Thursday, February 4, 2010

Happy 6 months!

Rachel and Haley are 6 months old. Wow how time has flown by. Unfortunately they both had to spend their half year birthday in the NICU. Haley is doing well. Her feeds are being increased while the IV fluids are being decreased. She's tolerating the increase in the continuous feeds without any problems with her belly getting distended. Her feeds will be transitioned back to the feeding schedule she was on at home, but we still don't have an answer of why her belly got distended. The results from the barium enema today were normal. The doctor said that if things continue to go well with Haley she may be able to come home sometime next week. We hope that will be true. It's been hard having her back in the hospital after we have had her at home. One of Haley's doctors did say that this won't be the last time she will be in the hospital. Since she was so premature, she is at risk for many illnesses and is so susceptible. We hope that she won't have to spend too many more days of her life in the hospital. As she grows, get bigger and time passes she will develop a stronger immune system. Haley now weighs 9 pounds.

Haley with her cute little glasses

Haley with her pacifier falling out

Rachel continues on and doing well. Rachel weighs 9 pounds 6oz. Rachel is also getting transitioned to a "going home" feeding schedule and has been tolerating that transition well. Rachel has been taking the bottle, but is not taking much. She took only 10cc's today. Haley was only taking about that much at home as well. Its going to be a long road for the girls on learning how to bottle feed. With the help of OT and practice they will get there.

Rachel holding her pacifier in

Rachel making a funny face!


  1. Oh, I so love the little smiley outfit Haley is in. The girls are getting so big and you can definately begin to see their little personalities coming out. I love that silly face on Rachel, so sweet. Prayers for the girls to continue get stronger. Sherri

  2. Happy to hear that they are doing better. Let's all pray that these little angels don't have to go through this much longer! It isn't fair for a little one to have to endure so much, but I know that God is watching over them. In the end, they will get stronger and healthier and more robust! Best wishes.

  3. They are sooooo cute! Love to see Haley with her eye open, and Rachel's funny face! They are so beautiful. They will get a stronger immune system as they grow. While they are this young, it makes a huge difference on how their development goes, but the older they get, the better it will be.

    Prayers and love continue to go your way.


  4. Its wonderful that things are looking up. Both girls are so precious!!

  5. you are soooo adorable my little friends... Haley on her way to glamour with her 'hot' pink glasses -- so darling!! Rachel may be a stand up comedian with those cute funny faces.

    i have a little granddaughter who is now four and insists that i call her Clover (her name) Silly Girl! she loves it! hopefully things will go smoother and you'll all be home soon and have fun nicknames for the girls.

    I know its been a rocky road - but my dears, you, with God's help, are making it! Yaaaayyyy.

    always love,

  6. Happy 6 months to your girls! I had twin girls on the same day. I was actually beside you in the recovery room. Dr Kirshon was my specialist too. My husband and I have been reading your blog and praying for you since the birth.
    Amanda-I would love to send you an email. Shoot me your address if you like.

    Autumn McGuire- Mother of Lyla & Camille 8-4-09

  7. Happy 6 months girls :)!!!

    I am sorry that it is one step forward and two steps back for the "little ladies" , they are so beautiful and precious and we pray that they will continue to grow and be strong and that Miss Haley will be back home in your homes with Rachel soon on her way!!

    Rachel's last picture is so adorable!!!

  8. I've been thinking about y'all a bunch and saying my prayers for the girls. They are both so danged cute!!! I'm glad y'all took Haley in when you did and that they got her on some meds for the PH. Cayden has that too and is also on meds for it. I can't wait until the day both girls are at home. Please let us know if you need anything!


  9. I have been reading your blog since before the babies were born. I wanted to post to let you know that I hope and pray your sweet baby girls come home soon! And the glasses...they are awesome!

  10. I hope that your girls get home soon ! I pray that they continue to progress and get stronger.

  11. Amanda

    Your Doctor was right. I'm sure it won't be the last time Hayley is admitted to hospital. But I'm sure the hospitalisations will decrease as she gets older.

    One of my friends has a boy who was 1lb 1ozs at his birth 4 years ago. He was in hospital for 5 months after birth. He is in and out of hospital about 3-4 times a year as any stock standard childhood bug knocks him for six, he gets a chest infection and ends up with pneumonia. But as my friend says, better that than not to be a Mum at all.

    All the very best for your journey ahead. It won't be easy but I'm sure you'll endure the path God has mapped for you.


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