WARNING this post contains way too many pictures and WAY too much cuteness! but hey don’t we all need a ‘break’ from reading to enjoy the marvelous memories on a Monday and especially on a Monday that’s a holiday? So sit back and enjoy this Marvelous Monday!
It is MARVELOUS in my Monday!
Monkeys handmade hats from our friend Malea
GOOO RED BIRDS!
The boys with the 2 remaining links we used in our weekly pics!
Snug as a bug in a rug!
2 very happy parents and a family of 4
Oh and don’t you worry these are just a few of the MANY amazing pictures our friend Jenna took for us – can’t wait to share more with you in the next few weeks!
Fact – I think I am getting used to getting by on 3-4 hours of sleep. In fact I feel pretty good on 4 hours But boys if you could read this I would sure ask you for 6+ hours of sleep (it doesn’t even have to be continuous boys!)
Sneak peek from our newborn photo session – more to come soon!!!
Fact- Daniel was out of town all week, so it was me flying solo during the nights…oh my single parents I have a totally new respect for you. I miss him home with me being daddy!
Such an amazing dad!!!
Thankfully my AWESOME mom came over during the days at times to help me out a bit TONS.
Fact- Our internet is FINALLY back 100% I know I said I would be back blogging full time this week but no internet and no time to hit up Starbucks for free Wi Fi with these boys = not the posts I had planned. BUT that means good things coming your way next week!
Fact- I am SOOOO thankful for the upcoming 3 day weekend and the fact that Daniel and I have nothing on our calendars but time together as a family – with the move, arrival of twins, etc…it has been lots of time with others and while that is great we need some time just the 4 of us!
Fact- You should all read this post on Dropping the Just - I needed to read this as a new mom BUT I think so many of we women could benefit from Dropping the Just!
Curious – how many hours of sleep do you HAVE TO HAVE to function?
Creating Better Tomorrow Tip – Take time this long holiday weekend to spend time with those you love! Unplug yourself from the world and truly take a break from laboring!
Nursing twins is a lot of hard work! And trust me when I say finding enough to eat while nursing two babies is a challenge…combine that with trying to stimulate milk production and you’ve got lots of fun eats going on day to day. I thought i’d share with you a few of my daily eats on this What I Ate Wednesday (perhaps it should read What Haven’t I Eaten Wednesday – I’m a hunger machine!)
What I Ate Wednesday!
Luckily my milk started coming in on day 5 after the boys were born. Slowly and I won’t lie I stressed (ok still stress about it) BIG time about it, but it seems good things take time as I am getting much more milk now. I am currently nursing MIcah and pumping and bottle feeding Jonah (we hope to establish a set routine soon, I’m still working on Jonah ). All the books say an extra 300-500 calories for a nursing mom, so for me a nursing mom of twins that’s 600-1,000 extra calories a day. I haven’t counted my calories as of yet, but I make sure to get in a lot of good fat, protein, and other lactation friendly foods. Most nights I’m up every 2 hours or so to feed one of the boys. So my first meal is actually at like 3 or 4 AM when I realize I’m ravenous and that I probably won’t be getting too much more sleep before they really wake up. I have been having quest bars a lot – fast, yummy, can eat while I pump or nurse. I am loving the apple pie (sort of breakfast like right?!?) slightly warmed up in the microwave if I have the time. I love adding in some Honey Roasted Vanilla almonds from Blue Diamond. UH OH looks like my stash is gone, I cannot begin to tell you how good these things are – just slightly sweet but oh so yummy!
YUMMY in my tummy these are deliciousness late at night/early AM
Uh oh – these are so good AND they are almost gone!
Then around 3 hours later I’ve been having some type of lactation smoothie. *I’ll be sharing one of these recipes on Jessie Loves to Run soon – I’ll keep you posted* on this particular day I had a ChocoBanana lactation smoothie. It is full of flax seed, almond butter, oats, brewer’s yeast, and much more but you have to wait for the recipe. ( I have a few others I love and plan to share as well)
Smoothie time and baby time – never just one thing at a time :)
Smoothies might become one of my main forms of nutrition with these twins – just so fast and easy to make and eat while nursing twins. Around 10:30 I have ‘lunch’ as it fits into the current schedule quite nicely, just after I nurse them but before the afternoon rush and they usually go back to sleep for a bit around 10:30. Lunch is usually some sort of protein, this day was my own version of egg salad. Two boiled eggs, one boiled egg white, chopped zucchini, bit of spices added – my own concoction
My own form of ‘egg salad’
Afternoon snack – my go to is veggies (always from my parent’s garden) and hummus. I LOVE them mixed with the Honey Roasted Chipotle Almonds from Blue diamond. Throw some of those almonds on the side and you’ve got a great snack. *Almonds are found to be great for promoting milk production*
spicy & sweet = perfect combo
Chickpeas are also thought to promote milk production – here comes hummus!
Dinner on this night was some chicken that I had cooked up earlier in the week with some cauliflower and black beans on the side. It wasn’t very pretty looking but trust me when nursing twins you don’t care what food looks like you just WANT food Oh you thought dinner was the last meal of the night? :) Think again this mom is go, go, go and nurse, nurse, nursing. Snack for the night is some fruit mixed with cottage cheese – I was way too hungry to get a picture of this – but trust me it is tasty and nutritious!!! Any other tips for promoting milk production?
Creating Better Tomorrow Tip – Don’t always worry about what ‘time’ you should eat – listen to your body – if your lunch time is early or late it is up to your body – if you are hungry eat several small meals works best for me!
Disclosure – This post was sponsored in part by Blue Diamond Almonds but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own