To help Peanut feel like she's not quite so out of place and that she has a very important role in taking care of her brothers, we've been having her open any presents or boxes that come to the house. A couple days ago, we received a box from our Aunt B and cousins. M was happy to help open the box and the presents inside.
Aunt B sent us a couple items to match our bedding that was on our registry. Little Miss even said thank you for the awesome gifts.
She certainly loves being a big sister. She understands that she has to sit down to either kiss or hug the boys. When they cry, she goes to the pack n play to see what they're doing. Even though they aren't sleeping through the night, when the cry, they have yet to wake her up. That's pretty amazing too. :-)
The boys are settling in well too. We've had a couple of nights that they actually slept a solid 3 hours each. Those nights were AMAZING! ;-) We're having some issues with the boys wetting through their diapers which has been a little stressful as it wakes the boys up, has created a mountain of laundry, and is just more work in general.
Also, we decided early on to breastfeed because of all the benefits for the babies, and for me. I nursed Peanut until she was 18 months old and wanted to do the same with the boys. Ms heart condition caused her to burn more calories than she was consuming from breast milk alone so we had to supplement early on using a combination of breast milk and formula to increase her caloric intake. Although they have both been nursing very well, I am considering supplementing their feeds with either pumped milk or formula. I've successfully mastered tandem feeding, but my body is feeling broken and abused. Using formula or pumped milk intermittently might give me the break I need to heal between feeds. I am, however, feeling quite guilty about "giving up" so early (it hasn't even been 2 weeks). Any one have any advice on supplementing?
I had wanted to post this video before the boys arrived, but that didn't happen. Since taking the video Peanut's walking has literally taken off. Our little peanut just continues to amaze me.