Our "Day in the Life" series continues with Nicki's five-month-old twins!
It was May 2012 when we started to see him and right away he found some issues that needed attention before we could move forward. I had a teratoma dermoid cyst on one of my ovaries. Within a week, I was in the OR having it removed by the fertility specialist. Once I healed, we had other testing done, for the both of us. There weren’t any other issues found that would prevent a pregnancy. We started on clomid and HCG shots first. After a few months, the doctor upped my dosage on clomid, but still, nothing. Every week felt like a month and every month, a year. The days were long and it was disappointment after disappointment. After about 8 or 9 cycles of clomid and HCG, we all decided it was best to move on. We chose to take the IVF route. On our first (and only) attempt, we transferred 2 five-day blastocyst and well, they both implanted and resulted in 2 beautiful, healthy baby boys! (Side note, we didn’t transfer 2 because we wanted or didn’t want twins. We wanted the highest possible chance of getting pregnant and with my age, we could transfer 1-2. There was no guarantee that both or even one would implant. We made our decision and the rest was up to God.)
We started it right away and I kid you not, my baby has never been happier. He changed drastically within 24 hours! It makes me feel bad because I was feeding him all this “dairy”, whether it was the breast milk or formula. I am just glad we figured it out when we did and not have Easton live his first year the same as the first 20 weeks. Now that we know he has sensitivity to cow’s milk and it wasn’t just the breast milk, I wish I had continued to nurse Warren. There was a big part of me though that felt like that wouldn’t be fair to Easton. One, I didn’t want to spend more time with Warren than Easton and two, I didn’t want to have a different bond with one over the other. So now they are both bottle fed formula, the two different kinds, but once Warren hits 6 months, I plan to feed him the frozen milk I was able to store up when I was nursing, I want to wait until his tummy can tolerate a little bit more before I switch things up on him.
A day in the life at our house, well, to be honest, no 2 days are the same. I’ll start by saying that. I am a stay at home Momma and my husband is a superintendent building custom homes. He works from 7am-6pm most of the time and every 3rd Saturday, at least. So during the day, it’s just my boys and me! Most days during the week, I go to the gym (but on this particular day I happened to not go). But between Nick playing softball and Camdon playing baseball and the gym, we definitely stay busy…not to mention we also have twins ☺
An average day goes something like this:
4:35 PM: I put boys in stroller once again for another stroll on this nice day. We make our way back to Granny’s for another quick visit! (She loves our company just as much as we love hers.)
5:35 PM: Back home and boys go in their cribs for their late afternoon nap
6:45 PM: I leave with boys for Camdon’s baseball practice and Nick has 2 softball games this evening so he heads there.
8:30 PM: I change Easton’s dirty diaper in the back of the jeep before we leave the ball field.
I bathe Warren next.
My family brings me so much joy every single day and I am so happy I got to share one of those days with all of you!
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