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Got Milk? (UPDATED)

At some point, it got too confusing to explain which kind of bottles were for whom to Seth and the nanny each morning before I left for work. Abby gets 4oz bottles, Sam gets 5oz bottles, Ellie gets special 28-calorie bottles… It’s a lot to keep track of. Finally, one night I gave up and just labeled everything. The best part is, that’s just the bottles that I made up that I store on the door. You can’t see INTO the fridge in this picture. Inside the fridge there were a bunch of bottles of breastmilk and DOZENS of bottles of water for mommy. Because making milk takes LOTS of water.

Seriously, people wonder why I feel like such a freaking cow. Could it be that I’m as big as a freaking cow? Could it be the udders I’ve got? No. I think it’s this PILE of milk in my fridge! Amazingly, it’s still not enough. Ellie’s moved to 5oz bottles since this picture was taken and Sam is now clamoring for 6oz bottles. Abby waffles between wanting 4oz or 5oz per feeding, so she’s a little harder to predict, but she’s mostly still solidly in the 4oz camp. But I figure with all the feedings they take by bottle, plus all the nursing that they do while I’m actually home, they’re consuming about 100 oz of milk per day.** I’m falling short of that by a bit, but you know what? It’s still astounding how much I produce each day. It really is. Were humans really meant to do this?I’m thinking not so much.

**Edited to Add** I’m getting questioned on my math, and I do admit that math is not my strong suit, but I’ll tell you how I came up with that number. Abby eats 4-5 ounces per feeding and eats 6-7 times per day. So that’s about 30 ounces per day for her. Ellie eats 5 ounces per bottle feeding (4) and 5-6 ounces per breastfeeding (2), so that’s a minimum of 30 ounces per day for her, and really closer to 32 ounces per day (though she’s eating a caloric equivalent of closer to 40 ounces per day). Sam eats now 6 ounces per bottle feeding (4) plus he breastfeeds CONSTANTLY when I’m around. He only gets about 3 ounces per breastfeeding session, but he’s constantly attached to me. So my guess is his total intake per day is roughly 35-40 ounces per day. That puts their minimum total consumption at about 95-100 ounces per day. So maybe I rounded up by 5 ounces, but it’s still roughly 100 ounces per day. Incidentally, my research into how much milk a breastfed baby eats per day is not as low as Ewokmama’s research shows. My research comes up with numbers that suggest that most babies top out at 40 ounces per day which would mean that eventually we’ll be looking at 120 ounces per day between the three babies. I won’t be able to keep up with that demand, but that’s okay. My babies got 5 months of exclusive breastmilk and I’m pretty darned proud of that, and they’re continuing to get a whole lot of breastmilk, considering the circumstances.**

I pulled a bunch of photos off my camera at long last, but now I’m embarrassed to post them, because they just completely suck compared to anything Jess took. (Hey, did I mention that she gave me some MORE? Wow, an embarrassment of riches!) I may never be able to post my own photos again! But just for fun, I’ll leave you with JUST one.

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Got Milk? (UPDATED)

At some point, it got too confusing to explain which kind of bottles were for whom to Seth and the nanny each morning before I left for work. Abby gets 4oz bottles, Sam gets 5oz bottles, Ellie gets special 28-calorie bottles… It's a lot to keep track of. Finally, one night I gave up and just labeled everything. The best part is, that's just the bottles that I made up that I store on the door. You can't see INTO the fridge in this picture. Inside the fridge there were a bunch of bottles of breastmilk and DOZENS of bottles of water for mommy. Because making milk takes LOTS of water.

Seriously, people wonder why I feel like such a freaking cow. Could it be that I'm as big as a freaking cow? Could it be the udders I've got? No. I think it's this PILE of milk in my fridge! Amazingly, it's still not enough. Ellie's moved to 5oz bottles since this picture was taken and Sam is now clamoring for 6oz bottles. Abby waffles between wanting 4oz or 5oz per feeding, so she's a little harder to predict, but she's mostly still solidly in the 4oz camp. But I figure with all the feedings they take by bottle, plus all the nursing that they do while I'm actually home, they're consuming about 100 oz of milk per day.** I'm falling short of that by a bit, but you know what? It's still astounding how much I produce each day. It really is. Were humans really meant to do this?I'm thinking not so much.

