After a grueling 8 month pregnancy, 30+ ultrasounds, bi-weekly Dr appointments, 32 days of electronic fetal monitoring for 16-22hrs per day, gaining 52 pounds of baby weight AND 28 days in the Nicu (neonatal intensive care unit) we brought our special MoMo babies home last Sunday! The girls were discharged on Sunday afternoon weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces (Pepper) and a whopping 4 pounds 12 ounces (Blaize).
The girls are 36 weeks and 3 days old today and have been in the world for 4 1/2 weeks already. Pepper weighs 5 pounds 11 ounces and Blaize weighs 5 pounds 1 ounce today. Both girls gained 5 ounces in the last 4 days on mama’s milk which is pretty darn good.
I squished into the back seat between the two girls and sat sideways to fit. Blaize is so little that it looked like her chin was dropping down to her chest the entire car ride-luckily it was only 5 minutes! I kept my finger under her chin to help her out because she is too small and weak to lift her head if her chin drops down and her airway gets blocked while riding in the car. Let’s just say that’s the longest “road trip” I want to take the girls on for awhile.
We couldn’t get our little angels in the house fast enough when we did get home. Home is where we’ve nested for the last 4 days. With two premature, little babies coming into the world during the height of flu and cold (RSV for babies) season we can’t be careful enough to hopefully avoid RSV.
Life with 3 kids under the age of 3 is our “new normal.” Like my grandma Ardie used to say, Eah gad!