Jun 13, 2017

Motherhood with Twins: The First Three Months

The first three months of my twins' lives have come and gone. I cannot believe it has flown by so quickly. If the next three months go by just as quickly, they will be approaching their first birthday before I know it!

I decided that I'm not going to post their names or photos on this blog, so I will be referring to them by their first initials Baby R and Baby G. I wanted to share with you some of my experiences during the last three months, and hopefully, some of you can relate to what I have to share or it might help you in the future.

NICU Time


As I mentioned before, the boys were born at 32 weeks. Immediately after birth, they were whisked away with daddy to the NICU. I was taken to the recovery room with only a glimpse of their little faces and bodies. It would be a full day before I would get to see them again and even longer before I got to hold each of them.

Seeing them in their isolettes with so many wires and the noise of the beeping monitors was a very traumatic experience. It felt like I did something wrong for them to have such a rough start at life.


My hospital stay was no walk in the park either. Normally, you are allowed 72 hours in the hospital after a c-section but I had to stay in the hospital for 7 days due to my blood pressure not stabilizing. I was in pain from the c-section and extremely uncomfortable, due to the horrible hospital bed and the medications I was on, and sleep deprived, due to the constant interruptions throughout the day and pumping milk around the clock.

One good thing was that I was close to the babies. Once I got out of the hospital, my days were spent pumping 8 times per day and visiting the babies twice a day. I was normally at the hospital for around 3 to 5 hours a day. There were times when I felt so guilty for not being at the hospital all day and night long, but I was still recovering from major surgery, and we were not done preparing for the babies' arrival.

The NICU experience was so hard but some (emphasis on some) of the nurses were so caring and helpful, plus the doctors were amazing. After 29 days, the babies were finally able to come home!

Having Help

We have been so lucky to have family in town to help us since the babies were born. My mom was here for two months, followed by my sister-in-law for three weeks. While she was in town, my father-in-law and his wife and brother-in-law were here for five days. Currently, my mother-in-law is winding down her three week trip, after which, my mom will be coming back for another three weeks. My dad and husband's stepdad have also stopped by. Twins are so much work, just feeding them takes around 12 to 16 hours a day. Having someone share the load in feeding them expressed milk, changing diapers, taking the dogs for walks, cooking and cleaning is such a blessing. I don't know how twin moms can do it without help!

The meals at home have been phenomenal.


Lettuce cups and spare ribs from my mom

Chicken pot pie from husband

Beautiful salad from stepmom-in-law

Nicoise salad from stepmom-in-law

Tune steak from MIL

I am also lucky to have a husband who is supportive. When he was on family leave, he took the middle of the night feedings. He has been preparing some meals, working and waking up at 4 AM to watch the twins before heading to work. 

Breastfeeding is less natural than you think


While breastfeeding is now going quite well, we had a very rough start and I seriously considered exclusively pumping for the twins. I cannot imagine doing that now. I would have absolutely zero time if I did. 

When I was pregnant, I thought breastfeeding would be so easy, but once the babies were born and I was not allowed to breastfeed them, we started off at a disadvantage. To begin with, they were feed via feeding tube and then were only allowed to feed by breast or bottle one or two times a day. By the end of their hospital stay, breastfeeding was still not well established, so when we got home, trying to teach them to breastfeed took so much of my time. I would try to breastfeed one for a few minutes and then switch to a bottle to make sure they were getting enough food. This took an hour at least and then I would have to do it again for the next baby. 

Eventually, the combination of time, persistence and hiring a certified lactation consultant who came to our home for three hours to work with me and the twins allowed me to successfully breastfeed. 

On top of that, producing enough milk to feed two babies has been stressful. I have so far had to give them about 4 bottles of formula each and use donor milk in order to keep up with them. I've also been making lactation cookies at home on a regular basis and taking supplements that are supposed to increase milk supply and pumping 7 to 8 times a day still. 



Don't believe it when someone says breastfeeding is easy. It is such hard work and takes so much time, but it is extremely rewarding and has really helped me bond with my boys.

Netflix is your friend


One of the things I was not prepared for was the amount of time I would be spending either feeding and burping my twins or pumping breast milk for my twins. The boys were being feed eight times a day up until a few weeks ago, and I am still pumping seven or eight times a day. That means most of my days are occupied by these two activities, without the use of my hands.

Thank you, Netflix, for making this time go by a little bit faster. I really wish I could be more productive during these times besides just watching Netflix. If anyone knows how I can grow an additional pair of arms, please let me know.

