Sunday, May 31, 2009

Precious Miracles!!

My precious girls are settling in wonderfully. Little Beatrice passed all her tests and came home this past Wednesday. We are so thrilled to have the girls here together. They are just so adorable and doing so good together. Yes I am a bit of a zombie due to the lack of sleep, but it is more than worth it. I have prayed so long for this day to come that I certainly can't complain. The amount of time our girls spent in the NICU is so little compared to so many people I have talked to. Our Olivia spent only 42 days and Beatrice 50 days. Praise the Lord, they have done phenomenal. We leave again this coming Sunday to head to Vanderbilt again for a follow up eye exam. They have to keep close tabs on their eyes since they came so early, we want to make sure their retinas are not being compromised in any way. We want to thank everyone who has prayed for our family and for these girls. To say thank you just wouldn't do it justice. God has heard your prayers and blessed these girls. Please continue to pray for them as the continue to grow.
Our precious girls

Aren't they just so precious!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Keep Praying

Well our little Olivia has been home since last Tuesday. We are patiently waiting for our little Beatrice to come home as well. She was right behind Olivia and then she had some bowel issues come up and they had to pull her from feeds and do some tests. She now seems better, but she is having a hard time holding her temperature while in an open crib. We have tried twice, she went in an open crib Friday day and then by the evening went back into the isolette. They then tried again and she had to be put back in the isolette at 1am Sunday morning. So we have let her stay in the isolette all day Sunday and yesterday. Our prayer is that sometime today they will try again to see if she can hold her temp. She is now 4lbs and we pray that since she is eating much better and weighs more that she will hold it on her own now. Please help us pray as this is the only thing keeping her from coming home. Olivia is doing wonderful, and we love having her home, we just still don't feel complete without Beatrice here. Last Tuesday was the best and worst day as I was uncertain when Beatrice was coming home, and to leave her was beyond heartbreaking. I think we all cried half way home because it was bittersweet knowing we had Olivia but leaving Beatrice. God showed me though, it is all in his timing.

UPDATE: They have Beatrice in an open crib as of 10:30am this morning, she has to keep her temp holding for 24 hours and pass her carseat test!!! Please pray!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Getting So Close

The girls are doing amazing. Olivia is now up to 4lbs 3oz, and Beatrice is up to 3lbs 11oz. They have taken 5 straight bottles today and actually taking more than they are supposed to take. We are so thrilled!!! The doctor came in today and said that if they keep going like they are then maybe in a week or so then maybe they could come home. I am so ready for us to be a whole family unit. My heart aches to bring them home, and I get so giddy at the idea that we will have them here with us We have been blessed that they have had no bouts of apnea or brady's (heart rate drops or stopping breathing). Oh I so want them to come home together, that is my hearts desire. I ask everyone to pray that they do. We have eye exams coming up this week from doctors at Vanderbilt, so we pray that they go well. We spent sometime last Sunday on Mother's Day with the girls after church. They allowed all the children to come back.

Ms. Beatrice in her over sized onesie

Ms. Olivia is beginning to fill out her onesies

The girls and I just before Mother's Day

One of my favorite nurses, she was a blessing when Olivia left for Vanderbilt. She prayed with us and was ever so sweet with our girls. I have had so many wonderful nurses, but this lady was such a blessing and has meant the world to me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Our anniversary was this past Monday and we spent the evening with our girls. Daddy hadn't held the girls in awhile, and had never held them together so we had a good time getting them with daddy. He loved it, he just kept looking back and forth at them. One of my sweet nurses had left a card for us wishing us a Happy Anniversary and had signed it with the girls footprints and their names, it was so precious. In a million years I would have never dreamed we would be sitting here on our anniversary nor would I have ever thought we would have twins. I am so blessed!! I have a wonderful husband, who loves and adores me and our children. Right now he puts up with my crazy emotions and I am so grateful for that. We have 7 truly amazing children, and our Lord has done so much for us these past few months and truly the past 1 1/2 years. He has laid ground work for all that has come about with these girls, that we would have never guessed then. Thank you Lord for my husband and what he means to me and for my children and what a blessing they are. I also have to mention that our girls are gaining weight. Our little ones weigh exactly the same in grams and pounds/ounces. They are both 3lbs 5oz, 1515 grams!!! We are thrilled.

Happy Anniversary

This was what he did the whole time, back and forth between the two girls

Ms. Beatrice is one of the cute onesies their Uncle and Aunt got them

Ms. Olivia in her onesie from her Uncle & Aunt

They absolutely loved being together, isn't this too sweet

It's so amazing to look at them, both now 3lbs. 5oz