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So this morning I was leisurely eating my bagel and sipping on some breast milk.

Ok, I don’t actually drink my own breast milk.

I’m not THAT tired.


Although if it tasted like a Carvel Peanut Butter Arctic Blender, then I might be persuaded.

I got out of the hospital earlier this week and had to leave both the twins in the NICU. Of course, I couldn’t stop sobbing because I was so sad to leave them. They’ve got some preemie issues and I’m glad they are in a safe place. But I miss them. I’m used to carrying those munchkins around all the time. And I know it doesn’t help that this c-section is kicking my ass. I’m just exhausted and in a lot of pain.

But it was wonderful to see Dylan and Summer when I got home. And they made me this oh-so-cute sign…

And I got my first glimpse of our new trampoline which was delivered on the day the twins were born.Β  I was quite relieved to find out that it did not come with a team of trained circus elephants as the brochure had promised. It’s so awkward trying to return elephants.

Every day I go into the city to breastfeed the babies and bring in my pumped milk.Β  Today I was waiting for the elevator and a guy said to me…

“So is this the big day?”

“What do you mean?” I asked, already knowing in my heart what was coming next. Oh please don’t say it. Please don’t say it.

“Are you delivering today?” he asked, making some kind of gesture with his arms that I can only assume was meant to demonstrate the birthing process or he was trying to breast stroke his way into the elevator.

“No, I had my babies a few days ago.”

“Oh, that’s great!! Congratulations. My wife just had a baby a few minutes ago. She was so tiny when she was pregnant. She looked like you do now.”

“I see. Well, um… Congratulations to you and your wife.”

The man was so euphoric over the birth of his baby that I don’t think he quite realized all the “compliments” he was throwing my way.

Meanwhile, I am already seeing a resemblance between Rick’s dad (Zaydie) and 6 day old Chase.

See what I mean?

I think they go to the same barber shop.

mama bird notes:

I kept thinking I should do some twins research before these babies arrived. But apparently, I never quite got around to it. So thank goodness for my fellow Mouthy Housewives who tracked down some very funny twins’ moms for some much needed advice. Click here.

36 Responses to life in the nicu

  • Kathy says:

    I’m with Scrappy I hope you have a driver. I hope the babies will be home soon and in the mean time you will heal and sleep cause you are going need it!

  • Mwa says:

    Oh, I think it’s just cruel you had to leave your babies behind. And that elevator guy is an idiot. I hope you get to bring them home very soon!

  • Jordana says:

    Visiting babies in the NICU is so tough – you’re tired, pumping, all off schedule…been there (and I only had one in the NICU and none at home). Before you know it they’ll be home bouncing on the trampoline ( :

  • Tara says:

    OMG! He’s so cute…and Chase isn’t too bad either!
    All kidding aside…Chase is beautiful. Can’t wait until you get to take them home and feel well enough to jump on that circus size trampoline!

  • traci says:

    Ugh. People are such asswipes. Surely he went straight away to tell his wife the nice lady in the elevator and she schooled him.

  • traci says:

    (in my best Stephanie Tanner voice) How ruuude! of me to not mention how rough it is to leave the babies behind. They will be resting in your house looong before you know it!!

  • johanna says:

    If only men knew what it was like to actually GROW a human(s) in your belly…they would never make one comment to a pre- or post partum woman EVER.Sorry you had to endure the rude elevator man. That little picture of Chase is to die for.

  • Karin M says:

    No worries about the pregnant mom thing. I had twins and looked like it for a while even after delivery. But keep breastfeeding your darling twins and you’ll swear it’s the best diet plan ever. In less than a year, I weighed 10 pounds less than I did before I was pregnant. Oh, and your arms will rival Michelle Obama’s. Hope those babies come home soon!

  • Diane says:

    Beautiful baby! And ‘compliments’ to you eventually means laughter so us, so it can’t be all bad. Thanks for sharing – the highs, and the lows. And the trampoline is a life saver, however antithetical that may sound. We have had ours going on 18+ months – kids are still out there every day and now the dog joins in.

  • Robyn says:

    I am SO late with my congratulations (I haven’t been online much). Mazel Tov!! They are beautiful.

    And, 2 people in the same week asked me when I was due. “7 months AGO.” And, I was wearing a size 4 at the time. Jerks.

  • I’ve been asked if I was pregnant 4 times in the last 3 weeks and I delivered Noa 20 months ago! But, I don’t really blame these poor people because the truth is I often do look pregnant. My attempts to cover up my stomach seems to result in an accentuation. So its time I just finally get my stomach to go down. I hate it!

    I know how hard it is to have a baby in the NICU. Hang in there and please call us if you have any questions re: “preemie” issues. We dealt with 5 or 6 transfusions (lost count), a heart murmur, respiratory ventilation, infections, and eye surgery for ROP of prematurity and probably more. Then she came home on an oxygen monitor. She did start breastfeeding very successfully at 32 weeks and they let me breastfeed before giving her the bottle. In general, I would say that you know what your baby needs in the NICU more than the nurses sometimes especially when it comes to breastfeeding. They would tell me I could put her on each breast for 15 minutes but couldn’t understand when I told them it took about 10 minutes for her to latch. She latched very well the first time we breastfed but it definitely became harder once the bottle was introduced. Because she didn’t actually take the breast milk for the first couple months in the hospital we had to rent a HUGE freezer (deer carcas size) and we filled it as well as our regular freezer! But we’re still breastfeeding and she is in terrific health and the most awesome little girl! Not quite sure how to stop breastfeeding though…..We love you guys and can’t wait to meet the babes!

