Rylie and Lexa have arrived!

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Rylie and Lexa have arrived!
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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 1:39pm

Rylie Jade and Lexa Rayne decided to arrive a little early. They were born on September 18th at 34w4d. I was having trouble sleeping so I went to the basement to sleep on the couch. I had worked all day and was planning on taking the next morning off to sleep in. My water broke at around 2 am, but I wasn't completely sure that's what it was. By 2:30 the contractions had started, so I woke DH and threw a few things in a bag while we waited for my in-laws to come over to stay with DS. By the time we got to the hospital at 3:30 I was having contractions every 3-4 minutes and was dilated to 3 cm. After a quick c-section (Lexa was breech and stuck under my ribcage) the girls arrived.

Rylie Jade
4:22 am
4 lb 15 oz
17 ½ inches

Lexa Rayne
4:24 am
5 lb 4 oz
18 inches

Both girls were on oxygen for a couple of hours, but luckily didn't need any other help breathing. They had IV's for a couple of days because their calcium and blood sugar levels kept dropping. They also had feeding tubes for several days. We tried to breastfeed, but it took so much of their energy that we finally decided to give them bottles and I've been pumping. They still haven't really gotten the hang of it, so I'm glad we did or we might still be at the hospital. We feel really lucky to have been able to bring them home in only 8 days. Now we're just enjoying our beautiful girls!

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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 4:00pm
CONGRATS! What great sizes!

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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 4:50pm

Amber -


Congratulation on the arrival of your twins. Sorry that that they came earlier than expected, but glad to hear they are doing so well.


I don't know if you want to consider transitioning your babies to the breast. My twins were born at 33w6d and spent 11 days in the hospital. They came home completely bottle fed, but I was able to transition them to the breast with some work and help. DS didn't really start nursing until his due date and was fully bf a couple of weeks later. If this is something you want to do, I'd be willing to point you to some other boards and resources to help with the transition.

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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 6:09pm
I'm hoping to transition them at some point. I've gotten them both to breastfeed a couple of times, but it's really hit and miss. They're pretty lazy and impatient right now! The last couple of days I've been fighting a bad case of mastitis, so it's about all I can take to keep pumping. Hopefully once the antibiotics kick in and it clears up we can work on it again. Any tips you have would be welcome!

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Tue, 10-02-2007 - 9:37pm

Amber,


Congratulations on the healthy birth of your two girls!

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Wed, 10-03-2007 - 12:06am
Congrats on the babies!! I love the names!! Best of luck..

Jenny


Matthew 11/20/04


Christina 11/21/06


Twins ?/? 11/19/07


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Matthew 11/20/04

Christina 11/21/06

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Wed, 10-03-2007 - 1:09am

Amber -


Here are links to a couple of bf boards and you'll get great advice and support on either boards.


http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/listsf.asp?webtag=iv-psbreastfeed&nav=start


http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/listsf.asp?webtag=iv-ppbreastfeed&nav=start


Sorry to hear about the mastisis. I never had to deal with that so I can only imagine how horrible you are feeling. As far as transitioning my babies to the breast, I ended up only working with my DD at first because my DS had so many problems with latching. In some ways I think that helped me though because I wasn't doing too much all at once as far as nursing (I was pumping after each feeding though!)


We worked with the lactation consultant a bunch of times and tried all sorts of different things with my DS. We ended up trying finger feeding and realized that it was really about his jaw. Our LC sent us to a chiropractor and that made a huge difference.


We had a super supportive pediatrician who kept telling me that I could bf my twins and that my milk supply would increase if I was nursing more. We worked with the LC at our peds office so that helped too. My DH and family was very supportive too. When I was trying to nurse a baby, DH took the other baby. When I wanted someone to sit next to me to help me with latching, adding pillows for support, and listening for sucks and swallows, DH was right there. I remember times when I was trying to get DD to latch on properly and couldn't and both of us were in tears - DH took her and rocked her for a few minutes until I was feeling better and could try again.


So my other piece of advice it surround yourself with supportive people who are encouraging. I had a mom from the twin club come and work with me one day. Even though she didn't solve the problems I had with my son's latch, just talking with someone who was able to successfully bf her twins made me realize that I could bf my twins too. I thought about giving up bf many times those first few weeks and into the second month, but I was also a little stubborn. Then it got easier and easier.


There is also an exclusively pumping board if you decide to go that route. Amanda (spartgers) on the Raising Multiples board pumped for 9 or 10 months and had enough bm in the freezer to get her babies to the first year without formula. She'll give you great support and advice too.


Good luck! If you post questions on the Raising Multiples board, there are other moms who have been able to transition their premies (some born as early as 30wks, maybe earlier) too.



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Registered: 07-03-2007
Wed, 10-03-2007 - 12:02pm
congratulations on the birth of your babies! i am so happy that they were nice and healthy and that they are now home with you. i hope all continues to go well!!
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