Saturday, August 16, 2014

FAST update...

I debated as to what I should call this post...let's be real, it's been over a year since I have blogged! I've thought about getting back on the blogging ban wagon for quite some time but...well it just never happened! Here is our life in the last year in a nutshell!
-We finished our home addition...and we LOVE all the new space!
-We got pregnant with TWIN girls! (Huge surprise...twins do NOT run in our family...)
-We (but mostly I) delivered the twins WAY too early due to a diagnosis of HELLP...a very rare condition of preeclapsia (don't google it, it's scary!)...which is deadly to mommy and babies without immediate delivery. So our beauties were born at 27 weeks 3 days weighing 2 lbs 3 oz and 1 lb 13 oz...
-We spent 105 days in the NICU at UW (We're officially Husky fans now and there's no going back!)
-We brought Tatum Grace & Teagan Rhysse home on July 22, 2014

-And now...we are in survival mode!
The girls are doing great and LOVE being home. We are getting used to not just having a new baby but having TWO new babies! They are growing well and gaining weight like little champs. Tatum is up to 10 lbs 13.9 oz and Teagan is up to 10 lbs 3.4 oz! They are both still on feeding tubes (called a nasal gavage or NG)...these are temporary until they have developed a mature swallow. It is not uncommon for preemies to struggle with feeding, and it varies from baby to baby as to how long this can take. Ben and I have witnessed so many of God's miracles through our girls in the last four months...we are simply waiting for His next one, when our little ladies will be tube free! We go down to Children's next week for a follow up swallow study for Tatum and an initial swallow study for Teagan. We will hopefully get some good news on how Tatum has progressed and find no major issues with Teagan! PRAYING!!!
We've been home for 3 weeks now and are starting to find our new routines. The days go well...Ben is amazing! My mom is SUPER GRANDMA! We are still working on sleeping at night...Tatum and Teagan both like to "hang out & cuddle" (as the night NICU Nurses called it) from about 8:00 pm to 1:30 am...I know we will get there...we are doing some modified Baby Wise...some things just don't make sense for our preemie girls yet.
I'll be going back to work next week and Ben will start who knows how long I'll be back on the blogging ban wagon! I promise to do my best!