Sooooo... we have come a VERY long way in the past 4 weeks!! Our little girlie's are growing ever so nicely. I am so proud of their progress. Right now they are both on the CPAP machine, McKenzie is at room air (you go girl!!) and Lily is almost at room air (yay!)...On Saturday she switched from SIPAP to CPAP which is a step in the right direction. They are both wearing clothes now!!! Their preemie outfits swim on them...but they look adorable in them!
I was hoping that they would take McKenzie off the CPAP and put her on a Nasal prongs so we could see her pretty little face, however they are going to keep her on CPAP till she doesn't need anything... so they are both keeping their "snorkels" on for now!(Below McKenzie in her snorkel & Lily on "snorkel break")
Last week Everett and I were able to snuggle our little muffins with "kangaroo care" loving, we put them directly against our skin and let them feel our hearts and our heat. It was amazing, I had Lily snuggled down my shirt and Everett held McKenzie. They did really well out next to us, I know they know we are their parents, they show us their love through their monitors! "beep..beep...beep"
Below are pictures of our Kangaroo Care session, it was great, they were so warm and soft! I love how McKenzie has her hand on Everett's chest... like she was patting him saying, "It's okay Daddy!"
I used to be so nervous about holding the Momos now I can't get enough of them! I never want them to be in the isolettes when I'm there, I just want to snuggle them in my arms. BUT I know they need their rest, so they can grow and get nice a chubby (nobody wants a skinny baby! hee hee). When I hold them I sing to them, talk to them and just listen to them breath, it is an amazing feeling. I was fortunate enough to get to hold both the Momos as the same time, It was one of those moments where I felt my entire life was complete. I wanted to cry...but I had to remember my rules "no crying in the NICU"! It was such a treat...the nurse was sweet enough to capture the moment for me...(Lily on the Left, McKenzie on the Right)
I have been reading all the posts from everyone! I truly enjoy the messages, words of inspiration and encouragement! I am so grateful to have wonderful family and friends following on our NICU journey...our girls will be home before we know it thanks to all your prayers!
-The Momo Momma
The story and pictures are priceless. The little ladies are so darn CUTE!!!! Don't you just want to kiss their little faces all day. Muah!!! Believe me, that feeling never goes away.
It is a true blessing to experience mother/fatherhood. A lot of responsibility, but a BLESSING indeed!!!
And the honeymoon has just begun with the little ones. They are progessing so very nicely. That's because GOD has his hands in this!! And you two are true Warriors of Christ, and GOD will not forsake you!!!
I'm not saying that it's going to be easy. But I am saying that it's all worth it in the end. Don't get me wrong, there will be those days where you want to pull out your hair. I'm bald now thanks to my little girl. lol But seriously, always remember that you are human and entitled to feel "some kind of way" when things aren't going the way you planned. It can get hard at times but that's with everything we do, right? Plus little ones have a plan of their own. :-)
Now that's where it's great to have a strong support system. And to have some "ME" time every once in awhile. You have to take care of yourself first, before you can properly care for another. So if you are ever ready to pull your hair out. Just remember that "Your Sister Through Christ" is just a mile or two down the road pulling out her hair. LOL So you are never really alone:-D
Aawwww...look at you guys!! It is a real treat to see the four of you together :) Such a beautiful family!! I can't tell you enough how much it warms our hearts to see the love that you have for these precious babies. Lee & Ev you are doing an AMAZING job! Lily and McKenzie are truly a blessing; and they are truly blessed to have you as their mommy and daddy :)
We miss you!! Please kiss your beautiful baby girls for me and Rob...
Lots of love from San Antonio, TX
-Janet & Rob
Thank God for Precious Moments.... You two look like you're managing things just find, & it looks like the girls are finding comfort in their "Brave Parents". I wish you all nothing but the BEST!!!
I can't believe that they are 32 weeks already. Oh, I remember kangaroo care and what a special time this is for mom/dad and babies. Makes my heart warm thinking about it!
I'm glad to see the girls are doing well. Reading some of your posts brought back memories...this journey may not be an easy one, but it's a necessary one, and God knows exactly what He's doing. He chose you and Ev on purpose. So, continue to hang in there, and get your rest now...they will be home soon!
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