Due date

April 26, 2009

First off, I would like to express my gratitude to those of you who commented or sent me emails and messages on Facebook regarding my last post.  It really means a lot to me to have the support and understanding from you all, and it also feels good to know that I’m not alone in this.  I mean, I’m obviously not “alone” since I have Jeff and my friends and family to lean on, but it’s just a relief to know that what I’m going through isn’t shameful or wrong.  So thanks.  =)

It’s hard to believe that today is our due date.  It’s April 26th, and we should have babies that are just a few weeks old today, and instead we have babies who will be 10 weeks old tomorrow (or 0 weeks old adjusted age, LOL).  Pretty crazy ride we’ve been on, huh?  We are commemorating the day by having our friend Kari come out to take photos of the boys (their first professional photo shoot), and maybe a few of us as well.  Thankfully, Max and Wes let us have a little more sleep last night so Kari won’t have to spend too much time photoshopping the dark circles under our eyes.

Because I don’t have much else to say right now, I’ll just post a few pics we’ve taken over the last few days…

Wes and Max playing with "Auntie" Tiff

Wes and Max playing with "Auntie" Tiff

The boys crashed out on Tiff's lap

The boys crashed out on Tiff's lap

Daddy and Max taking a nappy

Daddy and Max taking a nappy

Aunt LeAnn loving on both the boys

Aunt LeAnn loving on both the boys

LeAnn, the boys, Asher, and I talking to Aunt Kim and the fam via webcam

LeAnn, the boys, Asher, and I talking to Aunt Kim and the fam via webcam

Kerry

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Our Wes, tube-free

April 24, 2009

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Kerry

Our Max, tube-free

April 24, 2009

Jeff has Weston at the opthamologist for his follow-up appointment, so I have been busy at home, snapping pictures of our sweet little Max without the stickers and tubing on his face.  Just thought I would share…

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Wes pictures coming soon…

Kerry

THIS JUST IN!!!!!!

April 23, 2009

As of noon today, both of our sweet little boys are OFF OXYGEN!!!!!  They passed their oxygen challenge with flying colors, so Dr. Brandon (the boys’ pediatrician) was confident that they would be just fine without it.  We are going to keep the tanks around the house over the weekend “just in case”, but I don’t think we will need to go back to it for any reason – WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!

Words really can’t describe how I feel when I look at our sweet little guys without the big, ugly stickers and tubing on their faces – ahem – I get a little emotional and misty-eyed just writing about it.  Nine and a half weeks later, we finally get to see our babies the way we were meant to.  So.freakin.cool.

In other news, Max and Wes are doing CRAZY good in the weight gaining department.  Today, Max weighed 7 lbs, 3 oz, and was 19 1/4″ long.  Wes was 8 lbs, 10.5 oz, and was 20 1/4″ long.  They are both gaining steadily at a little over an ounce a day, which is FANTASTIC.  OMG, I’m getting teary again…maybe I’ll stop for now.  We’re giving the boys a bath this afternoon, so we’ll post clean, cuddly, sticker-and-tubing-free pictures later tonight.  YAY!

Kerry

Two months old!!!

April 17, 2009

(gestational age is 0 weeks – newborn)

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I cheated.  These pictures were taken today, at two months and one day old, but I wanted to get their weights on the cards, so we waited until today.  The boys had another pediatrician appointment today, and as you can see, they are doing remarkably well in the weight department.  Both boys gained over an ounce a day since last week, which is what Dr. Brandon wants to see for Max and Wes.  We were cleared today to switch them from the super expensive, predigested formula (that’s made especially for premature babies), to a less expensive formula to supplement my breastmilk with, so YAY!  They will have their oxygen levels tested here in the next few days, and Jeff and I really hoping that at least one of them (or both of them) will be off oxygen soon.

