Ben & Jake, 9 weeks old
The boys are doing great. They are enjoying the luxuries of home!!! I still have to pinch myself…I can’t believe they are actually here. They are growing like weeds since they have been home. We have taken them to the pediatrician twice and boy was that an adventure. We were actually a half an hour late to the appointment because we did not allow for enough time to get two newborns and all of their belongings into the car and to the clinic. The doctor’s office was very understanding about our late arrival. Next time we will give ourselves a good hour prior to departure!! :)
The pediatrician said the boys look great. Ben’s lungs sounded clear, his color was good, and his blood work came back just fine too. We will be going to the pediatrician once a week for a few more weeks just to make sure he is still on the right track. We still are a little nervous about his health after all we have been through. I pretty much analyze every move he makes. I know in time we will be more and more confident about his health. He sure looks perfect to us!!
Our first night was very entertaining. We didn’t sleep at all. It was a combination of new parent jitters, excitement, diaper changing, feeding, burping, rocking, etc., etc. Each night we get just a few more minutes of sleep however each feeding takes about an hour and they eat every three hours…so you do the math! :)
I also wanted to update everyone on the pathology report. I just got the results last week and it was very interesting. The findings showed:
1) Jake had about 70% of the placenta and Ben had about 30%
2) Ben’s cord was restricted at the placental insertion
3) There were connections as expected in a Di Mo pregnancy that caused mild TTTS
4) There may have been an infection in the uterus
5) There was traces of meconium found in the membrane
6) Advanced placental maturation for stated gestational age of 31 weeks
As you can see, these boys are a true miracle!!! It’s hard to believe they made it out so safely. The doctor said he is not sure if one of these six problems were more dominant then the other..but he thinks #2 was the number one reason Ben’s growth was restricted. He said we will never really know for sure why things played out the way they did…but the important thing is we had a happy ending.
Well, I must go feed the boys! Hope you are having a good day!
By the way…November 19th was my actual due date. Interesting…huh??