Monday, August 31, 2009

Family time



Sophie and Jace - sleeping peacefully together. Sophie - left, Jace - right.







Sunday afternoon we took the kids to feed the ducks. It was a good family time outing. The kids loved feeding bread to the ducks, and even Bella was getting into it! She was a little sad when the ducks realized the bread was gone and started swimming away. The last pic is of her waving good bye to the ducks. What a sweetie!

A family picnic








On Saturday, we took the kids to the park to have a picnic. It was much needed time together! We had a good time. The kids played ball and frisbee with Josh and LOVED it! They played at the park, and ran around. It was a nice sunny day, so I enjoyed it as well!

A bigger crib!





Last week, the babies were moved again! They were moved to NICU "B". This is just a quieter wing of the NICU. They were "upgraded" to a bigger crib as well! They always look so cute snuggled in there together! The kids came to visit one day to see where their little brother and sister were sleeping. We were able to roll the crib closer to the window for a closer look. I also had a chance, (after a really rough day) to just hold the babies. It was the first time I held both babies at the same time! It really is amazing that they fit inside me!

The update for now on Jace and Sophie is that we are continuing to work on nursing. The goal is to get them to take 75% of their feeding from the breast. Once that happens, we add more feedings. We kinda invited ourselves to do 3 a day feedings. Josh went and talked to a Dr. there who listened to how frustrated we were with the lack of progression with the babies. She suggested that we add a bottle feeding. So Josh has gone up for the 10 pm feeding and gives a bottle to the babies. Sophie has done WONDERFUL! Last night, she took her entire feeding from the bottle! All 55 mLs! Jace is doing well too! He is not as high as Sophie (I can't remember his number), but he is doing well. They are both doing great with nursing. Today, Sophie ate 32 (her high) from the breast. Jace did 13. We are working on him! They are both just adorable! I can't wait to bring them home and introduce them to their siblings! It doesn't feel "real" yet because none of my friends or neighbors have seen the babies - and almost all the family has only seen pictures of the babes! It will feel a little more like real life when they are home and taken care of by everyone!

There you have it! I will admit that the first week and a half was ridiculously hard! I felt like I cried all day long, every day. Since this past weekend, things are MUCH better! I stopped taking the percocet pain meds, and life seemed alot better. I am healing quickly, and still feeling better every day! I am blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to help me through this challenging time in our family. We have been well taken care of! I can't even think about how many people have helped and offered to help! I feel so blessed! I have the BEST friends here! I don't know what I would do without their daily texts, calls and drop bys! Not to mention, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to laugh with when I have cried all I could cry. We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful neighborhood! I know that this is where we are supposed to be! I am overwhelmed with how blessed we are! Thank you to my BFFs for being so wonderful! :)

This trial has been just that - a trial. But, I have learned so much through having to rely on my Heavenly Father. I am also eternally grateful to have married such a wonderful, patient man! Josh has been awesome! He takes care of me, the kids, and the house. He has been my rock and my soft place to rest when I can't do any more. I heard "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban the other day, and remembered why we put that on our wedding video. Josh truly raises me up. I am strong when I am on his shoulders. He raises me up to more than I can be. (I know, cheesy, but it needs to be said.) We have grown closer as a couple and a family as we pray for Sophie and Jace. Josh continually helps strengthen my faith when I am lacking. Thank you Babe, you are amazing!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to sharing...

Our precious little Sophie
The handsome little Jace
Last night the twins were moved to another part of the NICU and moved into the same bed!!! This is a huge step! They are now both off of their IVs and heaters. The only things they have attached are their nose feeding tubes and little monitors for heart rate and resp. rate. They are doing fabulous! This morning was the first time we have seen them TOGETHER!!! I love knowing that they have each other there now! It does Mommy's heart good! :) You can tell who is who - just look for the purple bows in Sophie's hair!







We are so glad that they are doing well enough to be in the same bed! We are working on feedings right now. I go up to the hospital to nurse them twice a day - once at 10 and once at 4. As soon as the babies get the hang of that, I will start going 3 times a day. So we are praying for speedy learners! They are the sweetest babies! The nurses in the NICU can't believe that I have 5 kids at 25 years old! To tell you the truth, neither can I!!! It is adorable to see Kaley, Thomas and Bella come "visit" thru the window! It draws quite the crowd! We cannot WAIT to have our family all together! Thank you for the continued prayers and love! We can feel them as we go through these long, tough days!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Update

In a continuous effort to not lose our three existing children in the mad shuffle the last few days have been, I decided to start with them - and then the new babies. Our kids were glad to get their Mommy home on Sunday and can't wait for Jace and Sophie to also join us! They have been troopers and done wonderfully with all the different people they have had to spend time with - thank you to all of you who have and will help us - we appreciate it!

Our Kaley is sure big - off for her last first-day of pre-school - she is excited!

Thomas' first day of pre-schhol - can he really be this old? He has patiently waited for this day for several months and was so excited he could barely contain it! They both had to wear their "Big Brothers/Sisters Rock!" shirts grandma gave them!

Jace already seems curious - but watch out ladies - another handsome man just joined our clan!

I can tell we have another beautiful princess on our hands!

This is as close as our kids have been able to get - kind of sad, but the NICU isn't really letting anybody in except parents right now - due to swine flu and other issues out and about . . . They still absolutely love to see their brother and sister. Bella keeps putting her arms out and says "hold, hold, hold!" They will be lots of help once we get them home!

Jace either has his arms out, up or down - always cute, but never the same!

Sophie sleeping peacefully!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A couple more . . .

. . . kids, a couple more pictures - either one! What a day! We left our house just after 9 am for Crystal to be checked out - since she had been having contractions, but since she has been so uncomfortable for so long, she didn't know how much was discomfort, how much was labor. Turns out it was mostly labor this time! When we got there, they checked her in, and when they checked her, she was dilated to almost a 5 - and since they knew it was a c-section, they had to hurry. The next hour was a blur of questions, medicine, IVs, doctors, nurses, etc. They suited me up and we were off - with one quick picture! A few short minutes later, we had two more kids!
Some Haz-mat man and his honey!

Bella was so happy to see her Momma!

Kaley and Thomas were quite concerned, but glad to see their Mom was okay and happy!

Mommy and Jace!

Jace peaking out into the world - not sure what is going on!

Mommy and Sophie!

Little Sophie!

THEY ARE HERE!!!!!

It has been a while since I have posted - but per Crystal's directions, I am to inform you all that our little twins are here!

Jace Gary was born at 11:25 am - edging his sister out of the gates by a mere two minutes. He weighed in at 5 lbs 15.5 oz. and was 18 inches long!

Sophie Del followed close behind at 11:27 am. She weighed in at 6 lbs 1 oz and was 17.5 inches long!

Our beautiful babies were delivered via C-section, so Crystal is now resting and begins the recovery process! Thank you all for you prayers and help - now and in the future! The twins are in the Newborn ICU to be monitored for the next little while. Both are doing very well - and seem a little out of place with all the other tiny babies! They are both hooked up to machines to help them breathe a little, but are not on oxygen or anything else other than monitors - so we will continue to pray that they won't have to stay very long and can come home shortly!

And here is the amazing mother of these two angels! And yes folks, this is her after delivery and everything - could she be more beautiful? I am excited for this adventure (and it will be an adventure), and there is no way we could do it without this incredible woman! I love you Crystal!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

34 Weeks

This describes exactly how I feel! I think I am officially done with being pregnant. I am ready to get these babies here, and get on with it! My ultrasound Dr. and my OB Dr. are both telling me "anyday" and "make your next appointment, but I will most likely see you before then at the hospital." So now, I wait.