Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Due Date!

Since today is my official due date, it seemed like a good time to FINALLY check in. As usual, apologies for the silence.

I'll post a birth story soon, but the twins (Eleanor and Nicholas) arrived, as scheduled, almost six weeks ago. And similar to Kate's birth, it was fast and med-free. Well, I had Pitocin for the induction, but I didn't have any meds for pain relief. Long, err, short, story.

Eleanor was born crying, and I was able to spend a few minutes with her before they took her to the NICU. Nobody could predict what condition Nicholas would be in, and he surprised us all. I was able to hold him, have him baptized, and then, say goodbye.

After almost two weeks in the NICU, Eleanor is home. Unfortunately she had to come home on an apnea monitor, but overall she's doing really well. Big sister Kate is adjusting beautifully, likely because Nana is still here, so she has plenty of love and attention. My husband was also here for three weeks, yet another reason for my blog absence.

Oh, and then there was the plague (flu) that took over just two days after I brought Eleanor home. I honestly don't think I've ever been that sick in my entire life. And yes, I had the flu shot last fall. Fever of 104, body aches, chills, sore throat, can't get out of bed, flu. Oh, except I had to get out of bed because I had a newborn to take care of, needed to pump every 2 1/2 hours, and all the usual fun. Despite the increase in our already OCD hand-washing routine, my mom and Kate also came down with the flu. As a 'Welcome to America' gift, we gave it to my husband when he arrived the following week. Everyone has since recovered.

It's time to feed my sweet baby girl, so goodnight. I'll post the birth story soon. Thank you very much for the continued thoughts, prayers, and emails!