Sunday, May 15, 2011

No News is Good News

Brit and Jillian in their going home outfits
Can you tell the girls and I are home now? Gee whiz, I haven't had any time to sit down for more than a minute or two and post here. So sorry. But rest assured that no news means good news. The girls and I arrived home safely over 2 weeks ago and life has been on the move ever since.

Two days after being discharged we moved into a newer and larger house. The girls and I came home to the new house and lived in one room temporarily until the rest of our furniture and belongings arrived from the other house. I am so thankful that the girls learned to sleep through every level of noise because we certainly did not come home to a quiet house. Because of their lung issues we had the carpet removed from the main living area and hardwood floors laid in its place. The floor installation was in full force when we arrived home, not a quiet process at all. But God's hand was upon us yet again and the floor was able to be completed despite an unprecedented short timeline for completion.

My husband came down with the flu on the day of moving but our friends rallied around and got us moved in one trip. What a blessing each and every one of them was to us that day. We are slowly settling in to our new house. Taking care of the girls, managing the house, and caring for my older 3 leaves me just a little bit of time each day at the most to unpack, sort, etc. But I know it will come together eventually.

The girls are doing wonderfully at home. Both have broken into new pound categories. As of this past week Britian is now 6lbs 4oz and Jillian is 5lbs 4.5 oz. They are growing and getting stronger everyday. I marvel at them everyday, they are truly little miracles. They might be twins, conceived from the same egg but their personalities couldn't be more different. It has been so much fun watching their little personalities emerge from their shell. Britian is the stronger, louder, and more vocal one. While Jillian is calmer, self-soothing, and laid back. Her voice is starting to emerge though. My oldest asked how I can tell who is crying without seeing them,  I just can. Their cries are very distinct to me.

We are not supplementing their milk here at home. In the NICU they received 27kcal breastmilk with human milk fortifier added. Here at home I was supposed to add Neosure formula to half of their bottles everyday. That lasted maybe 2 days, they were both in so much pain that I stopped as soon as I verified the cause. They continue to gain on just my milk so we are going to stick with that and I couldn't be happier. I love knowing that they are getting my milk naturally as God intended.

I will continue to update on the girls' progress as time allows. Thank you everyone for your prayers and words of support. Please keep us on your  prayer lists. We desperately need these girls to stay healthy and free of viruses.  

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update. Wow!!! You have your hands full and I don't mean the twins. Moving??? That is stressful all on it's own.

    So glad to hear the girls are gaining and doing well. Praying for continued good health for you all, but especially for the girls.

    Keep up updated even if all you do is post a couple pictures of the cutie pies and tell us how they are growing. :-)

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  2. I'm so glad to hear they're home and doing well! And yay for full time breastfeeding. My twins were only a month early, and only spent a week in NICU (and that week wasn't for anything major), so I won't pretend to know your struggles and challenges BUT I was soo thankful that my children were able to breastfeed exclusively once we got them home, I can't imagine adding in all the added work of fixing and washing bottles! Don't let anyone tell you it's "easier" to bottle feed, or that you can't breastfeed twins!

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  3. I'm glad you're home. Make sure you drink water, don't forget to eat, get your rest, and accept help if you can. I remember the early days with such tiny babies, and apnea monitors, and no sleep!! - We moved to a bigger place, too.. but not until they were about 5 months old. All of their "stuff" started taking over! Thanks so much for taking the time to update!

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  4. Yes, even meeting my twins at almost 8 years old, and them speaking a foreign to me language, I was still able to tell them apart by voice alone within just a few days.

    Praying for continued 'no news' type 'boredom' for you and yours!

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