Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pins And Needles

Emerson Parks

Samuel Wyatt

I'm sure that this is the feeling everyone is experiencing now. Sorry for the delay. We are not able to get Internet access at the hospital we are in now. No Internet access is like a restaurant being "cash only" now days. Who does that? So, I ran home to gather supplies and try to get more pictures out there. Mister Toad ain't got nothing on this wild ride. So, finally an update for everyone.

Randi and the babies pulled through the C-section great. Wyatt came out first, and we were able to hold him for about 10 minutes while they cleaned-up Parks. Then, we got to hold him as well until they whisked them both off to the NICU. The perinatologist was amazed at how big Wyatt (and Parks) was. He remarked that the umbilical cord for Wyatt was not as bad as he predicted.

Late last night, the grandparents and I were able to visit both babies in the Level III NICU, sans Randi, who had to wait until she was up and around to see them. Both babies, as you can see, are on room air. NO VENTS for either of them, thank you kindly steroids. Parks had a little bit of a groan from left over fluid in the lungs, and Wyatt had low, 53, blood sugars from lack of glycogen stores in his body. Both as predicted, and both conditions corrected themselves through the night, with Wyatt's blood sugars being 93 at last count. Randi was able to visit them today for the first time. She was also able to get pumping today since they are going to start trying to feed them tonight, extremely slowly. I am talking about 1 cc every 6 hours for Wyatt and 3 cc every 4 hours for Parks. They are also suggesting that they may have them stepped down to the Level II NICU observation. We may be able to take Parks home in 4-5 days, but it will be 4-6 weeks for Wyatt. He will need to be at least 4 pounds before they discharge him. He is going to stay there as a feeder and grower. They are going to perform an ultrasound on the head to check for any brain bleeds. We are praying that both boys will be free and clear. We thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We feel that we've got one set of prayer requests marked off our list and a whole new one opened up. I will try to come home once a day for an update to the blog and new pictures.

26 comments:

Jennisa said...

They look grrrrrrrrrrrreat! And, no oxygen? That is amazing for being born a little early! I have this amazing thing for pumping, and I would highly suggest it to any mommy who will be pumping... http://www.lactationcare.com/index.cfm?event=ProductDetail&ProductID=130 It has been a godsend for me! Can't wait to see more pictures of the little guys! God bless you both as you begin this road of parenting!

Renee said...

I've been following your story through Jen but never commented. Just wanted to say congratulations on the 2 sweet and beautiful boys! As a mother of 5 little guys, I would not trade my boys for anything. Our newest just spent 9 days in the NICU so we understand the shorter stays but the 4-6 weeks, I cannot imagine. We'll be praying for wisdom for the doctors and strength for mom and dad to endure all.

Aunt Boo said...

They are just great! I can't get over it. I have been thinking and praying about them for so many months and I will continue to do so. Please let Randi know that I am thinking and praying for her as well. Sit back and drink this all in, they grow up so fast.

Love,
Amanda

Ms. McFearsome said...

You worry about your family first!

Congratulations and God Bless~

chickadee said...

congratulations! what precious babies.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful sons!!!! You do not know me or my family, but you have been in our prayers for a few months now, it is so awesome to see the power of prayer working in a real way and to see your 2 beautiful miracles. We will continue to pray for your adorable family.
Thank you for taking the time to go home and update us, considering how busy things must be for you right now.
Welcome to the world Samuel Wyatt and Emmerson Parks!!!

Anonymous said...

wow! they look so great and no oxygen -- truly amazing!!! you are truly blessed! i continue to pray for you all and look forward to all the updates when you are able to get to them! :) love, kimberly

Alison said...

And again I say amazing!!! Astounding what God can do!

Perhaps someday you will bring them to Nova Scotia and I will get the honour of meeting them!

True miracles!!!

Anonymous said...

Just called Jennifer on the way home to check on ya'll..I know you have nothing else to do except worry about me.HA...Wyatt should put on the weight now that he does not have to share.
Love,
Betsy

Anonymous said...

