Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bringing Home Baby "A"

3 Weeks, 21 days, 504 hours... and...
We finally got to bring Talmage home!!!
All snuggled in their car seats!
We got to take Talmage home yesterday and we surprised Grandma Field. We finally got the OK to take him home since he gained 16 grams in 48 hours. Which wasn't what they were hoping for, but enough to allow him to go home to be back with his sister. It's amazing having them home. They are such sweet babies... until they get hungry, but whose not grumpy when they're hungry? It's amazing at how well they are doing for being as sick as they were in the hospital. They are amazing.
They were back snuggling in their beds last night. They say that twins do better when they're together, and it broke my heart they were apart for those two days. But after the doctor's appointment today, Talmage has already gained weight! See, they just need to be home with mom and dad and their big brothers.

The boys are thoroughly enjoying their younger siblings. 4 1/2 year olds are great, dirty diaper couriers, binki watchmen, blanket retrievers, big brothers are the best!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bringing Home Baby "B"

What an amazing day! After a long 19 day wait, we got to bring our little sister Kirtlyn home today! She is absolutely amazing! We got to go to the hospital and pick up our little girl and go visit Grandpa and Grandma Field's house before coming home. Once we got home, Grandpa Steve and Grandma Sharon came over to visit, as well as Aunt Kiki and the Shipman boys.

Needless to say, she is tired out and is all curled up in her bed... until the next meal time, which might be very, very soon...
All bundled up in her car seat.. how many different shades of pink can you find?

All five of us for a family picture... it just feels like some one is missing... Talmage, little man, come home!!!

Hopefully he will be home on Tuesday. How crazy is it going to be still needing to go to Orem to the hospital to feed Talmage and feed baby Kirtlyn and get Garrett and Preston around... Well... bring on the mini-van chauffeuring of kids and time management (good thing swim lessons ended Friday, right?)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Yeah for good news!

We found out that our sweet little baby girl Kirtlyn might get to come home on Sunday. I'm so excited! She is doing great for being a little sicker than Talmage in the beginning. The nurses keep telling me she is a little spitfire and she lets you know when she's upset. So little girl drama starts at an extreme early age, meaning in the womb. It doesn't surprise me at all when I hear that, what with her taking over my tummy and giving her brother about an inch to maneuver in. She is the queen of her comfort and I figure we are all going to have learn the best way to "handle" little Kirtlyn.

I'm so excited that they might be home soon. I figured out that by today (meaning length in hospital) we were bringing Garrett home first and Preston came the next day. This go-around is definitely trying our patience even more, but with patience come the blessings of bringing baby home. Oh how I need to squeeze, hold, rock, hug and kiss those little ones!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fiesta Days 2010

It wouldn't be summer without going to a carnival, right? We always go to the Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork and this year the boys enjoyed all the rides and sugar we could find.
Pirate ship roller coaster...
We made it to the final ride of the night, the carousel. Mom had beyond swollen feet, Dad was out of cash and Preston and Garrett picked the right ducky to go home with new stuffed animals, thank heavens!!!
But wait... Mom can't leave a carnival without funnel cake... Strawberry Delight was it's name and it lived up to all expectations... Don't you just want to take a bite??? You can't, cause we ate it all!
While we were at the carnival, our sweet babies were waiting patiently for mommy to come feed them and I just had to take a picture of Kirtlyn in her dress. It was adorable!
Talmage is looking more and more like Matthew's baby pictures. What a cutie!
And yes... they love their binki's. Yeah for the baby plug!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sibling Visits

What a special day today!

The boys got to go to the hospital during sibling visits which are only on Sundays and got to see the babies for the first time... AND got to hold them!!
Garrett is holding Talmage and the only thing he could say about it was: "Talmage's head is warm."
Preston got to hold Kirtlyn and said "She wasn't even fussy."

They are going to be the biggest helpers ever!!!

The babies are doing great. We are just working on them eating and gaining some weight. Kirtlyn should have the pic line out by Thursday and they are having her off the oxygen for a 12-hour test tonight. I'm so proud of them, they are doing so good.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Babies are here, the Babies are here!!!

... Wait, the babies are a week and a half old, what???

So I look back over this last week, realizing I haven't documented a thing that has happened over the last few days. Long gone are the bed rest days of my summer, and here are the days of 4 kids, fully loaded (with kids) mini-van, swimming lessons, and mom up every 3 hours to pump (at least for now). Wow, how life has changed and the babies aren't even home yet.

Forgive me while I slowly try to catch up the events of the last week. I am amazed at how much I love these little babies and cannot wait for them to come home.

It's crazy to think that my long awaited, long desired pregnancy lasted 35 weeks, the same as with the boys, and it's now over. By the Fourth of July weekend, let's just say, I was done. But not wanting a July 4th baby(ies), I waited until the 5th to start walking like a mad woman, getting the last few things for the babies room at Robert's, the Quilted Bear, Rod Works, and Wal-mart. Wow, what a busy day.

Well... Tuesday morning started at 5:30 am counting contractions. Not unlike any morning, but every 4, 6, 7, 5 minutes apart got my attention. Matthew was getting up for work and knowing I had a doctor's appointment at 10:30, I wasn't in a huge rush to get to the hospital. As I'm getting ready for the day, the contractions slow, so I'm thinking we're OK. But as my sisters Kirsten and Becky came to pick me up to drive me to Orem, I had contractions the whole drive, during the entire doctor's appointment, and per his instructions, we headed back to the hospital for another non-stress test... routine, right? Well thinking I'd be there for about 30 minutes maybe, my sisters and I would go to lunch after. Logical, right? Umm... not going to happen. The nurse comments that the contractions are now 2 to 3 minutes apart. What? I've only been counting the hard contractions that really hurt, this isn't labor, is it?

Have you ever noticed how times stops in a hospital? It does, I promise. We got to the hospital at 11:30 and by 5:30, the doctor finally called saying he got the O.K. to take the babies by the Neo-natologist. So, we are having babies about 7:00!!! Needless to say, the doctor came a little late, but now we're prepping for surgery, the family has all congregated to the hospital, and we're watching the clock, counting down to see these two little ones.

Talmage William was born at 7:55 pm and Kirtlyn Rose was born at 7:56. Talmage was 4 pounds 5 ounces and 17 3/4" long and Kirtlyn was 5 pounds 2 ounces and 18" long. My babies are finally here... I am in love.

The babies are admitted to the NICU, thinking they are having lung problems. After a few days of tests, ultrasounds, and x-rays, it's determined they have an infection that will take a couple of days to heal, and then all the lung and heart problems will eventually work themselves out.

Each day has been a hopeful wait for good, positive news. Which, thankfully, we have been blessed with. After a blessing from Matthew and his dad, with faith and patience, each day has been one of progress and the babies are healing, breathing well, eating well, and we get to hold them each time we go. Now the waiting game of "when will the babies come home?" Only time will tell, which again, we are good at waiting through. Love you babies.
(Pictures will be added to this post, hopefully today.)