In case you want some recommendations on Netflix, you should watch: Master of None, Chef's Table, Chef's Table France, the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Imitation Game, The Big Short. Right now, I'm watching The Keepers.

Hungrier than ever


Eating was very difficult for me during my pregnancy, but I am making up for it now! I am hungry all day long! I am needing to take in an extra 1,000 calories per day since I am breastfeeding my twins. After every feeding, I find myself sooo hungry and need to eat meals or snacks throughout the day. Needless to say, I have not been actively trying to lose weight at all, which leads me to my next topic....

Bye bye baby weight


The baby weight has been gone for many weeks now, and I consider myself very lucky on this front. I only gained 25 pounds during my pregnancy. After I got home from the hospital, I was only 4 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. Right now, I am 14 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight despite all of the eating I have been doing. I haven't been able to work out at all, so the only reason why I have been losing weight is through all of the calories that I have been burning through breastfeeding. 

Getting out of the house


Leaving the house was one of the things I wanted to do on a daily basis, but it just has not been happening. Between feedings and the whole process of getting the boys ready, I've been pretty shut in for the last two months.

We did make an outing to the Albuquerque Rose Garden though! I had no idea this place existed.




It was also the boys' first outing to somewhere besides the doctor's office!

These past three months have been so hard, but I have been getting so much help and I love these two babies so much! I'm looking forward to seeing them grow and see what the next three months have in store.

Jun 6, 2017

6 Year Anniversary Weekend

This weekend marked our sixth wedding anniversary. Husband and I were able to spend some quality time together while the grandparents (his mom and stepdad) watched the little nuggets.

On Friday night, we attended the First Friday ARTScrawl, which is citywide. We started in Old Town visiting several galleries and then ended in Downtown for more galleries and then dinner.




For dinner, husband treated me to dinner at a new to us French bistro called Le Troquet. It has great bistro-like ambiance and even had a live guitar player that evening.

To start, we shared a salad with butter lettuce, tomato, red and golden beets, hearts of palm and balsamic vinaigrette. We also split a cheese plate, which I evidently forgot to take a photo of.


For my entree, I had lamb chops with veggies. Yum!


Hubby had the cod. We were stuffed by then and skipped dessert.


For dinner on Saturday, I treated husband to Los Poblanos, our favorite place in town. Los Poblanos is an organic farm and inn that has an amazing restaurant on the premises.




It's almost lavender harvest time!



For our starter, we split the "Field Plate" with greens, seasame seeds, leeks, pecans, currants and quail eggs.


I had the duck with beets, greens and potatoes as my main course.


Husband had the ribeye with mushrooms and potatoes.


We did not skip dessert this time. I had the honey cake and husband had the butter pecan layer cake.



As usual, everything was amazing! It does not feel like six years already, but I am looking forward to the next 60 years with my beloved. 

Mar 22, 2017

Pregnant with Twins - Weeks 31 and 32


This post is long overdue because I became a mother about four weeks before we were expecting! Unbeknownst to me at the time, the photo above was to be my last pregnancy bump shot!

Babies' size: cabbages (week 31)

Feb 20, 2017

Pregnant with Twins - Week 30


We are 3/4 of the way there! But since I am having a scheduled c-section, we only have 6 or 7 weeks left before the babies are here! It feels like it is coming up so soon.

Feb 13, 2017

Pregnant with Twins - Week 29


The belly is definitely getting bigger! We are getting closer and closer to meeting the babies every day, and we are getting more and more prepared every day! This week was rough, but we made it through. 

Feb 6, 2017

Pregnant with Twins - Weeks 27 and 28



Last week was so busy that I missed my weekly update so you get two weeks in one today! We are officially in the third trimester! I can't believe it. 

Babies' size: Cauliflower (week 27) and eggplants (week 28)

Feb 1, 2017

Twins Baby Shower

It was baby shower day this past Saturday! Or should I say BABIES shower? The shower was so adorable and fun. I can't thank Liza, Amanda and Rebecca enough for their kindness and thoughtfulness in putting this together! I hope all of our guests enjoyed themselves. 

Jan 25, 2017

Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side 2017 - Race Recap


As I mentioned in my last post, I completed the Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side at the Disneyland Resort in California on Sunday, January 15, 2017. This was my sixth half marathon, and I was 26 weeks pregnant with my chicken nugget twins on that date.

Jan 23, 2017

Pregnant with Twins - Week 26



This week was super eventful! Mostly because I learned what it is like to do a half marathon while pregnant with twins. Let's just say that it is as hard as it sounds! Stay tuned for a full report on my half marathon experience.

The twins are getting huge! There are two heads of lettuce in my belly!