Sunday, May 20, 2012

Short, But Sweet

Amazing how time just ticks by when you're on bed rest, but suddenly zooms by a mile a minute as soon as babies arrive.  I'm still reeling.


Our babies are finally here!  My amazement is just beyond suitable words.  However, my heart has swollen with so much love in the last couple days it's near to bursting.  Not just for these beautiful boys of ours, but for Momma B as well.  Our family is complete and I couldn't be more happy or more proud.


The delivery went smoothly.  The L&D nurses were simply lovely and though it was very strange to be on the other side of the bed, I had no doubts of the standard of care I was receiving.  I cannot tell you how strange it is to feel so full of baby one second and the next to feel suddenly deflated.  I also cannot tell you how hard it is to imagine how those babies actually fit inside of me.  They are so small, but yet larger than life.  Yes, I'm still riding on a baby high.  


PB, our little tank, came into this world at a very solid 7 lbs 6 oz and 20" long.  He also entered with a bit of a laugh as he chose to pee on the nurse as she was trying to stimulate him to breathe and cry.  J, our precious one, came in a smaller package than we expected at 5 lbs 11 oz and 19" long.  


At 35+1 weeks gestation, their APGARS weren't too bad at 7/7 and 7/8 respectively.  They both had some respiratory problems, but again, nothing that we didn't anticipate - so they both went to the NICU on CPAP (aka bubblers).  J did have two tiny pneumothoraxes and had to be intubated, but as soon as he received the surfactant to his lungs he was able to be taken off the ventilator and extubated within hours.  He may be smaller, but he's so much stronger!  He was also the first to be taken off the CPAP last night whereas PB took another day.  Now our concern is getting them to eat well.  J has been able to take in every milliliter given to him, but is very slow and gets tired easily from it.  He also is still trying to get a full grasp on sucking.  However, he's been able to tolerate increased amounts at each feeding and thus is also being weaned off the TPN and lipids.  Since PB was just taken off his CPAP tonight and passed his four hour trial period, we haven't found out how well he's eating just yet.  I anxiously await that news in the morning.  


Today was extra special because I finally got to hold each one of them at separate times, skin-to-skin for the first time since they were born.  Both of them snuggled right into my chest and life just settled into a slow, soothing rhythm each time.  I got in a full hour with each of them.  Those were the moments in which motherhood settled onto me and actually fit - I'm a mother.  Wow.  Unfortunately, recovery of my own body set a time limit on each magical moment.  Just as amazing, it was also the first time I've heard either of them cry since they were pulled out of me.  It was heart-wrenching, but also made me smile because I realized how laid back and quiet they've been despite everything going on with them and around them in the NICU.  I may be biased, but these boys seem to be the strong, silent types thus far.  And they're gorgeous.


I'm recovering pretty well, but will write another post in the future about me.  Right now, I'm all about our boys.  They are all ours ... and just so perfect.  I couldn't feel more blessed than I do at this moment!  Welcome to the world, my darlings.


PB (r) & J (l) born 5/17/12 @ 8:07 & 8:08 pm PST.


Our gorgeous PB after getting the CPAP removed today!


Beautiful J right after getting CPAP removed last night.


Such an incredible time-stood-still moment with PB.


Another amazing, priceless moment with J.

19 comments:

  1. Oh, now I'm all teary-eyed. They are beautiful, and I'm so glad to hear they're doing well!

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  2. They're beautiful - congratulations! My son (a singleton) was born on his due date and weighed 7 lbs 1 oz...how big would PB have been if they went any longer?!

    I'm still on my baby high and he's turning nine months tomorrow. The amazing stuff never ends!

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  3. I'm so happy that the boys are here! They look great mama looks great, the entire family is just terrific! So much love to all of you!

    Kira

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  4. I can't begin to tell you how excited and happy I am for you Laura and Brea. This momentous occasion is so long awaited and anticipated! Those boys are absolutely perfect! Congratulations Mommys. You deserve every miraculous second with those amazing boys of yours. I'm sure your life will be so much full of love and adventure now they have arrived! Much loveto you both on your incredible journey of motherhood!

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  5. Congratulations ten thousand times over!!! So glad that both boys are doing so well - and the pictures are too cute!!! Welcome to blogland, PB&J!

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  6. Congratulations! Your babies are adorable. I love their nicknames. I read your mom's blog and I'm happy for your entire family:)

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  7. Parabéns duplo para vocês!Estou amando seus filhos lindos e é bom saber que eles e você estão bem.Sua mãe está que é só baba.Felicidades e alegrias,saúde e brincadeira,é o que eu desejo do fundo do coração.Beijos

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  8. Congratulations! They are beautiful.

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  9. hurray and congratulations!!!!!!
    they're BEAUTIFUL! i can't believe how much more PB weighs than sweet lil J! a little tank indeed! glad to hear everybody is getting well taken care of and hope you are all home together soon!

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  10. Oh my gosh, I just cannot believe the work that goes in to labor and delivery...not, of course, discounting anything that happens prior. But man oh man, I have so much respect for what women have to do to birth a child. AMAZING! Your boys are so cute...and YES! If we do calculate PST time they were born on the same day as our little angel, Cristina Lei. Congratulations to all seven of us...would be wonderful to meet one day and celebrate our collective good fortune. Wishing you a speedy recovery and continue progress for the boys. HUG.

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  11. oh wow, they are *beautiful*! congrats mamas!!

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  12. Congratulations!! They are so adorable! Very happy for you :)

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  13. Congratulations! They are gorgeous and I'm so happy everything went so well! You must be so thrilled. Enjoy!

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  14. Congratulations to you all! They're beautiful, and I'm glad to hear that they're doing so well. :-)

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  15. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

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  16. They are so beautiful! Congrats and thanks for pictures!

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  17. Oh, this makes my eyes a bit teary. So, so beautiful-- and twins are an extra special blessing. Congratulations, truly! You're going to have so much more fun and love in your home than you ever thought possible :)

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  18. I'm gone for a few weeks and the boys are here!!! Congrats ladies, they are beautiful.

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