Everett and Eden are TWO months old! We went to the pediatrician on Monday and they weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 8 pounds, 5 ounces each! They are staying awake more and are definitely more alert. They are sleeping in their nursery cribs now. In a few weeks we will start sleep training. Eden makes a lot of noises… she often grunts loudly. Her brother tends to snort when he gets upset. They are still nursing and receiving expressed breastmilk by bottle… up to four ounces each. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep up! They both enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful weather.
All our love,
B&B and E&E
Eden and Everett have had a busy first month of life! They’ve adjusted to life at home after weeks in the NICU and had their first doctor appointment. They both weighed about six pounds and are growing like weeds! Because they were premature, they are considered nearly two weeks old as far as development.
My parents have been here helping since my water broke. We are so incredibly blessed to have the extra hands! I’m able to get sleep in between my three-hour pumping sessions at night (Thanks to Dad and Ben when they’re on the night shift!). My mother has been taking care of all of us all the while. Eden and Everett got a weekend visit from Pam and Gary (a.k.a. Mammo and Grandpa). They had a great time finally being able to hold their twin grandbabies. Everyone was also able to watch the babies during their newborn photo shoot on Saturday.
The photo below was taken yesterday. It’s hilarious to see Everett covering his ears while Eden is fussy. Here come their little personalities!
Becca & Ben and Eden & Everett
Everett Thomas and Eden Kay made their arrival on August 29th! My water broke five days earlier and I was placed on hospital bed rest. I received medicines to mature their lungs and to slow my contractions. I was able to get the munchkins out without a c-section. Everett was born first at 2:58pm and Eden came 10 minutes later. Everett gave the NICU staff a big scare because he was not breathing. He was placed on a ventilator and is now breathing without assistance. Our baby boy was 5lbs 0.1 oz and his sister was 4lbs 12.4 oz.
They have been progressing very well. They eat 40ml (1-1/3 oz) each every three hours and have no more oxygen tubes or IVs attached. They both had jaundice but they are no longer under phototherapy lights. And we are hopeful that this upcoming week, they’ll be able to have their feeding tubes removed and begin to bottle-feed and eventually breastfeed.
Mommy and Daddy have been living at the hospital since my water broke on August 24th. They provide a spare patient room for discharged patients with infants in the NICU. Pumping, visiting the babies, and trying to fit in naps keeps me pretty busy. Ben has been a great help and I don’t think I could’ve stayed there alone all this time. The NICU is 45 minutes from our home and it would be impractical to commute back and forth when I have to pump every 2-3 hours. We have had many friends visit us and we are very grateful for all of your support! My parents have been living at our home on base and watching Rocky for us. They come to visit every other day per week and have been stocking up our freezer with meals when we get to come home. We expect to bring them home in another 2-3 weeks, depending on their progress. We can’t wait to have our family under our roof! :)
Please enjoy the slideshow of photos from the last week-and-a-half of our beautiful babies.
Becca, Ben, Eden, & Everett
Please enjoy these pictures that we had taken just in time! We had no idea that the babies would surprise us less than a week afterwards.
Yesterday’s OB check-up went very well. Both babies were head down (hooray!) and very active. Unfortunately, they’re getting pretty squished in there so getting a good photo is becoming less common. Eden weighed 4lbs 15oz and Everett was 4lbs 14oz. They are gaining a half-pound per week, each. They are growing ahead of average and I have a feeling that they’ll be coming in the next few weeks. Now that I’m 33 weeks along, I will be going to weekly appointments. We also discussed our birth plan and a few recent complaints. My blood pressure was slightly elevated but still acceptable.
Last night around 1:30am there was a lot of excitement in our home. Before you get the wrong idea, please let me explain… I typically have to use the restroom between 4-6 times overnight. Well on the second trip of the night (after only being asleep for 2 hours), I had to flip myself over from my right side to my left and then scoot to the edge of the bed and roll myself up to allow my feet onto the floor. (This is a feat in itself and should deserve a medal or cookie of some kind!) The (10 pound) weight shift of rolling my body vertical produced a VERY intense and shooting nerve pain in my low-right abdomen. It was so painful that it actually made me scream at the top of my lungs! (Cue Ben thinking I’m in active labor.) I was so shook up after that horrific pain that it took me until 4:30am to fall back asleep.
On the bright side, we had two maternity photo sessions this past weekend and will post the photos when we receive them. One is from our neighbor who offered to take free (in exchange for a few dinners) pictures to build her growing portfolio. And the other is the same photographer that we used for our early photos at 5 months (we loved her price and her work!!)
Here’s a bump picture from Sunday for you to enjoy! :)
B&B and E&E
Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far.
I had an OB appointment yesterday and the babies gained about a pound each since my last visit two weeks ago! The ultrasound technician surprised me by taking 4D images and it was truly amazing to see what our babies look like. Luckily, she recorded the session on a DVD so Ben was able to watch it when he came home from work. Everett gave us the best image and he is a spitting image of his father! Tell me what you think. :)
I’ve been really busy crocheting lately. I started my own business named Warm Fuzzies. There is a link from my Facebook page and here it is in case you were wondering. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warm-Fuzzies/364139556992545 I’ve had numerous orders and have spent between 6-10 hours each day on projects. My little hands are so tired! Other than one sock monkey hat, I’m all caught up! I attempted newsboy caps today per a new mother’s request and they turned out great! I’ll be trying football hats and diaper covers next. I hope to dress our twins up in lots of outfits for their newborn photo session.
