Trekking around Bushwick for Bushwick Open Studios. We used to casually stroll around all day in our non-parenting days. This time we lasted only a couple of hours and had several feeding pitstops at Fred’s Studio.
This is a tough message for me to post... I am a very proud mum of gorgeous twin boys - my miracle babies. They are my world and this aspect of my life does not feature online.
For those of you who don't know, my babies made an early appearance at 28 weeks and 4 days, weighing in at 2lb13 and 2lb9. What should have been the happiest day of my life became the scariest. As soon as my babies were born, they were whisked away by the neonatal team to be intubated, ventilated and moved into incubators and it was hours before we were able to see them.
My boys spent 52 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Poole Hospital before we were able to bring them home. The nurses (and doctors) in NICU were incredible and we were overwhelmed by the care and compassion they showed my boys as well as being an excellent support for my husband and I.
The nurses showed us how to care for our boys whilst in their incubators: to change their nappies, dress them, care for their eyes and mouths. They taught us how to feed our boys via a tube and then spent time supporting me with breastfeeding when they were big enough. The nurses cuddled the boys at night when we had to go home (we weren't allowed to stay) and always had the time to speak with us in the middle of the night when we called to ask how they were.
The amazing people who looked after my boys look after so many poorly and premature babies and work so incredible hard to give them the best start in life.
My boys are now 9 months old and thriving. They are still on the small side but doing amazingly well. They have my husband's looks and my sass and when they laugh my heart melts.
Tomorrow, my husband is taking part in Tough Mudder to raise money for Poole NICU and I could not be more proud. My boys would not be here without the unit and nothing that we do will ever repay what they have done for our family. We will be eternally grateful.
8 months ago, this was my view.. terrified, scared, worried, words can't describe it.. i cannot say Thank you enough to all the staff OU Childrens for all the care they gave me, my wife, and my little man. Still my one of my favorite photos i have from our 55 day NICU stay.. #Nicu#Nicugrad#28weeker#hellpsyndrome#Keephammering
7:30am Mom&Baby Selfie.
This little nugget went to bed at 1am then woke up every 2 hours until she decided to be officially awake at 7am this morning . I’m shocked at how much I’ve adapted to this insane sleep schedule.
Man this smile, I've waited a long time for it and it never gets old. When you have a baby early everything is so uncertain. No doctor or nurse or other mom and can tell you for sure what the future holds. In Gabe's short life we've been to tons of appointments seen numerous specialist and still they all say, wait and see, every baby is different, they'll do it on their own time. Hearing this never gets easier. When you have a baby early all you want is for them to be ok and in wanting this the smallest milestones seem to mean so much more. Celebrate with me today, because this baby that has failed every hearing test, that they say probably can't hear, smiled this big while I was talking to him and while I still have no clue what the heck is going on, I'm praising Jesus for his small reminders that he is good, that he goes before me, and that he had a plan. #allingoodtime#hiswaysnotmine#preemie#nicuawareness#nicuawarenessmonth#gabefirsts#28weeker#4monthsold
'United Motherhood' - This mama holds a special place in my heart. Seems like yesterday her handsome boys were in the NICU - born as early as Ford and Wyatt. What miracles and blessings they are. @jess_brous
My poor little guy caught a cold and now has to be in isolation for at least a week. A little more than a week ago a baby in his same room caught the virus, and the same nurse was taking care of both him and Bowie. I realize that being in a hospital things like that will happen, but it's just frustrating to have yet another setback, especially if it could have possibly been prevented. Other than that he is continuing to improve. Instead of continuous feeds, it is now being given over 90 minutes. He is still having pretty bad reflux that makes him hold his breath, stop breathing and desat, but will hopefully outgrow it and not need medication. #babybowie#fightlikeapreemie#aintnohoodlikemotherhood#nicuawarenessmonth
On a positive note, he's up to 4 lbs 10 oz!