Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tired again






















Just when we thought we were getting the hang of the changing, feeding, cleaning spit-up stopping fussiness we had a little setback last night. First being worried first time parents Madeline seemed a little more fussy than normal so Kelli checked her temperature, it was 99.5. So we checked it again with a layer off of her for awhile and then it was 100.1. So we called Madrona and after hours they have a nurse at Children's hospital call you back. 40 minutes later a nurse called and it took about 20 minutes for the nurse to say if the temperature in the armpit is higher than 99 you need to go to the emergency room. So we called Nana and Papa at around 11:30 and they came over and watched Lucy and Kelli and I went to the hospital. After everything Madeline seemed fine and they took her rectal temperature and that was just fine. So we came back around 12:45 or so and then Lucy was fussy all night. The girls like to be really good when everyone is awake during the day and have their problems or party all night. Kelli also found herself wake up with Lucy on her chest and a pool of spit-up there as well.



In better news, the girls got to meet their uncle Curt and Auntie Katie who live in LA County and are up for Christmas, Lucy got to have bath time last night and she was sooo good during it. We are going to bath Madeline tonight. Lucy is starting to look like a newborn as opposed to a Premi and we think she is probably almost 6 pounds now. We will find out tomorrow when the nurse comes to our house to weigh the girls. There is a little video of Lucy spitting up as well. Enjoy, and again we love all the support that everyone is giving us!!!






video

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!














































Well sorry to anyone who has been waiting for some new pics. We have been a little busy with a couple new babies. Kelli and I are trying to sleep every chance we can but it is tough to get into a new routine and sleep when the baby is sleeping. We are really excited to be able to have Lucy and Madeline home for Christmas and spend some quality time with them around them. Last night we read the story of Jesus birth to them and it was pretty fun to read and look at them and how precious they are and think how we have them to nurture and care for.

When we went home on Saturday evening from the hospital it was pretty crazy to see them so small in their car seats. Now on to their weights...... Lucy is a chunk and is gaining weight at a rapid pace. She has gained almost a whole pound from her lowest weight in the hospital and is still eating like it is her last meal. Lucy was 5 lbs 7.5 ounces as of yesterday.

Madeline is also gaining weight and is doing better on her feedings as well. She weighed in a 4 lbs 8 ounces yesterday.

Monday they had their first pediatrician appointment and everything seemed to check out pretty well. We like their doctor as well. His name is Dr. Filuk. He came to see us in the hospital when Kelli was at St. Joes and he got them in as his patients.
The girls has their first Christmas with the Potts side last night and with the Stephan's this morning. They are also going to be at the famous Christmas Stephan/Day dinner. Every year the family writes on a table clothe and then Grandma Day sews it into the table cloth. What you write usually relates to what happened this last year (I wonder what we are going to write???).

Hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and are staying warm and safe on the roads. God bless you all and Lucy and Madeline can't wait to meet you once they (and their parents) get more strength.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

HOME!

We are now home with both of the girls!. Home for Christmas. We are so excited! I will put a few pics up of the last few days soon. God bless everyone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lucy and Madeline get to know each other





























Lucy and Madeline both now have their IV's out and also don't have to be under the tanning bed lights. Since they are looking good they put them together. This is the first time they have got to be together for any period of time. Kelli and I are now in a sleeping room as big as our two beds but it is nice to be about 50 feet from the girls and Kelli (and I) can go in an feed or hangout whenever without having to plan for it. There is a possibility that Lucy will get to go home earlier than Madeline because she is eating like a champ. They are saying that Lucy is way ahead of her gestation and Madeline is acting her age. Madeline has flashes of great eating and then other times not so much. We knew it was coming but we definitely are seeing our schedules being revolved around the girls and we are not even really full time parents yet. We will need to stick to good feeding/changing schedules for sure to make sure that one feeding doesn't just roll into the next all the time. We are having tons of fun with them especially now that they are in a crib and a crib together is great. We like to see how they look alike and how they don't. The more we get to know their personalities the less they look alike and Lucy is still like 7 ounces bigger too.
There is a tree that we can view from L & M's room that I thought was pretty cool so I put a picture of that on there as well. We still are hoping to be home before Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting to know Lucy and Madeline














































We are currently in the babies room in the NICU and Kelli is very tired. She had a busy day and did not get to rest much. We are finding we need to get a little more organized with when Kelli pumps and when we need to be in the NICU for feedings. I am getting much better at diaper changing and everyone in the NICU is calling me a pro. I am pretty sure they say that to all the Dad's while the mom's recover from C-sections. Makes them feel like they have worth. The girls had to go in the Isolettes and be under the jaundice lights because their Billi Reuben levels were high. We call them their tanning beds. We have pics of them catching some rays. As of this morning Madeline's levels were looking OK so they took her off the lights. Madeline has also had some trouble with her IV's staying in and also some feeding trouble so they put an NG tube in through her nose into her stomach so that if she does not feed well, then they put some food through the NG tube.

We also have found out that Lucy takes after her Dad and eats EVERYTHING you put in front of her and Madeline is a little bit picky with her feedings like Kelli is. It is so funny (and encouraging) anything you give Lucy she just goes after it like I went for that burrito last week and those pastrami sandwiches that I was talking about in an earlier post.

I went home today and pucked up the Jeep and also got some work done and it was tough leaving the girls and Kelli for a few hours. Nana got to come and hang out and be in on a feeding and hang out. The snow is supposed to come tonight and I didn't want to get caught in the snow with 3 females in the car when we get to go home. So..... when we are going to go home.......... We really have no clue but from what I am hearing it sounds like 1-2 weeks from now but things are changing every day. Would be great if we could come home for Christmas but we just feel so blessed that we are in a place where we have great care for the girls, they are healthy and Kelli is doing pretty well with her recovery. We are getting discharged form the hospital tomorrow but have a sleeping room booked for Wednesday night. Beyond that we will have to figure out where we are staying. My aunt and uncle live very close and we may stay there.
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Settling in with the girls




















































It has now been a few days. Kelli is recovering quite well and is going to be walking around more today. We are excited to be able to hang out with the girls more and more. Lucy got her breathing machine off yesterday morning so we were very excited about that and she seems to be doing great. The biggest thing now is getting them to feed and get the girls and Kelli used to breast feeding. Here are some pictures from yesterday and this morning. Hope you all are doing well!






I was all excited to put a picture up of me eating pastrami sandwiches at Barney's Pastrami Dip on Friday but I guess the girls being born are a better story.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hello World!

They're here!!!! Well just when Kelli and I thought we were possibly going to try to go to St Joe's early Kelli got some contractions last night when the babies' hearts were being monitored and then decided against the early leave. Kelli slept fine last night but at about 6:30am she began to feel contractions that were different and hurting more. At just before noon Lucy and Madeline came and showed themselves to the world!

Lucile Ann was 4 lbs 14 ounces and Madeline Grayce was 4 lbs 6 ounces. Madeline is doing great and Lucile is having a little trouble breathing so she is hooked up to a breathing machine for a day or so but everything seems to be OK and working out fine (there is a picture).

Kelli got to see the babies briefly as she was going from C section recovery back to our room but she did not get to spend too much time with them. The hope is that tomorrow she will have recovered enough to get some good time in with the babies. They are so beautiful and we love them so much (like we wouldn't say that).

In the first picture Madeline is on the left (A) and Lucy is on the right (B). They say hello to all of you.

We are excited to bring them home but we may be here a couple weeks as they are still pretty young. Kelli was 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant today. Snowing on our wedding and now snowing when our babies are born. Hmmmmm

I don't know how to arrange pictures yet.