Posted by: Bo | July 7, 2008

Two little firecrackers!

 

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1.) Ellen on daddy’s shoulder 2.) Ellen and the boys 3.) Elizabeth has a dimple 4.) Snow Bird trampoline 5.) Rock Wall 6.) Zip line 7-12.) Girls ready for the fourth 13-14.) Michael and Elizabeth 15.) Michael and Ellen

I am so excited to report today.  I have wanted to get these on the blog for days, but last week was very busy with Michael in town and then the 4th holiday. 

Bo and Michael came in town late last Monday night.  We dropped in to see the girls that night but the fun really bagan the next morning.  First, Bo got to feed the girls for the first time.  Both like their bottles but are quite messy.  Then Ashley, one of my favorite nurses, was so thoughtful and decided to let us take Ellen into the ‘bonding room.’  Ellen is now in an open crib and is more portable.  With the restrictions on kids in the NICU, each one has only gotten to see the girls once during their visits.  But this time Michael hit the jackpot.  We wheeled Ellen into the private room and Michael got to see her, HOLD her and FEED her!  “That was the best day of my life!” quote from Michael…..yes, of course it made me tear up.  And it didn’t stop there.  He got to hold her everytime we came to visit and then even got to hold Elizabeth once before we left.  I know things must be looking up for the girls if we are being granted more privileges…and they definitely are.  Ellen is weighing in at 4lbs. 10 oz. and Elizabeth at 3 lb. 5 oz.!!!  They are putting on about 1-2 oz. A DAY now…wow!  They look and feel like real babies.

We made sure that Michael enjoyed his trip.  It is so nice to be able to have something to do in a day besides go to the hospital.  We went up to Snow Bird ski area where they have all sorts of fun stuff to do in the summer.  We rode on an Alpine slide down the hill, went on the zip line, jumped on a trampoline with a harness, and climbed the rock wall.  Bo enjoyed taking lots of pictures while Michael and I played.  Those rock walls are harder than they look!  It was my first time trying and they made me keep trying until I reached the top…and I did it!  We also went to the outlet mall (Michael wanted to get something for the girls) and  then bowling (Michael legitimately beat me).  Lots of fun packed in just a few days.  We then flew home for the 4th, of course with bragging rights for being the first sibling to hold the girls and a huge smile.

Michael also got to be in on the photo shoot of the girls in their fourth of July outfits.  Lauren, our cousin from Minnesota (and cupcake girl), sent those darling outfits a couple of months ago and I have been wondering whether or not they would fit them by July.  It was so exciting.  That was the very first time the girls have been next to each other since they left the womb!  We put them both in Ellen’s bed.  It was so funny….Elizabeth slept for almost all of it, but Ellen was wide awake and trying to ‘lick’ her sister.  She could feel her skin against her face and kept opening her mouth and trying to get her head closer.  I cannot wait for them to get home.  I am definitely going to have them sleep in the same bed.  They need to reconnect after all this time.  I was so amazed by the size difference.  One pound really means alot and it is so much more obvious when they were laying side by side. 

Now, what needs to happen for us to come home?  This is the question we get all the time…and a good one.  Trust me, I still ask it everyday just to make sure I know what it is going to take.  First, we need to be at ‘full feeds.’  This means they have to take every feeding by the bottle rather than through the feeding tube.  Ellen is feeding every other time right now, so she is getting close.  We tried to throw in an extra one last night and she took half of it but slept through the rest.   Elizabeth is only taking two bottles a day.  Next, they have to maintain their body temperature without the help of the isolette.  Ellen is doing this, Elizabeth is close (bet she will be in the open crib by the end of the week).  Next, they cannot have any incidences of Apnea for at least three days.  They can go home on oxygen, but can’t ‘stop breathing’ while on it.  Ellen is good here, Elizabeth getting better.  Finally, the eyes.  Most don’t know about this one, but this can keep us here if things don’t turn around.  Preemies have lots of trouble when it comes to eye development and receiving oxygen.  The blood vessels need to grow around the eyeballs and sometimes they can stop and form a ridge around the middle of the eye instead of continuing around.  This can correct itself as they get older or may have to be corrected with laser surgery.  We are in stage two ROP (5 being the worst) and hope to go no further.  The eye doctor comes once a week and we will see how this progresses.  So there you have it.

I know alot of you were worried about me after my last post.  I am sorry for the frustration, I just have some off days (probably shouldn’t post those days!).  As you can see, things are looking up.  I feel so happy that the girls are making progress and I feel like there is finally a light at the end of this tunnel!  God continues to bless us and watch over us.  I am very sure that He is holding us close and wants us to get home soon!  Hope you all had a safe and happy fourth!

