Friday, September 5, 2008

Doublet update...

 Jordan giving Avery her first "sponge bath," using cotton balls
My mom (Nana) lifting Avery so that they can change her bed linens
Avery's tiny little foot
Tilly sleeping on her tummy, catching a tan
I just love when she is on her tummy with her little feet scrunched up under her

Hello everyone! Thank you all once again for your thoughts and prayers--they are working! I will try my best to keep everyone posted of any changes regarding the girls, but please be patient with me as I am somewhat of a scatterbrain these days:)

This week has truly been a roller coaster ride, with some ups and some downs. I have had my mom here since Saturday night and she has been such a HUGE help. I really haven't had a need that hasn't been met thanks to her, the wonderful Stutz family and our friends--which has been really helpful for my recovery. Another huge up is that the girls' overall health is very good. Because the amniotic fluid leaked so completely and so early, the doctors were concerned that their little lungs might not have had a solid chance to develop properly. They did get at least one steroid shot in me before I went into labor that helped a little with that.  Yesterday they each had an x-ray to check their lung growth and the doctor said everything looked normal--Woohoo! Another little concern we had was for little Matilda. Because the bruising on her head was so severe, her brain scan showed two different low-grade bleeds. Fortunately they are so minimal that the doctor said they shouldn't produce any long term affects. Avery's brain scan turned out completely normal--yay! The heart valve problem is still our main concern... we should hear soon if the medication worked or not, and then we will decided where to go from there.

We are just so in love with our little girls. They are such fighters! We love watching their little movements, some of which already mimic our own. For instance, the nurse said Tilly LOVES to lay on her tummy when sleeping--just like me... And just like her Daddy, Avery loves to sleep with her little arm crossed over her eyes to block out the light. I will try to get a picture of that up here too because it is too cute! We have been blessed with wonderful primary care nurses who inspire a lot of confidence regarding the girl's care. Even though it is very difficult to leave them each night, we know that they are being well taken care of which brings a lot of comfort. We feel so blessed to have these new little additions in our family! Again, we will try to keep you all posted with new pictures and stories...

9 comments:

Arah said...

Maci,
I am glad to see that your girls are doing good. You are in our prayers. Be sure to get the rest you need now because when you bring those girls home, there isn't going to be any.

Tawni said...

It's amazing how tiny and perfect looking they are! You guys are definitely in my prayers and I hope everything goes well over the next few months!

May Family said...

Wow, I'm can't believe how good they look for how early they are. They are so sweet and adorable. I hope everything works out with their little hearts. We'll keep all of you in our prayers.

JEM said...

What sweet pictures! I posted the two pictures I took last night on my blog; one is of Tilly getting a bath and one is of Avery sleeping "Jordan style!" I'll e-mail them to you too. Thanks for letting us visit.

Raquel & Marc said...

We wish we could be there to give you all loves. YOu are in our daily prayers, and we are so glad things are looking well. I bet they are going to be the best little munchkins. Our little preemie Gewy sure is. I just started thinking of what we called Gary, "gary too-soon", then I thought "tilly too-soon". We'll have to figure something out for Avery.

Mary said...

I just barely saw on Facebook that you guys had your little girls, what an emotional ride you must be having! You are all in our prayers. They are so precious, congratulations!

Megan Miley and Chris said...

Honestly, don't worry about keeping us updated. You need to rest and relax. Having babies is an emotional roller coaster as it is. And you must be emotionally drained! I know I had a hard time after I had Miley, and everything went normal. It was just my crazy hormones. If you need anything give me a call. And we are praying for those cute little girls.

Kelli said...

Oh my gosh!! I've been so behind on my blogs and I just saw this. I'm so glad they're doing well. I'll be back in Utah next week and I'd love to take pictures of the girls if you ever want me to. I do free NICU pictures and I've probably done a dozen babies in the NICU. This is the most recent one - http://kellinicolephoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/little-man-t.html.

I'll keep you in my prayers!!!

Shauna said...

cant wait until i can meet these two and hug them so hard their heads pop off. (not really. but remember how we used to talk about all the violent ways to describe your love for babies?)