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Just a quick update...

We are totally pooped. I don't know what I'd do without Trevor here...he is amazing. He's making me rest, holding down the household stuff, brings them to me to feed, burps and changes and rocks them and puts them back to bed....I have a panic attack when thinking about him going back to work. Sigh.... So the boys were weighed today and YAY! Camden is now 6lbs 3oz and Christian is 6lbs 1oz!! Camden has taken the lead and has put on over a pound in the last week or so! So proud of the little men! Will try to get some more pics up later this week! Thanks again for all your prayers and keep em comin! :)

We're ALL Home!

Sorry for the delay in my is officially busy :) We brought Camden home this last week followed by Christian yesterday morning! The boys have been champ eaters and Camden now weighs 5lbs 10.4oz and Christian is at 5lbs 14oz! They also both grew about an inch in length! I am still tandem nursing, although without my husband's help I'm not sure it would be happening. It might work for now, but I'm also thinking of trying some other things (one at a time, one with a bottle of breast milk etc) just to see what works for us. We got them on a schedule at the hospital, and so far they are doing pretty well! Sometimes still confused as to when it's night and when it's day :) Camden is quite a spitty baby, but we don't think it's reflux...just a loose sphincter muscle from being a bit premature. They both have quite the distinguishable personality already. Jack is doing better each day. He's definitely been acting out and doing things he has NEVER d

Update on the Boys

The last few days have had many ups and downs. Great nurses, not so great nurses. Doctors agreeing with nurses, and not agreeing. Lactation consultants I want to bop on the head and fatigue. The latest on the boys: Camden is now at 5lbs 3.9oz! YAY! He had dropped to 4.14, so this is good news! His plan for the weekend is to get on all oral feeds, whether by breast or bottle with breast milk. They are fortifying my milk for a bit just to bump up his calories. He needs to steadily gain good weight over the weekend and if he does he could possibly come home Monday! Christian is doing really well with his feeds and he is at 5lbs 6.9oz which is above his birth weight. We're not pushing him as much with his feeds because of his oxygen. So...we will slowly over the next week get him to all oral feeds as well. They are also weaning him off the flow of air. He started on 1 liter and today have moved him down to 1/2 a liter and he is doing well. If by Friday he is completely off oxygen/flow

Today Stunk

Just going to be honest was not good. It actually started out great. When I got to the NICU I found that Jack's nurse...the one who watched over him for that week and taught me how to breastfeed and take care of my little man, was back after 3 months off from a broken foot and she was OUR nurse!! I almost cried. This nurse just got back from an international convention of neonatologists, doctors, nurses etc in South Africa. She was there to present her work and research on a feeding plan she developed that our NICU uses and her research on late pre-term babies AKA babies born between 36-37 weeks AKA our babies. perfect is that?! So I was super excited and she was very aggressive in wanting them to breastfeed more and tandem. I was stoked! She wanted me in for every feeding and tandem each time. She also started weaning Christian off his airflow. So, we did it and she helped me and the boys actually did quite well. We've found that Camden sucks in hi


Here is a slideshow of the professional pictures taken the day the boys were born! It circulates them pretty you might have to watch it twice ;) And I don't look my best...sorry! :) Thank you Lacie from Catching Memories Photography for once again capturing some of the best moments in my life! Slideshow!

Evening Update on the Boys

I can't tell you how great it was to see them today. It's so darn hard to leave them their. I'd stay all night if I could. I went back for another feeding time and it was so nice to walk into the room and see them snuggled up in the same bed. My Mom came with me tonight and she got to hold one while I fed the other....I think she enjoyed herself ;) The doctor called while I was there and so we got to chat! Here are the updates: Camden: Doing really well, just have to get him taking his feeds from me and he did SO good this time. He fed for 18 minutes! They will check his bilirubin levels in the morning and we're hoping they stay low. If they do and he continues to feed well he will go home shortly. They are up to between 50-60mls at each feed!! GO BOYS GO! We'll have a weight update in the morning. Christian: Yesterday was full of "episodes" and lots of craziness with him and his oxygen levels. Today he really only had one issue and it was after feeding ti

Good News!

We rested last night. We both fell asleep quickly and other than getting up to pump we slept like a rock. I woke up feeling half human this morning. Our son Jack was so excited that it was US going in to get him this morning. He asked where all of his grandparents were and when I told him it was Daddy and I that were at home he got the biggest smile on his face! About 20 minutes after we got up I had Trevor call the NICU for an update. I was in the front room when I heard, "WOO-HOO!!!!" :) Both Camden and Christian are out from under the photo therapy lights! There levels each dropped by 6 points after only being in there one night! And they BOTH gained weight! AND they are sharing a CRIB!!! YAY :) That made my heart sooo happy!! So...their pediatrician said I could come and try nursing 3-4 out of 8 sessions! So we showered and quickly headed down to see them! Christian fed first and was pretty drowsy and slow to eat so we topped him off with a finger feed. Camden was much mo

Boys are here...but then a curve ball.

Four days ago two little men arrived in this world and stole our hearts all over again. I'm not going to go over the whole story'd be like 6 blogs worth :) But I hated the c-section that's for sure. He did amazing and I have no staples to take out....but my body did not like any of it. So at 7:44am Mr. Camden Rhea entered the world butt first and eyes wide open!! :)  He was 5lbs 7oz and 19 1/2 inches long (which is disputed since we've gotten 3 different measurements but we're going with that) He is gorgeously mostly bald, and what hair he does have is white blonde. He has huge dark blue saucers for eyes and is fair skinned. One minute later at 7:45am Mr. Christian Grant came into the world screaming and peeing on me :) He was 5lbs 4oz and 18 (again disputed but we're picking this since this is what they first called out) He has almond shaped dark eyes, lots of dark hair and seems to have a more olive tone to his skin. We were told almost right away th

Here we go!

