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post #21 of 33
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I know. Everyone asks if they might be farther along than we thought, because they're so big, but really there's no question on the dates. We were charting ovulation and getting help from the OB because of fertility problems, so at most there's a 4 or 5 day difference in dates. That difference is backwards though. The OB thought that they were 32 weeks 2 days and I thought that they were 33 weeks 1 day. I got a positive at 9 days past ovulation though, so I go by my dates because I dont' think there's any way I could get a positive that early with the OB's dates. It would be 5 Days past ovulation! They act like 33 weekers, according to the doctors, they're just huge! Their daddy was 13 lbs when he was born and their grandaddy was 11, so they could just be big babies. I also had a bit of gestational diabetes, but they've been measuring big the whole time, even before I tested positive for GD.

We have good news though. They are moving to open cribs tomorrow if everything goes well tonight. Ben's under billi lights, but should be done tomorrow and Emaline has maintained her temperatures all day, so she's good to move. They're doing well with their feeds. Each missed one feeding last night due to residuals, but digested all of them today. We got to kangaroo with Ben today and kiss his little head and caught a glimpse of little green eyes from Emaline. She doesn't have blue eyes at all, just dark, dark green. My mom says mine were the same color when I was born and I've got very green eyes too.
post #22 of 33
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We have good news though. They are moving to open cribs tomorrow if everything goes well tonight.
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post #23 of 33
Congratulations ::

What beautiful names and wonderful weights! Here's to a short NICU stay and lots of cuddles
post #24 of 33
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I bet they will be home very soon! Mine were born at 30 weeks and only 3 and 3 1/2 lbs... so yours are doing great! You grew some good ones!

My twin's eyes were very dark when they were in the nicu but they lightened as they got closer to their due date...

Hang in there with all the pumping! Babies being in the nicu causes extra challenges to breastfeeding (IMO) so you will have to spend extra time and effort making it work. Like Celesterra mentioned - get a good consultant and some extra help at home... It will be time consuming and tiring! But if you are motivated, you can make it work! Best of luck to you!!! :::
post #25 of 33

oh wonderful

what amazing sizes for 33 weekers! congratulations
post #26 of 33
Wow! Your babies are gigantic for 33 weeks. Mine are 3 1/2 weeks old, born at 33 1/2 weeks, and still both under 5 lbs. (Smaller one is barely over 4 lbs.) They sound really beautiful too.

Sounds like they are doing really well. They'll be home before you know it. Congratulations. :
post #27 of 33
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Update:

Emaline is in an open crib. She's maintaining her temperature, digesting feeds, and on two bottles a day. I get to start "practicing" nursing tomorrow! She's well on her way to moving to the 7th floor, which is the "transition" nursery. She'll have her own room and I can stay with her all day and just feed her and cuddle her.

Ben's a bit slower, but that's expected with boys. He's off oxygen, and will practice maintaining his temperature tomorrow. If he maintains his temperature and keeps his oxygen up all by himself, he'll move to an open crib tomorrow or the next day. I told him he better catch up cause his sister is kicking his butt!

They're both just as beautiful as can be in completely different ways. Emaline is dark haired, with a small, delicate little face and features. Ben is blonde as can be with the chubbiest little cheeks and a puckery mouth and a big round belly. Emaline likes to be all snuggled up in her baby burrito, but Ben stretches out like a cat every so often and likes to sleep all sprawled out. It's so cute!

Here are some pictures of them. I'm working on a birthstory, but it's very emotional for me to write, so it may be a while. I'll just say that they came via emergency c-section and were born an hour after I was told I was going to have them that day.


Here's Benjamin
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...nk02/Benjamin/

And Emaline
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l1...ink02/Emaline/
post #28 of 33
Gorgeous, and congratulations!!! I loved reading each of your posts in this thread, just hearing you talk about them. My guys are 7 months old now and those pictures are making me REMEMBER! I hope Emaline transitions to her own room really soon....that sounds like it will be comparatively lovely for you, and for her of course! Best wishes to your family.
post #29 of 33
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GREAT news. I nursed today! Emaline latched on pretty easily. I haven't had my lactation appointment yet. (It's tomorrow) but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I had no idea what I was doing, but apparently she did. It was awkward at first, but I eventually got my nipple into her tiny little mouth. She kind of sat there at first, but I jiggled my breast a bit and she started to suck. She'd suck a few times, then stop, and I'd jiggle again. I don't think she actually got anything, but I'm just so excited that she latched on!

Next time I'm going to express a bit until the milk is flowing and to extend the nipple a bit so that she gets a bit more instant gratification. She's still not quite there on the suck/swallow/breathe thing. Usually she forgets to swallow, but occasionally she forgets to breathe, which is a bit scary.

Also, I've moved to pumping every 2 hours with a 5 hour break at night. I'm also pumping for 3-5 minutes after my milk stops coming out, rather than the 20 minutes that the lactation counselor told me. I'm going to shorten the night one soon. I'm already seeing great results. I'm getting an ounce and a half to 2 ounces on each side per pumping. That's an increase of 8 oz per day from the day before!

One more great update. They are both getting exclusively breastmilk, no fortifiers or anything. Just straight mama milk all day long.
post #30 of 33
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Also, I've moved to pumping every 2 hours with a 5 hour break at night. I'm also pumping for 3-5 minutes after my milk stops coming out, rather than the 20 minutes that the lactation counselor told me. I'm going to shorten the night one soon. I'm already seeing great results. I'm getting an ounce and a half to 2 ounces on each side per pumping. That's an increase of 8 oz per day from the day before!

One more great update. They are both getting exclusively breastmilk, no fortifiers or anything. Just straight mama milk all day long.
way to go mama



i'm loving your updates. hits very close to home and makes me pretty tearful too
post #31 of 33
Wow! You rock with the nursing & mama milk! Your babies are beautiful & I'm so happy that they're progressing so well.

Congrats & welcome to the world Benjamin & Emmaline!
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Hopefully you're all home soon.
post #32 of 33
They are beautiful! Congratz! Mine came under similar circumstances, pre-e and my bp started to spike and they woke the OB up to get me into the OR. No fun, no fun at all. It gets easier as time goes by .
post #33 of 33

What Wonderful News

((hug)) You are an inspiration!!!!
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