Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas!

Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of year. I always look forward to going home to Ohio and spending time with family and partake in Christmas traditions. For the past five years there was always a gift Rhett and I longed for that couldn't be found under the tree. This year though, we were doubly blessed to receive those two precious gifts and were thrilled to spend the holiday season with our precious miracles, Greyson and Sienna!
We had so much fun showing them off and sharing their first Christmas with them! We look forward to many more Christmases with the greatest gifts we have ever received! We hope all of you had a wonderful X-mas too!

Friday, May 31, 2013

I believe in miracles

I have always believed in miracles, but it has new meaning when I stare into the precious faces of our two tiny miracles. Two miracles we weren't sure would ever happen, two miracles that entered this world eight weeks early but are such little fighters and amaze us with their progress every single day. Two miracles that came into our life eight days ago and filled in the pieces to a puzzle that wasn't complete until their arrival. Two miracles we call Sienna and Greyson, and the world as we know it will never be the same.

With that said, our little miracles are doing great. We spend any minute we can in the NICU hanging out with them, cuddling them for kangaroo time (skin to skin cuddling) and feeding, changing, weighing, and taking their temps. We have been enjoying every minute we have with them. Being in the NICU is obviously not how any parent envisions their child's first days, but the nurses and doctors are so amazing and are quickly becoming like family to us. It is so hard to leave them every night to come home and go to bed, but it gives us peace of mind to know they are in such good care.

Sienna and Greyson are now 33 weeks 4 days and they are practicing sucking and swallowing, working on maintaining their body temperature with the help of an isolette, and slowly gaining and sometimes losing weight. They are doing so well and are becoming more alert each day, are showing more interest in nursing and bottle feeds, and just wowing us with how strong such little babies can be. They usually tell you that babies in NICU can expect to be there until their due date and mine was July 14th. Sometimes babies do go home earlier, but they still have learning and growing to do. We are making the most of it, trying to get some sleep while we still can, and learning so much from the nurses about caring for our precious little miracles.

Monday, May 20, 2013

32 weeks!!!

Every week that passes is a blessing, but when I awoke yesterday to the chiming of my baby center app telling me I was 32 weeks, it may have been the sweetest sound ever, and the most excited I have been by a passing week.

As many of you know, a week ago today, I was admitted to the hospital after a routine doctor's visit. I was dilated and having contractions. After a 4 day hospital stay, I was sent home to continue bed rest. There is no way to know for sure why I was showing signs of preterm labor, but with twins, it isn't very uncommon. They were able to give me medication to help develop their lungs, slow down contractions, and prevent cerebral palsy, which can happen sometimes in premature babies. It was a very scary experience, but I am home and doing well and thankful to God that they were able to stay put for a while longer. I was very lucky to have had my mom and Rhett at the doctor's appointment with me. It was great to have them there. My mom had been in town for the weekend, but stayed through this past Saturday and helped get our place in order and cooked lots of great meals!

The doctors made us feel better in knowing that even if they were to come now, they will be okay, just need quite some time in the NICU. With twins, spending time in the NICU is not uncommon, so Rhett and I had kind of mentally prepared for this reality anyways. Each day that passes is a victory, and gives these precious sweet peas more of an advantage to facing the world.

I will be home until they decide to come ( which we are hoping is weeks away) and am on moderate bed rest which means I am allowed to move around to shower, cook a meal, move from bed to couch, so it isn't so bad at all. I stay put as much as possible, and don't get up often, but it is nice to know I can. Thanks to everyone who has called, texted, and helped out in various ways, especially my lovely hubby who runs all errands (even to motherhood maternity yesterday, what a guy!), takes good care of me, makes me laugh, and gives me so much love and support! Thanks to all our family and friends who we know are there for us in the blink of an eye. We love you all.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

29 weeks!

I am 29 weeks (and a half)! Rhett and I have been busy getting ready for babies! Last weekend we had the nursery painted and it looks great! We had wonderful weather which made it easy to keep the windows open all weekend long! Now that the walls are painted we can put away the rest of the things and start hanging stuff!

I had an ultrasound yesterday and the little ones are growing away! Our little boy is now 3 lbs, 11 ounces and our little girl is 3 lbs 7 ounces! I basically already have a full term baby inside of me (when combining their weights)! They are looking great and we both feel so blessed to have everything going so well!

The heat we have had in the past couple days has made me a bit uncomfortable, but other than that, I am doing well. I can't believe I would ever not want to be in the hot sun, as I am pretty much addicted to it, but today was in the 80's and sunny and I drove home with the moon roof closed! I know, it is shocking!

There is 17 days left of school and then I plan to put my feet up all day everyday! We are hoping these little ones stay put until 38 weeks. We have a planned c-section on July 1st, but the twins might have plans of their own. Until then we are just enjoying every moment of this pregnancy, thankful for the wonderful gifts that have been bestowed upon us!


Bails, Rhett, Boomer, Bauer and the twins

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

27ish weeks!

From my fav lady, Erma Bombeck:

On Sunday I was 27 weeks. 27 weeks? Seriously? It seems like just yesterday I took a home pregnancy test on a Friday, then ran to the bar where teacher happy hour was taking place to pass around a picture of the test to my friends from school, too excited to hold it in.

It is crazy how fast time flies, and how so much can change in a year. It was only a year ago that I was gearing up for another IVF cycle, and then another after that, wondering, praying, and hoping that sometime would be our time. It is so true that God works in mysterious ways, and that He has a plan for us all. I am so glad that these two precious babies are in the plan for us.

27 weeks, which would mean 13 weeks left if I were having one baby, but a maximum of 11 since we are having two miracles. I am so excited to meet these little angels, but I also am loving being pregnant. I promised myself long ago that I would try not to complain about pregnancy too much, after all, it is something I only dreamed would happen to me someday. So I take everyday as a blessing, run to the mirror and check out my bump every morning, just to make sure it wasn't all some amazingly fantastic dream.

As far as pregnancy goes, I really can't complain. Some heartburn, sure, some aches and pains here and there, yes. But I am sleeping quite well, the babies are doing amazing, and I have a doting husband who helps makes life so much easier, so life is good, pregnancy is good, and God is good.

On Friday we had an ultrasound and Rhett and I both took days off work so we could go together. The babies looked great, and they are both measuring ahead of where a singleton would even be! 2.6 pounds each thank you very much! These kiddos love to eat, and I hope they keep growing big and strong everyday! They are both breech, and their two little heads are snuggled up next to one another, so adorable. So it is looking like a c-section but they still could turn, but with twins, a c section might not be such a bad thing after all!

Tomorrow is Rhett's birthday, the most important day of the year in my opinion, the day the most selfless, caring, funny, hard-working, smart, and handsome man in the world was born. The man I am lucky enough to call my husband and our little miracles are lucky enough to call daddy.

Here are my 27 week pics: Yes, I am asked everyday if I am due any day now!! The babies are the size of cauliflowers, but I can't draw, hence why they look like really large grapes..

Here are some ultrasound pics. A is baby boy, B is baby girl! The one pic that says A and B in it is their little heads nestled up next to one another!