**Edited to Add** I'm getting questioned on my math, and I do admit that math is not my strong suit, but I'll tell you how I came up with that number. Abby eats 4-5 ounces per feeding and eats 6-7 times per day. So that's about 30 ounces per day for her. Ellie eats 5 ounces per bottle feeding (4) and 5-6 ounces per breastfeeding (2), so that's a minimum of 30 ounces per day for her, and really closer to 32 ounces per day (though she's eating a caloric equivalent of closer to 40 ounces per day). Sam eats now 6 ounces per bottle feeding (4) plus he breastfeeds CONSTANTLY when I'm around. He only gets about 3 ounces per breastfeeding session, but he's constantly attached to me. So my guess is his total intake per day is roughly 35-40 ounces per day. That puts their minimum total consumption at about 95-100 ounces per day. So maybe I rounded up by 5 ounces, but it's still roughly 100 ounces per day. Incidentally, my research into how much milk a breastfed baby eats per day is not as low as Ewokmama's research shows. My research comes up with numbers that suggest that most babies top out at 40 ounces per day which would mean that eventually we'll be looking at 120 ounces per day between the three babies. I won't be able to keep up with that demand, but that's okay. My babies got 5 months of exclusive breastmilk and I'm pretty darned proud of that, and they're continuing to get a whole lot of breastmilk, considering the circumstances.**

I pulled a bunch of photos off my camera at long last, but now I'm embarrassed to post them, because they just completely suck compared to anything Jess took. (Hey, did I mention that she gave me some MORE? Wow, an embarrassment of riches!) I may never be able to post my own photos again! But just for fun, I'll leave you with JUST one.

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The people have spoken! The demand is great! I hear your requests! Apparently you, dear readers, want to see pictures of my darling angels! My excuse, other than pure laziness, up until this point has been that the photos I’VE got are sitting on my camera and I haven’t had the time to upload them onto my computer, let alone get them into a blog post. But I saw Jess, Jon, and their Five Little Monkeys yesterday and Jess took some absolutely amazing photos of my kids that I simply must share! 🙂

Yesterday was the first time we’ve ever tried to pack up all six of us and go anywhere and it was a really fun time. I went out last month with just Ellie to see the incredible Redden family, but I just knew that Seth needed to meet them, too, and I’m so glad that we went. If you’ve ever been to Jess’ blog, you know that she’s an amazing photographer and her favorite subjects are her children. So I asked Jess if she would mind taking a photograph of the six of us… since I don’t have a single photo of my entire expanded family yet. Jess, being the kind, loving soul that she is, said, “Of course!”

Next thing I knew, she was dragging out bean bag chairs and drapes to cover them and cloth for a backdrop and holy cow she had a whole little studio set up and she just started taking photos of the babies. In clothes, in diapers, by themselves, together, with J, just the girls, and then, of course, all six of us! Seriously, Jess took hundreds, and I’m NOT exaggerating, HUNDREDS of photos yesterday. She sent me about 40 of them and it’s just so unbelievably hard to choose which ones to post. So maybe you’ll get several posts over the next few days with some of my favorites. But here are a few!

In birth order: Sam, Ellie, Abby. Ellie is SO goofy!

My two boys!

Ellie Bellie!

Abby!

Finally! A picture of the whole expanded family!

Jess,me, and our combined nine children!

Can you believe that we got ALL NINE CHILDREN lined up together in one room long enough to take a picture? It was amazing. Jess and Jon are absolutely incredible, and they were such good sports about putting that picture together. Their kids are so well behaved and such love-bugs. I love them all and I wish we lived a little closer, but I feel so blessed to live as close as I do! (we’re about an hour and a half apart)

Maybe more to come!

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Thrush. AGAIN.

Can I just say how truly SICK of having thrush I am? This is, I think, the third, maybe fourth, time that I’ve had it in the five months that I’ve been breastfeeding. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is quite possibly the most painful, but most definitely the most unpleasant, thing I could possibly ask to experience. It hurts like hell, I’m bleeding, I cry nearly every time I nurse my babies, and pumping isn’t any more pleasant than nursing, so it’s not like I can just pump and forgo nursing for a bit.

Gah!

It’s not enough to make me stop nursing, but ohmygodpleasemakeitstopseriouslyplease!

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Thrush. AGAIN.

Can I just say how truly SICK of having thrush I am? This is, I think, the third, maybe fourth, time that I've had it in the five months that I've been breastfeeding. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. It is quite possibly the most painful, but most definitely the most unpleasant, thing I could possibly ask to experience. It hurts like hell, I'm bleeding, I cry nearly every time I nurse my babies, and pumping isn't any more pleasant than nursing, so it's not like I can just pump and forgo nursing for a bit.

Gah!

It's not enough to make me stop nursing, but ohmygodpleasemakeitstopseriouslyplease!

