Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JESUS NEVER FAILS

Our girls are doing pretty good. We have had some up days and down days. We got back from Vanderbilt last Wednesday and Olivia was doing so good they took her off the cannula on the plane ride back to our NICU. But then on Thursday little Beatrice decided that Olivia had had enough attention and it was her turn to get some. She began to have some issues with her bowels, they felt they were seeing some air in them and took her off feeds and on triple antibiotics. She has been having x-rays each day about twice a day and sometimes every 6 hours. Yesterday they gave her another blood transfusion. She immediately looked pinker, but last night they weren't sure of something they saw on the x-ray which was very scary. They consulted with the pediatric radiologist and a pediatric surgeon and they felt it was nothing of concern. So prayerfully we are on the road to recovery with this situation. We attended church for the first time in awhile since all this has started. We only went to Sunday School and Sunday morning service and then headed to the NICU to spend the afternoon with the girls. As our days are sometimes good and sometimes not so good, I was reminded this past Sunday as I came into our freshly painted church that "JESUS NEVER FAILS". He has been with us every step of the way, and sometimes it's easier to say Lord where are you, why me, why us...please don't think I am a perfect person because my Lord knows my thoughts and already knows those things have come across them. But just as I think them, He reminds me I am here, I have this all under control, this is no surprise to me. I can tell you thru all this, my boldness to witness to others about my Lord has gotten so much stronger. I can't go one day without telling all the new nurses and ones I have had before what my Lord is doing each day thru these girls. So when I get discouraged and have my self a pity party, God nudges me and says remember I will never leave you nor forsake you..just think of what I have already done and know what I am going to do for these girls!!

My church as I sat on Sunday morning service, what a reminder

My Olivia looking sweetly at me just after I held her

My Beatrice loving up on me today

Olivia tuckered out after momma holdin her

Beatrice sleepin in my arms today


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Update On Olivia & Beatrice

Our little Olivia's procedure was done on Friday afternoon. The doctor's weren't sure until Thursday that they were even going to do the procedure yet as some of them were uncertain with her weight. Thursday mid day the Pediatric Cardiologist felt that waiting might actually put her in a dangerous position. She is now off the vent and only on a cannula, they plan on starting her on feedings tomorrow which we are thrilled about. We have done nothing but pray that God would show us exactly what He wanted for this little girl and our family. Our little Beatrice had to be put back on the cannula this morning and had to have a blood transfusion as her numbers weren't where they wanted them (UPDATE: they are going to try and take Beatrice off the cannula tonight). I had some points this week that I had no idea which way was up or down, but God has always been there with us and with our girls. I am so thankful for my family, for my parents taking care of our 5 other children. Thank you to my brother & sis-in-law for praying and being there for us and our children. For our preacher and his wife for being there for us while we have been going thru all this back in February till now. For everyone that has been praying for these girls, thank you so very much!!!

The flight team that picked her up on Wednesday

The team assessing her before they put her in their transport unit

This is them putting Olivia in the transport unit, this unit had everything that her NICU had, all on board this piece of equipment. It was truly amazing

The team heading out to take Olivia to the airport as she flew on their "Angel" jet back to Nashville

Daddy spied this when we were about to have the procedure. They have a wall of butterfly's with the donors names who helped build this hospital, this was on one of them. Our children called the twins "Splish & Splash" the whole time we were pregnant, this was so sweet when we saw it. God's little nuggets as my momma would say. We have run into and met so many twins during this journey it is amazing.

