Thursday, December 27, 2007

Weekly Weigh-In

Our babies are growing up before our very eyes! No, seriously...they really are! We went to the pediatrician yesterday and Reid weighed 7 lb 2 oz...he gained 11 ounces in one week! Louisa weighed 4 lb 8 oz...she gained 8 ounces in a week! The doctor was impressed with their weight gain, thought they looked great and said to just keep up what they are doing. We'll go back again in 2 weeks for the next weigh-in. We'll keep you posted!

It's crazy to think that today I should be 39 weeks pregnant yet tomorrow the babies will be 6 weeks old! When the doctors told us that the babies were going to be delivered on November 16th all I could think was, "It's way too early, it's way too early!" Now I can't imagine the last 6 weeks without our precious Reid and Louisa! We are so blessed to have these two healthy, beautiful babies!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!

Reid and Louisa

Daddy, Reid, Louisa, Mommy and Maggie

Mommy and her babies

Louisa warm and happy

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Pictures

Louisa is often called "our little baby doll."  Well, this picture captures that perfectly...especially since she is wearing a dress that belongs to her cousin Emma Catherine's baby doll!  Yes, she is really wearing a doll dress!

Looks like Reid thought of one more thing as he was drifting off to sleep.
Sweet sleeping babies...I think I could take a picture of them sleeping every time I walk past them and see how sweet and peaceful they are resting!

Bath time!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Doctors Visits...

We took Reid and Louisa to the pediatrician today and Louisa hit 4 lbs! Reid continues to pull away from Louisa in the weight category...he weighed 6 lbs 7 oz. The doctor thought they both looked great, however she will continue to keep a watch on their growth to make sure they are gaining properly.

Yesterday we visited the eye doctor to have Reid & Louisa's eyes checked for eye condition found in preemies. The doctor had to dialate their eyes then hold them open long enough to look at the eyes. Louisa's eyes are so tiny and apparently her eye lids are so strong that it was very difficult to keep her eyes open long enough for the doctor to get a good look. So...he had to use a clamp to keep her eyes open. This was much less than pleasant for Mom as I was holding Louisa in my lap. I made the mistake once of looking down...I didn't make that mistake again! Seeing the clamp paired with Louisa screaming made the whole thing pretty bad for me. Luckily Reid behaved better while Craig held him so the doctor didn't have to use the clamp on him. Craig more than deserved a break since he held both babies on Monday while they got their heels pricked for some bloodwork.

You can see it's been a busy week with doctors visits. The great thing is that we continue to receive good news and everything looks great with Reid and Louisa. We trust that the good news will continue as they grow and gain strength.

Of course we continue to enjoy spending time with the babies. I don't think I could count the number of times that Craig and I have looked at each other and said, "They are SOOOO adorable!" I can't even imagine what we're going to think about them when they can actually do something besides just lay in their bed sleeping and looking cute! Even at their young age, their personalities are very different. Louisa continues to be our fiesty baby (this would not shock any of the NICU nurses) and Reid continues to be our layed back baby. Louisa does not like to be changed or messed with in any way. Reid is so relaxed that it usually takes stripping him down all the way to his diaper to even wake him up, then he promptly goes right back to sleep. This always makes feeding time fun as we try to keep Reid awake. Both babies give us smiles quite often...even though we know that they don't know what they are doing, it makes our day when they smile at us! One thing we have found about both babies is that they like to use the bathroom as soon as you unfasten their diapers to change them. After today's adventure, I think it might be time to get out the "Pee-Pee T-Pee's" that we were given! We have one Pack-n-Play in front of the fireplace in the den. I was changing Reid today when he decided he couldn't wait for the next diaper in order to wet it. This resulted in me having to wipe down the whole mantle because of the stream that shot up over his head!

The nursery finally got painted today so I am anxious to get the furniture put in the room and get everything decorated. It will be a while before Reid and Louisa actually sleep in their room, but it will be nice to have everything put away...right now their furniture is in our dining room and the hallway outside their room is lined with things that need to go in the room. If only they had waited until their due date to come, their room would have been done by the time they came home! It's hard to believe that tomorrow I would have been 38 weeks pregnant...still 2 more weeks until the babies should be here! Clearly we were not in control over this situation and thank goodness we weren't because everything has turned out wonderful and had it gone like we planned, everything would have likely been more difficult and wouldn't have turned out right.

