Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November lets try to stay on top of this now!! Whew!! many things to be Thankful for! Healthy babies being at the top of that list!
They had their first road trip down to LA for Thanksgiving. They did pretty well, but the last 2 hours of the ride, they were clearly done being in the car.
Libby actually started laughing out loud when I made faces at her (11/27). How wonderful to hear the giggles of your babies. It makes everything right in the world.
They got their first RSV shot on 11/9. They will continue to get these shots every 4 weeks until March. As of 11/9/10 Libby is 11lbs and Sawyer is 12lbs. Funny to think of our tiny boy, the big one now! Sawyer only has 2 more appointments with his oxygen doctor and then he is cleared! Whoot! Both babies are getting big and strong every day!
They are full of smile and giggles and rolling all over the place! They sleep in their own cribs in their room. Though Sawyer still wakes 1-2 times a night. Not sure if its because he needs to actually eat or just wants mommy. A work in progress, obviously. Libby..well she sleep like a champ! Unless of course she is woken by her brother on some occasions.
It is so fun to watch their personalities emerge. Sawyer likes attention all the time, lots of stimulation, but also loves to just have screams of joy for no reason and blow bubbles while he chats away to a toy on the floor. He is a big smiler! So happy to give them away freely to anyone who is willing to look. Libby is super mellow baby. She is content just watching her surroundings and evaluating the situation. Her smiles are saved for those special moments, when she feels it is smile worthy. She also loves to chat, but it is so soft and gentle it just makes me melt. She loves her swing and any toy that she can shake to make a noise.
We have another High Risk assessment in February to make sure they are meeting their milestones. They are now almost 9 months old, but developmentally 6 months. It is hard to believe that our babies are almost 1 year old. It has been a roller coaster of emotions but soo worth the ride!

Pictures Take 2

Happy Halloween!

Sawyer all smiles - Love that dimple!

Happy girl Libby!

Brother and Sister (10/10/10)

My babes! (9/9/10)

Home and beyond

Finally everyone is home! It's alot to take in. Yes, we were exhausted. Yes, our house was a mess. Yes, we rarely prepared a good meal, but most importantly Yes...our babies were home with us!
I can't say much eventful stuff happened in the months after the babies got home.
Lots of appointments. Sawyer had bi-weekly eye exams, which totally stunk! Libby had follow up brain scans for ventricle growth, which she was cleared until she's a year. Sawyer did have his brain bleed, but while still in the NICU they had done an MRI, so that cleared him until he is a year as well. He still had the bleed, but it was very slowly decreasing in size. Only time will tell, but in the mean time, he is our perfect boy!
At first when the babies got home we had lots of weight checks, weekly! The babies weren't necessarily gaining at a rapid weight. So we did bottle feeding with breastmilk to see what they were getting. Long story short, I was determined to nurse. 2 lactation consults later, me losing my mind and finally throwing everything out (scales, timers, charts, etc), and letting my body and my babies control ... they nurse! It took some time and LOTS of patience but they are doing well. Are they big ol' babies...Nope...but we are okay with that!
They had their first 4th of July in Colfax with my family. It was nice. They even "saw" a parade. Sawyer was on oxygen until the end of July, when he was finally strong enough to no longer require it, day or night.
In August they had their first overnight stay in Oroville (we only bring our children to the best towns! LOL) We went with my parents on their new boat. So lots of firsts, water, boat, overnight! They did really well and LOVED the water. I cant wait until next summer. Yipee for water babies!
September/October - not much went on, that I can recall. The babies are getting bigger and bigger. RSV season is coming up. This is very scary for premature babies so we will basically be on lockdown for the winter. The babies lungs will not be "fully" developed until the age of 2. So we have to take extra precautions until then. They celebrated their first Halloween as Mickey and Minnie, but weren't able to stay awake long enough to trick or treat or even greet!


Holding my babies together for the first time (5/5/10)

Sweet Sawyer -- Shhh

Sweet Libby

Happy Easter - In her Easter Dress

Happy Easter sweet boy - We love you!

Lets Face It....

I seriously need to update the blog! Our babies are almost 9 months old and the blog is only on 1st month?!?! Let's get real...I just dont have the time that I used to. Between bouncing babies, burping, feeding, changing diapers, laundry, eating, sleeping and trying to use the bathroom somewhere in there and MAYBE catch a shower, the blog has been severely neglected. Sooo....lets do a fast track:

2nd Month (April)- Alot of the same as month #1, not quite as scary as we got used to the NICU and the terms used. Still lots of up and downs. The kids celebrated their first Easter in the NICU...yes we even had a dress for Libby and a bow as big as her head! Libby moved to nasal cannula and Sawyer finally moved down from a SiPap to CPAP to Vapotherm. Both starting using the bottle and recreational nursing. Both babies got moved into an open crib, meaning they could finally keep their own body heat!

3rd Month (May) - Babies are finally starting to fill out and look like full term babies, even if they only weigh between 4 and 5 lbs! My first Mothers Day...Libby was supposed to go home, but had a brady (breathing) episode and so the 7 day clock started again. She also stopped eating so they had to run tests, get a urine sample (which meant a catheter) , it was terrible. We did get to room in with her before that, which was a pure joy to hold our babies with no wires attached.
The babies finally got to co-bed together as well. Something we wanted from the very beginning! Libby made it home on May 16th - 1 week before her due date. Sawyer followed behind on May 23rd - 3 days before due date. Sawyer came home on 1/16 of a liter of oxygen.

Just a note that portions of this blog may be graphic. This has been a long journey, and keeping a detailed record is important to us. So if you are queasy, there may be parts you need to skip over. Also, any decisions regarding our children, the pregnancy, parenting ideas, are something that we consider carefully. If we decide to share them on the blog, please be cautious of criticism. We fully intend to research ideas thoroughly that we are thinking about.
We are excited to share this wonderful journey and welcome you along for the ride!!

Thanks! :)