Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nursing is NOT for Sissies!

Sorry for the delay in posts. Mastitis attacked me again! WOW... this whole nursing adventure has sure been quite the ordeal. From pumping for three months, to nursing preemie twins and pumping, then FINALLY on Tuesday getting the final approval to exclusively nurse... what I have been working so hard for... and in the middle of the night I wake up with the worst pain and within hours I am throwing up and wrenching in pain. THIS WON'T STOP ME!!!! For the last three to four days I have been down-and-out sick and my milk supply has diminished to half the amount. The lactation consultants in Duluth didn’t believe me when I called for help, because I am the reigning 'Milk Queen'! Good news is after taking antibiotics and Fenugreek (yes, everyone around me wants pancakes as I smell like maple syrup) I am starting to slowly make more milk and I continue to nurse. Watching me nurse is not pretty… toes curled, biting my shirt and smiling through it all, because I want to nurse them so bad! It is my best chance to keep them healthy through the winter. Giving them the immediate antibodies they need to battle illnesses that are floating around them. My goal… stay as healthy as possible, pump often, and thank God for everyday that I make it through. OUCH!!!

Our four year anniversary was on Thursday. However, it didn’t really feel like much of an anniversary because I was trembling on the couch with a fever and, well, not looking my best. We are planning to just ‘re-celebrate’ next week; hoping to get out maybe for dinner. And just remember for a second what it feels like to be ‘us’ again. Then talk about the boys they whole time and hurry home to see them! Haha!

The boys are doing good! Getting bigger and more responsive. They both enjoy being talked to and really seem to listen. We went to Duluth on Tuesday for Luke’s eye exam and all is clear! PRAISE GOD! We don’t have to go back for another check until June 2011! The doctor did warn us that their eyes will be watched closely as they grow because as preemies they are more susceptible to eye complications, needing glasses, etc. So we will just keep praying that the boys will grow and grow as little ones should!

Grandma Cookie with the boys at her home!

Visiting Great Grandma Clara!

Four Generations...

Grandma and Luke

Aunt Kathy and Luke! :) We had a great visit from Aunt Kathy again. Always so much help!!!

Daddy hanin' with his boys!

Max and Luke!

Luke LOVES his booties that Grandma Cookie made :)

Max and Daddy sleeping

Gotta go... Caleb is making pancakes... and I really think it's because I smell like maple syrup from the herbs I'm taking! haha!


  1. So awesome that you are strong and determined! Those babies are precious and are benefiting greatly from your love and milk. God Bless!

  2. you're awesome Ashley, how completely unselfish of you and only thinking of them, atta girl.....lots of people would have given up by now. Max & Luke are very lucky they have you!!!

  3. oh and I absolutely love the subject..."nursing is not for sissies.." exactly right!!!!!