If you have been following our story, we have all learned together that we should not rely solely on our plan. Since the day we discovered we were expecting mono-amniotic twins, Andrew and I have learned the value in seeing every day as a blessing. The news of our pregnancy made us realize that our life is His, and His plan is far greater than any plan we could dream or fathom. From the very beginning, Andrew and I have been comforted by God’s abundant grace and mercy. We are honored the Lord chose us to be Amelia and Leah’s parents. We are so grateful for Him bringing our little family together to glorify His name and fulfill His purpose in this testimony.
Last Friday, along with our team of doctors, Andrew and I set a c-section date for Thursday, December 12. We were all optimistic about “baking” the girls to 34-weeks because in the past ten days they had looked awesome on the monitors and ultrasounds. On Saturday, we more or less did a “trial run” for delivery as the girls had us all on our toes! Sunday was a calm day as we moved back downstairs to the third floor. I was able to go back to 3x a day monitoring and no magnesium. Hello food!! In this journey we have learned that it is not only one day at a time, but one monitoring session at a time. Yesterday morning the girls looked awesome on the monitor, and it was a quick 20-minute session! Round one of monitoring was complete! Yesterday afternoon, round two of monitoring sent me upstairs to an operating room immediately. Leah’s heart rate showed signs of distress, and Amelia began to follow in her sister’s footsteps. Between the two girls, the umbilical cords were twisted together in what resembled a barbershop pole. This is how fast things happen around Chapel Thrill– I began monitoring at 3:30pm, and Leah was born at 4:25pm and Amelia followed behind at 4:26pm.
Yesterday, we were 29 weeks and 3 days into our pregnancy. While it is still a very early age for our girls to have been delivered, we are incredibly blessed for each day I was able to carry and bake them. Amelia was born at 3 lbs. and 3 oz., and Leah was born at 2 lbs. and 13 ounces. They both have the sweetest light blonde eyebrows and light blonde hair (and it looks curly!) Both of our girls are under wonderful care here at UNC in NICU. I was not able to see them yesterday, but Andrew took a lot of pictures for me to see our sweet girls! This morning, I was determined to fight against any post-surgery pain to see my girls for the first time. Here are a few pictures for you to see our sweet blessings!
This is our little fighter, Leah! She is already a Daddy’s girl as she squeezes his hand tight!
When Andrew and Joel were leaving Leah last night, she held up her hand and waved!
Meeting our Leah for the first time, I am already so in love!
My sweet Amelia opened her eyes to her Mama’s voice this morning, it literally melted my heart.
The girls are both stable in the NICU unit right now. Reality is that our girls are still extremely tiny, and the next 24 to 48 hours is crucial. Amelia is doing very well for the girls’ gestational age and Leah is stable at the moment, but our little fighter has some long days ahead of her! The plan for now is to grow these babies, get them healthy, and get them stronger! If all goes as planned, we could potentially bring the girls home between 35 and 36 weeks, which is a couple of days before Christmas. Can you talk about the greatest Christmas present ever?! Andrew and I are already overjoyed, but to be able to bring our girls home for Christmas would be the most amazing gift.
Due to the girls being so tiny at the moment, we aren’t taking visitors until we can bring the girls home. We have been so incredibly blessed with the amount of support, love, and prayers, that our family and friends have so willingly extended our way. As much as we are ready to show our sweet girls off, it is best according to the doctors to keep our visitors limited to family. Thank you all for your understanding, and we promise to share many pictures and updates with all of you in the coming days and weeks!
Please remember our family and our girls in your prayers. We seriously can not thank everyone enough for all of your support, love, and continued prayers! As we continue this journey, please follow along with the updates here on the blog. For now, this Mama is ready to see her girls and have some kangaroo care time!
One Blessed Mama,