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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1st Mother's Day/GI Specialist

Wow, it has been a long time since my last update!!  The twins are definitely keeping me busy and when the opportunity arises to sleep or update the blog - I usually choose sleep!  Last week Nurse Stephanie from the NICU came over for a visit.  It was great catching up with her.  She loved on the babies and I know they loved seeing their favorite nurse.  My sister and new nephew Payton also came over for a visit on Saturday.  It was the first time we were actually able to sit down and catch up on all that has been going on since we became moms.  We have been through so many of life's milestones together, and it is very fitting that we became moms at the same time. 
My 1st Mother's Day was wonderful!!!  I got a sweet card, roses, an engraved picture frame, and a charm with a little boy and girl.  Tim watched the twins for awhile so that I could sleep and then we took the babies out for the very first time to somewhere other than the doctor's office.  We went to the Mexican Inn for a yummy dinner!!!  I was very nervous at first to be exposing them to the germs of the outside world, but it wasn't crowded and they slept the entire time.  It was so refreshing to get out of the house.  These days Sonic and Walgreens are about as far as I get from home.
Today we took Brooklyn to the GI Specialist about her reflux.  The doctor examined her and thinks that because of her eczema, spitting up, and painful pooping, she probably has a milk protein allergy.  He put her on a different formula to try for a week.  He suggested no longer adding the rice cereal to thicken the formula or switching to a non-soy cereal.  He also increased her Prevacid dosage.  He told us that if it is in fact an allergy she will probably outgrow it by the time she turns one.  If it is not an allergy - it is just bad reflux and she will outgrow it by the time she is one.  If this new formula doesn't work we definitely have a long 9 months to look forward to!!!  We have given her two bottles of the new formula and she seems to like it pretty well.  We are hooking her back up to the monitor when she sleeps in case she has any major episodes.  The new formula smells even worse than the old one.  I can definitely tell who I fed last by the spit-up smell that lingers most strongly on my shirt.  So now the babies are on different formulas and different nipples.  Late night feedings will definitely require me to be alert so that I keep it all straight.  After seeing the Nap Nanny featured in People Magazine (Sandra Bullock's new baby was sleeping on one) we purchased one for Broolyn in the hopes that she would sleep better and not reflux as bad.  So far, she LOVES it!!!  She sleeps very peacefully in it and does much better than when we were lying her down flat on her back.
We did purchase a scale for the house and it shows that both babies are getting very close to 9 lbs.!!! Brooklyn was 8 lbs. 12 oz. at the doctor today and Tayden was 8 lbs. 9 oz. when we weighed him on Sunday. The babies have their three month check-up with the pediatrician next Tuesday. We are eager to see how they are progressing. I will do my very best to post more frequently!!! I hope everyone has a great week!

Hanging out in the pack-n-play
Titan and Sambo watching over the twins
The twins on their boppies
Tayden and his cousin Payton who is only 9 days older than the twins
Brooklyn in her Nap Nanny
Sweet Tayden
My Mother's Day gifts