"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Thursday, November 16, 2006

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??

Danielle

6 comments:

SHANNON said...

HOW FLIPPING CUTE! WHAT A BLESSING IT IS! YOU ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE THESE BOYS IN YOUR LIVES AND SO ARE WE! cANT WAIT TILL THE DAY THEY GET TO MEET THE WORLD AND EVERYONE WHO CARES SOOOOOO MUCH ABOUT THEM. IN DUE TIME. RIGHT NOW IT IS THEIR HEATH THAT COMES FIRST. GOOD LUCK! LOVE THE PICTURE, ESPECIALLY THE LAST ONE!

Amanda B. said...

They are absolutely adorable. Wow..how Jake & Ben have grown!!! It is so great to hear about the little joys of motherhood (I look forward to it someday). I hope you both are enjoying every second...eventually sleep will come...but I am sure it is all worth it!!

Rhonda said...

Congrats to both boys on finally making it home. Now the real fun begins. Your first night sounds much like our own. Our girls celebrated their 1st birthday on Oct. 15 and we are closing in on their homecoming date. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. Cherish these early days even when the exhaustion is overwhelming. Take tons of photos. This time next year it will be a distant memory.

The Finberg Clan

Renee said...

Thanks so much for the pictures! They are so adorable! It's amazing with all that was going against a normal pregnancy that these two little peanuts are here and doing well. Science and medicine sure are a big guessing game. I can't imagine how it must be loading up two babies and carrying everything! I'm sure it's quite a balancing act that you will get really good at! Enjoy the holidays with you your little miracles!

Have a happy Thanksgiving,
Renee

Kara said...

Ben and Jake have finally reached their due date. How exciting. The pathology report was very interesting. I am sure it adds closure to know what contributed to your complicated pregnancy. I still am waiting for my results.

Things do get easier through the night with twins. Once you figure out what works best for you...things usually will start moving along quicker.

Congrats again on having 2 beautiful baby boys home with you.

love-Kara

FEDS said...

This is such a fantastic story - I want to say ending but it is just the beginning of two fantastic lives. Enjoy!

Interesting to see that your two snuggle together. Our two do exactly the opposite - but then they are not identical and your are.

We are finding the lack of sleep quite tiring too. Three hours at a time is a gift!

Enjoy