Friday, April 13, 2007

Identical or fraternal?? That is the question.....

Well, we finally know...and the funny thing is that Tim and I haven't been that concerned about it but other people are always asking us if the boys are identical or fraternal and when we say "we don't know", they look at us as if we're stupid or something. I mean, I think people actually expect us to know something like that, as if I have a way to see inside my body to know if it was one egg that split or two separate eggs. Fortunately, my OB who delivered the boys sent the placenta up to the lab for tests and I finally remembered to call the neonatologist at the hospital to ask him if they had the results yet. He called me back yesterday and said the tests showed that the boys are fraternal (90% chance when compared to them being identical). I was starting to suspect that they were fraternal because even though they look very much alike, they're coloring is different...Garrett has Tim's coloring, he's got reddish-blonde hair and pale skin while Landon has my coloring, olive skin with dark hair. Although I still get them confused from time to time...last night, I went to bed early to catch up on some zzzz's, only to be interrupted by Tim at 10:00 pm desperate to be rescued from two screaming, unhappy babies. I grabbed one baby and sat in the rocking chair and for a good 10 minutes, I thought I was holding Garrett but then I noticed his outfit and wondered when I had dressed him in that sleeper and that's when I realized it was Landon. I just assumed I had Garrett because he's our fussy twin...Landon is usually very laid-back and happy as a lark. This is horrible but we've started calling Garrett "Dr Evil" and Landon "Austin Powers"....that is the best way to describe them.

Okay, so here's how the formula merry-go-round ride is going....after another horrible night of fussing and gas (the babies, not me and Tim), Tim and I decided to just go for the switch and move them onto soy formula. So far, so good....it smells putrid and the boys are not wild about the taste but they do seem much calmer after having 3 soy formula feedings so far. Still have some gas but it's not as bad as it was the last few weeks. Dare I hope that we have solved the problem....I suppose it's too early to tell. My next move is switching bottles...so far, we've gone from the volume feeders in the NICU to Avent bottles to Playtex nurser bottles. My next move will be the Dr Brown's bottles. I remember feeling such relief when we finally found the perfect formula/bottle combination for Cole and Bella...it took weeks but I was so thrilled when it all finally clicked! So I have to keep reminding myself that is only temporary and there is light at the end of the tunnel....we will find something that works. In the meantime, I'm continuing to pump but I'm slowly cutting out pumping sessions to dry up my milk....I just can't keep up with it anymore and I feel bad about spending so much time doing it when I could be spending that time with the boys or with Cole and Bella. The odd thing is I'm actually getting more milk now...go figure....but then again my body has always gone against the norm. They say the more empty your boobs are, the more milk you'll make....but not me....no...the more full my boobs are, the milk I make. In the last 24 hours I managed to only pump 4 times and I got 12 ounces of milk. So I'm just freezing it for now until we get the formula issue worked out and then I'll introduce the breast milk back in to their diet and see how that goes....

Onto Cole and Bella....as I type, they're supposed to be in bed but Tim and I can hear and see them on the video monitor having a conversation.

Bella: Cole....hey Cole....are you awake?
Cole: Yeah, are you awake?
Bella: Yeah
Cole: Wanna play with the babies?
Bella: Landon and Garrett?
Cole: No, the baby dolls
Bella: Yeah
Cole: (gets out of bed and goes over to the toy box)
Bella: You better get back in bed....
Cole: No...
Bella: Cole, get back in bed....

This is the point where Tim walked into the room and told them both to get back in bed....then Tim leaves the room...the conversation continues....

Cole: Hey Nutty (this is a nickname we have for Bella, as embarrassed as I am to admit it...it's short for her other nickname "Peanut")
Bella: Yeah....
Cole: Do you got your baby?
Bella: Yeah...hey Cole, I pooped....
Cole: You pooped?
Bella: Yeah....

Tim hears this on the monitor and goes back up to the room to change her....he can't seem to find Cole though, even though we can hear his voice. He's hiding under Bella's bed...

Cole: Hey Daddy, I peed....
Tim: Okay, I'll change you and then you're both going to sleep...
Cole: Okay
Tim: It's bedtime and both of you need to go to sleep...I'll stay here for 5 minutes and then you both need to be asleep...


They both proceed to stall..."where's my blanket?", "where's my baby doll?", "I need water", "it's too dark in here", "where's the flashlight?", "what's wrong with Cole's eyes?"......and the whole time I can hear Tim saying "shhhh, shhhh".....now, Cole is telling Tim that he can't see and Bella keeps asking what's wrong with Cole's eyes....oh yes, it's gonna be yet another fun night in the Gaither household....

3 comments:

Jen said...

Oh kids are so much fun! I wish I could say bedtime gets easier, but there are times I still have trouble with my kids going to bed. At ages 7 & 11, I thought I'd just be giving them a kiss goodnight and sending them on their way. No such luck. I started them off by spending time with them and they haven't outgrown it yet. The one thing about being older, I can put them on restriction or something if they misbehave. When they are younger, if they don't want to sleep, it is hard to make them.

Congrats on making more breast milk, any chance of the babies actually nursing now that their mouths are bigger? Not that it will replace the formula, but it might make it nicer when you are doing it.

Good luck - I will keep you in my thoughts and prayer.

Jen

Michele S said...

We have the bedtime struggles here every night too. We go back in several times to get them to finally settle down.

Hopefully the soy will solve your problems. It did for two of mine! Then I put Austin on the probiotics and he was able to go back to milk within a month. That made a big difference in him being able to digest his food without reflux and gas. Have you thought of supplementing with some?

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