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.

21 comments:

Matthew said...

It is so wonderful to hear that the girls are making good progress! Looking forward to the day we hear that they are on their way home to the farm. :)

We continue to keep you all in our prayers & praise God for His graciousness to you all!

Wishes for a felicitous & blessed New Year!

~ Matthew

Lynda said...

Praise God!!! Here is how long I have been away from seeing or talking to you - - - I didn't know you were expecting. This is truly very, very exciting news!!!!! Those girls are excellent weights so am guessing and will pray they make fast progress so they can come home soon. I have been waiting for a post to hear about your new grandbaby that you must have by now? This was a complete joyous surprise to read about for the New Year!!! Congratulations to everyone on your newest blessings from God!

1HappyWife said...

Precious! Praying for your sweet little girls.

Nikki said...

Dear Munck Family,
We have been praying for you all. :) Your girls are beautiful as are their names. :) We are soooooooo happy that they are here! Glad that you are able to stay with the girls. Thankful for big helpers at home that keep everyone else safe and happy while Mama is gone. Enjoy those snuggles! You look great!

The Mayo Family said...

Greetings and congratulations!
What sweet lil-gift's the Lord has sent you! Please know we will keep ya'll in prayer....
A healthy, happy New Year filled with growing closer to the Lord, happiness, many joy filled memories made!
Blessings~The Mayo family

Jody Dake said...

Congratulations Laura and family!

Having gone through almost exactly your experience right now, with birth, trying to nurse, (even the weights are similar) Jenny and Julia had to stay in NICU for 7 days before we brought them home before Thanksgiving. I was in the hospital exactly 1 month at UT before they were born though, and they were 4 weeks early, which is normal for twins.

I want to offer encouragement as you are experiencing this joy and blessing, doubled! I was very frustrated when I was trying to nurse ours, but I knew when we got home everything would be perfectly fine, and it was. I was in tears at the hospital, but once we returned home all was super! Stay encouraged! Love them! Take care of yourself as well!
Such beautiful blessings and great joys ahead!

We got a glimpse of you all at the Point of Grace concert! :)

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Nicole said...

We are so thankful that you, Olivia, and Emma are doing well! Praise the Lord for a healthy delivery and healthy babies. Many blessings to your sweet family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nicole McCready

Momma Chilson said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing. Our twin's were born at 36 weeks, but our earliest babe was born at 28 weeks on the nose...she weighed 2 ponds 9 ounces, 15 inches long. Preemies do EVERYTHING in their own time. (We had two more preemies following our 28 weeker...on at 31 w 5 d and 32 w). I will be keeping you all uplifted in prayer. You are all so truly blessed.

Christy

Amanda said...

We are so very excited for you, and we will be praying for continued healthy babies, recovery for you, and plenty of time and energy to spend with all of your loved ones.

Laura said...

Thank you everyone for your well wishes and your prayers!!! We are so thrilled to have Miss Olivia and Miss Emma here, they are truly little treasures.

Miss Lynda,
Amanda is due Jan 8th, and hasn't had Baby Burke yet. We are excited to be welcoming our first grandchild, we hope soon.

Blessings~
Laura

KULLA'S JOURNEY said...

Congratulations! My due date was a couple weeks ahead of you and I'm still waiting. I'm OK with that because we had to take the NICU route last time and hope to stay out of there this time!! Hope the girls continue to do well.

Amy Shelby said...

Congratulations Laura!!! We have been praying for you during this pregnancy. So thankful the girls are doing well. They are beautiful! Man, you've been a roll with baby girls for the past few. That's a big different from your boy spree. Can't wait to hear about your new grandbaby too!
Happy New Year!!!

J Scott said...

Congratulations. I will keep you all in my prayers as you live through this exciting yet stressful time. I'm glad you have such fantastic support so you can focus on these little ones. They are such beautiful girls. But, all your children are. I also pray for a safe delivery for Amanda.
Blessings to you all. Tiffany F

Cindy said...

Congratulations! Will be praying for your beautiful baby girls!

Tricia said...

Congratulations on your baby girls. I pray everyone continues to do well. I have twin girls and one is an Emma too. Numbers 8 and 9 for me.

Nicole Pelkey said...

HOOOWWWWW did I miss this?? I did not know that you were expecting!!! I went back to see what I could have possibly missed and I *think* it was the pictures of Suzanna in her big sister shirt~ Soooo adorable, but I guess I never caught on the first time seeing it! I better pay closer attention! Congratulations. They are beautiful. I will be praying for them to gain strength and weight and everything they must do so you can all be home together soon. Im still just shocked. I can't get over it! TWINS!!!!! xo

Ramona said...

Congratulations on the birth of your baby girls. They are beautiful. I will praying that they continue to grow and get stronger. Everyone will be home together real soon.
Ramona

Momma Bug said...

Congratulations dear lovely friend! What wonderful (tear-inducing) news! Thank you for taking time to share your joy with us. Our family will be praying for sweet Olivia and Emma.

We love you!
~Analene

victoria said...

Congratulations! Will be praying for the twins and their improvement and good health. Hope you are doing well too Laura.

Victoria

Beth said...

The blog post is perfect just like those precious babies!! Continued prayers for you all!!!

Michelle, a heart at home said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad your girls are here but sorry that they are having to spend some extra time in the hospital.
I will be praying for you all as you wait for them to be strong enough to come home.
Seeing that the date of this post was December 31st, I hope that you are already able to be home together, but will keep you in my prayers until I read otherwise here.
Blessings to you!