We are officially a family of five. August was released on Friday and I’ve spent the last few days figuring out the reality that it having two newborns at the same time.
The schedule is pretty good. They eat about every two and a half to three hours and while no one is getting oodles of sleep, no one is dying either. August is extremely easy-going, which is good because Louis is pretty demanding. I also think it’s funny that August, who spent eight months squished by Louis, HATES to be free. He either wants to be bundled up in blanket or right next to Louis. Louis couldn’t care less, but Auggie needs to be squished a little. I am tired. It’s not the worst thing ever, but man oh man am I looking forward to the weekend. We’re gradually moving the twins over to formula, but I’m still pumping about six times a day, so that’s also adding to the sleeplessness. Neither has been especially good at breast feeding and I’m too busy to push it with two babies. It’s enough work just figuring out how to feed two kids as once, much less teaching them how to nurse on top of that.
The two babies thing is presenting a lot of challenges for us–mostly because we keep putting off what we want to DO about certain things. Like cars–we still have two cars and three car seats do not fit in the back. We’re going to look at mini vans this weekend. We also don’t have a stroller for three. I debated whether or not available models would provide enough support for Charlie and now we still don’t have one. That’s on my list of things to do, but further down than “buy a car that holds all of us.”
And Charlie! A lot of people have asked how Charlie has handled the new babies and I can say that he has been incredibly gracious. He has gone from being THE focus of all our attention to sharing it with two other people and he is really handling it well. He has his moments of aggravation, but I’m working hard to carve out little moments for just the two of us and that seems to really be helping a lot. That, plus an avalanche of visits from his grandparents.
We’re working things out. It’s a process, of course, but we’re getting there. Maybe one of these days I’ll even get to vacuum or something.