Thursday, May 24, 2012

Due Date & 2 Month Birthdays

Pretty unbelievable that the girls have been here exactly 2 months on what would have been their due date.

We had a nurse come out to the house yesterday to weigh them. Apparently, because of their low birth weights, they qualify for a government funded program that does monthly weight checks & milestone screenings.  I was pretty excited to find out that both girls now weigh 6 lbs 12 oz! Both have gained around a pound since leaving the hospital!

The girls are still on a good routine from being in the NICU.  We've been on many walks around the hood & entertained the odd visit or two. Most of all we have been relaxing with the girls, trying to do the best we can as new parents!

I just had to add this one because I thought it was too cute.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Learning the Ropes

I've been writing this post in my head for the past week or so, but all free time so far has been spent snuggling my girls. {I'm trying to make up for all the lost time in the NICU!}

Having both girls home is amazing & oh so tiring! Twins are no joke! Having Maddie home before Amelia was a piece of cake compared to double trouble.  But honestly, the NICU got them on a great schedule & we have been able to stick to it pretty well.

The girls are still napping a lot, as they still haven't even met their real due date {May 24}. Nighttime is pretty similar to day time. Most of the time they make it to their next scheduled feeding, but even now and then someone {mainly Maddie} will get to sneak into bed for a little snack.

Dave & I certainly have different parenting styles & we are still working out the kinks. As expected, I'm hovering over the babies constantly, checking if they are breathing, & always looking for a cuddle. I'm up at every cry, wanting to comfort the babies the best that I can. Dave obviously has profound hearing loss at night, because he can sleep through any wail, no matter what the decibel.  So I'd say we are both falling into our stereotypical roles as parents.

Amelia has been settling in really well. She still snoozes a lot, but will certainly let you know when she is hungry. She is still on the diuretic for her PDA Valve, however, at her first appointment with our Pediatrician, he couldn't even pick up her murmur with his stethoscope. We have a follow up visit with the Cardiologist at the end of the month, and hopefully it will be closed.

Maddie on the other hand has completely made herself at home. She is more alert than Amelia & loves to play, or scream, either one works just fine. This is truly my child. The girls have been having a blast sitting on their play mat together.  All the fun parts on the mat aren't even glanced at, instead they intently study each other, & then promptly bat one another in the face.

We have made a few trips out here & there. The girls are always a hit. Well, more like a novelty, because of their size. We have lots of "tiny, small, new baby" comments, which I instantly have to defend. "Well they are actually almost 2 months old, but born premature." Small & tiny comments hit hard to a preemie mom.  On the flip side, there have been several moms who have in turn shared their story about their premature infants. I chatted with a lady at Costco about her 24 weeker, who is now a healthy 11 year old.  Same with the lady at the post office, who had her twins at 27 weeks, & are now giant 15 year olds. I love these stories. Keep them coming.

We celebrated Mother's Day by stuffing our face with delicious food & I enjoyed the flowers given to me by my husband & parents.  I can't say I had a relaxing day off, maybe those come in the next few years, but at least the day was enjoyable.

So all in all we are happy to have everyone home! We are grateful for all the support from our family & friends. Thank you so much!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Tubbs Twins are Home Together!

Quick post from my phone...

After clearance from the cardiologist, Amelia got the okay for her discharge!! We are happy to say that the Tubbs are all under one roof!

Tomorrow will be the first day since Feb 23 that I have not been at the hospital. Crazy. I plan on sitting with my girls and snuggling them ALL day!

Thanks for all the well wishes & love. We have been so grateful of your support!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

1 down, 1 to go!

We came home with our Madeline today.

We are thrilled, excited, nervous, & we miss little Amelia!
{Who will hopefully come home soon}

Happy Day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Maddie is Coming Home!

There will probably be many typos & grammatical errors in this post, but I want to get everything down as fast as I can because we are scrambling to get things ready.

Over this past weekend we asked the doctor if she had a timeline for us taking home the girls. She somewhat laughed and told us that it looked like around 2 weeks. The girls were still 36 weeks, not quite full term. We were disheartened, but knew when they first arrived in the NICU, the prognosis was they would be there till their due date {May 24}.

Fast forward to yesterday. The doctor called me in the morning & started with "Looks like Madeline really wants to go home! She's doing great on her feeds & I see her going home by the end of the week!" So after letting out a big "woohoo," I was thinking by Saturday or Sunday we would have one of our girls home!

Now on most days I take the train up to the hospital. I don't have to worry about traffic & I can get in some good reading.  Just as I plopped myself down to wait for my next train at Five Points the doctor calls. I figured it was just the daily check up, but right off the bat the doctor says "Looks like Madeline can come home tomorrow!"

I cried. I was so happy.

She explained more that the nurses had fed her all her feeds off the gavage & pending a car seat test she would be able to go home tomorrow.

When I finally arrive to the hospital, little Madeline had no feeding tube in.

She's beautiful.

I fed both girls & then we get ready for the car seat test.  During this test Madeline cannot suffer from apnea or experience any oxygen desaturation.  This test is one and a half hours long!!!!!!!! So we start to buckle her in & quickly realize she doesn't fit. Not even close. Even though she is 5 pounds & that's what are seat starts at, she was so far away from the crotch strap.

Crap. We got these off our registry way back in December, so we didn't have the boxes & we weren't sure if we could return them. After a quick phone call to Babies R Us, & an explanation of our situation, they kindly agreed to let us return them for ones that would work. {Thank you BRU for amazing customer service & being so easy to work with! You just earned a customer for life!}

So note to all...if you have preemies a Graco Snugride is not for you. However a Graco Sungride 30 is! Yay!

So after a quick exchange we hustled back up to the hospital. {Ok, I lied we actually grabbed some Galla's Pizza First. Yum!}

The traffic on Peachtree-Dunwoody was hell. This is a nice reminder why I don't want to move back to Dunwoody any time soon.  I was nervous we wouldn't make it in time & would have to delay the test.  But, once we finally made it, Madeline was finishing up her bottle. Perfect timing. We got the car seat all strapped up into the mock seat & we were on our way!

Maddie didn't seem bothered by the test at all. A few cries here & there. Some straining {probably working on her nightly poop.} Some sneezing...which actually scared me because she started to dsat, but the nurse said not to worry, that didn't count. Phew.

{Princess Leia}

An hour & a 1/2 later...


Madeline is coming home tomorrow!

Little Amelia is still working on things. She is an amazing breast feeder, but with both the breast & bottle, she gets a little over zealous & can choke or forget to breath.  Hopefully in the next few days or weeks she will get better at her breathing & eating coordination. We want her home with her big sis!


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