Can you believe it? 5 short months ago Esther and William were still being fed by a tube and we were looking at possibly another month in SCBU to get breastfeeding established. That was 11th September 2010, on the 21st September 2010 we came home because the babies had decided that they were ready after all and within a few short days they began to breastfeed efficiently and demonstrated clearly that they no longer needed their tubes. Just as they had shown with conviction that they no longer needed any oxygen support. Since those final days in hospital Esther and William have continued to grow bigger and stronger everyday. Now they are 6.5 months old and I cannot comprehend how much they have changed and grown. They are nothing short of amazing and I love them with all my heart. I have decided to write a series of posts celebrating their lives so far and I am going to begin with a review of the highlights illustrated through my Facebook status updates. Facebook is good for something.
Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the highlights of months 3 – 6 inclusive.
5th September 2010
Jennie is struggling a bit today as one of the nurses told us that the babies are really restless at night and seem to be looking for me cos I cuddle them and care for them/feed them all the day. Also they want to suck whenever they are fed and of course I am not there. They are doing so well and I just want to bring them home!
Jennie is not sure how many more nights she can leave her babies in somebody elses arms!
Jennie has had a good day! Esther is demand feeding during the day and William had his first ever bath!!!
Jennie is getting excited and scared as bringing the babies home in the not too distant future becomes a distinct possibility!!!
Jennie is home!
Jennie is very proud of her clever babies for gaining weight and impressing the health visitor with their super feeding and calm behaviour!!!
9am and I have just woken up. The babies made it through the night with 3 hourly feed rather than every hour! Progress!
Jennie feels like a milk machine today!!!
Jennie is pleased that the babies continue to gain weight albeit slowly! William is now 4lb 15oz and Esther is 4lb 4oz. No more weigh ins until the 14th October!!!
Jennie is now resigned to the fact that for the forseeable future it is feed, change, sleep or change, feed, sleep until the babies are old enough to play.
Jennie is watching her babies sleep whilst choosing music for her wedding. Life is good!
Jennie is very proud that William has graduated from Micro nappies to Premature!!! He must be gaining weight and be over 5lbs!!!
Jennie has had a lovely day with her fiance and children. We took Esther and William for their very first picnic.
14th October 2010
Jennie has just been advised by Health Visitor to postpone Esther and William’s Christening until after the cold and flu season. She says that it is just too much of a risk for them. Boo!
20th October 20/10/2010!
Today is the day that the twins were due to be born. Happy 0 Birthday Esther and William!
Jabs done and new weights recorded. Esther is 5lbs 1oz and William is 6lb 1oz! Happy 0 Birthday Babies!!
Jennie has just walked 6 miles around the hills behind Charing with David and the babies. Ended up carrying the babies for the last two miles and pushing the empty pram!!!
Jennie can’t believe her babies are 3 months old today and should really only be 4 days!!!
Jennie seems to be always washing and sorting baby clothes!!!
Is it possible I have just had almost 3 hours sleep????
Jennie is showered, both babies are dressed, bedding changed and first lot of washing is out to dry. I have eaten breakfast and had a cup of tea! Now I am exhausted though after a twin feeding frenzy. A glimpse of what life will be like as things begin to get easier i.e. little tummies get bigger!!
Jennie is feeling so bad. After constant feeding for over 3 hours Esther is still screaming and I don’t know why. I am sure there is milk because William is feeding okay. I am going to have to give Esther a bottle of expressed milk because I just do not know what else to do and there is no one to help me.
Jennie would like to thank everyone who answered her desperate cries in the middle of the night. We got through it, as you all knew we would and amazingly I did not use the bottle after all. I just carried on feeding until she finally went to sleep. It is so hard especially in the early hours but I know it is worth it and I do love my children more than all the world. Thank you everyone x
1st November 2010
Today we start a proper bedtime routine. 6pm bath, 6.30pm feed and story, 7.30pm bed in cot and not to be picked up or taken downstairs. We will see if it can be done.
Crikey! Bathed and in bed by 7. William woke at 8 for food and Esther sleeps on. A positive first attempt.
Jennie’s babies are being very cute this morning and are showing off the fact that they can lift their heads when lying on me on their tummies! Clever babies!!
Jennie just woke up from a nap to find William curled up next to her watching her sleep, though think he was fixed more on my chest than my face wondering how we was going to get to where he wanted to be!!
Jennie is very proud that her babies have done it again. Bath then bed for an hour, another feed then bed for 2 hours and now another feed before seeing how far we get through the night!!! Making progress – mini steps!
Jennie has had two Baileys hot chocolates whilst watching reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway with David and the babies. A lovely end to a good good day. Now the feeding frenzy begins …
Jennie has had nearly 7 hours sleep in one night! Not all in one go, but all in one night is progress enough for now. Well done Esther and William x
Christmas has come early for the Charing Henleys! Esther and William love listening to me sing them carols especially Silent Night. Hooray for Christmas!
Jennie and David are very proud parents as William just smiled at them whilst in the bath! After a grumpy feeding frenzy of an afternoon, draining his own milk and Esther’s!! He rewarded us with a wonderful first proper smile!!!!!!!!!!
Jennie is back from hospital with Esther and William. Esther now weighs 3.2kg or 7lb 1oz and William is a whopping 3.57kg or 1oz off 8lbs!!! Well done little babies!!
Well done Babies! Asleep well before midnight with feeds at 2.45 and 5.45, and William slept in his cot all night. We are making progress!!!
Jennie is falling in love with her children all over again as they keep smiling at her and are starting to giggle!!! So so sweet! And I am so proud that David and I have done something so wonderful and made children so beautiful. I don’t think there can be a better feeling than this!
