Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just surviving

I don't like this time in life when raising babies. I am surviving which means I don't really get to enjoy my babies as much as I would like. I am tired. Makes taking care of babies that much harder. Thankfully, we have found some help. There are some women in our church that are willing to help out a few days a week. I am very happy at the idea of having an extra set of arms to help hold, feed, change diapers, and let me get a nap in once in a while and get some time to play with Nate.

We had an appointment last Thursday for Jonathan. He had another ultrasound done on his hips. The tech said that both his hips look great! We were keeping an eye on his left hip. We saw his Dr after and he also said that his hip looked great! So, no more ultrasounds or need to be seen by Dr Anderson and best of all, no braces! Whoo hoo!!!

Last Wednesday, I took the boys to the chiropractor to get adjusted. They both had some issues that I needed Dr Gina to address. She took care of both of them beautifully as usual! I was worried about Riley and the way he held his head. I was thinking he has torticollis. Dr Gina did take a look at his neck and head and said that he did indeed have a bit of torticollis. She did some muscle stretching and massage on his neck and then adjusted his neck. I let her know that I was doing massage on his neck also at home. Because of the torticollis, his head is misshaped. Dr Gina knew that we were going to see Jonathans orthopedist the next day so she wanted us to have the dr take a look at Riley's head. Dr Anderson took one look at this head and said that he has plagiocephaly. It is a malformation of the head. The way Riley lays his head, allows his bones to shift so his head takes on a weird shape. We have been referred to a plastic surgeon at St Johns. I have no clue why a plastic surgeon, but I have heard he is the best when it comes to plagiocephaly. We may end up getting Riley a helmet that helps reshape his head. I don't know more than that and will keep you all updated as we go along.

I have finally come to terms that I am no longer able to nurse both the twins full time. My body just can't keep up with the demands of two babies. I have tried all there is to keep up my milk supply but it wasn't working. I am going to continue to nurse Riley, but Jonathan will get mostly formula. As much as this hurts me, this is what needs to be done. Jonathan just isn't happy after nursing. He just isn't getting enough. I am not through nursing Jonathan completely, he still gets to nurse when Riley isn't and I will continue to pump and he can have what I pump. I would like to nurse them for as long as they want to. I was able to nurse Nate till 18mos. If we go that far, I will be very happy! I just don't want to lose my nursing relationship with my boys at all. I have a feeling that when they start eating table food then I can start nursing Jonathan more and maybe even get rid of the formula except at bedtime. I just need to get through the next few months.

I am so proud of my nephew, Ethan! He lost his first tooth! A call will be going out to Ethan this afternoon and I can't wait to hear all about it straight from the source! You can read about this exciting time from my sister-in-laws blog, Sunshine is Delicious. The link is to the left of my blog.

I better get some breakfast eaten before one of the boys decide they need to get up.

Have a blessed day everyone!

2 comments:

KC Silverman said...

Lynn, so glad you're able to keep blogging periodically...I know it's something you enjoy. I can't wait to see you and the boys...it's just 2 months away and we'll be there to visit : may 13- end of month.

Is nate still at PDO? Hope you're able to find a good fit for everyone to get help/attention, etc. Good for you for asking for some extra help. the break/rest will allow you to be a better mommy and more alert when you're around. hang in there darlin.

Tiffany said...

Girl...you were up at 4:29 am for that post? UGH! Tellm is that's not right?