Love and happiness from Utah,

Stacy

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Responses

  1. Stacy,

    I could feel your excitement! Thanks so much for sharing. That is all great news.

    God Bless!

  2. Stacy,
    I was forwarded the link to your blog from my step-mother. I am the mother of triplet boys born at 23 and 26 weeks in September and October 2004. They were 1 lb 5 oz, 1 lb 14 oz and 1 lb 11 oz. The boys are all fraternal so we didn’t deal with TTTS but have had many other preemie issues.

    The boys are almost four now (can it be??!!) and are doing *wonderfully*. They are smart and healthy and doing wonderful. We are blessed.

    Hang in there! Did I forget to mention how precious your girls are??!! 🙂

    Take care,

  3. Stacy, I am so glad to hear that your spirits are up! I, too, was a little worried about you after the last post, but it is certainly understandable that you have some “down” days. The girls are looking SO beautiful, and getting so BIG!! It is so amazing that they have done so well, and that they will be home before you know it! The pictures are great, but I can’t wait to see them for myself! Keep your chin up…we love you all!

  4. Stacy,

    We just got back online after a few weeks, and I was so happy to read your post. I am truly amazed and elated at how far the girls have progressed! As always, we have been thinking about you and praying for you and your family. We actually will be in KC this coming weekend, so if Bo and the kids are around, let us know. We would love to see them. Please keep your head up. Like everyone has said, you have come so far already. You are an inspiration 🙂

    Lael

  5. Stacy,

    We spent the day at the zoo and could hardly wait to get home to see the new post! Looks like the girls were able to celebrate their first 4th after all. We were excited to see the girls in their outfits! They looked adorable. It is amazing how just in a few weeks they can looks so different.
    It sound like Bo and Michael were able to brighten your spirits, along with a trip home to see the other babies. Those down days sound like they are going to be far and few now that the girls are getting”BIG!” They should be keeping you busy now. How exciting for Michael, getting to hold and feed his sisters. I am sure that Megan and Nicky are waiting for second rounds in Utah now. Michael makes the saying,”Good things come to those who wait,” all too true! Thank you for answering that question that we have all been wondering. The way they are progressing we are thinking that Kansas is now just around the corner! Love hearing from you and the pictures were great!! Enjoying all the good news and praying God continues to bless you all!

    Love you,

    Joseph,Lauren,Shelby,Joey,Alan,Grant and Lillian

  6. Stacy, what great news!!! We had a little cul-de-sac 4th party on Sunday and got to spend time with Bo and the boys. It was so great to spend time with them, but we missed YOU!! Bo had the pictures that you posted and we were all so amazed at how wonderful the girls look! Michael was so proud talking about his visit!:) I know you will all be here soon and we can’t wait to meet those precious little girls. You continue to be an inspiration to all of us and we continue to pray for you and your family. Much love from all of the Chapmans!!:) Love, Jane

  7. wow, wow, wow. So exciting. I can’t believe how much they have grown. You can see the exitment in Michael’s eyes with the girls. I am very happy that they are doing so good. Those matching outfits are adorable. Our prayers and love and with you each day. Love Kerry

  8. Such sweetness. So glad you had a good 4th. Thanks for the update on the girls- as far as what it will take to get them home. We will continue to pray for their progress. Take care of yourself.
    Megan

  9. You made my day! On the way into work, I was texting Bo to get him to help you post and he told me you already had done it, so that was my first priority upon arriving. I couldn’t believe how the girls have grown…I just got giddy with appreciation of our Lord and His two miracles entrusted to the Govea family. And SO glad to hear the progress report…the progress is definetly faster now and soon it will be time to begin over at home…what an exciting time that will be for your family! As I’ve heard BroBo say so often, God is good all the time! Praying hard for you all. Jerry

  10. Stacy,
    The pictures are adorable!! I am always so excited the minute I see a new post, especailly pictures. I can’t believe the difference a few days can make. The girls look so cute in their matching outfits. I can already see that dressing the girls could cost Bo a small fortune, but it will be soooo much fun. I am very excited about the progress report, everything seems to be coming along nicely. Going home is just on the horizon! We will continue to pray for the babies until you are all safely home and together again! What a wonderful day that will be.
    Love,
    The Banyas Family

  11. Stacy,
    Amazing! They have grown so much! The photos of the two of them together are incredible. Let us know how we can help get ready for all of you back in OP. Thanks for taking the time to share their great milestones.
    The Lipp Family

  12. Such good news and wonderful pics! I was showing Henry the pictures of the girls and he said it looked like Ellen was telling Elizabeth a secret in that first photo of them together. It does! I guess you’ll have to get used to that twin whispering. Did climbing that rock wall feel metaphorical? Take care of yourself.
    Love, the Frees family


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