|First time holding my sweet Princess.|
|First time holding my handsome Prince.|
|Jackson hanging out in his Isolate.|
|Burping Riggs after a feeding-so tiny.|
|A partial view of their room.|
During the entire pregnancy we though Riggs was our bigger baby-I think it was due to how they calculate weight and since she was so long they thought she should be bigger. Also "Whimpy White Boy Syndrome" this is really what the doctors call it. For some reason white baby boys seem to be the least developed when born prematurely, however as you can see from above we had the opposite at birth.
Both babies just spent most of their days sleeping Aaron and I got into the routine that we were mainly there for their 9am, 3pm and 9pm feedings. They were on a 3 hour schedule so they ate every three hours which meant I got to pump every three hours to supply their liquid gold. We felt this gave us a good amount of time to spend with them but we were not over stimulating them or over tiring ourselves. As one of the nurses told me we were paying for some really expensive baby sitting. Also until the last 2 or 3 days they were in the isolates to regulate their body temperature so the more we had them out the harder they had to work and the more calories they burned.
Riggs was always a little behind Jackson due to her delayed start at the beginning so we were sure that she would be in the hospital longer than he was. But our sweet girl is such a fighter and actually beat him out by one day. Once she started getting all of our liquids through the bottle and not an IV she only had to be tube fed once or twice. Jackson decided that he wanted to prove us right with the Whimpy White Boy Syndrome. He figured if they would give him his food through a tube why should he wake up to eat. Because of they started feeding him by a tube every other feeding and then once he did well with that 1 out of 3 feedings were with a tube until he showed he was strong enough and willing to eat from a bottle. With these delays Riggs by-passed Jackson on the the discharge countdown. We were very fortunate however that they were discharged just a day apart.
It is amazing how quickly something becomes your norm. We both remember feeling like we would break them in the beginning and then by the end the nurses didn't have to do much of anything when we were around. All of the nurses were amazing and we especially loved Dr. Brown. He was the resident neonatologist. He was so easy to talk to and was able to quickly put away any concerns we had about the babies. He has now finished his residency and is off to Kentucky to do ER pediatrics. I know every sweet child he treats is in great hands!
Thursday April 28th we got to bring our sweet Riggs home. It was such a flood of emotions. We were excited, nervous and sad all at the same time. This was the day we had waited for for so long we were finally bring home a baby. You were so little, I remember the nurse putting you in your car seat I was so afraid we were going to crush you. All of you stuff was packed up you were put on a cart and it was time to go. This is such a happy time but also one that made Mommy sad. Jackson was still laying there in his bed as we walked out the door. I was finally bringing home a baby but we were supposed to have two at home. We put you in the car and Mommy sat in the back with you as we drove home. Finally you were home little girl.
|Riggs ready to go home.|
|Daddy carrying Riggs into the house.|
|Dressing Riggs for her first night at home.|
|Jackson's last night in the NICU.|
|Riggs in her British babylegs ready to watch the Royal Wedding.|
We came back an hour or so later and you were ready to go. We loaded you and your stuff up on the cart just like we did your sister and we were on our way out. While we did not get to come home as a family of 4 we finally were going to have everyone home together. This was the moment we had been waiting for for so long. Our entire sweet little family home.
|Jackson ready to come home.|
|Home at last.|
|Our sweet boy is home.|
|Showing Jackson around his house.|
|Sandy, Blake & Ethan checking out Riggs with Staci.|
|Jackson, Blake and Riggs. Blake is 3 months older than the twins.|