Alex and Brody are here early!

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Alex and Brody are here early!
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Sun, 08-12-2007 - 12:16pm

We are pleased to announce that Alexander James and Brody Allen insisted on making an early appearance into our world on Friday, August 3rd!! They were only 28 weeks and 1 day, but are very fiesty! Alex was first at 8:37 am and weighed 2 lbs 6 oz; Brody followed at 8:39 am and weighed 2 lbs 10 oz. They are in the NICU, but are doing very well. They never needed a ventilator, but both are on oxygen through nasal cannulas. The have both begun to eat breastmilk so they are getting the best from the Faith Dairy. ;)

Their birth was obviously unexpected. Last Wednesday I was having a little discharge, so DH and I went to the OB to get it checked out. My cervix was measuring just fine on an ultrasound, but a fetal fibronectin (sp?) test showed that there was some fetal fluid outside my cervix. They put me on modified bed rest and asked me to come back a few days later.

The next morning I got up and showered and was checking my email. Out of nowhere, I felt the tiniest little cramp and then a whoosh of fluid...Alex's sac had broken. DH had left that morning to go to work assuming everything would be OK, so I drove myself to the hospital...I have to say it was really bizarre how calm I was. Before I left the house I walked around closing windows...brushing my teeth...pulling together my purse...really weird that I wasn't freaked out.

When I got to the hospital they saw thru ultrasound that Alex's sac was broken, but Brody's was still intact. The babies weren't distressed though and there was no sign of infection. So, they kept me on turbutaline (sp?) and they planned to keep me in the hospital on bedrest for as long as possible.

That night was AGONY...I could not lay on my side because of all the monitors on me and they wouldn't let me sit up too far. So, I THOUGHT that was causing really bad back pain. Turns out I was back laboring the whole night. They couldn't check my cervix because of concerns for infection since Alex's sac was broken, and the contractions I was having were relatively small and were not showing up on the monitors very well. The next morning I went to pee and had a really strong urge to push, so I told my nurse and my OB came in to take a look with a speculum and light. She took one look, saw Alex's butt starting to peak out and right away she was yelling for nurses to get me into the OR. I called DH to come (he'd left the night before because they'd thought I was pretty stable) and they had me under general anesthesia in minutes. The babies were born less than 15 minutes later.

It was such a scary experience...the second my OB said she wanted to deliver the babies right away I was hysterical. I went from being completely fine to delivering my babies within a couple of days! Now they are born and sometimes it's so hard to think that I'm not PG anymore. They're safe in the NICU I guess, but it kills me that they aren't in the best place they could be right now - inside ME. I think I have cried nearly every day...although my babies are doing well, it's so painful to see them with all the tubes and wires and to have them being taken care of most of the time by other women. I have been going to visit everyday and have started Kangaroo Care with them (skin-to-skin contact with them is supposed to be really good). Leaving them there everyday hurts so much.

I will post with more updates later...

Faith

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Sun, 08-12-2007 - 12:57pm
Congrats!! They will do fine that's wonderful they don't have to be on a respirator. Give your body and self time to get ready to bring them home. They are in the next best place possible!! I'm glad everything turned out ok for you and it wasn't worse than it could be!! My cousin had twin boys last July at 28 weeks. They just turned a yr old and you'd never knew they were 2.6 oz and 3 lbs!! They're so chubby and cute now!! Very healthy too!
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Sun, 08-12-2007 - 11:14pm
Faith-
Congrats on your twin boys. 28 weekers do so well. Theya re great sizes. I know it must be hard to not be able to bring them home, but this time will fly. I was talking with a mom of twins telling her how hard it would be to have to have them in the NICU and she said- yes it would be hard BUT at least as the mom you would have time to recover and to get things geared up at home. I have antoher mom friend of 9 year old twins that were born at 28 weeks exactly. Similar story to yours- no real warning. They were only in the NICU 4 or 5 weeks (I can't remember which)! Neither had to be intibated either and they both both her milk the whole time. They were 4 lbs and on heart rate monitors when they came home. They are now big, healthy, smart kids with no signs of being premies. No asthma or anything. Awesome you can hold and cuddle them already!
Take care. Hang in there. I am 26 weeks with twin boys and just thought about today that only 2 more weeks to go and these babies would be to that critical 28 week mark.
Jordan
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Sun, 08-12-2007 - 11:20pm

WOW!!! What a tropper you are, congrats on both the babies and how you handled yourself. I will keep both you and your babies in my thoughts and prayers. Give yourself a pat on the back for knowing when to call and go into the dr and hospital, you made sure your babies were in the right place at the right time!!! Way to go!

Marjorie
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Fri, 08-17-2007 - 11:50pm

Faith,


Thank you for posting your birth story!

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Wed, 08-22-2007 - 3:18am

Kangaroo care is the best thing in the world you can do for them on top of breast milk.



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Wed, 08-22-2007 - 9:19pm

I am truly enjoying the Kangaroo time with my boys. The time flies and before I know it I've been holding one of them for two hours!

You are very right about survival mode. I cannot remember the last time I put makeup on! My hair doesn't get very much attention either...it's so bizarre how having these boys has changed me so much! If I don't watch out I'm going to be stuck on some makeover show on TV!

Anyway, things have been very touch and go. The boys spent the first couple of weeks doing really well, then late last week they picked up an infection. Brody had to be put on a ventilator for a couple of days, and they are both on very strong antibiotics for about a month. In addition to this, the infection affected what was a closed PDA for Alex, so he will now have to have surgery to repair it. He has to be transferred to another hospital for the surgery, so I'm not really looking forward to thinking of little Alex going through so much stimulation and drama! I'm trying to give him lots of Kangaroo hugs in advance. Until he has the surgery they will not give him milk, so I really want to just get the surgery over with so we can move on to him getting big and strong! The best thing is they have both gained lots of weight - they are both well over 3 lbs now. Still a long way to go, but we are making some progress! I know they are brave little fighters and they can do it! Still - I don't think I've ever cried so much ever...I just want to make all the hurt go away for them and I feel so bad that they have to endure all this.

I have been lurking a bit on the Preemie board but haven't posted yet. I will probably start lurking on the Raising Multiples board too now that you have suggested it!

Thank you for your P&PT...they mean so much.

Faith
Mommy to Alex and Brody, born 8/3

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Wed, 08-22-2007 - 11:03pm

I hope Alex's surgery goes well.



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Mon, 08-27-2007 - 10:31am
Congratulations and welcome babies Alex and Brody. I know that you're sad they came early, but thankfully they are doing so great. Hugs to you, I hope they are home with your family super fast!

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Fri, 09-21-2007 - 10:58pm

hi faith! i was just wondering how you are doing and how things are going with the little ones. i am on the raising multiples board and posted a message for you there but thought i would leave one for you here also. i hope all is going well and want you to know that you are being thought of. please let us know how you are whenever you get a chance.


best wishes


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Tue, 09-25-2007 - 12:33am

Hi there....thank you for thinking of us and our boys!

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