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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Where I have been.....

I am so sorry to just now get an update about what has been going on. For those not aware, I was admitted to the hospital November 1st due to my blood pressure. I was diagnosed with Pre clampsia. Every day was a touch and go situation but on 11/7/11 due to spike in my blood pressure they performed an emergency c-section. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery. Our little miracles: Madison Lynn at 12:52 PM weighing 3 lb 8oz and Jackson Thomas was born at 12:53 PM weighing 4 lb 9oz. I was put on magnesium drip for 24 hrs to get my blood pressure down and unfortunately this kept me from being able to see my babies till I was off. 26 hours later, I was able to see my babies and learned Madison was a little trooper and only needed a little oxygen and some IV fluids which she was completely off within a few days. Jackson had a little more trouble and did require a c-pap for several days but thanks to prayers he was taken off on 11/10/11 and then was put down to oxygen and after a little over a week he was finally off all of it.

We were able to hold our baby Madison by day 3, she was so tiny. She dropped down to 3lb 2 oz. Sadly it was a while before we were able to hold Jackson but after about a week, finally! They were in closed beds for a while and emotionally that was hard because all you could do was go in and look through glass at your babies. Not much hands on and not much snuggling which I needed.

The biggest obstacle was feeding. Due to being 2 months premature they had not acquired the suck, swallow, breath technique and we just had to work with them and work with them. At the beginning we could barely get them to take 2cc once a day but then after a little over a week they both started eating well.

Madison was the first to have her feeding tube removed and went home a few days later. Jackson feeding tube was removed the next day but he staying longer because he was having heart drops. She came home on Nov 28th and he came home on Dec 2nd. almost 4 weeks in the NICU.

We do not get much sleep. Madison came home under 4lb and Jackson under 5lb so they have to eat every 3 hours around the clock. I am attempting breast feeding so not much sleep in between. We are loving every minute of it and love watching them continue to grow. They have gotten so big since the NICU (well as big as a preemie should be). We just let the Dr this morning and Madison weighed 4 lb 12 oz and is 18 in long. Jackson is 4lb 14 oz and 19 in long. Everything looked good for both. They have started staying awake a little more with feeds and already starting with facial expressions.

Poor babies a few days old....
Madison

Jackson









Sweet tiny babies now....

12 comments:

Baby Hopes said...

Oh my goodness!!! I can hardly take the cuteness!!! How precious!!!

Cori said...

Wow!!!!!! Your little miracles are beautiful!!!! Congrats Mama! Glad you are are doing well and are
healthy!!!

Mrs. H said...

Glad to hear you and the babies are well. I've kept you in my prayers hoping all was well and a positive update would come. Congrats!!! They are so precious!!

Kelli said...

congrats momma!! your babies are beautiful and I am so glad they are home with you!

Krista said...

Been thinking about you so much....thanks so much for updating! So glad to hear everything is going well...but sorry to hear things have been so tough!! You are a strong momma and your little ones are lucky to have you as their mommy! I can't wait to see how they grow and become stronger and stronger!!!

michelle said...

I've been wondering where/how you've been! Glad everyone is home and doing well!

Arnden said...

Congrats on the cutie pies and having them home! I love current pics.

I have been following you because I had twins due the 20th and you were so close in timing to me that I loved comparing our pregnancies.

I had my babies on 11/1 at exactly 33 weeks. It is amazing how parallel our stories have been. My girls were a little bigger (both almost 5 pounds) and came home after 2 weeks in the NICU.

Please know that it is starting to get better. The girls are learning to breastfeed (slowly). Sometimes they even sleep in 4 hour stretches at night.

We are so in love with the girls and I know you are with your little hunnies! Good luck and keep up the posts.

Sanders said...

Congrats! Just viviting from the Multiples and more site. I had my twin girls on Nov. 7th 2008. November 7th is a great birthday! Glad to hear that your babies are doing well. Happy Holidays!

Josey said...

Oh my gosh - I'd been wondering where you were. What a scary time you've had, but I'm SOOOOO happy that they're both home with you now and getting stronger by the day. Thanks for the update and pictures!

Jessica said...

Whew! Glad you and the twins are okay...they are so adorable! I am praying that I can keep mine incubating for as long as possible, but this just goes to show that it's not up to us! Congrats and can't wait to see more updates!

sabcab13 said...

Hi there! Just wanted to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your babies are so precious! I was on our old IVF thread and stopped in on your blog to see how you had been. Then I saw your birthstory and your pictures. I am so happy for you! I too am a mother to boy/girl twins and can tell you it is such a blessing to have one of each. I hope you guys have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christi

Kristen said...

Congrats on your BEAUTIFUL babies! They are absolutely precious - I know you are so excited to have them home!