Wow…sitting here with my oldest (and smallest) daughter in my Baby Bjorn staring up at me with the most beautiful brown eyes I’ve ever seen, I can’t believe it’s almost been 2 months. And yes, I also can believe it. I wish I had written more the last two months, but then again, there isn’t much to report just yet. A friend once told me that for the first 4-6 months, babies are like little blobs that eat, sleep, and poop. Well…for the most part, that’s true. It’s been a LOT of eating, much more recently. A LOT of sleeping, though only for 3 hours at a time so far. And a LOT of pooping. Actually, not that much pooping. The triplets are lucky enough to be on mostly breast milk from our wonderful surrogate and my cousin’s wife was kind enough to send me a cooler full of her breastmilk all the way from Florida. And little did I know, babies can go up to two weeks without pooping if they are on breastmilk because it’s such an efficient source of nutrition. Just another reason why I am not a fan of formula and especially USA formula. For anyone looking for a great formula, I use Holle (they have a new version called PRE which has DHA but I prefer to get the regular and add my own DHA from Nordic Naturals). HiPP is also a good one, but that one isn’t always manufactured in Germany. Holle is always produced in Germany. When the triplets had to be on Enfacare, their poop was a dark green and smelled terrible. There is just no way for us to replicate breastmilk. Things like live cells cannot be replicated. DHA even is not as effective in powder form. And a lot of the components that can be replicated are actually harmful without their counterparts in breastmilk that cannot be replicated. So…if you’re contemplating, pick breastmilk if you can. Holle or HiPP if you cannot. But I digress.
Two months in…it’s mostly routine. And I’ve had to get used to letting one baby cry sometimes because I can only feed two at a time. Luckily, there always seems to be someone here to lend a hand. And Kai (their big brother) is always happy to run over and stick a pacifier in their mouth. Sometimes gently, sometimes not as gently. And his patience to hold it there until they start to suck just does not exist yet.
The thing though that makes everything so worth it is the littlest milestones. The awareness that enters their eyes a little more each day. The first smiles, even though it’s probably just gas 😉 Being able to lift their head, even if they look like a bobble-head (that thing that used to be a cool thing for car dashboards in the 90s). I get excited when they start to eat an ounce more than they used to or when they go up a diaper size. LOL. Like I said, it’s the little things. With four kids now, I won’t be going through this baby stage again so I’m trying to enjoy and memorize each and every minute of it.
The babies are calling, but I will definitely be back soon and as there is more and more to share each day. I hope your days are wonderful and just a reminder with everything going on in the world today. Be kind, choose to have a positive attitude, and appreciate your moments…don’t just let life fly by.