Friday, January 18, 2013

Reinforcements

One of the twins' favorite moves is to wake me up at 5:30, stay awake until just after I've finished my second cup of coffee, and then fall back asleep. It's been a rough couple of weeks with these two. Greta continues to be very spirited during the day, although she sleeps really well at night. Gus is the exact opposite - he's a super happy mellow guy during the day. Sometime between midnight and two most nights, he starts grunting and straining so loudly that it's impossible to sleep, and this can go on for hours. It's like having a baby elephant in the room with us. He doesn't appear to be in pain, and he is frequently, though not always sleeping during these grunting spells. All of his plumbing is in working order so I'm not sure what is going on. Needless to say we are hoping it's something he will outgrow quickly!

As long as I'm complaining, I will share that I am starting to lose some of my "Thank God I'm not pregnant anymore" glow and realizing what a number this pregnancy did on my body. I have a condition known as diastasis recti - which is a separation of the abdominal muscles. There is a small area of my belly where there is a 3-4 inch gap between my ab muscles. I'm not as bad off as many moms of multiples - the separation can go from just under your ribs to your pubic bone, and mine is limited to just below my belly button and seems to zip back up above and below. In addition to the creepy feeling of knowing that there is nothing but skin and fat between your organs and the outside world, it is really hard to care for babies without fully functioning abs. Getting up and down off the floor, carrying them around, picking them up and wearing them in slings  - all of these activities take enormous effort and my back is paying the price. I'm taking a post-natal pilates class to help, and I think I will probably try wearing an abdominal binder. If I don't see improvement I may look into physical therapy, but I can't imagine having the time for that!  

I honestly don't know how we would do this without help. My sister Linda and her husband Patty were in town last week, and we also had lots of visits from Katie, Barry and Stephen. My dad and Hassie are arriving on Tuesday, and I still have some doula time to bridge the gap between visits, so we are hanging in there. We are so incredibly grateful for the company and the help! 

Here are some pictures of the twins getting their snuggle on with Aunt Linda and Uncle Patty. It was so great to have them here. I really wanted to cry when they left. 

 I realize it looks like Greta is about to be swallowed by our couch, but her airway was clear I promise!

 Gus loves his Uncle Patty!

This was a sad day - all bundled up to go to the airport.