Monday, August 30, 2010

August 28th

Four week stats:

Amelia Jane
4lbs 3oz

Emma Jane
4lbs 12oz

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Big Girl Beds

August 24th, we've reached another milestone. The girls both got moved from their isolettes to their "open air" cribs! This means that they can hold their body temperature at 98.6 degrees at room temperature.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dirty Babies

One of our favorite things to do with the girls is give them baths. At first they weren't too happy with the idea but they both came around. Their favorite part is getting their hair washed.

Emma Jane getting her first bath:

Amelia Jane getting her first bath:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Funny Faces

Amelia comes up with some of the best faces. She cracks me up!! Here's just a few:

She also makes some really sweet ones too!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 21st 2010

Three week stats:

Amelia Jane
3lbs 12oz

Emma Jane
4lbs 3oz

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Before and After

Another milestone: Emma had her feeding tube removed!!!



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dirty Girl

Emma already has a reputation around all of her nurses. Although she may be small, we can't figure out how she can make a smell that can clear a room. Her nurses have to leave her isolette open to air it out after a diaper change. PU!

She also knows the worst possible moment to go to the bathroom, which is usually while changing her. I have already been peed on as well as pooped on. But I'm not alone, she has also gotten a handful of nurses as well.

Why do I have a feeling that Emma is going to be our dirty girl with lots of dirty laundry!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jail Time

Well last night I almost went to jail... well not really, but I did almost steal Emma from the hospital... well not really, but that's what the nurses and the police at Uconn Health Center thought!!

I think I got set up. Every night as Derek and I pack up to leave the hospital we get dirty clothes and bottles together to bring home and wash them. Well last night was no different, well at least that is what I thought... So I was minding my own business walking out of the nursery except as we were leaving the nursery an extremely loud alarm went off. At first I didn't know what was happening, I didn't realize I was the problem. As this ear piercing alarm was going off all of the nurses started running to the door where I was exiting. I froze, all I could think was "Am I standing to close to the automatic door, is that why it's not opening and this horrible alarm is going off?" Thankfully once the nurses saw it was me and saw the dirty laundry I was holding they were able to disarm the alarms and let the police know I was harmless.

Apparently, I should have spoke up. Earlier in the day I noticed that Emma didn't have her little baby LoJack device on. I looked around the nursery but didn't see it and didn't think too much of it. She must have slipped it off when the nurses weren't looking and hid it in the leg of one of her pajamas. Thanks Emma, making me look like a criminal. At least we know that the security system works :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 14, 2010

The girls two week birthday marked a big milestone for them, we got moved out of the NICU and into the newborn nursery. We are still under special care but this is one step closer to getting them home!!

2 week stats:

Amelia Jane

Emma Jane

Friday, August 20, 2010

Who Me???

Amelia has a very distinct personality already. She is going to be trouble!! At about a week old, she decided that she no longer wanted her feeding tube in anymore so she ripped it out (several times). The nurse decided to let her go the night without it as long as she would eat her entire bottle. Well, she's determined little girl and has been taking bottles ever since!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18th 2006

Such an amazing day filled with so many great memories of family and friends, can't believe it's already been 4 years!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One Week Old!

We were able to take the girls out of their isolettes and let them spend a little time together. I can't wait till we get them home and really see them interact with one another!!!

Here we are trying to see if they are identical. It's hard to tell because Amelia is smaller, but most people do think they are!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Crafty Ladies!

My girls were hard at work their first night, they made me a beautiful birthday card! (The nurses in the NICU have been great to us!!)

And in their spare time, they made name tags for themselves.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Saturday, July 31st

Twin A
Amelia Jane
8:43 PM
2lbs 15oz
15 inches

Twin B
Emma Jane
8:46 PM
3lbs 10oz
16 inches

Thursday, July 29th

5:45 AM - Houston we have a problem.

My water broke at 32 weeks, in my sisters bed. What we know now and didn't realize then is the chaos that would consume our lives for the next 3 days. Twins generally come early, we knew that but we certainly weren't prepared for it.

Derek and I were staying at my sisters house because we were having our hardwood floors refinished and also because Derek was away on business July 25th till the morning of July 28th. (got back just in time) Since we were staying at her house we decided to "pack" our overnight hospital bag, not taking it too seriously. All I have to say is thank god we were at Karen's because Derek and I were a complete mess! I called the doctor shortly after 6am and she said to come in right away. As Karen pulled everything together for us, we headed out to the car to find it pouring rain. Derek pulled the car up to the front door, but first backed in and pulled forward probably 15 times - like Austin Powers! We got into our cars and we were on our way to Middletown. Once we arrived at the hospital we were taken into the special holding room to see if my water had officially broken. It was here that Derek started to feel woozy, and had to sit down. I was literally sitting there, with nothing too exciting happening, and he was feeling woozy. Oh, boy, this is going to be interesting. Soon enough, we got the results, my water had broken. So now what...

We stayed in that room for 4 hours, hooked up to all types of machines while the doctors discussed the plan of attack. At one point there were 3 of my doctors discussing and we swear they all had their fingers on their noses calling out "not it"! The big conclusion, send me to Uconn Health Center because they would be better suited to handle the twins once born. And, it is better to transport them in me vs in incubators. So, I boarded the stretcher and took my first ambulance ride with Karen and Derek following behind in their cars.

Once at Uconn, I was taken to the ICU. At this point the doctors wanted to stop the labor so they gave me this drug called Magnesium. The most they could hold off labor was 48 hours so that they could give me steroids to help the lungs develop a little more. This drug is not fun, it was probably the worst 48 hours of my life. Not only does it slow down labor, it slows everything. I couldn't talk, eat, move, anything.

After the 48 hours, July 31st, I was taken from the ICU and placed into a normal hospital room with windows and I was able to order lunch! I started to eat but was starting to get uncomfortable with contractions which made me nervous and not so hungry. I was trying to play it cool but Derek and Karen were onto me. Derek was being a great coach, timing the contractions and Karen was making sure that both Derek and I were still breathing. Derek decided it was time to call in the nurses. They hooked me up to all of the machines again and we watched. I was indeed having contractions and the girls were ready to make their debut. Everything after this moved real fast. Next thing I knew, I was being wheeled to the OR, getting a spinal (in which I failed to mention to the doctors that I have scoliosis so he couldn't find the right spot), and then having the sheet pulled up to hide anything that might make Derek or I barf. I don't remember much after that besides a lot of pulling. But I do remember when Derek told me our two little girls were born, Amelia Jane at 8:43 PM weighing 2lbs 15oz and 15 inches long and Emma Jane at 8:46 PM weighing 3lbs 10oz and 16 inches long.

I got to meet my little ones later that night and it was amazing.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My First Post

I'm an official blogger now. I decided to start this page so that I'd have a place to share all of the wonderful, crazy, amazing things that I get to experience as a wife to an incredible husband, a new mom to two amazing twin girls and I can't forget a mom to two sweet pups. Wish me luck, I know it's going to be a crazy ride :)

Love Jen, Derek, Amelia, Emma, Penne and Charlotte