Friday, April 29, 2011

Babies' First Baths

We got to give our girls their first baths!! 

 Sponge baths, but nonetheless, it was pretty amazing!

I was in charge of getting Annabelle clean.
 It was hard to not be timid at first, but
eventually I got in there!
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 She was a little grumpy about it at first:)
 But she got over it!
 We got to wrap them up and dry them off afterward
I was busy fluffing her huge head of hair!
 Looking up at mommy!

 Jim was in charge of changing Annabelle's diaper,
his first diaper change ever!
 Look how tiny she looks under his hands!
 Hi Daddy
 She just stared right at him:)

 Time for Evelyn's bath
 She didn't even know what was coming!

 Jim gave Evelyn her bath
 So much better being clean and dry!
 So precious
 It was my job to change Evelyn's diaper much better with a clean body and
a new diaper!

Kangaroo Care

Last night, Jim and I got to hold our babies for an hour
or so, using a process the NICU staff likes to call
kangaroo care.  It's proven to be great for new babies,
especially premature ones, to have skin on skin interaction
with their parents!

Since one of the main issues with early babies is
maintaining their body temperature, our body heat
is really good for them!

We each took off our shirts and the nurses brought us
our babies.  The joy of having 2 is that we don't have
to share the time!

I had little Annabelle

She cuddled right up to me and instantly fell asleep

Jim held Evelyn
She looked so tiny on his chest!

I think we'll get to do this pretty often with the girls!

It took Evelyn a little longer to fall asleep, but
she did eventually pass out!

Oh how we love these little girls!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Annabelle and Evelyn

 Alright everyone! Here's the story......
Some of you may already know but last Tuesday,
I went in for an ultrasound and was told that my cervix
was less than a cm in length, which meant my babies
wanted to come early.  I was told by the tech that an
ambulance was on its way to come get me and take me
to the Bend hospital.  I thought this a bit extreme, and
apparently my doctor did too because he called a few
minutes later to tell me that our personal vehicle would
suffice but we did need to head straight for the hospital.
I was then hooked up to all sorts of monitors and told
that I would be there until the babies came, which wouldn't
be long.  I held out a week, which was one more
week the girls could be incubated and I think that
even my doctor was surprised that I made it that long.
Bedrest is not fun, but somehow, when your children's
health is at stake, you can do anything!

I had so many family members and friends visit me
and bring me sources of entertainment, for which I was
so grateful! Here I am, after the nurse found out that I was
at 5 cm dilated and we would be having babies soon......doing Sudoku

The entire week I was given a medication to slow
contractions, but I was still having them pretty frequently.
The weird thing was I couldn't feel anything.  Finally, my doc
wanted to know if I had progressed at all and that's when they
discovered that I had progressed quite far
without feeling any pain!!
Heather making an angry face because apparently my body
thought getting to a 5 was no big deal! She suffered a lot
7 weeks ago to get to that point!

But this is what she got 7 weeks ago, a sweet Dahlia.
My mom and dad came up as soon as they heard that it was time
for their 2 little granddaughters to make their debut.

Jim thought it was funny that I was just chilling,
waiting for babies.  I found out a couple of days in
to my stay that because the babies were little, my doctor
would be doing a C-section.  Even though baby A was
head down, he didn't want to turn baby B because she
was too fragile.  This ended up being the biggest blessing
ever because baby B had her cord wrapped around her neck
and if I had tried to deliver her, it would have been an
emergency C-section, which is much worse than one
that everyone is prepared for!

Jim thought he was good to go to work on Tuesday
since I wasn't in any kind of pain so when he got the call
that we were going to be having babies VERY soon, he headed
straight to the hospital, wearing his romeos and covered in sawdust.
His work shoes looked pretty incredible with the doctor scrubs!

Jim was the only one allowed to watch my surgery.
I didn't think it would be something that he would want to
watch, but he couldn't tear his eyes away.  It' pretty incredible
how much they've perfected this procedure.

Look how excited he is!  My doctor is the guy on the right.
He was incredible, very competent and very calming for me.
He chatted with me throughout the procedure to make sure
I was comfortable.  The many people in the background are
awaiting the arrival of the girls so they can sweep them away.
Here's our little Annabelle! Jim made sure I was ok and
then followed the NICU team with our babies

Annabelle getting her vitals checked and being hooked
up to IVs.  We were prepared for how quick this
process might be and therefore, neither of us felt
alarmed that 10 people were around our babies hooking
them up to different machines.  They do this sort of thing
all the time!

Jim got to cut little Evelyn's cord but Annabelle had
already been taken to the NICU

This is little Evelyn soon after she was born!

Here's the team of nurses and doctors assigned to our babies
transporting them to the NICU

These are the beds in the NICU that each
of the girls stay in.  Pretty high tech!

Here's our Annabelle! If I didn't know better
I'd swear she was a little black baby:)

Daddy checking on Evelyn....can you tell
that he's a little excited to be a dad?:)

This looks a little sad, but it was only at the beginning.
They're not even hooked up to any oxygen anymore!!

Our sweet baby girl

This is when a parent would freak out if they didn't
know it was standard procedure! I feel extremely
confident with the NICU staff that they know exactly
what needs to be done for our girls

I was so so tired after the surgery, but they wheeled my
massive bed down to the NICU to allow me to visit
my daughters for the first time!

They're really big on touch and want the parents to
touch the babies and talk to them as much as possible!

Little Evelyn grabbed ahold of my finger and it
was so very special!

Two proud (and very tired) parents!
Jim's big hand makes them look so tiny!

Officially Introducing.........

Evelyn Grace Roe
Born April 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Weight: 3lb 14 oz
Length: 17 1/4 in.

Annabelle Claire Roe
Born: April 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Weight:  4lb 3 oz
Length:  17 1/4 in.