Grace & Ryland arrives XMAS Eve!

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Registered: 05-30-2006
Grace & Ryland arrives XMAS Eve!
Thu, 01-04-2007 - 11:27am

Our babies, Grace and Ryland, decided to make their appearance on Christmas Eve. Here is the story:

Got out of bed in the morning and my water broke on the way to the bathroom. We were 34 weeks 6 days with no complications, so we weren't 100% ready. We quickly packed up and called my mom to get our 2 year old-- it was quite the morning since my hubby works nights and just got home an hour earlier. A couple hours later our babies were born by C-section (had a previous C-section and Baby B was transverse).

Baby A, Ryland, was born at 5 lb 3 oz and 18 inches. Baby B, Grace, was born at 5 lb 6 oz and 17.5 inches. Due to being before 36 weeks, our hospital has a NICU nurse per baby. Unfortunately, both were admitted into NICU and stayed past my 4 day stay. Ryland came home on Saturday, Dec 30 and he was only admitted because he was early and had low blood sugar initially. He did everything perfectly by eating well and gaining weight. His twin sister, Grace, had some lung problems and some additional complications. A few days ago, she pulled out her oxygen and feeding tubes and ended up not needing them anymore! We were able to bring home our angel yesterday, January 3.

Now I am having a grand time pumping every 2 hours and trying to teach both babies to breastfeed. Its very interesting balancing twin babies and a 2 year old. But, the babies are both beautiful and we are so blessed! Also, for those interested in weight loss after pregancy, I already lost all my pregnancy plus 8 pounds in just the week and a half since the birth! Not bad!

Good luck to all of you and your pregnancies!


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Registered: 11-16-2006
Thu, 01-04-2007 - 5:33pm

Congrats!! As a Christmas eve baby myself, I MUST say, give them half birthdays!! Growing up my mom and dad always gave me a party a few weeks before my birthday, but as an adult I can't quite do that. If I had had half birthdays I would have a party every summer :) Just a suggestion! Gets worse as you get older. This year I bought my own birthday cake and took it to my moms. heheh Make a big deal out of their birthday or it will be dwarfed by christmas. :)

congrats again!!!

PS good job not naming them Kris (kringle) and Carol (as in christmas carol) - yep - met a few of those. hehe


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Registered: 04-12-2005
Fri, 01-05-2007 - 12:38am

Trish, congrats! and welcome to the world Grace and Ryland.

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Fri, 01-05-2007 - 9:48am
how exciting, congratulations on your two sweet babies! sounds like you did a wonderful job...they were nice and plump even though they were a little early.
hang in there with the pumping. i pumped with my son and it was torture in the beginning but did get much better later. congrats again and don't forget to share some pictures.
-kelly :o)
momma to vincent 8/7/05 and b/g twins edd 3/12/07


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Registered: 04-26-2005
Fri, 01-05-2007 - 1:05pm

Congratulations Trish!


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Registered: 01-10-2004
Fri, 01-05-2007 - 4:54pm
Congrats on the arrival of your twins!


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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 2:02am


I'm 35 weeks today and I keep telling myself I need to get everything in order (my hospital bag, the pre-cert paperwork, etc.) NOW, 'cause it could happen any time. It's so weird with twins - I didn't worry as much with my last two singleton pregnancies! :)

CONGRATS mama! WELCOME Grace & Ryland!

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Registered: 09-05-2006
Tue, 01-09-2007 - 8:46pm
Congratulations, and lucky you for losing that baby weight - I'm insanely jealous!

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