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Our babies arrived yesterday, 4/20/13, at 34w0d gestation…They made it!

Aria Mae was born at 4:02pm weighing 4lbs 14oz and measuring 17.5″ long.

Aria1

She is doing great! Her stats are stable, and she has been breathing on her own since she was born. She has been nuzzling at the breast, but doesn’t yet know what to do with them besides the odd licking and suckling every once and awhile. Otherwise, she has been receiving my breast milk via tube feeding since her first feeding! We have got to hold her several times, but of course, not as much as we would like!

Finnegan David was born at 4:15pm weighing 5lbs 13oz and measuring 19.25″ long.

Finnegan

 

He has been doing well, minus needing the CPAP due to some lung immaturity (which is apparently more common in boys than girls). He has been fed via his IV, but received his first tube feeding (of my breast milk) this morning, and will continue throughout the day. We haven’t gotten to hold him yet, but I make sure to snuggle him as closely as I can from his bassinet.

The NICU has been great so far; all the personnel are so helpful, accommodating, and knowledgable.

They were very impressed with how much milk I was now able to produce, and encourage me to continue with my pumping to keep up/build my supply. So far, they haven’t received anything buy my breast milk (and IV) for sustenance in their first 24 hours of life.

We’re doing alright, although we wish Finn were doing a little better, I am just trying to cherish all our time together because I know how much work it took to get here, and that they won’t be this little forever!

Not sure how much blogging I’ll be doing, but I’ll try to bring my laptop to the cafeteria for lunch…depending upon how tired I am! 😉 Until then, it’s back to the NICU to see our babies! 🙂