The Gleeful Gourmand: Happy One-Week Birthday!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy One-Week Birthday!

It's hard to believe that just one week ago our beautiful twin girls, Savannah and Delia, came into this world (for those of you who don't know, I had them at 34 weeks because our doctors determined they weren't growing the way they should have in utero). I thought about writing their birth story today, and even began it, but I quickly got bogged down in the fight to remember details and my need to take a nap.

Suffice it to say, everyone is doing great. I feel that my recovery this time from the c-section has been much better, and much faster. I don't know whether that's because I knew what to expect this time around versus the fact that with Liam it was an emergency, but I'm grateful for it. I mean, I'm not doing laps around the neighborhood or anything, and it was kind of a chore to make a big breakfast for Father's Day yesterday, but I'll take it. Savannah and Delia are currently in the Step-Down Nursery which is a little more relaxed, and a lot more quiet than the NICU. They are both back up to their birth weights, and they are working hard on taking their bottles (they alternate feedings between tube and bottle). I also found out today that Delia, though tiny, is an incredible burper. She even startled the nurse with how loud she was at her feeding this morning. That's my girl!

This time we're in now is both difficult and rewarding. It's difficult being away from them, but rewarding being home with Liam. It's strange not going through the normal ups and downs of having a new baby at home, but joyful when we do get to see them, hold them, feed them, and love on them in person. It's also been good to have this time to recover and not be in such a fog due to those night time feedings. I feel like I'm gathering my strength for when they do come home. It's hard to ignore the ache our bodies feel when we're not holding them, but wonderful to know that someday soon they will be home, and the time will fly when we turn around and realize just like we did with Liam how fast they grow and change.

Today may be their one-week birthday, but I can't wait until we can mark another birthday on our calendars - their homecoming.


Unknown said...

They are a beautiful pair of baby girls! You are so blessed! I hope they come home to you and the rest of your family soon! So sweet!

Jenna said...

Thank you so much Mary Beth!!

kara said...

Hi! I'm a friend of Kiki and am also having identical twin girls. I've been thinking of and praying for you all since I heard about your early delivery. I know I don't know you, but just being pregnant with twins makes me feel like we have some special bond. I can at least somewhat relate to your situation. Anyway, thanks for posting an update. It's always super encouraging to hear about premature twins that are healthy and thriving. Just curious, how much do they weigh?

Jenna said...

Hi Kara! Thank you for posting! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I completely agree - it does feel like mothers of multiples have an instant special bond. Are these your first? How far along are you? Now that the girls are home (yay!) they are weighing in at 5 pounds (Savannah) and 4 pounds (Delia) when they were born they were 4 pounds 10 ounces (S), and 3 pounds 6 ounces (D).

karamia said...

I'm so happy to hear they are home and gaining weight! They have been keeping a close eye on my girls weights too and there were a few weeks really early on that we thought they might have to be delivered early because of twin to twin growth restrictions. Thankfully the smaller one caught up and I've been able to carry them for 35 weeks now. This is my first set of twins, but I have a 17 month old son. I look forward to keeping up with you and your family via blog.

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