Tomorrow. It's tomorrow. In 8 hours I will be driving to the hospital. Leaving a Mommy of one and coming home a Mommy of 3. It's an unreal feeling. With Jack I didn't know when he would arrive, it was a total surprise...this whole planned c-section and knowing when the boys will make their debut is crazy. It leaves me way too much time to worry and be anxious....which is why I've said my verse many a time today "Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done." Phil 4:6 We had a wonderful day. We both got up with Jack this morning and had a yummy breakfast. My sweet friend Priscella came over with some dinners to freeze and then proceeded to vacuum our house and clean the kitchen. After that my sweet friend Helen came over to hang with Jack while Trevor and I went out to a nice lunch at Red Lobster. I had been on my butt for over a week going nowhere, and now that we were less than a day

36 Weeks 1 Day

36 Weeks 1 Day SO happy to still be wearing my wedding ring :)

Extremely frivolous and unnecessary.....

  Sometimes it's fun to make an extremely frivolous and unnecessary wish-list. It's fun to "window shop" and dream and it's okay to do so.  These are a few of the things on my "wish-list" that I know will never come to fruition, and they don't need to. It's just plain fun. :) The BOB Ironman Duallie. The elite double jogging stroller. I don't even think I could run and push two kids at once...but it'd be nice to try. But at $400....yeah right. The Pottery Barn Swivel Glider with Ottoman.'s beautiful. And at only $650 plus shipping it can be yours! Doc Martens $130 Might not seem frivolous to you...unless the most you've paid for a pair of shoes since you had kids was $40 :) 2011 Honda Odyssey I never ever ever ever thought I'd say I wanted a van. But then this van came along and captured my heart. I figured since this was a dream list...I'd go ahead and shoot for the Touring Elite. And at $47,

36 Weeks

I'm gonna make sure and take a picture every day from here on out just in case it's the last pic! My head isn't in this one because I forgot to smile and so I look grumpy...but I'm not!! So...just the belly :) That's all that really matters right? Been sitting on my butt all weekend....but I only have 3 days left! When I do get up and take a shower and walk around the house a bit my contractions intensify so I know I'm doing the right thing by laying low. Happy Monday to everyone and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sweet cousin Peyton Marie (we share a middle name) who feels more like a niece to me than a cousin. I love you sweetie!!


Just for something random.....thanks Becky ! 1. If my house was on fire and I could only grab 3 things I would grab... the external hard-drive, our keepsake boxes and my cat. This would mean of course that my boys were already safe outside :) 2. A smell I really like is... Disneyland. has a smell. Walking down Main Street it's a mixture of waffle cones, popcorn, churros and hot dogs and it's amazing. 3. Something you might not know about me is... that noisy kid toys don't bother me one bit. I can tune them out...they never ever drive me nuts. Even if all of them are going off at one time. 4. Some of my favorite websites to putter about on are... National Weather Service, Etsy, Craigslist and Facebook. 5. This weekend I will be... holding my new babies. 6. Nothing makes me happier than... when I hear Jack sing 'Jesus Loves Me' with Trevor. 7. A bad habit I have is.. .leaving my clothes on the floor in our bedroom.

Last NST and Room Pictures!

Last Non-Stress Test this morning went good! We were there for several hours, and almost had to do an u/s but the boys cooperated :) The nurse was incredible and I requested her for Thursday. I can't believe it's only 5 days away...well, less than! At this point in 5 days I hope to be snuggling all of my boys! So many emotions going on right now, it's insane. I'm trying to write it all down in my journal and on here so that I never forget. We have some great friends who are letting us borrow their son's train table and train set for a few months. Their son just got used to it being there and wasn't playing with it too much, and so they offered to bring it over as something new and exciting just for Jack. So far...score :) He's all better and so am I...and Trev has still not gotten sick! He's extremely exhausted though and I don't blame him. Yes, I'm carrying two babies, but I'm not about to say that he doesn't deserve to be on bed-rest fo

Fire Drill

So yesterday was interesting ....we had our OB appointment in the morning with another non-stress test. It all went well I posted ! Basically from the time we got home I started contracting pretty regularly. It went from uncomfortable to quite painful. Along with the contractions I had major low back pain that caused me to throw up it was so bad. This is what I had when I was in labor with Jack. I called my nurse a couple times and she said to keep an eye on things, do the whole "lie down, drink a gallon of water and take Tylenol" drill and then if it worsens to go to the hospital. got worse. My sweetie came home and loaded the car just in case and my Mom came over to watch Jack. We headed to the hospital while I was sobbing. The day before had been the worst day ever with Jack and the thought that THAT was my last full day with him made me cry. I was scared for these babies, and just not ready. But I had picked my new Siesta Scripture Memory Verse that morni

Last OB appointment!

Today was our last OB appointment for these boys! I can't even believe it. His nurse gave us a big huge hug and said she'd be praying for us. I can't tell you how incredible it has been to have a Bible believing, God-fearing Christian man as my OB and the same goes for his nurse. It's just been wonderful! We did another non-stress test and this time it was Christian who wouldn't cooperate...he slept the whole time. So, he wheeled in the u/s and after several minutes we were able to watch him breathe. So...whew, that was good! I am definitely contracting and we were able to watch it on the monitor. They aren't painful or super regular, but I can feel them for sure. I'm measuring 40 weeks, so no real change over the last 3 weeks. I'm dilated to a 3 1/2, so not much more. I thought maybe they had dropped based on that picture I just posted, but nope! They are still at station -2! No weight gain :) He said I need to take it really, really, really, really, re