The Adventures of the Tader Tot's

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Hiatus is over….

I have been away from this thing for so long I almost forgot where I left off. It has been a crazy 2 months. The boys came from home the hospital exactly one month after they were born. My parents came up from Florida for two weeks and the babies are growing nicely.

When the boys came home, I think there were 2 or 3 days there where everything just blurred together. I don’t remember when one started and the other ended. I am sure I didn’t brush my teeth every time or shower regularly enough, but we survived. I think the goal for those first few days was to survive. M and I were proving to each other that we could in fact be parents and be good ones at that.

So updates on the boys: Sumner was 7 lbs. 3 oz. at the last doctor appointment. (Actually he was just there to be weighed and Jackson was there for the visit.) So he has earned the nick name, “The Tank.” He left the NICU at 5 lbs. 7 oz. and has grown quite a bit. He is still a fussy one when he gets out of his routine. Kind of like his dad, which he has started to resemble. It’s scary to see him make the faces that I like to make.

Jackson was gaining a little slower because of his feeding issues. He has improved and has stopped locking his tongue to the roof of his mouth but has been having some reflux issues. This has caused a little more vomiting that I would care to see. All in all, the pediatrician was happy with his weight gain and expects it to pick up now that he has medication for the reflux.

M: She has been amazing. She has blossomed into the most wonderful mother. She always seems to know when to step in and out of situations. I was getting frustrated with Jack and she would take over or someone wouldn’t be feeding them or holding them correct and she can correct them without making them feel bad. I wish I had more of that skill. I tend to be on the blunt side and it comes off abrasive even when I don’t intend it to be that way. She has really taken to the boys and their needs. To see her breastfeed them both at once is still amazing to me. She looks like she has been doing it for years. I am really proud of her. I didn’t think it would be possible to love her more, but I do. It’s so weird to think of the level of love I have for her and the boys that I never really expected to be that strong.

Families: They are adapting to grandparenthood. I think they are adapting more to M and I as parents. We have had or occasional bumps in the roads. The thing I have the most trouble with right now is defending our choices as parents. I know everyone means well, but we have to be able to make our decisions right or wrong. What helps us is that we are able to retreat back to just the four of us and know that what we are doing is what we want. It helps that M and I see eye to eye on most things and we are able to discuss the other things before reaching a decision.

Today would have been the boys official due date. We are now at the corrected age, I think.


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