Jennie is very pleased that William now weighs 8lb 12oz and Esther is 7lb 11oz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They need new clothes – AGAIN!
Jennie has had 4 hours sleep in a row!
Jennie is dancing with William to Christmas music and watching the blizzard outside. Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!
Jennie is feeling so much love for her son this morning. I washed his play gym so has been away for two days, brought it back out this morning and William is grinning and cooing and babbling and just so excited to see it and be in it again. Great for him and such a special feeling for Mummy too x
Jennie finally caught Esther and William smiling on camera!!!
Jennie is very proud that William now weighs 9lb 5ozs and Esther weighs 8lb 3ozs! Hurrah! My little fatsos!!!!
Jennie is very pleased that her little lovelies are still piling on the weight. William is now 9lb 9oz and Esther is 8lb 5oz. Well done little ones!
Jennie has decided that tomorrow will be the day when we start to use the expressed milk from the freezer. William and Esther no longer seem to like feeding together and so after the bath each day one baby will breastfeed with Mum and the other will have a bottle with Daddy. Think it will be good for Daddy too.
Jennie was not prepared to feel so sad watching Esther have her first bottle!?!
Jennie is very proud of her oldest but smallest child who has just slept through the night from 11.30pm til 6.30am!!! Well done Esther, you really are a little Star!
Jennie has sorted the washing while Esther has her second bottle with her Daddy. William would not take a bottle! Will try again tomorrow. Esther is so much more laid back than William about all things, so different from when they were in hospital. Christmas tomorrow and I am a Mummy!
Merry Christmas Everyone! David and I are settling in for our first Christmas as parents. Have already watched The Santa Clause and read The Night Before Christmas. We have made the babies Jumperoo and are about to wrap the final presents for one another. It really is a wonderful life!
Jennie has just cried her eyes out leaving a wired, overtired William to cry himself to sleep for a total of 4 minutes … but it worked and he seems so peaceful now. Worse for Mummy I think!
Jennie is amazed that Esther just slept from 5pm to 3am!!! What a super sleeper!
Jennie is very proud that William is now a roller. He can roll from his tummy onto his back!
Jennie is a little worried that Esther must be starving. She slept for 10 hours over night and has slept at least 4 hours this morning too. She wakes, has a little feed and is then straight back to sleep!
31st December 2010
Without fail every new year I feel emotional and this year is no exception. I am staying home with all I need in the world, David, Esther and William. What a year 2010 has been for us and with so much more to come in 2011. Now I know what happiness is, it has been a long time coming but I really do feel I am the luckiest girl in all the world! Happy New Year everyone x
Jennie is excited because this year she becomes a Henley!
2nd January 2010
Jennie is bored of cold and flu season now and wants to be able to spend some time with her family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jennie thinks William must be having a growth spurt!!
Jennie can’t believe she is back to feeding every two hours all through the night!! Thought it was one bad night but this have been at least the third, possibly the fourth!!
Esther has slept through the night!!! 10pm til 6.15am! William every 2 hours like clockwork though.
Jennie is writing everything down!! Today to see if any patterns are forming with my beautiful babies I am going to write everything down. I am going to do this until David returns from BETT and then we will decide on a routine! At the moment we are struggling a bit as they are so different in their needs and development, also getting confused with actual and corrected age so writing it all down is going to be a starting point from which we will go on. Again! I am feeling positive about the world today. Feeling positive is good!
Jennie has just put Esther in a dress for the first time and is not sure that she or I like it very much. She is just too small for proper clothes!
Jennie thinks William is teething!!! Actually Michele thinks William is teething and she is more of an expert than me!! He is really clingy, dribbly, a bit hot with red cheeks, one side redder and hotter than the other. Also seems to like eating his hands.
Jennie loves the cute noises that Esther has started to make. I love her and William so much!!
To wean or not to wean – Esther and William will be 6 months on the 24th Jan. William is feeding more and more often – at least every 2 hours round the clock!
I wonder if weaning would help?
Jennie is very proud that William now weighs 11lb 2oz and Esther a very petite 9lbs!
Jennie is not impressed that Esther thinks 4am is getting up time!!!
Jennie loved taking Esther and William to watch the tropical fish at the the garden centre with Granny and they enjoyed it too! A lovely trip out and such well behaved babies!
Jennie has fed at 12, 12.50 and now 1.50. I do hope this pattern will not continue all night!!! Guess what it did! Every hour onthe hour til we finally got up at 6.30!!!!
Jennie is loving how much Esther and William are beginning to enjoy books!
Jennie has just given William his first taste of baby rice. He seemed to quite like it! One week of baby rice ahead and then proper puree weaning! Glad a decision has been made! I have a busy week ahead making purees!
Jennie is exhausted and wishes that Esther would just go to the toilet!! 7 days and counting!
Jennie has been to GP with Esther and now has some lactulose to try and get things moving!
Jennie wants to thank everyone for their advice on Esther’s poo situation – we are still waiting! I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts, tips or tricks on getting William to take a bottle??? He is not at all keen and I am going to have a spa day as soon as we pass this last obstacle! Esther guzzles her milk from a bottle but William just screams!
Jennie can’t believe that Esther and William are 6 mths old today! 6 months ago we had just seen them for the first time in their incubators at NICU weighing 2lb 4oz and 2lb 11oz. We were peering through condensation as their incubators were kept humid to protect their precious born too soon skin. We have come so far!
We really have come so far and I am so so proud and so excited about what the next 3 months might bring, and the next and the next …
What a wonderful life, being a Mummy, with all the ups and downs and sleepless nights, I would not swap this for all the world!!!
Not for all the world x