  • Karen Bland says:

    I’m quite sure that mr. elevator man was just in such a state of shock about his new offspring, he clearly was seeing dancing pregnant women everywhere. It’s like, “um yeah, mr., I just delivered two human beings to this planet, what have you done lately?”….I know you look beautiful and the babes are too sweet. Love the welcome home sign….your family has taken a 50% increase and that mini van is ready for passengers! xxoo

  • So cute! And it’s barbaric that they don’t have a bed for you to stay in to be near your twins. How do they expect a new mom to recover if she is running back and forth like that? It infuriates me.

  • My brother was a premie, too … 2.5 months early. Like you, my mom was discharged from the hospital well before the kid could go home. Though it was a bit of a rough start, I’m happy to report my brother grew up to be one of the most annoying little brothers out there. And now he’s successfully paying his own bills in New York. Point being, I know this is a tough time, emotionally and physically, for you. Hang in there – it’s bound to improve.

  • Oh, Kelcey, that’s hard to not have them with you. I feel for you, sweet mama.

    But just know that I got asked if I was pregnant SIX WEEKS after I delivered my son.

    Feel better?

  • ErinB says:

    You don’t even need to write anything just keep posting pics of those sweet babies! And shall I refer you to my mamabird piece where I got the “when is the baby due” question…8 weeks after birth and I only had one baby! πŸ™‚ feel better? Heal fast-hope the wee ones can come home soon! thinking of you all xo

  • Oh Kelcey, Chase is too cute to stand.
    And that guy on the elevator was too awful to stand.
    I’m sure you look awesome. And take it from someone who had a c-section, take it easy. It takes time to heal.
    Thinking of you all!!

  • red pen mama says:

    It’s heartbreaking to have left your babies in the NICU, but I hope they continue to do well and can be home with you soon.

    People should approach women they think are pregnant with extreme caution. You just never know. On the bright side, you’re tiny now!

  • I hope you get them home soon. It’s such a bitch toting that breast milk and hauling back to the hospital. Do they give you the NICU emails every a.m.? That actually -oddly-helped me remain sane. I liked getting those emails to my BB each a.m. so I knew, at the dawn of a new day, she was alright.

  • Vicki says:

    Your babies are ADORABLE! Hang in there, they will be out soon. It is good they are in a safe place where they can be watched around the clock.
    if it’s any consolation, the clothes I brought to the hospital for post-delivery didn’t fit. I was assuming I’d lose all kinds of weight and I only lost the 6 lbs that my daughter was. We all look just the same after having a baby, except I wasn’t near as pretty as you. πŸ™‚
    Men are dumb. That guy didn’t know what he was saying or meaning. Don’t give it another thought and enjoy your new larger family! Congrats!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Please spare us all any graphic photos of Chase’ Bris…I hope if you do circumcision it won’t be a big party for such a horrible event; but done in the hospital under pain killer for him.

  • As a mother of three year old twins, the memories haven’t yet faded. Remember the old saying, “sleep when the baby sleeps”? Well when people try to say that to you ask them “which one?” My best advice is to join a twin moms group in your area. It was the only time I was ever with women who were willing to feed both of my babies for me while I went to the bathroom. I haven’t kept up with anyone…but they were a great resource for advice at the time. This is where I found out about the bottles that made my life 100% easier. I couldn’t use them until my babies were at least 2 months old, but after that I couldn’t live without them (http://www.podee.com/). Seriously – I would have wanted those for my FIRST single baby. Love seeing pictures of the angels – brings back many memories…NICU included.

  • Son #1 came 7 weeks early and weighed 1.10. No, not a typo; he weighed less than your average burrito. 2 months in nicu, tons of warnings about “what might happen” and…he’s 9 now, funny & strong & determined as hell, which I think comes from having to endure all those heel sticks and wires and tubes…after that, what’s a little 4th grade math homework? Embrace your inner bovinity via the medela breast pump, save up those little milk popsicles, and SLEEP. And despite what it looks like, no, your huge mamma boobs will NOT suffocate those tiny twinly heads.

  • Lisa says:

    I know exactly how you feel…I could not talk w/o crying leaving the hospital and the same jerk asked me when my big day was?! He really gets around! My husband was worried for his life.

    Hang in there and take care of yourself – I know that is easier said than done when you are like # 5 or 6 on the list πŸ˜‰

  • Amber says:

    Oh my, sooooo sweet! Chase not the asshat in the elevator πŸ™‚

    We too had a fairly long drive to the NICU after Alexa was born. 35 minutes or so. Not sure how long it takes you to get into the city form where you are in Westchester.

    I started driving in about a week after I was let out of the hospital. They told me the 6 week wait had been lifted (whatever that means) and that you were to use your own best judgement. Dunno if I had any of that around that time, but anyway I was ok to drive sooner than expected.

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