Sunday, November 17, 2013

They're here!!

Wow, what a crazy time it's been. R had to go on bed rest at week 24 or so of her pregnancy. I had surgery on my wrist and things seemed to be going well but quickly came to a stand still. I'm not happy at all with the wrist or the current outcome of surgery and occupational therapy. I don't know what's next other than to just live with it. Boo!!
My dad got ok'd by a doctor for the cochlear implant and was waiting to hear if ins would help pay for it. Then they went on a 2 week vacation, camping on the beach. By this point R was hospitalized with her pregnancy. Thing 1 and Thing 2 wanted out of their cramped quarters. We (T and I, J and a buddy, A and P) decided to head out for camping on the beach at the same place my parents were at. While we were there, after 4 weeks of being in the hospital, R gave birth to the babies! Thing 1 weighed 4lbs 4oz and Thing 2 weighed 3lbs 14oz. They were 17 1/2 inches and 17 inches long. R had managed to carry them for 32 weeks and 5 days. Thing 1's little feet are turned in and sort of scrunched up where his brother was laying on them and Thing 2 has a heart murmur. Other than that they are doing really well. They are still in NICU and on oxygen and feeding tubes but Thing 1 is taking about 60% of his feedings by nursing or bottles and Thing 2 is doing about 40%. They are pushing 5 and 6 pounds and should be going home soon. Also, dad found out right after he got back that he was scheduled for surgery in less than a week. Zoiks! The cochlear has been implanted and he gets "turned on" on Wed. Praying for good results.
I was able to get a few days off work and JTs mom and I flew out to meet our grandbabies. They are precious!! From the pics we had seen they looked pretty good sized so we were surprised at how small they were. Here is Thing 2 with his daddy's hand. You can tell how small he is.

Mimi and Thing 1 the first time I saw him.

Mimi and Thing 2 when I met him.

Holding Thing2.

Bright eyes. He looks just like his daddy.

Thing 1 after his daddy changed his diaper. Unfortunately R got a cold while we were there and couldn't see the babies. She kept pumping though like a champ and has managed to provide more than enough milk for both babies. When we got home R found out she had bronchitis and pink eye. She's well now.

Holding Thing 1, who looks just like his mommy.

Build-a-bear donated costumes for the preemies and this is a pic of their first Halloween outfits, on a poster along with some other babies. Thing 1 and 2 are the Denver Broncos in the middle. Too cute! And they gave the outfits to their parents so they can have build-a-bears made and put the costumes on them. How cool is that?!

Thing 2 gets a mohawk when his hair is washed.

Selfie with Thing 2. His head is so small compared to mine!

Selfie with Thing 1.

That's a newborn size onesie that goes down to his knees.

Last view of Thing 1 before I left.

Momo cracked me up in silhouette behind the curtains.

And on her mommy's lap, with R's hair in her mouth.

CO landscape. Look at all the different colors.

And rock formations.

And rugged beauty.

My last view of Pike's Peak from the airport.

I can't wait to go back and see them again!