Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baby Lovin'

Thank you to my multiple mommy friends... I don't know if I could've ever figured out how to feed both babies alone without all of your advice and pointers. It is a juggling act, but we are managing!

Mmmm... Cookies!!!

Lucas has been such a good big brother that we thought we would do something special.. just the two of us. What's more fun than baking cookies?? (Eating them, of course!!!)


All 3 of my angels rocking together.

Carly is HOME!!!

Notice Lucas is in his pj's... it was late when Carly was finally given the okay to come home. Lucas got to stay up way past his bedtime!

Boone is HOME!

Lucas woke up from his nap to find a BIG surprise!! He was more than thrilled to welcome his little brother home! He squealed with excitement... he said "heeeeyyy Boone," "heeeeeyyy baby" for hours!

Tests and Trials

On the Thursday after the babies were born, I was discharged from the hospital. It should have been such a happy day, but instead it turned out to be the worst day I have ever experienced. I knew in advance the babies would need to stay a few more days in the nursery because of their complications and I thought I had prepared myself for that, but I learned that there is no such way to really prepare yourself to leave your newborn babies... and that was only the beginning of our emotional torment.

As I was stepping out of the shower that morning, Carly's nurse knocked at our door.. I could overhear her conversation with David on the other side of the door. She told him that Carly was experiencing more difficulty breathing because the CPAP machine had unknowingly scratched and irritated her nasal passages causing them to fill with blood and become blocked. She cut a whole in Carly's pacifier and ran the nasal cannula into it to get some oxygen in her until a team from the Columbus NICU could get to LaGrange. The news was shocking.. our last update on her was encouraging.. we thought she was making progress... but no one knew the damage that the CPAP had caused. She allowed David to go to the nursery to be with our angel as they prepared her for transport. At the same time, Boone was finally officially off all of his machines and monitors and allowed to leave the nursery for the first time. They brought Boone to me in my room (they warned it would be best if I was not there as they prepped Carly). I think they knew that was the only way they could keep me away.. to bring me Boone and know that David was with Carly and she wasn't alone.

The team from Columbus did a thorough evaluation of her... they determined she would need a ventilator. At that point, they sedated her and David was asked to leave as well. We waited in my room with Boone. After intubation, they brought my sweet girl to me to say goodbye... I still don't know how I found the strength to make it through that moment. Not only did we have to tell her goodbye, but we had to turn right around and tell Boone goodbye, too. He returned to the nursery and we raced to Columbus to get Carly settled.

The rest of the afternoon, we sat at Carly's bedside watching her limp body rise and fall with the force of the ventilator. It was determined that she also had some issues going on inside her lungs... the nodules inside were not able to fill with air and work the way that they should. She was given lots of medications to try to help her body heal and develop.

I was an emotional wreck.... crying, shaking... totally numb. It felt like I was unable to care for any of my babies... I had not been able to spend time with Lucas in days.. someone different picking him up from daycare everyday, Boone was in LaGrange, Carly in Columbus.... Every place we went, I had to leave 2 of my angels behind.

Carly remained on her ventilator for 3 days before being extubated and put on regular oxygen. She got to come off of that 2 days later, but she still had to be monitored very closely. Her oxygen level would drop at times causing concern that she may have to go back on the oxygen... but she proved to be such a fighter.

Boone was released from the LaGrange hospital on Saturday, October 30. It was a bittersweet day.... I was OVERJOYED to bring one of my babies home, but there was still an empty carseat in the van, an empty swing at home.. and David wasn't with us. He missed Lucas waking up from his nap to find his new baby brother..... but, I was so comforted that one of us could be with Carly.

Carly continued for the next 3 days without any extra oxygen and on Wednesday, November 3rd she was released from the hospital! Our family was FINALLY whole!!!!

Pictures of homecomings to follow.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Big Brother Lucas!

Lucas held my hand the whole way to the nursery to see his new baby brother and sister. It was difficult for him to see them through the window (they were still hooked up to their machines and on the other side of the nursery), but he was excited to take a peek!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Boone & Carly!

