Heith and I would like to introduce you to the newest members of our family. I was just 31 weeks and 2 days pregnant when Hannah and Lincoln made their debut on July 19, 2016.
Four o’clock last Tuesday morning I was woken by a small popping feeling and a little gush of water. Trying to decide if I had peed the bed or if my water had broken I asked Heith to get me a towel. Several minutes later when the water hadn’t stopped coming I got dressed and drove myself to our local hospital. Heith had to stay behind with our boys and wait for his Mom to come from the next town over. By the time he met me at the hospital my OBGYN had confirmed that my water had broke and had called for an ambulance to transfer me to the nearest children’s hospital, an hour away, to deliver the twins since I was still nine weeks away from my due date.
Heith followed the ambulance up to Kalamazoo, and was only a few minutes behind us. Unfortunately, by the time he parked the car, was given bad directions by hospital staff and struggled up to the operating room on crutches the OBGYN on call had already preformed the emergency C-section. My cervix had thinned and I was dilated making it impossible to hold off. Twin A, Hannah, was breach and the doctor was concerned that if he waited we would have a lot of difficulty delivering. Twin B, Lincoln, was also born breach but healthy.
Hannah was born at 8:43 am weighing 3 pounds 15 ounces and is 16 1/2 inches long. Little brother Lincoln wasn’t far behind at 8:44 am, weighing 3 pounds 13 ounces and is 16 inches long.
Big brother’s Keaton and Aiden were very excited to meet their new siblings when they came for a visit last week Wednesday. Keaton said, “I’m so happy I can almost cry”. He is so sensitive and has anticipated the arrival of his new baby brother and sister for so long that he could hardly believe that they were really there. Before he left he asked the nurse, “If I put on a purple glove, could I touch the baby”. She told him yes, and Keaton got to touch his new baby brother for the very first time. It made everyone’s day.
Aiden on the other hand wasn’t overly impressed with the new babies. Instead, he thought all of the buttons were very interesting and tried to wiggle out of Grandma’s arms so he could test them all out! Thankfully Grandma was a lot faster than Aiden. She eventually took him out to the lobby where he had a little more room to run around without getting into mischief.
I am doing well recovering from the emergency C-section thus far. The nurses have all been great and Heith has been able to stay with me the past couple of days which makes it even better. We have been able to spend a lot of time with our two littlest ones up in the NICU which I am very grateful for. The doctors and nurse in the NICU have been very encouraging saying that the twins are doing well for being born at 31 weeks gestation. And it seems like every time we go up to their rooms the twins have taken yet another positive step in the right direction.
Just as I gave twin pregnancy updates I plan to give weekly updates on how the twins are doing. So check back often to read their progress through the NICU and on their journey home.
I also wanted you all to know how much our family has appreciated your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. Please continue to pray for our family in the coming weeks.
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