Friday, June 10, 2011

Parenthood - Where to Begin?!

Let me preface this post by saying that it is going to be very random, indicative of how I feel these days! Bear with me.

Jenn and I have been parents for 12 days now. Personally, I've gone through every emotion/feeling imaginable! Love, happiness, fear, stress...the list goes on. Figuring out how to care for and feed two babies has definitely been overwhelming, especially for me. Jenn is my rock. She has been unbelievably supportive through it all. I've been extremely emotional (hormonal!). She's always there to give me a hug and tell me it'll be ok. She has this amazing way of calming me. And to add to this, she is a natural with the babies. 

I sit here writing while rocking Teagan back and forth in her bouncy chair. Looking at her (and Quinn too, of course), is still quite surreal at times. It's still amazing to think that two weeks ago, I had 12 pounds of baby inside of me. 

For the first week, the girls really stuck to a strict 3-hour feeding schedule. They'd eat the amount that they were supposed to, get changed and usually go back to sleep. We were told that the first week is the "babymoon"period, where babies pretty much just eat and sleep and are not awake for very long. This is 100% accurate. Our girls have "woken up" as we were told they would. Teagan is going through a growth spurt so her appetite has grown exponentially in the last four days or so. It seems as though she's always hungry! I end up feeding her every hour and a half sometimes. Quinn is the opposite - she eats like a bird! Getting food into her can be a frustrating process at times. Teagan is already up to 6lbs 13oz - 9oz more than her birth weight. Quinn is steady at her birth weight of 5lbs 6oz. Babies are human too. Sometimes they're hungry and sometimes they're not, just like us. I need to remember that!

We have the most amazing family and friends. I can't even begin to explain how incredible my parents, brothers, aunts and our friends have been. From the moment the girls were born, we have received non-stop love and support that has come in the form of a listening ear, fresh food, cooking meals, helping with laundry, cleaning the kitchen, running errands etc. Almost every single day, my Mom, Auntie Wendy or Auntie Mary have been by the house to help us in any way possible. My parents have come over many times with food for dinner. They cook, put the meal on the table and clean up for us. I feel so blessed and lucky to have the family that I do. My parents have taken Riley and Finn in for a couple of weeks while we settle into parenthood. I feel so relieved to know that they are receiving tons of love and walks. Honestly, I don't think they're going to want to come home!

That's all I'm going to write for now. Jenn has been awesome about taking a ton of pictures of the girls, so I'll definitely post more soon. 

1 comment:

  1. congrats on the babies! LOVE the names (one of them is a top pick for us too!)!