Chapter 74: So Much to Learn

I slept like I was in a coma until I felt Taylor climb off the bed. I frowned. “Tay?” I grumbled.

“Right here, honey.” He answered, kissing me gently.

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“A nurse is coming in to talk to us.” He answered me.

I frowned, my eyes opening. “What? Why? What’s wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong, honey. See? Our babies are still okay. They’re just waking up.” He answered. I could hear the smile in his voice.

My head lolled to the side and I peered at our babies whom were starting to come awake, their arms and legs moving.

“Oh,” I sat up to retrieve them, or to do something to comfort them when there was a knock at the door.

“How are we doing in here?” A nurse asked.

“Good.” Taylor answered, easing himself into one of the chairs. “We’re all great.” He grinned.

“Good. I was told you were planning to breast feed?” The nurse asked.

“Yeah, I am.” I answered.

“Okay, do you know how to do that or would you like me to walk you through that?” The nurse asked.

“Oh, that would be amazing. I mean, I thought it was kind of easy, but maybe you could help.” I answered.

The nurse smiled. “That’s what I’m here for, honey.” She answered. She walked into the room, holding two nursing blankets with the hospital name stamped on them.

“Okay, I think we should take it one at a time, until you get the hang of this, okay?”

I nodded, “Sounds like a plan.” It hit me suddenly how much I honestly had no idea what I was doing.

“Great. It may not be so easy the first time, but don’t get discouraged. Some women it comes naturally and some women need to work at it a bit before they can do it properly.”

I nodded ,tucking my hair behind my ears.

The nurse lifted Sophia, who’s eyes were opening. James still appeared to be asleep.

“Okay, honey.” She placed Sophia in my arms and I adjusted my hospital gown, pulling down one shoulder, with the help of the nurse.

“Okay, find a position that’s comfortable for you, and hold the baby close to you.”

I nodded, trying to accommodate the baby in my arms.

The nurse showed me how to get the baby to latch on properly.

I frowned. “Is it working… oh!”

“Is she nursing?” The nurse asked.

I nodded. “Uhh… yeah, I think so.” I scrunched up my nose. “Is it supposed to feel weird?”

The nurse laughed softly. “It’ll probably feel weird for the first couple of times… but you’ll be doing it so often, you’ll get used to it very quickly.”

“Okay.” I nodded, stealing a quick glance at Taylor. He was leaning forward in his chair, watching intently.

I felt a blush rise in my cheeks. I knew it was nothing he hadn’t seen before, but it was a slightly awkward position to be in for me. I felt strange doing this, and even weirder with someone watching so intently.

“I read that I’m supposed to switch sides, right?” I asked the nurse.

“It’s a good idea, but for now we’ll feed the other baby on the other side so we don’t overwhelm you.” The nurse smiled.

I nodded. “Sounds good.”

I continued feeding Sophia, asking the occasional question as they came to me. The nurse showed me how to detatch the baby and took her from me, only to hand the baby to Taylor.

“Now, when it comes to burping the baby…” The nurse began, “It’s important to remember-“ She stopped suddenly and we both turned out attention to Taylor. He had already shifted Sophia into the proper position, lightly tapped her back a few times and successfully got her to burp.

I gaped at him.

“See? Just like that.” The nurse laughed softly.

“Way to make it look easy.” I sighed.

Taylor laughed. “Sorry, but burping is the easy part, honey.” Taylor told me.

I nodded.

The nurse lifted James from the bed and placed him in my arms. This time I tried to remember all of the things the nurse had explained the first time. I successfully got him into position and got him to nurse.

“Oh, look! I did it!” I smiled.

“Good job.” The nurse smiled.

“Its not as difficult as I thought it would be.” I answered. “I mean, it’s not easy by any means, but it’s not… not as scary as the pictures and the books I read made it out to be.”

“You’ll have all kinds of practice. You’ll probably be doing this quite often.”

I nodded. “Right.”

The nurse answered a few more of my questions and told me a lot of things that I hadn’t know, before leaving Taylor and I alone with our babies.

Taylor laid Sophia in the incubator, and came to sit next to me. “Okay, I think he’s done.” I answered. “Tay? Can you show me how to burp him? You’re such an expert…”

He laughed, moving to come and sit on the bed next to me. “You know, I’m the one who taught Zac how to burp the alphabet.”

I gaped at him. “Don’t you dare,” I warned.

He laughed. “I won’t.” He took James from me, and demonstrated his incredibly easy burping technique.

I sighed.

“Are you still tired, sweetie?” He offered.

I nodded. “Yeah, actually.” I smiled wearily.

“You should get some rest.” He urged, laying little James in the incubator next to Sophia.

The nurse returned a few moments later. “How did we make out?”

“Good, I think.” I answered, smiling.

“She did amazing.” Taylor beamed at me.

“Okay, that’s excellent. If you don’t mind, we’re going to take the babies into the nursery to be monitored and so the birth certificates can be filled out and everything. It’s general practice for us to take them to be monitored there. If you wish, you could go just down the hall and see them.”

I glanced at Taylor worriedly. He smiled at me, lightly patting my knee. “Yeah, that’s okay.”

The nurse came through the room and wheeled our twins out of the room.

I watched them disappear, with a growing pang of longing. I’d never been this far away from them before.

I sighed, my eyes refocusing on Taylor. “I miss them already.”

He chuckled. “Me too. We could wait a little bit and go down to see them.” He suggested.

I nodded. “That would be great… and maybe we could stop at the gift shop? I know your mom and grandma were talking about stopping there, but maybe we could too.”

He nodded. “Absolutely.”

I yawned tiredly.

“Honey, get some sleep okay?” He offered.

I nodded, settling back against the hospital bed. “I am really tired for some reason.”

“You just did something really remarkable, Em. It was really strenuous. It took a lot out of you and that’s understandable.” He lightly rubbed my knee. “Close your eyes and get some sleep, okay?”

I nodded. “What are you going to do?”

“I’m going to stay with you for a bit, then maybe I’ll go down and check on our babies.” He smiled, leaning over me and lightly kissing my cheek.

I nodded again, drifting into a heavy sleep.

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