Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nova Nation

Early in the pregnancy when we found out we were having two boys, the one thing Leo bought were Villanova onsies. Leo got his MBA from Villanova and is really into cheering on their basketball team. It's so hard to get pics of the boys in something matching, because usually one of them will spit up all over their outfit. And I'm being kind when I say "spit up" usually Leo or I have to change too it's so bad. To say I do a lot of laundry around here these days is an understatement. But, without further ado, here are the boys in their Nova gear!










BTW, I'm not sure if you can tell from these pics, but it seems both the boys have my blue eyes. Which I find very funny since Phoebe has really dark brown eyes like her daddy. Glad to see I get to pass on some of my genetic material to my babes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The End of the Apnea Monitors!!!

Last night was the first night without the boys hooked up to the apnea monitors. It was amazing!!!! For the first time since they were born, I was able to swaddle them without having to make way for wires. I will admit I did check on them a few times to make sure they were breathing, but I think we all do that with our babies anyway.

We were able to stop using the monitors as I am a month past my original due date and they are very healthy. We did go to see the pediatrician yesterday because it looked like Tommy was breathing weird. His ribs on his chest were looking like they were being sucked in when he was breathing. I'm not sure how long he's looked like that when he was breathing as I never worried about Tommy's health even when the false alarms have been going off for him and not Liam. I think it's mostly because Tommy is the big eater, bigger baby and always such a happy baby. Liam is smaller, doesn't eat as much, throws up his feeds often and is really hard to get him to smile. But the doctor checked out Tommy and said he's doing great, no problems, but she agreed it was better to be safe than sorry. he said that his chest being sucked in on the sides when he was breathing had to do with his prematurity and that his ribs are more flexible because of that.

Other than that, things are exhausting. It takes an hour and a half to feed both the boys when I'm on my own, which is most of the time. Leo helps during the middle of the night feedings if both boys are awake at the same time, but I don't bother him if they go one at a time. So some nights I'm awake from 3:30 AM until 5 or 5:30 AM. When Phoebe starts school next week, I won't go back to sleep at this time, but I do for now. During the day, the boys do still have their fussy times such as late morning and early evening/dinnertime. They are "the witching hours". Phoebe was the same way too. Usually finding the burps that were missed after feedings helps, but it takes some time. And then I'm trying to make sure that they have tummy time. But all in all they are good babies. I think they are not too fussy, as someone up above is being kind since there is already twice the work.

Phoebe is also the best. She's been helping me with the boys and other chores around the house. Yesterday was great as for the first time this summer Phoebe and I even got to play tennis on the Wii today and then she showed me how to use Wii Fit more. And after dinner we went out for ice cream. I wanted us to do something fun since Leo is out of town for work. After we got back from ice cream, I bathed the boys, fed them and they were off to bed.

Here's some pics from a swimming outing we had at a friend's house.

Liam dipping his toes in the pool with Leo



Tommy in the pool with Leo



Close up pic of Tommy sleeping



Close up pic of Liam sleeping

Monday, August 10, 2009

Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep or "Things That Go Beep in the Night"

Since the boys were premature more than 8 weeks, they had to come home with apnea monitors. Liam had problems with his heart rate or breathing stopping while in the hospital and he was on caffeine for the issue, so this made sense. But no matter, they both needed to come home with them. We should be able to turn them in the end of this month, which is one month past my original due date. I can't wait..... It's such a pain not being able to just pick up your baby from their crib and walk around with them if they get fussy. With the apnea monitors you have to turn off the machine, unplug the wires and then pick up your baby. You have no idea how many times I've picked up one of the babies and started to walk away from the crib only to be pulled back when I get to the end of the length of cable to the monitor. I'm trying very hard to make sure that if these aren't necessary that we can get off using them as soon as possible.

Lately Tommy has been setting his off for not breathing, but it doesn't look like that is a problem at all. I've had several instances where I can be looking at Tommy while the monitor is going off still saying he's not breathing while I watch his chest moving up and down. I left a message for the nurse at our pediatrician's office to follow up with the doctor, but I didn't hear back from them today. Which is not a problem as it's not urgent and I'm sure she needs to catch up to our doctor. I know our doctor mentioned at their two month check that it could be reflex and to try raising the top of the crib mattress, but when we do that, he slides down the mattress. It's not like we are allowed to have blankets and gel packs to hold the babies in place in their cribs due to SIDS safety precautions. I'm sure these monitors are very helpful for some babies, but ours seem to be doing so well and Liam (who we've had the concern with) doesn't set his off at all (knocking on wood here!) that I'm sure we'll be ready to give these monitors back on our due date. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that our doctor agrees.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Nicknames and a the Honeymoon Phase

I'm really enjoying the babies as they are starting to be more alert and checking things out. I love talking to them and watching their reactions. They both have the biggest blue eyes. I wonder if they will stay that way. I keep coming up with new nicknames for the boys. It seems to be easier coming up with nicknames for Liam than Tommy. The nicknames for Tommy I come up with usually refer to his stature or his head. I call Tommy "Mr. Round Head", "my little brick wall" and sometimes just "Brick". Liam I call "Spike", "my little love bug", "Mr. Cozy" and his street name "L.I.Am" (LOL!).

I have a great story by the way. The other day, I heard Tommy crying and I was surprised as it wasn't time for him to eat yet - which is his usual reason to cry like he was. I ran in to see what was up and Liam was sucking on the back of his brother's head. Seriously. There was sucking noises and a huge wet spot on the back of Tommy's head. I think I'd cry like that too if someone took a vacuum to the back of my head. I wish I had a camera. There are lots of moments like that where I just wish I had a camera.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sorry I've Been MIA

Things have been so busy and we had to get ready to go to Knoxville, TN with the boys and Phoebe to go to my youngest SIL's wedding. We had a great time, but it was exhausting for us all. Nicki (the SIL that is helping me with the boys now and when I go back to work) is back with us and I'm looking forward to getting more accomplished now that she is here.

To make up for my absence, here are some adorable pics of the boys and Phoebe. I love this one. It shows how Liam will sleep through Tommy making a fuss. Tommy loves to make a fuss when he is hungry. You just can't get to him to eat fast enough. Liam is so laid back and patient and obviously deaf, LOL.











Here's some pics of our boys' cute little faces.

Tommy








Liam









Phoebe and "her siblings". Please note the "University of TN Forensic Anthropology" t-shirt that has a skull on it under the bedtime sweater wrap, hospital scrub pants for pj bottoms, the pink hair clip-on and the arm full of bracelets. She has her own style, that's for sure. Makes me smile....











And here's another pic of Phoebe, this time with just Tommy. I see this pic and all I can think of is the Lion King song "Can you feel the love tonight?..." You can really see in this pic how much she loves her little brothers.