Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our Twins Are HERE!!!!!!

The twins due date was January 30, 2015
On December 20th I woke with a fever and having contractions, I was 34 weeks pregnant. Arthur took me to the hospital that Saturday, they controlled my fever and slowed down my contractions. I was released that evening and sent home on bed rest...a first for me ever! Since my entire pregnancy with the twins had been uneventful with "no" complications my doctor thought that I could still carry the girls another week or 2.... and that was what we were praying for! I continued to have a low grade fever for the next couple of days. On Monday I had a fever and a day filled with sporadic contractions. Arthur and I went to bed at 10:00PM that night, at 12:40AM I woke to my water breaking! So, we knew that this was it, the Lord had appointed December 23rd to be the twins birth day!
At 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant we knew the girls could face a rough start.
We arrived at the hospital at 1:45AM,
everybody and everything from that moment on moved fast.....
the nurses knew that my labors move quickly.
By 3:45 I was dilated to 10 and moved to the O.R. to deliver...
just in case I needed a C-section.
Praising the Lord I had a safe vaginal delivery,
I feel beyond blessed.
BABY A: Olivia Noel
Born  4:19 AM
Weight: 4.15 lbs
Length: 18 3/4 in
BABY B: Emma Joy
Born: 4:27 AM
Weight: 5.7 lbs
Length: 18 in
Our sweet baby girls have had a tough start.
The first 2 days Olivia and Emma were on oxygen and antibiotics for an infection. Christmas day they both came off the oxygen and labs came back that their infections were cleared up! That was truly the best Christmas gift ever!

This picture was on Christmas day, our tiny Christmas gifts.
Christmas day was the first time the girl had been together since they were womb-mates.
It was wonderful to see them together, even if it was just for a few moments.
That was the last time they were together, other than their little beds being side by side.
A priceless moment~
At present Olivia and Emma are making progress daily,
one baby step at a time.
They both have IV's for nutrients,
they are in warming beds to help them maintain their body temperature.
The girls have been battling jaundice with their counts up one day and down the next,
so they've been having phototherapy.
Yesterday they both started taking a bottle and "trying" to nurse...
You know it's hard work to nurse~ 
Because the girls exert themselves when they nurse or bottle feed 
they also have a feeding tube,
 this helps when they are just to tired or sleepy to nurse/bottle feed.
The hospital gave me a courtesy room ~the room I had on the labor/delivery floor~
this way I could be close to the girls and able to stay overnight.
I was released on Christmas Eve and able to go home that night to spend time with my kiddos.
I'm now staying at the hospital every night to be near the girls,
(we live 25 minutes from the hospital) 
this gives me the ability to feed them and get some quality cuddle time in.
At present we don't know when the girls will come home,
and we aren't in a rush as we want them stable and healthy first.
Today the doctor told us with premature babies it's all in "their time"
which could be a week or weeks.
Olivia and Emma have many hurdles to cross before they can come home...
Until then we continue to pray for their progress and health.
*This blog post is a bit choppy and lacking descriptive words,
I blame it on lack of sleep and creativity.....
All of which take time, something I have little of right now.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Still here.....

I haven't been ignoring the blog, just been busy with life~

I just wanted to say HI :-)
I'll be back soon with lots of pictures and a few family updates~
Hope y'all are having a fantastic start to the most wonderful time of year CHRISTMAS!