Our sweet angels were born on October 25, 2010. At 5 weeks and 1 day early we weren't expecting them for at least another week and a half (scheduled c-section). I went to the hospital at noon for my weekly NST... my blood pressure was elevated. After lying on my side for 2 1/2 hours I knew things weren't looking good... I called David. Blood pressures continued to be high.. stroke level... 180-215/90-115. By 6pm Dr. Bowie came by and told us that we were either going to be admitted for monitoring (if bp would come down) or he would deliver the babies that night. I knew in my heart that it was the end of the road... I was scared. He made the call to deliver them about 2 hours later.

Bradley Boone was born crying at 8:43pm and weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces, 18.5 inches long. David was able to snap a quick photo or two of him in the operating room.

Carly Grace was born at 8:44pm and weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces, 18 inches long. David was not able to get any photos of her right away because she was born quiet... the doctors immediately whisked her to their table for oxygen.

As Carly got the oxygen she needed, I heard my sweet girl cry. I wasn't aware until later of all the breathing complications they each had in the OR. Our pediatrician says they gave her quite the workout... just as one baby would stabilize, the other would take a negative turn and vice versa. It was clear that their lungs were not as developed as they needed to be to breathe on their own. Both babies were put on CPAP machines to aid in their efforts to breathe. Boone only needed his for about 24 hours before receiving regular oxygen in the nasal cannula, but Carly would need much more time to heal we would soon learn...

2 days before delivery
Boone with Dr. Bowie 8:43pm
Some moments just take your breath away..
Sweet baby

My precious Carly


This sweet angel is a fighter!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Be Careful What You Take for Granted

For years, without realizing it, I admit I have taken my family's good health for granted. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and not appreciate the most basic things that we are blessed to have...

Since my last post, David's mom has been diagnosed with a specific type of Lymphoma (Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma with Atypical Features) instead of Leukemia as originally thought. She was faced with 2 treatment options last evening, neither of them pleasant. Today, she has thoughtfully and carefully chosen her treatment plan. She has decided to fight with everything she has. She will begin (literally as I type this) the most grueling and and aggressive form of chemotherapy available to her. She will spend the next 3 weeks at Emory getting a continuous dose. This treatment plan is risky, especially to her precious kidney that she received in February... but to her the hopeful outcome outweighs the risks. What bravery she has to face this with such courage!

Also, it was discovered yesterday that my Daddy has some abnormalities with his heart function. His cardiologist is concerned. He will have a heart cath next Friday to access the situation further.

These times are hard... there is no other way to describe it. But, in the midst of it all, we still raise our arms and praise God for all of the blessings that He has given us... among them being the two rays of sunshine that continue to thrive in my womb despite the whirlwind that surrounds us. We believe in the POWER of prayer and ask that you continue to pray for our family as we enter into this trying time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mrs. Brenda

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post. On Friday, we learned that David's mom has leukemia. We are still awaiting some anticipated test results as to the type of leukemia she has, but her doctors are optimistic that it is still in its earliest stages. She has been transferred to Emory.. a place that David and I aren't strangers to as you all know. She has been through so much lately with her recent kidney transplant in February and possible Parkinson's Disease diagnosis in the last few weeks (still aren't sure if the leukemia is mimicking the symptoms or if she in fact has it). She is a strong person... she is determined. Just yesterday, her main doctor came in to tell her that her white blood cell count had come down a great deal over the course of just a few days (from 38000 to 19000)... he was puzzled... she told him that it was because of all the people praying to God for her healing. :o) We are taking things one day at a time... She is understandably very shaken that she likely won't be here when the babies are born, but we are hoping that she will be home in time for the holidays. This will be a rough road... Prayers for comfort, peace and healing my friends...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Lucas had a ball at the Pumpkin Patch on Saturday with his Daddy and Nana & Big! I so wish I could have joined in on the fun. There was hayrides, horses, tractors, pumpkins and more! Lucas even picked out his very own pumpkin to bring home. He talks about it all the time and totes it around everywhere! Not too sure what he will think when we get ready to carve it... we might just have to get a "backup" pumpkin!! lol

Fall Fun

We are loving the Fall weather! Lucas could LIVE outside I think!!

"Hanging Out" in Nana and PawPaw's Tree

Mmmm... Not only did Nana surprise Lucas with a new Halloween bucket... she surprised him with a "treat" inside, too!

He gets so excited at just the mention of CHOCOLATE!!! He is his mother's child!