A little of our story. We grew up in Michigan and we live in a very small town where there is only one stop light. I am a "small town girl" and I love it! I am starting this blog for others to follow my son and my family. My son is a surviving twin from TTTS and was born 12 1/2 weeks early. He is strong and makes me smile everyday. He was born on October 26th, 2009 at 1:58 pm by emergency C-Section (The most frightening days of my life). I watched him grow in a "Fish Tank" (that's what my three year old called it when she first saw her brother). I sobbed when she first looked at him, she quietly said to me, "Momma, the baby sleepin, good night baby." She had to watch her brother get hooked up to a C-Pap, and got see all those tubes.
The NICU is so hard and demanding, I can remember the sleepless night and crying myself to sleep because I just wanted my little boy home. I would like to start this blog for others because it may provide hope and inspiration for their preemie. When you are in the NICU, you can only take one day at a time, and when you see a tiny little baby that doesn't look like the baby you pictured when you got pregnant, it can be rough. They call the NICU an emotional rollercoster, but I would never consider it a rollercoster because you choose to get on the rollercoster at that theme park, and with the NICU rollercoster you have no choice but to hop on. Oh, and let's not forget getting up every three hours to go pump breast milk. And I looked like I was a homeless drug addict during those days.
The problems my son experienced while in the NICU are: BPD, ROP stage 2, IVH stage 1 (it resolved on it's own), anemia (three blood transfusions), twin gestation, hyponatremia, and a few more that I may be forgetting at this time. He was on a vent for 4 days and a C-pap for 2 days and was on a nasal cannula for 6 weeks. He did come home without oxygen. He is doing well today and is a happy baby. He came home on January 5th 2010.
He amazes me everyday and I know his brother Joshua is an angel watching over him. Losing his brother is hard to talk about for me at this time.