A Real Update!

Alrighty, so I know it's been a while since I've posted something other then pictures, but it has been incredibly busy around here lately. So, here's the great news...the boys are doing really fantastic! They had their one year check up this past week and they are such big boys! Keep in mind that they started at 3 lbs 10 oz and 3 lbs 14 oz, and about 16 inches long. They are now 19 lbs 8 oz (BP) and 20 lbs 4 oz (LT) and 28 inches long! That puts BP in the 5% for weight and height, and LT in the 10% for weight and 5% for weight. Their heads were a whopping 19 inches around...which puts them in the 75% for head circumference! So we definitely have some big headed babies! We also had appointments with an ENT and a hematologist. For those who don't know, the boys had hyperbilirubimia in the NICU and one of the long term consequences of that is brain damage. In fact, one of the doctors was certain that because of their high levels that they would have some sort of brain damage. And in April it looked like that might be true because both of the boys failed their hearing exam. We had a follow up appointment in June and they both failed again, but the good news was that they were able to determine that the hearing loss was due to fluid in their ears and not nerve/brain damage! So, we saw an ENT as a follow up and he recommended that we put tubes in their ears to help with the fluid. Good news is they were able to work us into the schedule before we move again! So we are scheduled next week for the operation. Lastly we saw the hematologist to try and figure out what caused the hyperbilirubimia in the first place. The boys were tested for almost every disorder related to high bilirubin levels you can imagine, but everything came back negative. Because babies red blood cells change during the first year of life, we repeated all of the tests and everything came back normal! *HURRAH*

We are so amazed at how well the boys are doing... they are little miracles. God is so good.

Speaking of God being so good...when we were in the NICU one of the nurses there, Courtney, really loved taking care of our babies. In fact, she loved them so much that even when we were discharged, she (and a few other nurses) would still come by and visit us. This past week she flew up here for a few days! We had a blast hanging out, playing with the boys, and catching up.

Along the same lines...a shout out to Jessica and Richard who had their second baby boy yesterday! Congrats! We met Jessica, Richard, and Joseph (their first little one) in the NICU. Big Joe as he was called, was the smallest baby in the NICU at 1 lbs and wasn't expected to make it very long. He is now almost a year old and about 14 lbs! His little brother was born at term and is very healthy and strong! We can't wait to see you all again!


Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Praise God! There is nothing like the weight of that being lifted off of a parent! I am so glad to hear they are doing well. I hope the tubes go well. My sisters have both had them done for their little ones and both found the babies were MUCH happier afterward. Hope this is true for you also!

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