This week is over. Thank goodness!
In the past week we've had a very hard time. Our little babies had a very hard time adjusting to formula, and as a result they've developed reflux. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with them because they weren't eating, and they didn't really spit up at all. After a day of literally spending hours to get them to eat with little success, and with weight gain a constant thought, I called the pediatrician.
We met with him on Thursday and he told me they had reflux that was causing their little throats to be red and raw from acid. Poor babies! He prescribed some medication for them to take, and told me it would be okay.
But once I thought about it, I was really bummed. This only started when we began giving them formula, and we've tried three different types with no change. Of course they will still have SOME formula, but I'm doing everything I can to go back to nursing them for most of their feedings. Then hopefully we can go off the reflux meds.
This will be hard. We will have to work at it, and I think this next week I will feel like all I am doing is feeding babies. But that's okay. Just yesterday I fed them and it was like totally different babies. They were comfortable and full without arching their backs in pain. They slept better last night, and were very enjoyable when they woke this morning. All things that were absent last week.
The past week has been difficult. Scott and I felt like we'd backtracked weeks and weeks and were doing the newborn thing all over again, but this time was honestly much harder. But now we have a plan, and it seems to be paying off.
Now I know why so many of my friends had babies at the same time we had the twins. God knew I would need the support of my girlfriends if I was going to make it. And of course he gave me my awesome mom, who has had near her fill of teary phone calls from me. I'm grateful for the encouragement. I promise to post some pictures of our gorgeous and happy babies soon. They truly are magnificent and beautiful and make this past week's rough journey worth every minute.
Of course there is also Emily, who has had to rough it this week. The poor girl is learning patience whether she wants to or not. Luckily she is not learning to resent her baby brother and sister for all the time they consume from Mommy and Daddy. What an understanding little girl.