It’s been a couple weeks since we blogged. Obviously, we are exhausted with just the business of having a newborn at home and another in the hospital. However, we’ve had a bit more to deal with than we would have ever expected.
Michael Note: This post is a long time coming and covers a lot of detail. We’ve been through a lot and are just now getting back to our normal selves.
I was released on the 11th, as Michael indicated and we were resting at home by early afternoon. The next couple days were not very noteworthy. My pain meds got messed up (The on call doctor had illegible writing) and I quickly realized how much I needed the correct dosage. The nurses at the hospital helped us get that sorted out really quickly- even ribbing the doctor for (paraphrasing) “leaving a woman who just delivered twins by c-section with out the sufficient dose to even take the edge off!” That gave us a good laugh. Continue reading →
Sorry. We will update the site this weekend with new photos and some other posts. Grammie and Pappy Lyon are here, Shannon is healing, the twins are still in NICU, I have the sniffles which I hope is just allergies, and I have my R2 builders meetup all weekend. But we’ll get something up.
Shannon is leaving the hospital this afternoon. We’re getting our things together, will have a quick visit with the twins, and should be home resting by about 1pm. Then starts the complications of needing to be back here a couple times a day to do cares with the babies, while Shannon can’t drive and Gillian can’t be left at home alone. I’m sure one of us will be posting another update either later tonight or in the morning.
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Declan crossed the 3 lb barrier last night and weighed in at 3 lb 1 oz. This is good news and it means that he’s gaining weight. Declan was born at only 2 lb 12 oz. (His sister was double that at 5 lb 8 oz.) Getting past 3 lbs feels like progress to us. Although it’s important to note that, at this scale, weights can fluctuate a lot over even just a bowel movement. It’s also important to mention that right now he’s mostly getting nourishment from an IV.
Declan's IV is fed a custom mixture of Lipids (fats), Sugars, Electrolytes, etc.
I wanted to add some perspective to our situation, and to our style of reporting of it. In general, Shannon and I are super positive people. We don’t even usually post on Facebook about our worries or life frustrations. The worst I’ll get is to comment on a bad tv show or something Apple screwed up. But about our lives and our happiness, we try to stay positive. And that’s both an outward thing (how we choose to communicate with others about our feelings on life and our current situation) and an inward thing (that when we look at our lives honestly, we can’t feel anything but blessed). But in both cases it’s a choice and it’s an attitude. And it works well for us. Continue reading →
The thrilling events between 6:05 and 7:15am, October 6th:
On Wednesday, I was a bit out of sorts. You could call it a woman’s intuition but I think a lot of my uneasiness stemmed from compiling symptoms. By evening, I just felt generally unwell and wondered how long the pregnancy would sustain.
I did manage to have a decent stretch of sleep and then woke up to use the restroom at about 6:05 am. The moment that I sat up in bed, I knew that we’d started a path that would result in babies being delivered very soon. That blasted placenta previa reared it’s ugly head for the last time.
I pushed my call button and explained that I’d started bleeding. The closest nurse came to assist and we made it to the restroom. She brought me my phone to call Michael- who was already driving in.(God is so gracious.) I was relieved that Michael was en route but that he was far enough out to miss everything that would happen in the next 10 minutes. This Prego Diva had turned the room into a big scene- a crime scene- a horror movie scene. Continue reading →
Here are a collection of photos of Declan and Darcy’s first day in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). While the various tubes and sensor leads might catch you off guard or suggest something about their condition, they are standard precautions … Continue reading →