These are the two amazing surgeons that the Lord used to work on our Olivia's heart
Dr. Janssen & Dr. Doyle

Little Olivia just after her procedure, with her little warming cap still on

Our precious Olivia this afternoon, she is now only on the cannula and doing well

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Prayers for Olivia

The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind..Our little Olivia is in need of a procedure to fix a valve in her heart. The original plan was to wait till she got a little weight on her, but her Pediatric Cardiologist has been conferring with the Pediatric Interventionist at Vanderbilt and they all feel they need to go ahead with the procedure now. There is a small hole in her heart as of right now and they really need it to stay open while doing the procedure so that there are less risks of pressure issues while doing it. They were supposed to pick her up via flight yesterday and we got bumped twice so we sat all night. They are now on there way here to pick her up this morning. A team from Vanderbilt has been sent via fixed wing (jet) to get her. In the meantime they had to start her on meds to make sure the hole stayed open and there are side effects to that medicine including apnea so they have to ventilate her for that. They have also had to do alot of blood tests thru out the night and she now must have a blood transfusion. I am very concerned as her coloring has changed and is not as good as it was before. We have the sweetest nurses and they are making sure all is well with our little Olivia. Please continue to pray for all of us, but in particular right now Olivia needs prayers as we need to get her there and get this procedure done!! Pray for Beatrice as we will be leaving her here and my parents will be the ones to visit with her while we are away with Olivia.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

God is truly amazing!!!! The girls are doing so well, we can't ask for more. They are both off all oxygen right now, and breathing room air. They are also both having breast milk. Our little Beatrice by tonight will have 12cc every 3 hours and will be completely off all other feedings except breast milk. Olivia is now up to 3cc every 3 hours of breast milk. Little Olivia has moderate Pulmonary Stenosis so we have to continue to watch her heart. She will at some point have to have a procedure to correct that, but we really need to put the weight on first. We ask for your prayers for the girls as each day is a new and different day. So far we have not had any set backs but each day is different. God is truly amazing, and has done so much already for us. I was discharged yesterday but we have decided to stay here at the Ronald McDonald house. The house had a very nice Easter Dinner for everyone at 2pm today. We were unable to be with the children and our family, so God made a way for us to still have a nice dinner. I am so amazed at how God has continued to lay each step in front of us. He continues to move in so many ways for our family and these girls. Thank you all for your prayers and continued support.

Olivia enjoying her Easter day

Beatrice just relaxing Easter Sunday

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

They Are Here!

They have arrived!!! Our precious baby girls decided early this morning that my labor was going to start back up again. Within 1 1/2 hours they checked me and I was 5 centimeters and my doctor said we are having babies now. I immediately called hubby as we had sent him home thinking we may have a few weeks. I also called my momma & daddy so they could be here and the children. I then called my dear precious friend Ms. Denise. It all happened very quickly and unfortunately I was alone as I knew it may come to that. We are very happy with how they look, they truly are doing very good for being 29 wk 2 days gestation. They are both on limited oxygen and trying to wean them off. They are just monitoring their vitals and the typical things going on with preemies. I had knitted them these sweet little hats and I thought they were so tiny but really the girls won't be able to wear them for awhile as they are huge compared to them. God has truly blessed us..we continue to covet your prayers for these girls and the road ahead for them. I am doing pretty good considering I have never had a c-section before. Please help us to pray for a quick recovery and for a quick recovery for me as well.. Thanks to everyone we love you all!

Beatrice Joy 2lbs. 5oz.
Olivia Hope 2lbs 11oz.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Urgent Prayers Needed

I will make it brief, but our little twins need much prayer again. On Saturday evening my water broke unexpectedly and we had a bit of blood with it. We rushed to the hospital where I began contracting very regular throughout Saturday night and much more intense all day Sunday. I was very sure we were going to have babies on Sunday as we were 6 min apart and my pain level was at a 9-10. They gave me some pain meds on Sunday night and it slowed my contractions down to minimal. We are here now for the long haul. I have already been told I will be staying until the babies are born due to my water breaking and the possibility of infection. This of course is not my plan, but our Lord has a reason for everything. We will praise Him in everything!! So our babies will be either here in the next few days or weeks whatever the Lord wants. Please pray for me and the babies as we are in the hospital. Please also pray for the family. Hubby heads back to work tomorrow, and the children are with my parents. We know God is in control. Thank you everyone for praying!