Still having the insomnia and heartburn. I’ve had to take 1/2 Unisom to sleep every night for several weeks now because of my overactive mind. In the last few days, I’ve squeaked by with only TUM’S and no Zantac! My ankles are holding up and I’ve been without much pain for the last few days. I’m continuing my physical therapy twice weekly.
Enjoy the pictures! Next appointment is in another two weeks and after that they’ll be scheduled weekly. I can’t believe I’m 31 weeks tomorrow and have 8 pounds of baby in there!
Ben and I had a fun time making crafts and putting together the shared nursery recently. A military spouse custom-made our giraffe-print curtains, rug, hamper, and blankets. We mounted recycled stuffed animals on the wall with two Walmart deer antler mounts. The animal silhouettes I hand painted and used images from the internet as stencils. Hope you enjoy the photos!
My next OB appointment is on Wednesday. A week ago the babies were about three pounds each. They are both active daily and Everett is still being a ninja. I got a good kick on video last night that really freaked Ben out! I’m still having heartburn and insomnia. I am continuing twice weekly physical therapy. While I’m not progressing with additional exercises, I find that if I maintain the thirty minutes of exercises and stretches I can do, I don’t re-injure myself nearly as bad. I still have ankle pain, but it’s tolerable and I know when to just sit in the big dent in our couch cushion.
Today marks THIRTY WEEKS along! Can’t believe we will meet our miracles in under two months! :)
Ben and I had a wonderful weekend together at home. He helped out tremendously around the house and we now have gardenia (my favorite flower) bushes in our landscaping! Rocky got a much needed bath and we were able to get his truck repaired in town. What a sweet husband!
On the other hand, my silly ankles are pretty sore… Last week, I had barely any pain and I excitedly jumped on my bicycle for a block-long ride (less than five minutes) with Ben on Friday. Now, I’m really paying for it! I’m still having soreness and am having trouble getting around. What was I thinking??? My recovery time has been increased tenfold with the extra weight. I’m praying that I’ll be able to make progress this week at physical therapy although it seems unlikely when I’m restricted by pain.
The babies looked perfect at my check-up last week. They were measuring 2 pounds, 3 ounces and 2 pounds, 6 ounces. I’m still experiencing anxiety, insomnia and acid reflux. I have a difficult time getting comfortable at night. I logged about 5 hours of sleep last night and have been up since 4am. I’m hoping for a nice nap this afternoon. Laying on my left side, Eden kicks me and on the right, Everett kicks me! Kind of a funny situation when you think about it!
This Friday, I’ll be 7 months along! Ben will be home for good near the end of the month… I can’t wait! :)
Hope you have a great week everyone!
Becca, Ben, & The Twins
Hello family & friends!
I spent the last week in Montgomery, Alabama visiting Ben in training. We enjoyed his light schedule and had a great time playing board games with his friends, sharing BBQ, and swimming at the base pool. Ben just left today and I should see him again next weekend. He will be finished with his training in three more weeks.
I cannot believe that we are 6-1/2 months along now. The babies are the sizes of two heads of lettuce. I’ve included a recent photo from the pool last week so you can see how big I’m getting! I’m still experiencing acid reflux, fatigue, pelvic pain, along with a little anxiety and insomnia. My weak ankles have been pretty touch-and-go for awhile. I’ve been doing physical therapy here in town for a few weeks and have seen some improvement. I do non-weight bearing exercises in a small pool and then follow up with stretches and ice. This week if all goes alright, we will add stability exercises after the pool time. Unfortunately, I strained my left ankle while trying to flip onto my other side in bed last week! Last night, I had a difficult time sleeping because our baby boy was kicking me nonstop when I tried sleeping on one side. He’s a little ninja. :)
This week, I have the dreaded glucose test for gestational diabetes and also need to get my thyroid levels checked again. These blood tests will be done on Tuesday morning. I’m more nervous about fasting before the tests than getting stuck with another needle. I often feel sick if I don’t eat every three hours. I have another ultrasound and Obstetrician appointment on Wednesday plus two physical therapy appointments this week.
I hope you and your families had a wonderful holiday!
Becca, Ben, Eden & Everett
It’s been an amazing two weeks away! First, I had a wonderful time with my family and friends at my baby shower in Oklahoma. Our twins are truly spoiled! I ate my body weight in delightful desserts, too. Thank you to my gracious Aunt Linda and Uncle David for opening their hearts and home to us! Afterwards, I jet-setted to beautiful southwest Colorado to stay with my parents in their new home. We took an overnight trip to visit the towns of Silverton, Ouray, and Mesa Verde National Park. I spotted all sorts of wildlife including a BEAR, coyote, deer, elk, sheep and more!
Unfortunately, my ankles were acting up during my trip away. Luckily, I was able to put my feet up most of the time and be pampered by my parents. A huge thank you to my selfless mother for taking such GREAT care of me! I arrived home yesterday evening after a long day of traveling. I have my first physical therapy appointment tomorrow morning.
My next OB appointment is Monday the 25th. I can’t wait to see our little miracles on the big screen again. My only complaint is acid reflux and joint pain. I’ll be SIX months along on Friday!
Enjoy the photos from my visits below. :)
Becca, Ben & The Twins