What precious babies. Thank you for taking time to update us.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Todd and Randi! What a beautiful family you have. Your boys are living proof of the power of prayer. I will continue to pray for all of you as you begin the next phase of this amazing journey called parenthood!
I have been driving Jennifer crazy trying to get updates. Glad to see everyone is doing so well. Look forward to more updates. Enjoy those little angels!

Blessings from NC,
Suzanne

melodie miller said...

I am amazed that they are breathing on their own. What a blessing!!! They are beautiful. The power of prayer! Take it easy over the next few days. You will need your strength. Do not overexert yourself with running home for updates. It is much appreciated, since we all are visiting hourly. If you need me to type everyday on your behalf, I will gladly do it. Anything we can do to help. We love you, and we will be praying as always. Randi, take care of yourself in addition to the new little ones. Todd, you do the same. You all are an inspiration. We are proud of you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it all so surreal? Those amazing boys are yours! What little miracles. That is so fabulous that you will be able to take Parks home so soon. And Wyatt will be home before you know it.

Tell Randi that it does take a few days for your milk to come in, but not to get discouraged. I pumped like crazy while I was in the hospital and in between feedings too (so I would be assured that my body was producing enough milk for my twins). And tell her to take advantage of the lactation consultants at the hospital. If she wants to talk about breastfeeding, I would be happy to provide any insight I can.

Take care and CONGRATS!!!!
....Marianna Taylor

Connie Barris said...

these stories will rage on.. between the two... how one was bigger than the other .. BUT WHO CARES... they are finally here and safe and sound..

Praise GOD.... for HIS GLORY...

THANK YOU... and PRAYING>>>>>>>

awesome...

Anonymous said...

Praise God in all his amazing works! What a gift and blessing. I will continue praying for your needs. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. I have had my whole family praying for you. They are beautiful babies and although Wyatt is small he looks so healthy! I know you can't wait to get them home and love on them! Good Luck, God Bless!
Elizabeth in Rome

Briana said...

They look wonderful! How great that neither one of them is requiring the assistance of a vent! Great news!

Anonymous said...

Priase God Randy and Todd!! We have been praying for you all and are so thankful that Wyatt is okay. (Jen keeps me postd). I know it's been a crazy ride but God will give you the strength to endure. We will check back for updates.

Much Love and Prayers-
Sandy and Sean Farrow

PS You're boys are both beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is really good news! Im so happy for you and I wish you all the very best.

Kricty

Bolline Family said...

I'm so glad to read the update and hear that they are doing so great! They are both quite handsome and how great that you will get to bring Parks home so soon! Won't be long until you are all together! Praying for good head ultrasounds.

Catie said...

Congratulations! You have been on quite a roller coaster these passed few weeks. It is amazing how holding such precious packages seems to make it all worth it. I am glad to hear you all seem to be doing well. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.
Love, Pat, Catie, Morgan and Baby Casey

Anonymous said...

Randi and Todd-
We are so happy that your little ones have arrived safely and with such good outlooks. We have been following your progress through Holly and Katie and have had you in your prayers. As an early twin myself, I have heard many stories from my mother, and have been thinking a lot of good thoughts your way. I hope they continue to grow and become strong! Take care of yourselves so that you can take care of them. We will keep the good thoughts and prayers coming and hope to join you in a few weeks as parents.
Rachael (& Summer)

Sarah said...

What sweet babes! My sister had her son Tayden at just 24 weeks! He was 1 lb. 11 oz. and had a three and a four brain bleed, one on each side. Praise be, he does not have CP or any other noticable complications at this point (He just turned three!), other than retinopathy of prematurity, meaning he needs glasses. God is so good! We'll be praying for the best possible scenario for each boy. I've been keeping up with your story for weeks now, but just now posted a comment. Parks and Wyatt are so lucky to have such loving parents!
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Randi and Todd,

Congratulations! They look wonderful. I am so happy for y'all.

Amanda M.

Barbie said...

Congratulations. What precious little boys! I am so happy to hear they are breathing on their own. I will be praying for all of you!

Kelly said...

I stumbled upon your blog from Jennifer's blog and just wanted to congratulate you on your new little men. I have been praying fervently for the two of you and your sons. I'm elated to hear they are doing so well. To God be the glory!

My son! said...

Hey! We had babies on the same day! Good work, they look awesome.