Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Welcome Home Parker and Hayes!

On Sunday, we found out that our little guys could possibly come home the first of the week, but Hayes had to be at least 4 lbs to leave the NICU .... he was 3lbs 15 oz! (Parker was 5 lbs 7 oz) So, Jay and I fed Hayes every last drop of his feedings on Monday, hoping he would reach the 4lbs mark.. and he did... and even added 1/2 an ounce for good measure!! We were so excited to hear that they would be able to come home together!!
Yesterday, we arrived at the hospital to pick up our little guys!! We went through discharge instructions with the nurse and we were on our way home... with TWO babies!! We put them in their car seats and they looked sooo tiny! They did wonderful on the way home, only a few brief cries, but other than that, thankfully uneventful.
Last night was our first night home and one of the best things about the NICU (other than the wonderful nurses, doctors, and the amazing care our guys received) is "the schedule". Because they were in the NICU for a week, the nurses had both boys on a great schedule for feedings. So, we have continued that and it couldn't have gone better than it did last night. We got up for their feeds every 3 hours and most of the feeds we have had to wake them up!
Today has gone much like yesterday, only adding in a bath and a few pictures by Daddy. Its amazing how many pictures you can take of a sleeping baby and never get tired of looking at them!!
We are so excited to have our babies home!! There are no words to describe the love I have for the both of them! I am completely amazed and in awe of our perfectly wonderfully little family! We have been blessed beyond measure and we are so grateful for the gift of being parents! It has been a long, sometimes rough, road, but I would do it all over again for these little guys!!

Mommy and Daddy love you, Parker and Hayes, and we are so excited to finally have you home!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 7, 2011

Honestly, I have no idea how to even start this blog!! There are no words to express just how amazing the past 48 hours have been!!
On Tuesday at 6:14pm,  Jay and I welcomed Parker and Hayes to our family!! They are so perfect and so tiny! They were born at 34 weeks and 6 days gestation. Right after delivery they were taking to "transition" (which is located in the NICU) for observation, with the goal of being able to go to the newborn nursery. However, since they are so little and almost 6 weeks early, they were going to need a little extra care and were moved to the NICU. Jay was able to go with them to transition after delivery and he was able to keep me posted on how they were doing, since I was only able to give them a quick kiss in the delivery room before they were taken to transition.  
A little after midnight, I was able to be taken by stretcher to the NICU to see our little ones. It was a very quick trip and I was just allowed to "look". That night was really difficult. I tried to explain to Jay that I had such an "empty" feeling. I was so excited that they were here, but it didn't feel real. I had only seen them for less than 5 minutes each and it was so strange to look at a baby in the NICU and have a nurse tell you that's your baby, but you've never held them and the only contact we could have during our 5 minutes was a gentle touch on the bottom or head. It was a very strange and sad feeling.  
On Wednesday morning, we were able to go to the NICU to see our babies. They were in an open warming crib and looked so tiny! Both babies had heart monitors, temperature probes, oxygen monitors and Parker had oxygen on; it was very scary to see them like this. I was able to sit next to their crib and I was able to touch them, as directed the night before, gentle pressure, but no light rubbing or stroking, because this would be too much stimulation for them. Their nurse came around the corner and saw me which my hand on Hayes and asked if I would like to hold him!! She was my angel!! It makes me cry writing this because those were the the best words in the world!! She took Hayes out of his little bed and I held one of my sweet babies for the first time! It was so overwhelming and tears streamed down my face!! There is nothing in the world like holding your baby for the first time, except, being able to hold his twin brother just moments after!! Yes, I told you our NICU nurse was an angel!! After a little Kangaroo time with Hayes, I was able to go over to Parker's bed and she let me hold him and feed him!! Parker and I weren't able to Kangaroo, because he wasn't ready for that, but holding him was as equally amazing and overwhelming as holding Hayes for the first time!! 
Jay and I spent most of the day in the NICU watching over them and introducing our family and friends to them. They are so loved!! 
They did wonderful overnight and today has been a day with lots of progress! Both Parker and Hayes moved to their "big boy bed" aka the isolette this morning. The doctor said that they were both doing very well today. Parker's goal is to be weaned from his oxygen, he is on less than yesterday, but still not ready to give it up quite yet.  Parker also was able take his bottle by mouth today and did very well with it!! Hayes' IV was turned off today and he is taking his bottle by mouth and doing pretty well. He is still trying to figure out to suck, swallow and breathe, which we are told is common for preemies. Hayes is able to come out of his isolette for feedings.  Parker stayed in for his last feeding, but he and I did get our Kangaroo time today...for almost an hour!! It was awesome!! 
We are so blessed to have these little guys here and we are enjoying every second we get with them!!  

Parker with Daddy

Hayes with Mommy

Hayes listening to Mommy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Ok fans this is a Daddy update.  Amy is finally getting some rest after a long day so I thought I would log on and update everyone......First of all Amy is doing very well after the C-section. The procedure went as planned and the boys entered the world at 6:14pm and 6:15pm on the 5th day of July.
Parker Reed Bennett (Baby A) weighed 5lbs 13oz and was 18 inches long.
Hayes Steven Bennett (Baby B) weighed 4lbs 4oz and was 17.25 inches long.
What an awesome and scary feeling it was when I heard Parker cry......and less than a minute later a second higher pitch cry came from his brother that moment I realized that we have two babies...two cries, two lives, two loves, two of everything!  What an amazing process that has only just begun.  Thank you for all the prayers to get us this far.  Please continue to pray for Amy as she recovers,  Parker and Hayes as they continue to grow, and our family as we try to do our best to raise these children as God leads us to do.   I am sure that Amy will have more details to share of this exciting day.... the Birthday of the Bennett Baby Boys!