9 Days Old

Just a quick update!

Liam: He had a rough go in the beginning. He was briefly intubated on low settings with umbilical lines in place and then went to a lesser form of support called NIPPV then CPAP. After he was extubated and his umbilical line was removed they inserted a PICC line. He is currently on a high flow nasal cannula and his PICC line was pulled and fluids discontinued because he is tolerating full feedings via NG tube!

Nora: Was on NIPPV and then CPAP and is also currently on a high flow nasal cannula and her PICC line was pulled and fluids discontinued because she is tolerating full feedings via NG tube!

As many of you know, I’m actually a neonatal ICU nurse so this is what I do for a living. It was been a whole new experience seeing it from a mommy’s perspective. I know I’ll be able to take from this experience to give even better care when I return back to work. My husband says he doesn’t know how he would deal with this if I wasn’t a NICU nurse. He says he just looks at my face to gauge if he should be worried or not. All in all I am thrilled with the progress we’ve seen in our strong little babies!

They are 32 weeks today so we will be in the NICU for a minimum of another 3 weeks. And now the fun part.. Here’s a bunch of pictures!

My first time holding both of my loves together…

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Looking at my husband as I hold both of my babies together for the first time. Such an amazing moment…

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Best. Feeling. Ever.

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Daddy holding both babies…

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Nora and her gigantic (normal sized) paci…

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Nora and Liam in their first outfits and doing well!

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Introducing Nora and Liam!

After a weekend of lots of contractions, I was admitted late Monday night for contractions about 10 minutes apart. I had some major thinning of the cervix but never progressed past 1cm. Over the course of the next couple of days I had 2 doses of betamethasone to speed up fetal lung maturity. The contractions became excruciating and I was in pain even between contractions. My OB decided to start me on mag sulfate and transfer me to their other facility that had a higher acuity NICU just in case. My temp was in the 97’s upon transfer, 99’s upon arrival at the other facility an quickly shot up to 102. The contractions were about every 2-4 minutes and the babies and I were becoming tachycardic. It was decided that I had chorio and they recommended a stat c-section as baby B had turned breech and I was so sick. I had an excellent team of doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists and everything happened very quickly and went very well. I’m feeling so much better!
Nora was born 9/17/14 at 1653 weighing 3lbs 7oz and 15.3″ long. Liam was born 9/17/14 weighing 3lbs 14oz and 16.5″ long. They are both in the NICU on antibiotics and CPAP and have both received surfactant. They are tolerating it well and weaning O2.
I’ll share a more detailed story and updates in the next couple of days. Just wanted you all to know! (Nora is top picture and Liam is bottom)

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