Archives for Brandy Keener

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

I am happy to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to the new year! Aside from my beautiful MoMo babies being born and coming home, 2012 kicked my butt! Mentally, physically and with my MoMo pregnancy starting in April-I am pooped. We lived in 4 houses, 2 countries and 2 states in 2012.

Strapped to the fetal monitors before our MoMo girls were born. Enjoying a hospital dinner with Kai while he feasted on the daily movie Nemo for 32 days.

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Our MoMo Babies Are Home

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).

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Breastfeeding Babies In The Nicu Requires A Lot Of Dedication

I am officially a milk maid again. This time, I’m a pumping milk maid though. Yes, we are practicing breastfeeding at least twice a day in the Nicu but the majority of breast milk is delivered via their feeding tubes.

Holding my miracle momo babies together for the first time!

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MoMo Girls Born At 32 Weeks In Portland OR

We did it! We made it to our delivery date goal of 32 weeks! It’s been 1 week since our MoMo twins were born and I’m still feeling the relief. The relief of making it to 32 weeks and the relief of delivering two, tiny little breathing babies. The girls will be in the Nicu (neonatal intensive care unit) for at least a month. The nice part is that we can visit them anytime for as long as we want. We could even spend the night there as they are in the beautiful new Nicu at Legacy Emanual with private twin rooms.

Blaize Ruby Keener (aka Baby B) was born first at 1:12pm. Blaize weighed 3lbs 9oz or 1610 grams and was 16.1 inches long.

Kangaroo love with Blaize

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Delivering 32 Week Monoamniotic Monochorionic Twin babies

Like most people, I think of chunky babies weighing around 8-10 pounds. Well, it’s a little different with twins and a whole nother ball of wax with momo twins. Because momo twins share a sac and placenta the standard care is to deliver via c section between 32-34 weeks. Therefore, most momo babies only weigh 2-4 pounds each. Seeing a 3 pound baby is a whole different deal and takes some getting used to. Of course, I wish I could let my little babies grow big and strong in my belly but am way more attached to bringing 2 healthy babies home.

One of my perinatologists wanted to push past 32 weeks but also told me she had a 50% still born rate with momo twins. No thank you. Because as the babies get bigger, they run out of room and cord accidents can increase.

So, I’ve adjusted my idea of chunky twin babies. Still hoping for 1500 grams or 3 pounds 5 ounces each. We’ve heard that babies born at 32 weeks or later and weighing 1500 grams or more generally do better in the Nicu.

Bring me some chunky 32 week momo twins babies!