Wednesday, April 27, 2011

End of the NICU Roller Coaster

Britian, 11 weeks old
Jillian 11 weeks old
 So long ago but yet it feels just like yesterday. 11 weeks ago, two little girls were born 14 weeks early. Both weighing less than 2 pounds they were in for the fight of their life. People around this country dropped to their knees and began praying without end. Time and time again throughout these 11 weeks medical issues would arise but the prayer warriors all banded together and flooded Heaven's gates with prayer for these 2 precious miracles. Without faith, hope, and prayer I know my girls would be facing a much more grim future. Instead the future is as bright for them as had the been born full-term; this in and of itself is a true miracle.

 I am so happy to announce that today is our last full day in the NICU. Tomorrow is discharge day, our final graduation step as we march into the sunset and embrace all that life has in store for us. 11 weeks and 1 day is the official count for our NICU roller coaster.

 In the beginning I had mentally prepared myself for 16 weeks or more of this emotional trip. God had a very different plan for my girls though. Fighters they are and hopefully fighters they will always remain. The strides my girls have both made in 11 weeks is simply astounding. The simple fact alone that they are both coming home on the same day is overwhelming. So many days and nights as I sat at their bedside and worried I prayed that God would prepare them to leave on the same day. I simply could not bear the thought of leaving one here while the other went home. My prayers have been answered not only for this issue but time and time again within these four walls. God's grace, mercy, and love shine through in our story. I don't know why He chose my family and I for this journey but I am looking forward to finding out all that God has planned for my girls and the rest of my family.

 Of course I will continue to update this blog with information and developments about Britian and Jillian. I plan to also share from a Mother's perspective the ups and downs of mothering twins and a large family.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your prayers, well wishes, and thoughtful words of encouragement these past 11 weeks. There were days that nothing else sustained me other than knowing that so many were praying for us.

With Love,


  1. We love you Alexis!!! <3 Thank you for letting us be part of your life!
    Hugs and Kisses from KS!
    Mrs. Joseph Wood

  2. Crying tears of joy with you and praising God for all of the miracles He's already worked in their lives!

  3. We are so happy for you, Alexis! Your beautiful family will be all together! Enjoy taking your precious girls HOME!

  4. Praise God. What a Wonderful Day today will be. What joy and what trepidation I am sure. Taking these little ones home... how exciting. I will continue to pray for you all each time I see an update on the girls so keep the updates coming. It will be wonderful to see pictures of the girls and their siblings... the whole family reunited. I pray you will have a smooth transition to home and a restful sleep with all your children under one roof. God Bless. Hugs. and Blessings to you all.

  5. What wonderful and exciting news! Thank you Lord for soooo many answered prayers. What an awesome God we have. Can't wait to see photos of the whole family together again and to hear the progress of the girls as they grow and development.

    God's Blessings be with you all
    Vickie (TOS Crewmate)