Friday, August 29, 2008

Getting bigger!

John and Megan are approaching 4 months of age.

John is getting to be a big boy, but Megan is still pretty small.

Megan is wearing newborn clothes and diapers now!

John is able to wear quite a few 0-3 months clothes, but most of his pants are still newborn.
They love to be near each other! When we lay them next to each other it is not uncommon for them to hold onto each other (at times hitting or kicking)! It is really cute when we notice them holding hands. We hoped that they would like each other and think that signs are pointing towards a positive relationship between the two!

Spending time with cousins

We are lucky that John and Megan have been able to meet all 6 of their cousins already.

We spent a week with Roger, Sara, and kids over the 4th of July and a few days with Tammy, Nick, and kids a few weeks before.

All of the kids were awesome with the babies and I wish that we lived closer!

Spending time with grandparents!

John and Megan love spending time with their grandparents and great-grandparents!

Play time!

I love the smiles!

Pictures of Megan in the hospital

Enjoy these pictures of Megan.

Pictures of John in the hospital

Here are a few pictures of John from his time in the NICU. He spent two days in a breathing tube and then progressed to a nasal canula.

Trips to Indiana

The babies and I made our first trip to Indiana without daddy. We spent 9 days at Angie's house. She said that she enjoyed having us and missed us after we left.

Angie and I took the babies swimming for the first time on July 20th. They acted like they enjoyed it.

The babies and I decided to head to Indiana on August 13th to surprise Grandma Peggy for her birthday! They traveled well and we had a great time! Grandma looked wonderful and enjoyed spending time with the babies.

Enjoy the pictures of the trips to Indiana!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The twins are born!

Hi everyone!

At 2:00 in the morning of May 6th I woke Tim up from a peaceful sleep by shouting from the bathroom. I was hemorraghing uncontrollably and felt that it might be time to call the doctor and head to the hospital.

Tim was amazing! He thought of everything, including the tarp that he placed on my seat so that I did not get anything on the cloth seats of his car. He was finally able to put to good use all the driving practice he has had over the years. We drove about 110 miles per hour and arrived at the hospital relatively quickly and safely.

Once arriving at the hospital they examined me and hooked me up to the monitors. Turns out I was dilated and having contractions. Unfortunately, I was not due until June 18th and the babies were not completely ready to arrive. I was also on blood thinner which meant we would have to wait until 8 a.m. to start the C-Section.

Megan Elizabeth was born at 8:53 a.m. and John Thomas followed just three minutes later at 8:56 a.m. They arrived just over 6 weeks prematurely.

After the doctors showed us our children they were rushed to the NICU where they received wonderful care. Here are the statistics for each baby.

Megan Elizabeth
Weight: 4 lbs. 5 oz
Length: 16.5 inches
Concerns: swallowed a great deal of blood (her placenta tore away from my body), small birth weight, needed to learn how to eat

John Thomas
Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz
Length: 18.5 in
Concerns: underdeveloped lungs, placed on breathing tube because he was struggling to breathe (lasted two days), given steroidal treatments (3) to strengthen lungs, after the tube was removed was placed on a nasal canula, needed to learn how to eat

Tim and I were able to hold Megan a few hours after she was born. We were not as lucky with John. Tim got to hold him on day 4 and I held him the next day.

For the next 16 days we spent the majority of our time at the hospital.
On May 22nd John and Megan were released and able to go home!