My sister and her husband got here last night, and the boys have been really busy playing with aunt Kristy and uncle Joel (and Grammy and Grampy).  It’s been so great having my family here, it just makes me wish that they all lived closer…

Max thinks aunt Kristy is pretty neat

Max thinks aunt Kristy is pretty neat

The newest way to calm Wes down - it works!!!

The newest way to calm Wes down - it works!!!

Kerry

Welcome home, Wes!!!

April 8, 2009

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!  Our family is complete!!!  We picked Weston up at 3:30 this afternoon after 51 days in the Swedish NICU – and he’s now home with his brother(s)!!!!  We are obviously VERY excited (like you couldn’t tell with all of the exclamation marks), and soooo ready to start this new chapter of our life together.  Because we will likely be busy the next few days getting into a routine with the boys, I probably won’t be posting much (if any).  So sit back, relax, and enjoy some pictures we took today of Wes’s homecoming…

Giving Wes one last kiss in his NICU room

Giving Wes one last kiss in his NICU room

Our little chubster all strapped in

Our little chubster all strapped in

Both boys in the car, ready to go home

Both boys in the car, ready to go home

Rex greeting his other little brother (sorry it's so blurry!)

Rex greeting his other little brother (sorry it's so blurry!)

Already getting comfy in the swing

Already getting comfy in the swing

Chillin in the Boppy

Chillin' in the Boppy

The boys in their Boppys

The boys in their Boppys

"Oh, it's *you* again"

"Oh, it's *you* again"

Wish us luck tonight!

Kerry

Welcome home, Max!!!

April 3, 2009

This entry was written on Tuesday, April 1st – we just were keeping it a “secret” because we wanted some privacy (in this oh-so-pubic life we have now), I hope you all understand.  =)  We wanted to “come clean” because it looks like Wes will be in the NICU for a little bit longer than we had originally expected, and frankly, we need the support.  I’ve been getting increasingly more worried about my mild PPD getting worse if both boys aren’t home with us soon, and thought that sharing this great news with the world would make me feel a little bit better. 

Max was given his walking papers on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, after spending 43 days in the Swedish NICU.  It was a bittersweet day – on one hand, we were really happy to have at least one of our babies home, and on the other hand, it was heartbreaking to leave our little Wes at the hospital.  We documented the day in photos, so enjoy!

All strapped in

All strapped in

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Safe and sound at home

Safe and sound at home

Rex meeting his brother for the first time

Rex meeting his brother for the first time

So sweet

So sweet

Rex kisses

Rex kisses

Max's first diaper change at home

Max's first diaper change at home

Max's first bottle at home and kisses from Rex

Max's first bottle at home and kisses from Rex

Resting peacefully on Daddy's chest

Resting peacefully on Daddy's chest

Max’s first night went relatively well, other than the fact that Rex is already very protective over his little brother – he didn’t sleep at all, which meant I didn’t sleep at all.  Every single little noise that Max made, Rex would completely freak out.  He must have jumped on and off the bed 200 times last night, all the while our son was soundly sleeping in the pack and play next to our bed.  The little noises he was making throughout the night made me smile over and over again – I just cannot believe that one of our boys is finally home!!!!  Now if we could just get his brother home…

Kerry

Tipping the scales

April 1, 2009

Don’t cry Wes, we don’t mean to call you chubby – but it’s true!!!  Look at our little porker – 6 lbs, 3.6 oz tonight!!!  Sorry about the picture quality, we didn’t bring our “good” camera to the hospital tonight.

Wes - 44 days old and 6 lbs, 3.6 oz

Wes - 44 days old and 6 lbs, 3.6 oz

And we didn’t get a picture of Max on the scale, but he was 5 lbs, 2.6 oz at last weigh in.  I have a feeling he will be catching up to his little brother in no time, as he’s doing really, really well on his feedings. 
Max - another milk-induced coma

Max - another milk-induced coma

And one more picture because I’m exhausted these days and forgot to post it the other night – a picture from Jeff and I’s date at Vesta…

The "Last Supper"

The "Last Supper"

You will all have to forgive me for being a slacker on the blog this week, Jeff and I are trying to get last minute things done before the boys are home with us.  =)  I promise you that it will be worth the wait – we’ll be posting pictures non-stop before you know it!

