Thursday, June 4, 2009

An Update and More Baby Pictures!

Oliver and mommy holding hands

Mommy and Oliver

Kangaroo care with Oliver

Daddy's little Vulcan (Oliver) - "Live long and prosper!"

Mommy touching Grace

Daddy changing Gracie's diaper - so tiny!

Baby Grace under the billirubin lights with her cool shades:)

Sweet Oliver

Little Miss Audrey

Tomorrow our babies will be 3 weeks old! Well, technically they'll be 30 weeks... let me explain:) Even though Audrey, Oliver, and Grace decided to make their appearance 3 weeks ago, they technically should still be developing in my womb. And my gestation tomorrow would be 30 weeks, so developmentally, they're still like a baby at 30 weeks in the womb. This little confusing phenomenon is known as their "adjusted age". Developmentally, their age will be based on their due date (August 14th) when they'll be true "newborns". So even though our babies will be 3 months old by then, they'll really be 0 months developmentally. And in November when they're 6 months old, they'll really be 3 months developmentally. This "adjusted age" will continue until they're 2 years old when everything usually evens out and they catch up to their peers.

Robert and I are very excited about their "graduation" into the 30 week bracket. Exciting things should start to happen (like they would have in the womb). Over the next few weeks our babies should begin to develop their breathe-suck-swallow reflex which will allow them to begin nuzzle nursing and learning how to feed at the breast rather than through a tube down their nose into their stomachs. Mommy is really looking forward to that! The physical therapist says it usually starts to happen around 34 weeks, but if the babies show signs that they're ready earlier than that (maybe around 32 weeks) they'll let them start practicing!

More exciting news: Audrey and Oliver are both very close to hitting the 3 lb mark and Grace is nearing 2 lbs! They are all at "full feeds" meaning they're eating enough breast milk every three hours to support their weights, so Audrey and Oliver have been able to get their IV's out and are just being nourished by my milk (with some added calories mixed in to help fatten them up!). Grace still has her line in because she was having some low blood sugar issues, but hopefully that will come out in the next few days. The doctors would like to see them gain about an ounce each day (or a pound every 16 days or so).

Right now our babies' biggest threat is infection. Even true newborns have very minimal immune systems, but babies in the womb have nearly no immune system, which is where our babies should technically be! So what would be a minimal infection in a grown up would become a serious condition for our babies that would either go to their blood (sepsis) or their spinal fluid (meningitis). The nurses wash their hands all the time, but it is still a huge concern as even their own bacteria on their skin can infect them. Please pray specifically that the Lord will protect them from infection, and that the doctors and nurses will be very aware of any first signs of infection should one occur.

Thank you so much for keeping our babies in your prayers. We know that prayer is the most powerful medicine, and we are so thankful that God, the great physician, is taking care of our precious little ones.


  1. Grandpa says "Oliver is gonna get all tangled up in Robert's chest hairs" hahaha, goodness.

    Well written, I just love your updates. Thank you for taking the time to share it. We love you and will continue praying.

  2. I will continue to pray. They sure are lookin' good, though!! It's so fun to see the pictures and especially see you guys so involved. Keep up the good work! God has your little ones in His hands and He is the great physician! I'll continue to keep all five of you in my prayers. God bless your family!!!

  3. Holly, what a wonderful update! Thank you so much for letting us know how things are going. The pictures are incredible, esp. the one with Oliver's eyes open! I continue to pray each day for all 5 of you. A big, big hug to you, sister!

  4. Thank you so much for sending me the link to your baby picture update. I was happy to read that you like hiking on the Oregon Coast with your dog. Now I know you won't be able to do that for some time, but I am pleased to tell you that there is a section on the southern Oregon Coast in the new video.

    I am originally from Gold Beach, and Don is from Port Orford. Don is a hiker,too, as is Amber. There is a nice sequence on Cape Sebastion, which is one of Don's favorite hikes.

    We now own his childhood home up the beautiful Elk River. We have it leased, but still visit several times a year. The house is on a beautiful acre 3 miles up the river. We love it there.

    We will keep praying. Listen for our Presbyterian Prayers coming your way!

    Tell me when you have watched the video! Some new music, Robert. Try to identify what is still Pink Martini.

    Charlotte Hill

  5. I love the picture of Oliver holding your finger! So adorable <3

    Am praying that your kiddos stay well and NON-infected! And that Mommy and Daddy are holding up.

  6. Yeah! Thank you so much for updating your Blog - I check it daily! Your children are amazing!

  7. The picture of Oliver looking straight into the camera made my heart just melt. :) They look good. They're growing!! Miss you guys. Love you ALL.

  8. Holly they are so precious! We are praying that they will be healthy and continue to grow stronger.

  9. Barbara &amp; JimJune 7, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Wow they look great.The pictures are so good.When we went thru this 29 years ago it was hard to get good pictures in the nicu.We pray for the 5 of you all the time you are in my thoughts and prayers alot.Our son was in nicu for 6 weeks we know what you are going thru.Brings up alot of memories.We will continue to keep you in our prayers.May God continue to Bless your family.Thanks for the updates