I am homeschooling 2 kids, while pumping breastmilk every 3 hours (or at least *trying* to stick to that schedule!), and making daily trips to the hospital (a 45-min drive one way). I am also recovering from a c-section. Phew!!! No wonder I'm tired! Most of the time, I don't think about it. I just do the next thing that needs to be done. I think this keeps me sane and productive. It also keeps me happy and not overwhelmed.
Georgyana is up to 3lbs 1.7 oz. She's in a special care nursery room with a set of twin girls. Georgyana is 33.5 weeks gestation and the twins are 35 weeks gestation. The one twin girl will probably go home this weekend. The twin is in a regular crib, instead of the heated isolette, and doing well. The other twin will be hanging out with Georgyana a little longer. It's amazing to me to think that we are only 1.5-2 weeks away from that 35 week point. It is quite possible that Georgyana might go home in another 2 weeks. Can you imagine having a 35 weeker at home with you? Scary thought!! I think lil' Z went home around the 34-35 week point (she was 29.5 weeks gestation at birth and went home about 35 days later, so whatever that works out to be!) We've attempted breastfeeding once, which involved her teeny tiny mouth chomping experimentally on the end of my nipple (ouch!). After my last experience with Z, I understand preemie breastfeeding better now to know that she probably isn't going to be ready to nurse for awhile. When she gets home, we'll try nursing 1-2 times per day, until I start seeing improvement in latch. Once the latch thing happens, then the next thing that has to happen is developing a strong suck. This seems to take preemies (especially very early, small preemies) a long time to learn. With Z, I was impatient and frustrated; I think I gave up on her too early. I think I will be more patient this time around. I'm hearing stories about preemies that didn't learn to nurse until 1 month, 3 months, and even 9 months!