Sunday, March 30, 2008

Miracles & Multiples

We had a special treat on Saturday when we attended the annual NICU reunion for the Woman's Hospital of Texas where Andrew & Adam spent the first 80 days of the their lives. There were so many adorable kids, I've never seen so many multiples together in one place! This was the first time since the boys' discharge that we've seen the doctors and nurses that cared for them. It brought me great joy to see how impressed they were with the boys, for them to see how big and happy they are. They were especially amazed with Andrew's progress, remembering that he was given such a poor prognosis for his future. We were so blessed to have our children treated by such a great team of caring professionals.

We also got the privilege to visit with some of our sweet NICU friends whose children were Andrew & Adam's very first "friends" and "roommates". It is an honor to know these special families and their miracle children. Never far from my mind were the beautiful children that were not there with us this day, please continue to pray for all the families that have lost a child to premturity.

Strollers Galore:

Our Fantastic Neonatologists:

Our special NICU friends:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

This and That

Way to go Andrew, he had another break through at rehab today and is finally cruising (walking along holding furniture) but he will only go one direction because of his one sided weakness but hopefully he'll get more comfortable. He has some balance issues and already fell and bumped his head twice this evening alone, I need to get his helmet back out!

Speech therapy is going well. The boys seem to really enjoy it and are becoming a little more verbal. Andrew is now saying "Uh oh" but not exactly at the right moments, but that's okay. Adam is saying something that sounds like "baby" but I have no idea what he thinks it means because it's used really randomly. He also says "Uh" but not the "oh" yet. Both babies can do "So big" and "peek a boo" though Andrew has trouble getting his hands over his eyes.

In other news, after nearly 18 months we have finally fully rejoined the human race. RSV season is over and the boys no longer have any more restrictions on them as long as we are careful. They spent Easter Sunday in the church nursery for the first time. It was SO nice to be able to sit through a service in the actual sanctuary and not the cry room wrestling two squirmy boys. I think they really enjoyed being with the other kids. They are also going to the nursery during the weekly young moms bible study I'm now attending (which I LOVE by the way).

Adam & Andrew are so much fun right now, I want them to stay this way just a little longer! It never ceases to amaze me that just when I think that I can't possibly love them anymore than I already do, my love for them grows to an even deeper level. They are truly a gift!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Prematurity in the news

A new study shows long term effects of prematurity. Here is a short exerpt from the article:

"As expected, babies born early were more likely to die during the first year of life compared with babies born at term.

Surprisingly, their increased risk of death persisted as they aged.

The children who were born five to nine weeks early showed a doubled risk of death from ages 1 to 5 compared with children born at normal term.

When the researchers looked at boys and girls separately, they found a stronger link in boys between premature birth and higher death rates in childhood."