The Twins are 3 Weeks Old + A Writing Wrap Up

Budget Blonde babyMy twins are almost 3 weeks old, and since I haven’t really written an update about them since I wrote their birth story, I thought I’d do a quick post to tell you about the past few weeks.

The babies spent a little over two weeks in the NICU. It will probably go down as some of the most difficult days of our lives but also some of the best too. There were times when we were so happy that they were progressing and doing well and then there were rough days where we both cried when we got home because we just wanted them home so badly.

We took our son home first from the NICU, and as soon as he got home, our daughter progressed really rapidly. It was almost as if she didn’t want to miss out on the party at home.

She went from being on a feeding tube in an isolette to coming home with us just three days later. She is still hooked up to a monitor 24/7 and will be for the next month. She is also taking meds to manage her heart rate, but other than that, she is really doing great and we’re thankful to have her here with us.

In a weird way, their NICU stay was a huge blessing in disguise. It’s almost as if the nurses taught us how to be parents. We didn’t really know the best way to handle a schedule with twins or even how to burp them the right way or anything like that. We consider our two weeks in the NICU to be our five star parent training class. We’ve kept the twins on the exact same 3 hour schedule that they were on in the NICU, and they seem to respond well to it.

Budget Blonde babiesUnlike many couples with new babies, the hubs and I really can’t take turns at night. At least at this point, the twins really require both of us to be up. Otherwise, it’s just too hard. So, every 3 hours the two of us pop up and get down to business.

We change them, I breastfeed one while he bottle feeds the other, and then I stay up after he goes to sleep to pump so we have enough food to go around for the next feeding session. It’s definitely physically exhausting for me especially but on the bright side, I’ve lost almost all of my baby weight 3 weeks in. I’ve definitely had my moments of wanting to give up all the pumping, etc. but then other days I feel really empowered that I’ve managed to feed two humans for 3 weeks and somehow they’re still alive.

Other than that, we’re just spending time washing dishes, doing crazy amounts of laundry, and trying to squeeze in a little bit of work and lots of baby snuggles whenever we get a free second.

All in all, things are going well, and we’re slowly getting used to our new normal even though it’s a bit crazy!

I couldn’t have made it through the past few weeks without the help of a few bloggers who were kind enough to guest post for me the past 3 weeks. They all took time out of their days to answer comments and in general be super awesome, so I wanted to showcase some of their writing from their blogs:

Michelle found a $100 Starbucks gift card on the floor. Nice.

Grayson explained affiliate marketing in a very easy to understand way.

Jane talks about why her business donates to causes she believes in.

Matt talks about how to make irregular expenses regular.

Laurie’s green thumb seriously impresses me!

Brian explains a few reasons why some aren’t fans of Dave Ramsey.

Thanks again to those bloggers for making my life run a bit smoother the past few weeks. The hubs and I are so thankful that you’re helping to keep this blog – our primary income – humming for a bit longer while we recoup!

I’d also like to thank Michelle, who is managing my e-mails like a champ as well as the following bloggers for including me in the carnivals below:

Aspiring Blogger Financial Carnival hosted by Aspiring Blogger
Finance Carnival For Young Adults hosted by Debt Free Tejana
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
Lifestyle Carnival hosted by Prepping Is Sexy
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Tuition Assist
Aspiring Blogger Financial Carnival hosted by Aspiring Blogger
Carnival of Money hosted by Root of Good
Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Money Principle
Lifestyle Carnival hosted by Primal Weight Loss
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Finance With Reason
Festival of Frugality hosted by Save and Conquer
Carnival of Financial Planning B hosted by Financial Nerd
Carnival of MoneyPros hosted by The Money Principle
Lifestyle Carnival hosted by Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by I Need Money ASAP
Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by Prairie Eco-Thrifter
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
Aspiring Blogger Financial Carnival hosted by Aspiring Blogger

Okay, the hubs is probably up to his elbows in diapers so I better go help him. :) I hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Twins’ Personalities & A Writing Wrap Up

Last Week at 34 Weeks

Last Week at 34 Weeks

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s an absolutely gorgeous day here in Louisiana. There’s just something about the sunshine and birds chirping that just really gets me in a happy mood!

I’m 35 weeks pregnant with the twins today. The picture on the left is me at 34 weeks last week. I should probably snap a picture today too while I’m still feeling pretty good! :)

Despite having two fully grown kiddos in my bellah conspiring against me, I think I’m hanging in there pretty well! It’s a little surreal knowing they will be here soon.

Over the last 9ish months, I realized I haven’t particularly loved or hated being pregnant. Some women say they love every minute of it. I can’t really say that, but now that I’m close to the end and I watch them dance and move my belly on their own, I realize why some women miss it.

I’ve been really trying to soak things in the past few days and process it all and appreciate the blessings that have been given to us. This will likely be my only pregnancy (although, never say never right?) and it’s strange knowing that this could be the last time I feel a tiny human saying hi to me from the inside. For example, this week I learned the twins really like the word “Pop!” I’m not sure how it started, but when I say that word, they get a real wiggle fest going on.

The twins definitely have different and distinct personalities and react to different things. My son loves his daddy’s voice. He can be pretty still but when hubs talks to him, he starts moving a lot. My daughter loves music and just dancing around in there in general. I put on violin music, and the right side of my stomach where she is starts twirling – not kicking but distinctly and slowly moving around. My daughter’s legs are long according the the ultrasound, and the tech was teasing the hubs about it yesterday. He told the tech he already knew he was in trouble with her. We’re thankful she’ll have her brother to keep all the boys away. :)

The hubs and I have been busy getting things ready for the babies. He is in full on nesting mode and has been doing more cleaning, folding clothes, and fixing up things around the house than I have. I’m trying to take it easy and get a lot of blogging work done. I’ve also enjoyed some nice treats like getting my nails done and going on a few dates with the hubs:

LSU Baseball Game

LSU Baseball Game

Pink & Blue for the Twins!

Pink & Blue for the Twins!

Warm Weather Means Snoballs!

Warm Weather Means Snoballs!

Also, the last time I did a writing wrap up, I told you hubs had to take a really big board exam. As evidenced by the pics above, he is finished with his test! Everything went well, and he is so happy to be done. I even snuck some notes in his lunch so he would get a pep talk from the babies during the long 8 hour exam:

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Love Notes for Dad

Okay, so enough about me. Here are six great posts from around the web:

The Listen Money Matters boys made this cool post about investing including some great graphics.
I’m so happy for Lance and his wife on paying off 80k of his wife’s nursing school loans!
DC has a $150 giveaway and explains more about how to make money with a blog.
Harry made this absolutely incredible guide to understanding your 401k.
Jacob is donating 10% of his blog income this month to a great cause and giving some of it away to his readers too!
John partied like a rockstar in Vegas for his 40th birthday and didn’t pay a dime for it.

And here are some places where my posts were featured in Carnivals. Thanks to those bloggers who included me:

Carnival of MoneyPros hosted by Save and Conquer
Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Value Geek
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
Carnival of Financial Independence hosted by Reach Financial Independence
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Money Smart Guides
Aspiring Blogger Financial Carnival hosted by Aspiring Blogger
Yakezie Carnival hosted by Personal Finance Utopia
Finance Carnival For Young Adults hosted by Lisa Vs. The Loans
Carnival of Retirement hosted by Your PF Pro
Lifestyle Carnival hosted by PF Carny
Carnival of Money hosted by Carnival of Money
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by Save and Conquer

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!