The little people are letting me know that it's 5 minutes until time for them to eat, so I better go.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Happy 1 Month Birthday, Babies!!

Wow!  1 month old already...where does the time go??  It really doesn't seem like it's been a month since Reid and Louisa were born, but I think a lot of that is because they've only been home with us for a week.  It's been a great week and we have had a wonderful time getting to know our babies and just getting to love on them when and how we want to.  Craig and I finally feel like real parents, taking care of real babies in our own home...and it is definitely all that I ever thought it would be and more!!  Our hearts are definitely full of happiness and a wide range of other emotions.  Somehow the word happiness doesn't fully describe the depth of what we feel.  It is amazing how quickly we have become "those parents" who think that their babies are absolutely the best, most beautiful and perfect children who can do no wrong!  We are so blessed to have our children at home with us and doing as well as they are.  They are doing all of the normal things that babies, sleep and fill their diapers!  One of the many blessings of our babies being in the NICU is that when they came home they were both already on a 4 hour feeding schedule that they follow like clockwork.   The project manager in me loves that they are sticking to their schedule!

We have a busy week ahead with several doctor's appointments.  We're not looking forward to taking the babies out since it is going to be so cold.  We will all be bundled up warm!  We have lots to do to prepare for Christmas this week too.  Craig got our tree tonight but we had to leave it outside because it was still wet from all the rain we got yesterday.  Hopefully we can get the tree up and decorated tomorrow night.  We still have several last minute gifts to buy...for some reason time has gotten away from us this year and we are WAY behind on shopping.  Christmas will be quite different for us this year.  Obviously it will be very special because we have Reid and Louisa...what more could we ask for?  We are a bit sad though because our normal Holiday traditions of being with our families won't be able to happen this year.  I know this year will forever have a special meaning to us since it is our first Christmas with our babies and we look forward to resuming our traditions and spending time with our families.  Reid and Louisa will have so much fun when they get a little bigger and can play with their 7 cousins at Grammy and Poppy's house!  Grammy, you better start knocking out some walls to make room for all of the babies to play!  

It is getting late (early?) and I know my little alarm clock (Louisa) will be going off in approximately an hour and a half!  Please continue to pray that Reid and Louisa will grow and stay healthy, especially through the cold/flu/RSV season.  

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Babies are home!!!

Louisa and Reid came home on Monday morning and are doing great. We have had a smooth transition from hospital to home but are a little tired. But not too tired to take pictures!!!

Pics continued...

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Oh no, the dreaded MRSA!!!

Yes, you read correctly MRSA. Like many newborns Reid's tear duct gets stopped up every once in awhile. Tear Duct? What does that have to with MRSA? When Reid's duct backs up it creates gunk that forms around his eye and the nurses just use a wet cloth and clean it off. Well a couple nights ago someone took a sample of the gunk and sent it to the lab. MRSA grew on the sample that was taken and Reid was sent to quarantine so no other babies would be infected. Please know that Reid is doing great! He has not shown any symptoms of being sick. More lab work is being done to determine if the sample that was originally taken was just a contaminant or if Reid really does have or carries the infection.

What is MRSA? The way I understand it is MRSA is a mutant strain of the staph infection that has been around for a long time but was only found in hospitals until a couple of years ago. It is a staph infection that has become immune to normal antibiotics and now it has made it's way into the general population. Many people may carry the infection but because normal people have a healthy immune system they may never get sick. The people that have a depleted immune system like elderly people, people with AIDS, cancer and of course preemies are at the highest risk.

The only problems this has caused so far is that it restricts us even more when it comes to how we interact with Reid. Everybody that goes to see Reid has to wear a gown and gloves, including the nurses and doctors. He cannot be touched because we have to keep all the other children in the NICU safe. Carrie and I understand the rules and are more than happy to obey but it does stink that we can't really touch or love on our son right now.

Good news is that Louisa is doing really good. She continues to amaze us with her moxie and mighty might attitude. Like Carrie mentioned a few days ago, nobody has told 'Doodle' that she is little. Today she weighed 3 lbs. 7.7 oz. and continues to drink 60 - 65 cc of milk at every feeding.

