Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Favourite Nights of the Week

I'm not going to lie, Tuesdays and Thursdays (currently) are my favourite nights of the week. I feel slightly guilty saying that, but the second, Eva, our night nurse, walks through the door, I breathe a sigh of relief. For the next 8 hours, Jenn and I are totally off-call. I've mentioned Eva in previous posts but haven't said too much. Eva owns a business in Toronto called Twinkeys. She offers day and night support to families, specifically those with twins.

Jenn and I naively thought that we'd be fine and that night help wasn't really necessary. My Mom pushed and pushed and insisted that we get help. It was going to be their baby gift to us. I can admit when I'm wrong! Eva has been an absolute godsend since the twins were born. We met her when I was about 34 weeks pregnant and knew instantly that she was going to be the one. I had spoken to others but no one was as personable and knowledgeable.

Eva arrived at 10pm when the girls were just 3 days old. She immediately took one of the babies from us and handled her with such ease. I stressed all day about how she would handle feeding two babies on her own when we can barely handle it together. How would she finger feed two babies?! (Tape a tube to your finger and the baby drinks from that. We didn't do bottles in the early weeks until they were latching) Would she even know what finger feeding is?! Man, I was naive. We barely had to finish our sentence. She had done it a million times before. Jenn put it best, "Eva instills confidence from the moment she walks in the door."

Yes, the extra sleep has been amazing. The knowledge that she has given us is invaluable. I joke about Tuesdays and Thursdays being my favourite nights, but honestly, our babies aren't "bad" at night. Last night I got 7 consecutive hours of sleep. Feeding, burping and changing takes me under an hour now. I attribute the twins' good sleep habits to Eva. We implemented everything that she's told us and it has all worked! It has been hard work though. While rocking Teagan to sleep might get her down quicker, in the long run, it's not going to help any of us. We had to suffer through some crying and fussiness, but Teagan now finishes her bedtime bottle, gets placed in her crib awake and falls asleep on her own in minutes. I'm so grateful for her expertise when it comes to the girls. She has been a wealth of information on all things baby-related.

On that note, I'm almost finishing pumping for the night. I pump and she bottle feeds the girls. Eva is arriving in exactly 22 minutes! If you're expecting twins, find yourself an Eva (if you don't live in Toronto, that is!).

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