to explain. I am so thankful to have my husband who has really been my rock throughout this whole process. I have been on an entirely different level of emotions lately and he has really just been amazing through it all.
I think it’s important that all mom’s give themselves time to process and heal after delivering their babies. Hormones are NO JOKE after giving birth and postpartum anxiety/depression are very real things that so many women have to deal with, and it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of.
Twin Update: 1 Month
I cannot believe it has been a month since our twin’s were born. It seems crazy to think about, but when I look back on the first few weeks of recovery, I can understand why it went so quickly! We go in for their one month check-up in a few days, but I would guess that they weigh a little over 6 lbs (Annabelle) and a little over or right at 7 lbs (Oliver).
The babies are doing well now. Annabelle had a little battle with jaundice in her first week. Her color is great now! She also really struggled to gain weight in the first few weeks, so our pediatrician had me supplement 1 oz of formula after nursing her a few times a day. Now that they are a month old, I will return to just breastfeeding her like I do her brother. Her weight is great and right where it should be, so I don’t see any need to continue supplementing her.
They are both alert and have been sharing their little smiles since about 9 days old. They only wake up once, maybe twice, throughout the night to eat, which is amazing. Annabelle is a not a huge fan of tummy time, but her brother does better with it.
Something I learned along this journey, that I didn’t pay much attention to with our first two, was keeping an eye on your babies vision.
A new interactive tool from Vision Direct helps parents learn how their baby’s vision develops over the first year. Vision Direct has launched an online tool to show parents what their baby’s sight might be like as he or she grows older. Using the simple interface, parents can quickly shift from a newborn’s first view to the fully developed vision of a 12 month old child.
- Developed by opticians, this digital tool features a simple sliding scale to show the developmental stages of a baby’s eyesight.
- Input your child’s age and the tool will give you some idea of what your baby’s field of vision, depth perception and colour awareness might be like.
- As you move the slider, you’ll notice colours and objects become sharper. For instance a newborn will see only black and white while a two-month old will see only bright primary shades.
We just love them and they truly complete our family of 6. It is still taking some getting used to for all of us in the family, but we are slowly adjusting and things can only get easier on that front!
*Here’s to the twins reaching their first milestone*