We’ve successfully survived our first week at home. It was a busy week for all of us.
We’ve had two pediatric appointments, 2 in home nursing care registrations, and 3 in home nursing visits. We’ve also had the apnea monitors downloaded for our appointment next week, additional oxygen dropped off, and a host of other phone calls related to medication, appointments, paperwork, and programs. I’m learning to speak a new language it seems. I am working on a binder / filing system, and get a kick out of using my calendar pages for appointments. Yep, I’m still nerdy.
We have had FANTASTIC help with meals. Special thanks to Gateway, St Marks, neighbors and our friends from Marathon. You’ve kept us well fed during a time where I sometimes forget to take care of myself. I can’t begin to tell you how much that has helped us out. If you want to continue for the next 40 years, I will let you. So will K…
In the meantime, we’re in an adjustment period.
K has adjusted surprisingly well. I say “surprisingly” because he was starting to have a really hard time. He was starting to misbehave at home and at school, and was clearly out of sorts with the whole “mommy will be back soon” routine. I was concerned bringing the babies home might make it worse. Instead, he is now behaving better, sleeping better, and even eating better. He may be happier than any of us that we’re all together again. He is a great caretaker for the babies. He considers it his job to keep their swings swinging when they are in them. He also helps throw things away, retrieve things, and is the official “kisser of foreheads”. When they cry, he tells them “it’s ok, there’s nothing to be scared of”. 🙂 He is not quiet, but they don’t seem to mind. K is overall gentle with them, and has managed to leave all of the new cords and buttons alone. We are so proud of him.
Nana (my mom) has been here all week to help us settle in to a routine. She has washed roughly 300 bottles and pump parts, and helped with easily 15 loads of laundry. I wish that was an exaggeration. If not for her, I wouldn’t have been able to fit in the only 3 naps I’ve managed, and would have had more stress and running during the day. Extra hands for the babies let me work on the “stuff” from the first paragraph, and extra hands for dishes and laundry let me use my free time with the babies. THANKS NANA!
The babies are adjusting too. We use bassinets in our bedroom at night, and a tank for N’s oxygen. During the day, we hook them up in the living room, and N is on a concentrator. They enjoy their swings very much, and get some time to stretch on the floor and snuggle together too. They prefer being cuddled. They eat 7-8 times per day, and mostly rest in between. Medications are twice per day. Diapers changes are 140 times per day. 🙂 They each occasionally have brief alert times as well, so we are always thrilled to see their sweet little eyes. (I think they are turning blue).
(For you Nan/Brittney)…
I’m sleeping just enough to get through the next day, which has been sufficient for now. Perhaps I’ll eventually crash, but hopefully they’ll start to eat larger amounts and sleep a little longer in between before that happens.
Overall, we are thrilled with how they are doing at home. Day one with one baby somehow felt like a circus. And one of their fussiest nights made this seem impossible. Yet here we are, on a Saturday, with our helpers headed South. And we’re doing just fine, remembering to eat lunch (at 2:00) and K and I had time for some play time outside. Dishes are clean, laundry is caught up and I’m uploading photos. Each day gets easier, and we’re almost sure we can do this.
Aunt Jen said:
YAY!!! What a great update on a very successful (and very busy) first week … the first of many more to come!! We have no doubt that you CAN do it … Much, much love to everyone!
Congratulations on your successful first week!
I think you and your family are truly amazing! May god bless you all and congratulations.
I’m not sure if you would remember me from UK but I am a friend of Kerry K’s. I saw your story on her Facebook page and have been following your progress. I have an 8 month old and know how much work babies are!! But I just wanted to let you know you are an inspiration and a wonderful wonderful mother. Your babies are beautiful and I wish the best for you and your family!! Keep your head up and keep doing what you’re doing… you’re amazing!! Prayers to you all!!
Tina Surber said:
Congrats on your first week! The boys are beautiful♥Thank you for sharing your story. We love the updates.
Aunt Brittney said:
Love the WV bib!! 🙂
Beverlee Dowdy said:
YAY on a successful week…..many more to come. I enjoy riding along with you Rinkers. So glad Karson is adjusting as well. Can only imagine how hard it is for him to adjust and understand what he does understand.
Prayers continue…..love to all.
Continued prayers for all of you. Sounds like you’re adjusting even though it’s a lot of work but I can tell you love and enjoy every minute of it.
Sheila Blevins said:
Yes – you can do this! God will see you through. Priorities – God, family, taking care of yourself so you can take care of others – everything else will wait until you (or someone else) can get to it. If someone drops by and asks, “What can I do to help?” Be prepared with an answer – it will bless both you and them. Just keep loving on your family, as you have been – and the rest will work out. Hugs and prayers.