Home Sweet Home

Jemma was finally discharged from the NICU on Sunday! We spent almost an entire week at the hospital and are so glad to finally be home. Jemma got the green light after Hubby persisted to have one of the nurse practitioners talk to the neonatologist in charge, she just had to have her car seat and hearing tests before they would discharge her.

Jemma buckled in and ready to head home!
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Sunday night was our first night at home, we were greeted by both sets of grandparents (my own parents are actually here staying with us for the time being). Everyone was very excited to see us home and especially to spend time with Jemma since she didn’t get to have many visitors. We had a nice dinner, but unfortunately the girls and us did not have a very restful evening. We had gotten into a pretty good routine at the hospital, but our first night home our routine got out of sync and the girls were fussy all night.

On Monday evening we asked if our Moms (Hubby’s Mom gladly drives over to our house around 10 PM) if they would do the first overnight feeding so that Hubby and I could get a chunk of sleep. Besides pumping we are able to get about four hours together, we then get up to do the second overnight feeding around 3:00-3:30 AM and then get another three hour block. We’ve been doing this since Monday night and it seems to be working well. The girls have also become a little more predictable in their feeding and sleeping routine.

A few other updates from this past week:

-Jemma and Zoe had their first doctors visit and both are doing great. We expressed to the pediatrician that Jemma seems a little more sleepy and doesn’t feed as well as Zoe and he said that she behaves a little more preemie-like and that if we didn’t have Zoe to compare against we probably wouldn’t think twice about her behavior.

-I had a follow-up doctors appointment to check my blood pressure. It is down to around 126/74, so the doctor was pleased to see it decreasing. I’m still taking the beta blocker and will have another exam this upcoming week to check in again. My carpal tunnel is worse that it had been my entire pregnancy, it’s really my only complaint right now. Anyone out there with severe carpal tunnel postpartum? If so, how long did it take to go away? Did anyone do physical therapy to help relieve it? I really would like to avoid any type of surgery at this point.

-Breast feeding really does help to shed pregnancy pounds. I’ve been amazed at how quickly I’ve lost weight. Although, I think much of the last 25 pounds I gained was water weight with all of my edema and swelling.

Jemma and Zoe loaded up in the stroller ready to head home. Jemma below and Zoe up top.

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The girls in their crib after a successful night. Zoe on the left, Jemma on the right.

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Hoping for more successful and semi-restful nights of sleep and hoping to see the girls thrive and grow! We are so in love with them!

Happy Saturday!
xoxo

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18 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. Wow, you really have a routine going! Good for you! Routines are so important, especially with twins!

    They are cute! I love seeing them in the same crib together. I bet they’re happy to be beside one another again!

    • We’re trying to stick to a routine, but I’m a little worried for when my husband goes back to work at the beginning of August and I’ll be back to work in Sept. Thank you, it’s nice that they can sleep together for now. 🙂

  2. The first few nights at home are rough! And just when you think you’ve got a routine, those babies will switch it up on you, haha. They are so beautiful, I’m so happy for you all.

    I didn’t have carpal tunnel, but I did have dequervains in my wrist/thumb. It was horrible after delivery. I finally got cortisone injections around 6 weeks PP, and that helped a lot but ultimately I needed surgery (which seems to have done the trick.) Hopefully yours will get better before it comes to that!

    • I’m afraid of the change-ups, I’m sure the girls will keep us on our toes with their “routines”. I’m really hoping to avoid surgery, but will ask my Dr. about phyiscal therapy and possibly cortisone shots for some more immediate relief. Handling the babies all of the time doesn’t help I’m sure. Glad your wrist and thumb are feeling better!

  3. They are super cute. Its great to get them in a schedule early so that it will be easier on ya’ll. I think you will do great : )

  4. Wow they are just so precious! It’s really challenging in the beginning (mostly due to sleep deprivation!) but it sounds like you have a great support system! So happy they are here!

    • Thank you so much. Yes, we are definitely sleep deprived! 🙂 We are so thankful to have lots of family and friends helping us out. Can’t believe your twins are a year! Time flys!

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