My Story

The chronicle of the journey from infertility, to miscarriage, to finally raising twin girls born in June 2012.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

It's getting better

Things are starting to improve around here.  I've gone off the prozac and am now on a very low dose of zoloft.  But I've only been on it for a couple of days so I don't know if it's the medication making me feel better, or if the girls are just getting easier.  Probably a little of both.

Tina is really starting to reactively smile.  It's still rare enough that I feel the need to capture photographic evidence of the smiles, but yesterday I was able to get some by tickling her tummy.  Charlotte is still a bit distant and not all that into me though.

We're starting to get more sleep.  A couple of nights ago, Charlotte slept 9 straight hours and only Tina was up for feedings.  It looks like she's doing the same now (it's 9am and she's still asleep at the moment).  Tina slept about 7 of those same hours last night so K and I both got a little over 6 solid hours of sleep.

And Charlotte demonstrated a new trick during tummy time, 3 roll overs in a row!  This is roll over number 3.

One thing I've learned - the best camera is the one you'll reach for.  I have some really nice cameras in the house, but they are rarely within reach, so I'm getting a lot of shots on my cell phone.  Sure, they aren't the best pictures, but a crappy picture you take is better than the excellent picture you don't!

I've also downloaded the app "fast burst".  It takes a ton of pictures really quickly so I can go back and find the ones that look good and throw out the rest.  It's really good for capturing those fleeting moments of smile.  Here's a series of pictures I took, and one of them is a real keeper (obviously I kept all of them anyway).


But a good camera has its uses.  I decided to do a bit of a photo shoot with a nice camera to try to get a picture for printing and sharing.  Here's the best pic I've taken of the girls to date.

And of course, they can't all be winners.

So that's my big tip of the day.  Take a ton of pictures, learn how to use the burst mode on your camera or download an app so you can do burst on your cell phone.  You can throw out the crap and just keep that one gold picture, but the odds of taking that golden picture when you take individual photos at a time are kind of slim.


  1. Love the video. Happy to hear that the zoloft is working for you so far.

  2. Sooooooo glad to hear things are getting better! One twin mom I accosted at the airport said you can literally mark 3 months on the calendar (from their full-term date) and life gets so much easier from then. I wonder if you're at that 3 month adjusted date? She said her twins suddenly were sleeping more hours in a row, and almost were sleeping at the same times, etc.

  3. They're so adorable! Thanks for mentioning FastBurst. I'll go download that now.

    Glad you're doing better, Alex...and thank you for the kind comment on my last (dreary) post.


  4. These are amazing pictures! So glad you're feeling a little better.

  5. Glad to hear things are improving. I'm a reluctant fan of Zoloft. As loathe as I am in taking it, it has made a huge difference, hopefully it will for you too.
    Your girls are looking so big now and I can't believe Charlotte can roll over already. They are both very cute.


  6. 1-Love the video! You're commentary totally made me chuckle :)
    2-Probably should have started with this, but, YAY! I'm SO glad things are getting a little better! Baby steps, eh?
    3-That phone app has my name written AAAAALLLLLLLLLLL over it. Looking it up on my iPhone right now... It's so true, I have a really nice camera that I NEVER use, it's always my iPhone because of the convenience.

  7. So happy to hear that things are going better for you. I totally agree with the camera. I have a really nice camera also, but almost always use my iPhone to take pictures of my grandson. Because it is always with me. The camera isn't. I'll have to look for a similar app for the iPhone. And, last but definitely not least, I LOVE the picture of the two girls. And the two out takes are pretty cute also.

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