Just Another Day at the Hospital

Good afternoon ya’ll!!

Did you finally get outside this past weekend and enjoy the nice weather? I’ll tell you, there is just something about driving with the windows down, country music blaring, and the fresh warm air hitting your face, that makes you feel like you can take on anything! I don’t know what it is… but the country music is much more appealing in the summer. Maybe because country music stars tend to always sing about summer nights, tailgates down, and drinks up? Or maybe it’s just me.

Windows down, music up, breeze in my face!

Windows down, music up, breeze in my face!

We are doing fabulous over here! The little babes are really starting to catch on to this feeding thing. Today, Zuri was okay’d to go up to four feedings {8 is the goal, we’re half way there!} because she drank two of her entire feedings through a bottle yesterday ~ Wahoo! Rock Star Zuri over here :)  As of today, she is 6 lbs 1.7 oz… an entire 1 lb 1 oz up from her birth weight!

Zuri

Zuri

Varah is still at three feedings, but yesterday, she did take 30 out of 43 ML’s the first bottle attempt, and 20 something the second time. She didn’t take much for her third attempt on the breast. So she’s not quite up to  Zuri’s speed, but stepping up her game just the same. She is now up to 5 lbs 6.6 oz.  She’s up a lb and 1.6 oz from her birth weight.

Varah

Varah

They are doing so good, and I don’t see their weight slowing down any. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner rather than later before we get to finally come home. My nurse, Pam, told me today that their weight gain while they are premature is equivalent to what they would have gained in the womb. So at 36 weeks and 3 days, I would have had a 6 and almost 5 1/2 pounder!!! Can you imagine how big they will be once they reach April 25, their actual due date??

Zuri cuddle time

Zuri cuddle time

All smiles from Varah

All smiles from Varah

 

I also was treated to a little kangaroo time with both of them today. I got to hold them both for a half an hour, skin to skin, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I cried this time. I wasn’t holding any tears back. It is so overwhelming to have only one newborn to love, take care of, and show the world. But having two… the feeling is sometimes unexplainable.

Kangaroo Time :)

Kangaroo Time :)

Then there are other times, I get this undescribable super power feeling. I mean… come on. I make tiny humans. Two. At. A. Time. Just let your brain absorb that last sentence. I cook babies like they are going outta style and pop them out like machine guns. {Okay… maybe not so true with that last part. But. I am pretending anyway.}

So please tell me Mr. Macho Man, what is your super power? Wahahaha {That is my evil laugh}

Last day before the Twinners arrive!

Last day before the Twinners arrive!

Although, my super power did come at a price. There were many some ‘unpleasantries’ this momma had to deal with.

One is in regards to the fluid that the babies were floating around in. Zuri {A} had 18 cm of fluid in her sac, and Varah {B} had 1.5-3.5 cm. So Zuri was basically swimming in a pool. As far as she was concerned, she was in an ocean. Which is why I got the C-section. Because it was too easy for her to flip into breach position. Anyway! During my surgery, I heard the ol’ Doc tell me “You were not kidding when you said you had fluid! We now have 3 gallons contained!” Now that is clearly a shock to most. 3 gallons of fluid in one’s belly, plus 9+ lbs.. equals a non-pleasant pregnancy. But. I later found out from a nurse who was in the room at the time of my c-section they lost about a gallon in the beginning because they weren’t ready for all the fluid that was in this magnificent body of mine. She stated she wouldn’t be surprised if there were at least 4 gallons of fluid. Just ponder that sentence for a second. Picture walking up to the milk section at the grocery store, looping 4 gallons of milk onto a 9 lb belt {represents babes} and wrapping said belt around your belly. Now walk around for a few months just like that. Seem impossible? That’s why I was carrying my belly every where I went. Although, I had no idea there was that much fluid. I had no clue what 18 cm equivilated out to. I do now!

When growing two tiny humans in a pool of 4 gallons of fluid, your belly tends to get rather large. And by rather large, I mean ‘don’t-fit-thru-doorways’ large. I gained 60 lbs with this pregnancy. And before birth, I did not understand why. I was gaining in my belly only… aside from some swelling. All my clothes fit everywhere but my mid-section. So I didn’t understand how I had gained so much weight… it couldn’t have all been in my stomach right? Wrong. But since my belly had the biggest and fastest change, my body acquired some unwanted action… tiger stripes!!! Damn it, I look like a damn tiger. A pregnant one. Seriously… as if this pregnancy didn’t ruin my body enough, now it’s blessed with stretch marks.

{I am woman, hear me roar!}

I wish there was a way to cure stretch marks. Or an actual lotion to prevent them. Or anything at all. Please don’t be fooled by all those lotions that are out there. None of them work. Ask any doctor. Nothing prevents them or takes them away. A spray tan hides them a little bit better, but surgery can make them disappear completely… :)  As I mentioned before, I can be the first one in line for that with a marg in each hand.

As if all that non-sense wasn’t enough, I swelled up like a damn oompa loompa! Yes, before birth- that is typical. A lot of mom’s swell up. But holy smokes… the way I swelled up after the C-section… kinda grossed me out. And I have so many pictures to remind me if I ever forgot. I didn’t realize how bad my entire body swelled until I started looking at pictures of the babes and some that Jason took of me holding them. The first picture I saw with me in it..  dropped my jaw. I swelled up a lot more after than I did before! I hardly recognized the woman in the pictures. So when looking at the pictures on this blog or Facebook, please realize I don’t normally look like that. I’m starting to look more normal. No more Oompa Loompa Marissa.

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My biggest craving during my pregnancy was Bacon and cookie dough. {And margaritas… but that, for some reason, was off the menu}. I based my food choices on if there was bacon in the ingredients list. Which is great considering I was supposed to be eating healthy. But! {Health nuts- skip this part} I found a new, most amazing fast food sandwich on the planet!!! Bbops Bacon Cheese Delux. That sandwich was pure glorious-ness in my mouth. And I blame my best friend Kelley for it. She gets all the blame. I hadn’t been there in probably 10 or so years… and I gave her the choice of where we went to eat that day… and well, the rest is history.

Any type of fast-action on my end was not happening. There was no more ‘get-up-and-go’ in my step any longer. In fact.. almost nothing was a good enough excuse for me to get off the couch. I couldn’t lay flat on my back, obviously. And laying on my side was so painful because it pulled on my skin and sides. When I attempted to lay on my side, it felt like someone was hanging off a cliff and holding onto my belly to pull themselves back up. So sleeping was nonexistent. So the last month and a half, I started sleeping on our love seat downstairs, because the back cushion was elevated perfectly and finally allowed me enough comfort to enable me to sleep again. Then after the c-section, I couldn’t use my abs again… so I continued to sleep on the couch until last week actually. It was a weird feeling sleeping next to someone again!

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They are just so ‘bite-sized’!

I’ll leave you with that for now. Along with a picture of Jason feeding Zuri for the first time today and Kensli’s hair-do for the day. Which by the way… I was the most amazing mom all because I curled her hair :)

 

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