As of the last week of August I have two more Eligible Family Members - and the Offspring is no longer an only child. After 9 months of anticipation the boys made their appearance at about 3:30 in the morning in a speedy (8 minutes!) but ultimately healthy delivery.
Since we got back from the hospital almost every waking moment (and you know the waking moments go all night long) has been spent trying to establish breastfeeding. This is challenging enough with one - waiting on the milk supply to meet “demand”, teaching them to latch, getting them on a schedule - and even more so with two. As they get better though I’m approaching the point where I can cut out pumping and even feed them simultaneously which ought to save me hours (and hours) each day. Very happy to be getting some glimpses of the light at the end of the tunnel.
Big brother has been adjusting pretty well - treating the babies with either indifference or occasional concern but never hostility - and thankfully he doesn’t really care to engage them in his rough toddler play. Changing all these baby diapers does make me anxious to get him potty trained, but that project has been shelved until mommy starts getting sleep again.
I am, of course, on maternity leave (not the 12 week parental leave that the department will begin to grant for babies born Oct 1 or later, but just sick leave like I used for my first). I have been pretty good about stepping away from the work emails, but it’s bidding season so I can’t go completely off grid. Between my family and career goals for the next few years I am tentatively happy with the available jobs and my top 20 are pretty diverse. I’ve got some huge posts and some tiny ones, representing all aspects of consular work, vastly different climates and levels of development, and five of the six regional bureaus. All this to say that I have no clue yet where we might end up but for my growing family I’m sure that wherever we go it will be an adventure!
That’s all for now! Hope you and yours are safe and well and enjoying what you can during this crazy season.
And stay tuned for the saga of getting the twins on my orders and our eventual return to post!