A few quick notes:
1. The stroller is a Kolcraft Contours tandem stroller, with two infant seat attachments. Those seats are their car seats, only strapped to the stroller frame. It’s not quite as intense as it looks, but it is RIDICULOUSLY heavy, even without the regular kid-sized seats attached. I can barely lift it by myself, and it takes up almost our entire trunk. BUT, it handles like a dream, so that’s good, right? Eventually, we’ll switch to an umbrella-type, but for now, it’s great to be able to strap the car seats on and go.
2. I know, I know. You really only come here for the pictures…
Me, plus boys (Henr.y left, Jac.k right…) at a local state park. We drove the half-hour or so up there, got out, took 3-4 photos, and got back in the car. The heat is UN-FLIPPIN’-REAL right now. Yes, I’m from Tejas, where the heat is always un-flippin’-real, but after the absurd winter we had, the hundred-degree baloney is not okay. Seriously. Blech. I unshaded the boys for about 20 seconds, and freaked the whole time that I was boiling their little brains!
3. Most notable thing about the above photo???
PANTS. With BUTTONS. In my PRE-PREGNANCY size.
Granted, they were my “fat, bloaty, I-haven’t-run-for-a-week” cut of pre-pregnancy-sized jeans, but still. The twin-mom-diet-plus-nursing is really great for losing weight. It’s terrible for overall fitness levels, but all told, I gained 61.5 lbs during the pregnancy, and as of two weeks post-partum, I has lost 50 of it. Obviously, the remaining 11.5 lbs are most unflatteringly distributed, and all that running muscle is LONG gone, but yeah. I kinda want to go back to that bitchy first OB I had and give her the finger for trying to make me worry about weight gain. Clearly, I gained exactly what I needed to in order to have healthy, full-term twins. And while I’m not out of the woods yet, I am not anywhere near as far as I feared I might be after that kind of weight gain.
4. Lastly, for those of you that had a caesarian birth, how long before you were “allowed” to return to normal activity levels? I hear anywhere from two to six weeks. My OB doesn’t do follow-up with his patients until the six week mark, but honestly, I am SUPER eager to get back to the treadmill, if not for fitness, then for sanity. And yeah, I’d love to have sex again, too. But, I’m still kind of worried that it’s too early. Also, how long should one expect to be all gross and oozy in the nether-region? I’m getting really sick of the random bursts of goo, and it’s starting to feel like it’s been a little too long. All the information that they gave me when I left the hospital says things like “normal for 7 to 10 days” and it’s been over three weeks. Oh, and while my feet are no longer swollen, my hands are horribly swollen, and the carpal-tunnel/weird thumb thing hasn’t gone away and has actually gotten 1000x worse, like I can’t lift a baby without my wrists screaming in pain. Anyone know anything about this? Or anyone have experience with thrush? How long should I expect my nipples to feel all stabby-pain-on-fire-kill-me-now after I start treatment? Or is this a problem with the boys’ latch, because it doesn’t hurt anywhere near as bad when I pump. Sigh. Any advice for me?
Anyhow, things continue to be pretty much okay. We’re still figuring things out as we go along, and there are still things to work out, but just when I feel like I can’t take anymore, the boys take pity on me and give me a three hour stretch of sleep, and I suddenly feel like maybe (just maybe) I might be able to wake up and do this again, for at least one more day. Sigh. I find myself feeling both jealousy and pity for people with singletons. It is seriously SO hard (though I wonder if trip or quad moms laugh when they hear twin moms say that…). It’s not just twice as hard. It’s 3, 4 or 5 times as hard, because you just don’t have the energy or ability to meet the needs of both babies, and that is torture to a new mother, to barely be able to satisfy one baby, and to have to sit and listen while the other screams and screams and screams and to know that you just can’t do anything about it. Feh. But yeah. Getting to see two babies smile in their sleep is delightful, and I’m so glad that I get to experience that part of it.
And now, the fussing begins again…