Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday Boys





Tuesday was my baby boys birthday.  They are now 16 years old, can drive, and know everything :)  Life is good and as it should be.  This week has brought back a flood of memories.  Should have known it was not going to be a "run of the mill" pregnancy from the get-go.  During my first trimester, Alex shared his chicken pox with me.  You would have thought that after years of Mother and Daddy having Carrie and me play with the kids that came into the drugstore that had chicken pox, that we would have either had them or become immune, but noooooo.  Nothing quite as fun as being 27 years old with a 1 1/2 year old that is recovering from chicken pox when you come down with a ragingly horrific case of them yourself and your husband is out of the country.    After doing the antivirals, it was confirmed that I was pregnant and had been the whole time.
At the first OB appointment, I told my doc that I was going to have twins...boys...but he just laughed at me.  The first few months of the pregnancy were full of repeated hospital admissions and just being miserable with everything from pneumonia to kidney infections.  At the time, I was still working full time as a Dietitian and Assistant Director of Nutrition Services at the local hospital.  Cravings were crazy...could not get enough bacon.  Worked out well, since I would get in to work as they were finishing the breakfast service and could satisfy that craving, but the odd thing was that as much as I craved it, the SMELL alone could make me turn vividly green.  One of the docs on the Cardiac floor that I was covering had a habit of whistling softly.  Normally, this would not bother me, but suddenly, just the sound of his whistle would send me running to find a spot to try not to throw up in.

In March of 1994, I was involved in a car wreck on the way to work.  As the day progressed, became increasingly concerned because of no baby movement.  I had a couple of friends in radiology do a "practice" ultrasound on me.  SURPRISE! just as I suspected...twins.  Had the girls print out the films to prove myself...it was March 31 and I knew that without proof, no one was going to believe me on April Fool's Day when I shared the news.

By the end of May, first of June, the boys were getting antsy and beginning to hint at impending pre-term labor.  Sure enough, in early June, they tried to make an appearance.  Spent the next 6 weeks in the hospital, flipping back and forth between labor and delivery and a regular room trying not to have them.  It is a truly odd sensation when your fingers will no longer touch when you try to reach around your baby belly.  Finally, got to go home...only to be back in the hospital a couple of days later having an emergency c-section.  Frightening morning, as Christopher was delivered and found to be tiny tiny at 3# 8oz then two minutes later Wesley arrived in major respiratory distress...not breathing.  He weighed 4# 15oz.  At this point it was discovered that they had a condition known as Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.  Basically, the babies share a blood supply and one baby is the donor baby (Chris) and the other is the recipient (Wesley).  More often than not, neither baby survives.  Wes spent the next few weeks in NICU in Little Rock before finally getting to  come home. 

Now, my babies are growing up and are a couple of silly and wonderful boys that have brought joy, fun, exasperation, excitement, fear and boundless feelings of love to my life.

Here is a trip down photo memory lane...

Chris at 4 days old.

Alex being a good big brother. (Chris is wearing preemie size socks and clothes...he was about 3 months old before the preemie stuff even fit him!)


Back together for the first time in the NICU Step Down Unit in Little Rock at Children's Hospital.


Wesley returning to the hospital at home.


The first time my grandparents got to see both boys together (Wes had to stay at the hospital for several days to learn how to nurse)

Finally home together.  8-13-94
Happy 16th birthday boys...I love you more than you will ever know.

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