Welcome to Our Blog! Our Story Starts Below...

Welcome to our blog! We set this up as an information hub about the progress of our little twin boys who were born on January 5, 2010. We along with our little boys first thank you so much for your love and support, and hope that this blog will give you an opportunity to follow their progress as they grow in the NICU at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.

Our little boys had a harrowing journey to get here. They were born at 25 weeks and 6 days, which is needless to say, very early. Jared William, was born at 10:49 a.m. feet first, and on the bathroom floor of the delivery room. Anthony Michael was born at 11:30 via C-section after he decided that he wanted to come out hands first.

Our story started on Monday, January 4 after a doctor's appointment with Dr. Gray. Danielle had been feeling generally, "crappy" the day before and reported what sounded like some contractions. The doctor decided to send us across the street to the hospital just to make sure everything was okay. After a couple of hours in labor and delivery the staff confirmed a few contractions, but very far apart. Her cervix was not dilated and the babies were fine.

The doctor sent us home and told us to keep track of the contractions, and so long as they weren't less than 7 minutes apart there was no need for concern. The next morning Danielle started feeling contractions again, but this time they were about five minutes apart. She called the doctor who said to wait another hour and see if they went away.

I was just getting ready to walk out the door to work when Danielle had a contraction that just about doubled her over. Deciding something wasn't right, I called the doctor and said we were coming to the hospital.

On our way to the hospital Danielle was having severe pains in her lower back every three minutes. When we arrived at the hospital Danielle was hooked up to the machines which registered no contractions at all. The doctors and nurses did not think her pains were contractions but constipation. After several attempts to alleviate that Danielle went into the bathroom still having severe lower back pain.

After a minute, I heard a scream, and Danielle was screaming that her babies were coming out. The nurses came rushing, as did the doctor, but Jared was too impatient to wait. He was born on the bathroom floor. After Danielle was moved to the bed, Anthony wasn't so cooperative and an emergency C-section was performed.

The NICU unit was quick to respond and help the teenie little babies breathe and fight for life. Jared was 2lbs. 1oz. and was 13 and 1/2 inches long. Anthony was 1lb. 15oz. and was 13 inches long.

The whole thing was totally unexpected, and frankly more traumatic than happy. But we are blessed with two gorgeous little miracle babies!

Our boys came home to us on March 26, 2010, after spending 81 days or about 12 weeks in the NICU at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. As you may note from our previous posts below, the journey was not without its bumps in the road.

There were highs, and there were lows. We and the boys braved two laser eye surgeries, and countless other obstacles and scares. But, we never lost confidence in the medical team in the NICU, and always kept our faith that God would lead us through this time.

Our steadfastness paid off, because now the boys are happy and healthy at home! This of course brings with it a totally new set of challenges that we are exicted and eager to experience. The task of caring for twin newborns is a daunting one, but a welcome one.

So, just because the boys are now home, don't think the blogging will stop. It may not be as consistent as before, but we will do our best to keep you all updated on their progress, and give you a window into our lives raising twin boys.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

They boys are doing well and changing everyday

Jason and the boys with Dr. Hicks and Nurse Imelda at the St. Jude NICU Reunion

Anthony graced us with our first "Diaper Blow Out"
Anthony not liking the stroller too much...eventually he gave in.

Jared on his first stroller ride, a little more enjoyable.

As Jason mentioned in the last post, they are still in the beginning stages of enjoying solid foods. Yesterday was their first day taking their highchairs for a ride, they will learn to love them, I'm sure. They have been eating both bananas and avocado for the past few weeks, in addition to rice cereal, and today we tried sweet peas. It was their first jarred baby food. After getting a whiff of them, I wasn't exactly sure if they would like them as much as they did.

Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk and it was the boys' first time in their stroller without their carriers. With the help of some balnkets to prop them up, they did just fine and fell asleep before we got home.

Thankfully, they are sleeping well at night without any more middle of the night feedings. Thier bedtime is 8PM with another late night feeding at 11PM then they sleep until 8AM when we start our day. I am currently in the process of changing them to a 4-hour schedule. It seemed to be what they wanted and are doing well so far. Although I am still having a little trouble with them sleeping continuously through their naps, there is no problem with their eating.

They are well into 3 month size in regards to clothes, so they are growing like weeds. We have our next appointment with the pediatrician in the early part of July, so we will have updated weights and lenghts then.

The boys are anxiously awaiting to celebrate Jason's first Father's Day with him, unfortunately for him it also lands on my birthday. I am not too worried about my birthday this year, Jason deserves a day of his own.

Thank you again to all of you who continue to follow our story on here. I will do my best to update it more regularly with their new and exciting changes.

Fight on Little Fighters! -Love Momma

1 comment:

  1. I was so excited to see a new blog post! I read about 20 blogs a day and if I see an up dated post for the Liso Twins that is always the first one I read. I love the pictures. I can't believe how big they are. And that is so exciting that they are sleeping through the night. You guys have worked hard for that and it is great to see all the work is paying off. I hope you guys will be at the 4 of July block party at my brothers. I am so hoping to get to meet those cute babies.