Thursday, June 30, 2011

This weekend Michael and I were able to get away for the night and take an impromtu trip to Savannah. It was nice to get away and leave all our worries behind for the night and enjoy each other's company in such a beautiful city! We took a carriage ride and riverboat cruise which were both wonderful and something neither of us had done before! We also laughed alot and had alot of time to just talk with no interruptions which I think I enjoyed more than anything. I am so thankful for such an amazing husband. Thank you , Michael for a wonderful trip!!! I love you!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

As many of you already know, our sweet Charlie and Sam went to be Jesus on June 17th 2011. There is no other explanation than Heaven needed my precious babies more than I . Although this has indeed been the most difficult experience my family and I have ever been through, it has also taught us how to place all of our burdens on our God and He will give us the strength to see us through anything. My family has become closer and have never been touched by friends and total strangers reaching out to us in prayer and other services of love. Good has already come as a result of my two precious angels and Michael and I can only hope that if one person is saved as a result of our situation than the pain we have endured has not been in vain.

As for Gracie and Bryce, they are our strongest support and have been truely amazing through my pregnancy and through the loss. They know that they will always have two quardian angels looking over them, and that gives them a much needed comfort.

Michael and I were able to hold our sweet angels and we will always be forever greatful to Trinity Hospital for treating us and our babies with dignity and respect. God was everpresent throughout our short but very peaceful visit with Sam and Charlie , who were actually little cloans of Gracie. It was amazing holding their tiny hands and toes. Thank you , God for giving us that moment . We feel truly blessed.

Since our coming home from the hospital, the outpouring of love from our friends has been amazing. We are thankful for each and everyone of you and feel so very loved.The prayers are being felt because we serve an awesome God and I am getting physically stronger by the day...the laughter is overcoming the tears.. The meals have been such a blessing and we love you all so very much.

Every card and every message are so all are amazing!!! We love you, Michael, Kathleen, Gracie, Bryce, and our sweet angels



Saturday, June 11, 2011

A little bump in the road....

Since learning that Michael and I were expecting the twins, we have come to expect the unexpected. Honestly, I quit trying to plan anything in advance and we have decided just to take one day at a time, which has made things a little easier.
Friday evening, we had managed to get Gracie and Bryce to bed a little earlier just so Michael and I could simply hang out together and enjoy the quiet. These kind of evenings come few and far between since summer began and all schedules went out the window!!!
I had actually been pretty lazy that day and didn't get up too much at all, so when I started experiencing some contractions around 11:00 that evening I got a little worried. I have had some contractions before but new that coming off a vacation at the beach in the heat was partially to blame. This time it was different. My contractions seemed to have a rhythm to them. I told Michael what was going on and we both decided to wait about an hour before calling the on call physician.
The hour soon approached and the contractions continued, so I called the physician who ordered me to go down to Labor and Delivery to get checked out.
Once we arrived, I was quickly hooked up to the fetal monitor and started receiving IV fluids. the twins were flipping all around being their normal active selves which made detecting their heartbeats a little challenging. Michael and I couldn't help but laugh a little at the nurses struggling to get our boys to cooperate!!!
The monitor revealed that I was having "irritation contractions" but I was not in labor...thank you, Lord! I was given a shot to make the contractions to stop and was admitted overnight for observation. Although we were completely exhausted, and I was simply uncomfortable, knowing that the twins were not in any harm made everything better. By morning, I was given some medicine called Procardia which will help me from having further contractions.
Basically, carrying identical twins is putting a strain on my body and I have been informed that this type of situation is very common. This weekend I was on on complete bedrest only allowed to get up to use the bathroom and should the contractions subside, I can go back to just "taking it easy" . For now, we just continue to pray that I can carry our boys as long as I can. Each day is a milestone inching us closer and closer to the end of this journey. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

23 1/2 week checkup

Wednesday I had my 23.5 week checkup to check on the twins and to further evaluate their condition with Twin to Twin . Both my sonographer as well as Dr. Joseph told me they were anticipating referring me over to the highrisk doctor at this visit. I was too and was a little nervous going into the sonogram not knowing what was going to be happening. My biggest fear was one baby not having enough fluid to sustain growth, but was pleasantly surprised!!!
The sonogram revealed that although Baby B still has more than enough fluid, Baby A has a perfect amount for him! Both babies are growing perfectly with Baby B weighing in at exactly 2lbs and Baby A weighing in at 1.12 oz ! The babies are actually in the 75th and 67th percentile for weight which is amazing!! It is truly a miracle that my condition is not causing any stress to our babies at this point!! So, basically, I am the only one uncomfortable, and I am totally fine with that!
Since I am progrssing well, Dr. Joseph wants to see me back in three weeks instead of weekly for now. His only concern at this point is my small frame being able to carry these bigger babies and excess fluid ,so draining some of the fluid off could be a big possibility at my next visit. My tummy is already measuring what it would be at 40 weeks!!
With all of that being said, I love a good challenge and I pray that Charlie, Sam, and I can really shock them all!!!
I am to continue to take it easy but have managed to dodge the bullet with bedrest and hospitalization, which I can only thank God for! I'll admit, laying around has been difficult for a person like me, but I continue to learn more and more about letting go .
I just want to thank everyone for the prayers and my wonderful friends and family who have helped Michael and I during this time. It has meant the world to us and has really made our journey a little easier :)

23 week photo shoot

For Father's Day, I thought it would be a great idea to surprise Michael with pictures of the kids and myself to fill his new office!! Thank you Laura Power! These are a few of my favorites from my maternity/father's day photo shoot!

Above all love each other deeply,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
I Peter 4:8

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I am married to my highschool sweetie and together we have two very active but very loving children, Gracie and Bryce. I work part time as a pediatric dental hygienist and am a fulltime cook, cleaner, and driver :) I love all my jobs and thank God everyday for getting me to where I am...