This year, Thanksgiving has a whole new meaning.
As I look back on the past 7 months, it’s amazing how much has happened and everything we have to be thankful for. Adam and I were blessed with two beautiful twin boys whose story is definitely out of the ordinary. To recap, we found out Week 9 that we were having twins! Quite a shock. I still remember changing into my hospital gown after being told there were “two little peanuts” and walking out with my pants still on. Umm… there was a reason I had to change into the gown 🙂 The sonographer was almost 100% positive they would be identical because she saw only one placenta.
I continued with my routine appointments with our ob/gyn. Then, Week 17- I had my first appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, Dr. Barsoom. Adam was in Kansas City on a rotation, so my dad came down because I was kind of nervous. That was when we found out the twins had Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Very rare, and especially high-risk because of how early it was detected. We were told there was a good chance the donor twin (now known as Sam) would not make it, and it was iffy if the recipient twin (Jack) would. Obviously, an extremely terrifying time in our lives.
However, Week 17 was also the week we found out our twins were BOYS!!! Neither Adam nor I cared either way, but it was so fun to find out I could begin shopping for polo shirts and little boy outfits 🙂
Today, Thanksgiving, the boys are officially three weeks old and 31 weeks gestational age. I am so thankful for all of the nurses and doctors taking care of our precious sons. Also, our family and friends have been absolutely amazing. Adam and I are so lucky to have people in our lives who care so much about Sam and Jack. We have been getting so many gifts, cards, etc. and the boys aren’t even home yet! 🙂
We’re happy to report these updates on the boys:
On Monday, Adam and I made the decision to transfer Jack to Children’s Hospital to be with Sam. Leaving Bergan Mercy’s NICU was sad, as we really grew to love our nursing staff and the doctors that treated the boys. However, it is very nice having the boys together again. We get to spend twice as much time with both of them now.
SAM– He officially exceeded the 2-pound mark on Monday! As of today, he is 2lb, 4oz.
His drain was removed on Sunday. He is now up to 2mL/hour of feeds (his nutrition is still supplemented with TPN, for a total of 6mL/hr).
JACK– He is our little weed! Constantly growing and gaining weight. He is currently 2lb, 12oz.
This morning, Adam was able to hold the boys AT THE SAME TIME!!! Obviously, Momma Trish was quite jealous when she walked into the room. Tonight it’s my turn 🙂 It was such a great feeling having all of my boys together, and Sam and Jack were absolutely perfect the entire time, just content to be together. Melted my heart!