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The people have spoken! The demand is great! I hear your requests! Apparently you, dear readers, want to see pictures of my darling angels! My excuse, other than pure laziness, up until this point has been that the photos I'VE got are sitting on my camera and I haven't had the time to upload them onto my computer, let alone get them into a blog post. But I saw Jess, Jon, and their Five Little Monkeys yesterday and Jess took some absolutely amazing photos of my kids that I simply must share! 🙂

Yesterday was the first time we've ever tried to pack up all six of us and go anywhere and it was a really fun time. I went out last month with just Ellie to see the incredible Redden family, but I just knew that Seth needed to meet them, too, and I'm so glad that we went. If you've ever been to Jess' blog, you know that she's an amazing photographer and her favorite subjects are her children. So I asked Jess if she would mind taking a photograph of the six of us… since I don't have a single photo of my entire expanded family yet. Jess, being the kind, loving soul that she is, said, "Of course!"

Next thing I knew, she was dragging out bean bag chairs and drapes to cover them and cloth for a backdrop and holy cow she had a whole little studio set up and she just started taking photos of the babies. In clothes, in diapers, by themselves, together, with J, just the girls, and then, of course, all six of us! Seriously, Jess took hundreds, and I'm NOT exaggerating, HUNDREDS of photos yesterday. She sent me about 40 of them and it's just so unbelievably hard to choose which ones to post. So maybe you'll get several posts over the next few days with some of my favorites. But here are a few!

In birth order: Sam, Ellie, Abby. Ellie is SO goofy!

My two boys!

Ellie Bellie!

Abby!

Finally! A picture of the whole expanded family!

Jess,me, and our combined nine children!

Can you believe that we got ALL NINE CHILDREN lined up together in one room long enough to take a picture? It was amazing. Jess and Jon are absolutely incredible, and they were such good sports about putting that picture together. Their kids are so well behaved and such love-bugs. I love them all and I wish we lived a little closer, but I feel so blessed to live as close as I do! (we're about an hour and a half apart)

Maybe more to come!

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I’ve been taking Ellie to the doctor every single week because she’s been pretty stubborn about the growth thing… after that first week when she grew 18 ounces in 10 days, she stalled completely and stopped growing for a couple weeks. Sigh. BUT! Today, finally, my little Ellie bellie seems to be back on an upturn. She is over 9 pounds now, which still puts her way behind her siblings, but she’s finally making some progress. She’s the only baby that hasn’t tripled her birth weight yet, but at least she’s doubled it. The good news is that I don’t have to go back until March 11th, which seems like an eternity. Dr. B. said I can come back sooner if I get a sense that she’s slowing down again or she starts striking again, but if I have the sense that she’s continuing to grow and she’s continuing to improve, we can hold off for another 2+ weeks. Unbelievable.

Meanwhile, Abby and Sam continue to grow, but that’s no shocker. Abby’s got a new nighttime pattern for eating. She used to go to sleep after her 6 or 7pm feedig and sleep until about 2am and then eat and go back to sleep until about 6am. Lately, though, she’s been waking up at 11pm starving (which is ridiculous, because we’ve actually started feeding her more than we had been). So we feed her at 11pm and then she either sleeps through the night or wakes up around 4, which isn’t that far off of when we have to wake up anyway. But it’s weird, and I’m not sure why she’s changed her pattern. It’s not that big a deal, but it’s new.

Sam never stops eating. Dr. B. says that he’s big enough that he should be able to sleep through the night now (calorically speaking), but every night at 2am, 4am, 5am, and 6am I have the same conversation with Sam:

Me: Dr. B. SAID you’re big enough to sleep through the night!
Sam: Mommy! Please don’t make me! I’m so hungreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m wasting away! I’ll be so saaaaaad if you make me wait!
Me: But Dr. B. PROMISED ME that you’re big enough to sleep through the night!
Sam (with the saddest look possible on his face, while screaming BLOODY MURDER): MOMMY! PLEASE! You wouldn’t actually make me wait would you? I’m so hungry! Please don’t make me! Please don’t! I’m starving! Please!
Me: Well, I’m sure as heck not going to listen to screaming all night, of COURSE I’m not going to let you starve, no matter WHAT Dr. B. says.

Then after Sam’s had his fill, Ellie and I go and have the opposite conversation:

Me: Ellie, Dr. B. SAID you’re not big enough to sleep through the night!
Ellie: Mommy! Please don’t make me! I’m so sleepeeeeeeeee! I need my beauty sleep! I’ll be so saaaaaaaad if you make me wake up!
Me: But Dr. B. SAID that you need to eat more often!
Ellie (completely sleepy): *yawn* Please mommy, don’t make me…*snore*
Me: huh? wha? What time is it? Can I go back to sleep now?

And then, it’s usually time to have another conversation with Sam… But Dr. B. SAID you’re big enough to sleep through the night!

Thank heavens J sleeps through the night!

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