Quick baby update: while waiting for my milk to come in properly, Hattie and Joe have lost a little more weight than we’d like. We want to avoid things like feeding tubes, so we’ve been working with a good midwife here to get things organised. For the next 24 hours they’re on a strict carbo-loading programme of very frequent, formula-supplemented feeds that should quickly get them back on track, and by the time we’re finished, my cups should runneth over and we’ll be sorted.
Here they are snuggled up after their first feed on the new regime. Aside from the weight loss, they’re doing pretty well. The last couple of days have been stressful for me: yesterday I had a bad reaction to morphine and threw up a few times, and today’s alternative to morphine left me feeling awful (totally spaced out, like I was communicating underwater). And I’ve been worried about the little ones as they’ve become increasingly difficult to feed – they were getting more and more hungry, which would make them frantic and make it even harder to feed them. Plus, of course, the third day baby blues showed up today and eroded my abilities to cope somewhat! But it’s all good now: I’m pleased that we’ve got a plan, and Tristan is staying at the hospital tonight to help me as we feed them every three or four hours. And my medication has been sorted out. Yay!
The problems with the babies have probably been caused in part by us doing so well at the start – we think that the staff were all saying “oh, they’re doing really well”, and not necessarily checking up on us as much as we might have needed. But never mind; we’re all on the right track now.