So please continue to pray for our children that they will continue to progress and that the MRSA test will come back as just a contaminant. If not, then pray the antibiotics that will be given to Reid take care of the infection and that he and his sister will be home soon. Also please pray for God's mercy with Brian and strength and understanding for his family. Brian's condition has continued to get worse and it is heart breaking to see such a small little boy suffer so much. Also praise God that many prayers were answered for Matthew's miracle, another little boy thats lung condition unexpectedly cleared up. This was a condition that was expected would take surgery to correct.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Photo ops...

Those of you who know me well know that I am always looking for something cute to take a picture of. In the past, it was usually either my nieces and nephews or our dogs. Well...I definitely have 2 new favorite subjects to take pictures of. I know Reid and Louisa are going to get tired of Mommy always having the camera on them, but who could resist a photo op like this?!?



Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Life in the NICU...

...changes SOOOOO quickly! You just never know from day to day what is going to happen. Reid has been having "episodes" of apnia (where he forgets to breathe) which usually occur when he is eating. Sometimes he gets choked or sometimes it's like he's concentrating so hard on eating that he forgets to take a breath. I know, it sounds simple to us, but to somebody who should technically still not be born for another 4 weeks, it's a hard concept to remember! Of course they are watching Reid carefully and doing several things to help him including giving him a blood tranfusion today which should give him an extra boost and get him back on track.

Meanwhile, little Louisa continues to show everyone that she is only little in size, not might! One of Louisa's nurses summed it up very well when she said that nobody told Louisa that she was small, and she sure hasn't realized it on her own! She is now eating close to the same amount as her brother who is more than 2 pounds bigger than her! Because Louisa is doing so well, it is now a good possibility that she and Reid will come home a lot closer together than we originally thought...they could even end up coming home at the same time : ) We are very anxious for that day when we have both babies home, but because things seem to keep changing, we are not exactly sure when that will happen. We will definitely keep everyone updated as we hear more and as the time for them to come home gets closer.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


On Sunday evening I posted that we expected to have Reid home by Wednesday. He could still be here by that afternoon but now we expect it to be either Thursday or Friday. When you ask people what to expect you get different answers depending on who you're talking to. The latest info is based on what the Neonatoligist expects.

Please continue to pray for the twins and Brian, the little boy who is next to Louisa. And even though the NICU is a very critical nursery the babies, parents, nurses and doctors that are there are great people. One of the biggest reasons Louisa and Reid are doing so well is because of the people that are taking care of them. So, Thank You: Dr. Brawley, Dr. Cothran, Dr. Sharpe, J-Lo, Mrs. Debra, Mrs. Pennie, Mrs. Molly, Mrs. Donna, Mrs. Jeanneane, Mrs. Sherry, Mrs. Bonnie, Mrs. Ellen, Mrs. Kathy, Mrs. Camylle, Mrs. Kathy, Ms. Lauren, Mrs. Jennifer, Mrs. Natalie, Mrs. April, Mrs. Marsha, Mrs. Carla and everyone I have forgot to mention.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Today we visited the NICU and were given exciting news! Louisa and Reid both have been advanced on their feedings and both of them are taking every feeding by bottle. When babies are close to full term this is not a big deal. But for preemies this is one of the three big goals (breathing, eating, temperature control).

Because Reid breathes room air, can maintain his body temperature and now is taking every feeding by bottle he has no reason to stay in the NICU! We expect that by Wednesday we will be able to welcome Reid home and will finally begin to feel like real parents. The down side is that Louisa will still be in the NICU but all she has to do is gain enough weight to maintain her temperature. Today she weighed 3 lbs. 1.4 oz. and hopefully will be home in a few weeks.

So please continue to pray for Louisa that she will continue to have good days and that Reid will have no setbacks between now and Wednesday. Also please say a prayer for Brian and his family. Brian is a little boy whose isolete is next to Louisa's and his prognosis is not good. He is a really sick little boy so please pray for him to have no pain and strength for his family.

Now, I am going to get some sleep while I still can...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Pictures of our Babies

Our Little Louisa

One of the many faces of Louisa

This is what happens when the nurses wake Louisa up...I think this is why they call her fiesty!
Mommy, Daddy and Louisa
Mommy, Daddy and Reid
Reid smiling at Mommy

Daddy and his boy

Our cute little elf
Mmmm...these fingers are GOOD!!

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