Kerry

New digs

March 23, 2009

Great news!  Max and Wes were transitioned into open cribs this morning after their baths!  This is a HUGE step in them being able to come home with us soon.  By moving into these open cribs, they are basically being forced to self-regulate their temperatures, which is one of the components that has to be met before they are sent home.  There is a small chance that one (or both) of them may get too cold being out in the open, but if that happens they will just move them back into an isolette and try again later.  And now, a picture of our boys’ new digs, Max without his oxygen and feeding tubes (just for his bath, they went right back in afterwards), and Wes laying in his nice, clean crib… 

Max is on the left, Wes is still on the right

Max is on the left, Wes is still on the right

Our handsome boy

Our handsome boy

Wiggly little Wes

Wiggly little Wes

Now if Wes could just remember to breathe when he is eating, I would feel a lot better!  He had a really bad bradycardia just as I was starting to feed him a bottle this morning.  I noticed that he started turning blue, and his eyes were starting to roll into the back of his head, so my head snapped up to look at his monitor.  Sure enough, his heart rate was 50-something, and his oxygen saturation was 64%.  Not good.  I began jostling him a little bit, and rubbing his head vigorously to try to get him to remember to breathe, and it wasn’t working.  I was really scared there for a few minutes, but amazingly, I kept my cool.  The boys’ primary daytime nurse, Jan, came running in, and finally got him to take a deep breath, but I was really freaked out.  Once we got Wes settled back in his crib, this time on a tube feeding, Jan told me that she was proud of me.  She said I did the right thing when I saw Wes turning blue, and that made me feel really good.  This is one of the things we are going to have to really watch for when the boys come home, and I recognized what was happening before the monitors caught it.

The good news is, they won’t let either of the boys come home until they are issue-free (NO bradys, at all – along with being able to regulate their temperatures and take their feedings with no problems) for five consecutive days.  The bad news is, they won’t let either of the boys come home until they are issue-free for five consecutive days.  If one of them is on day four, and he has a brady, he starts over.  Simple as that. 

That said, if I were a betting woman (and I am), I would be willing to bet that Max will be coming home before Wes.  I’m also almost positive that Wes will be on oxygen when he comes home (and Max won’t).  I think that everyone, including me, had just assumed that Wes would come home first since he’s the chunky one.  Unfortunately, size doesn’t really matter with NICU babies.  I mean, it matters – but isn’t the deciding factor on whether a baby is ready to come home, or not.  Anyway, stay tuned for at least one of our babies coming home in the next couple of weeks – I know Jeff and I have our fingers tightly crossed.

Kerry

If I’m being honest, I thought Wes would have a hard time finishing his first bottle.  He has pretty bad reflux (so bad that it causes bradycardias, where his heart rate drops drastically and he forgets to breathe, during most of his feedings), so I just assumed that he wouldn’t do well on the bottle at all.  Well, we all know what happens when you assume, right?  You make an ass out of – ah, you know the rest…

Wes downed his bottle (42 cc’s of milky goodness) in less than 20 minutes!!!  Oink, oink, little piggy!

Wes taking his first bottle from daddy - 31 days old

Wes taking his first bottle from daddy - 31 days old

Wes's sumo wrestler face he makes while being burped - so funny!

Wes's sumo wrestler face he makes while being burped - so funny!

A full and sleepy Weston on daddy's chest

A full and sleepy Weston on daddy's chest

And now a picture of Max for good measure…

Max sleeping in the "Early Bird" shirt that Auntie Angelika gave us

Max sleeping in the "Early Bird" shirt that Auntie Angelika gave us

Kerry