Our life has been extra busy the past few weeks between two active boys and making the hour-long drive up to the NICU every other day. This coupled with getting ready for the upcoming school year and preparing for the twins eventual arrival home has left me more than a little exhausted. I had planned on giving weekly twins in the NICU updates, however, with life more than a little hectic something had to give.
As you may remember, HF and LF were born on July 19th at just 31 weeks and 2 days gestation. They weighed just 3 pounds 15 ounces (HF) and 3 pounds 13 ounces (LF) at birth. Since then we have been very lucky and truly blessed that the worst health issues that the twins have had to deal with was being a little jaundiced.
Unfortunately my recovery hasn’t been so easy. It seems like I have been dealing with one thing after another when it comes to my recovery from my emergency c-section. Starting with an infection I picked up from the hospital, a surgical seroma, a struggle to develop a milk supply that is finally plentiful enough to support the twins alone, and postpartum depression. In the end however, I do keep reminding myself that all of these things are only temporary and that the most important thing remains the health of my babies.
Twins In The NICU
When I got pregnant last December I never dreamed that I would have twins, let alone have twins in the NICU for the first two months of their lives. This whole experience has taught me to have a greater appreciation for the dedicated medical staff who care for expectant mother’s and newborns alike.
Over the past two months HF, and LF have made steady improvements with every day seeming to move us in the right direction and towards home.
The Twins Are Home
HF was the first one to come home from the NICU. She made it out of the hospital on August 29th and has been adjusting well to being at home with our family. Her big brothers and the boy noise they make don’t seem to bother her, and she has everyone wrapped around her little finger. KC and AJ love holding her, with Mommy and Daddy closely supervising of course. We love having HF home building that family bond with her, and spending time getting to know her.
While it was nice having her home, it was still hard having a part of our family so far away. It felt like something was always missing and even though I knew he was okay, I still worried. Thankfully LF came home this past Monday and he has been settling in with our family as well. HF and LF are happy to be together again and we are happy to have them both home.
LF has had a couple minor complications, the first being a small hole in his heart that the doctors are watching but should close on its own over time. The second being he has had to come home on a NG feeding tube, a small tube that goes through his nose down into his stomach. His suck, swallow, breath reflex isn’t as strong as it should be and he is getting very worn out while eating. It is also causing him to aspirate (milk going into his lungs), so for now he is still on the tube. Heith and I had to learn to insert it and take care of it so that LF could come home safely. He is also getting occupational/swallow therapy twice a week and we have a visiting nurse come to our home twice a week as well. It’s a lot, but we are together and that is what is important.
As you can see there have been a lot of little, and a few big changes over the past couple of months. Thank you to those of you who have been praying for my family over the past couple of months. Your prayers are appreciated, and we can still use them.
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