|Me holding Amanda|
|Me holding Emily |
Do you see the stylish pink baby bottle earrings I was wearing! :)
Adoption is a beautiful word in our home, as it has been the way our family has been built. My husband was career Air Force and was stationed in Myrtle Beach, SC at the time of Amanda and Emily's birth. Due to their birth mother requiring complete bed rest, (and an earlier scare that they were coming early), I was thankfully in Tennessee staying with my parents when the twins were delivered by emergency c-section. Ray, along with our oldest daughter Shannon, was in Myrtle Beach and had to make the 7 hour drive after receiving my call letting him know he was a new daddy of twin girls.
|Amanda with Daddy|
|Emily with Daddy|
|Just another day in the NICU!|
Here they are when they were 3 days old. Amanda weighed 3 lbs. 2.5 oz. and Emily weighed
3 lbs. 11.2 ounces.
We called Amanda our little unicorn for a while when the only place that her I.V. could be placed was on her little forehead.
Sweet Emily had difficulty nursing for a while and had to be tube fed.
Once the doctors and nurses realized that we were NEVER (literally) leaving the hospital while the girls were there, and after the girls proved that even though they had a few issues to deal with that they would continue to grow and thrive each day, they were able to leave the NICU after only one week and were given a room to share where I could stay 24/7 and care for them.
The pediatric floor hallways were painted to look like a little town...with the outside of each room painted to represent businesses, buildings, etc., commonly found in a small community. Imagine our surprise to find that their room (#4519) was the "church"....very fitting for our family since their grandfather was (and still is) a pastor! :)
We were prepared for a longer stay, but were thrilled to learn that the girls were being discharged when they were 20 days old.
|Dressed in new clothes and waiting to be discharged.|
They only weighed 4 1/2 pounds each and my mom purchased the smallest two dresses she could find. She also went to a specialty doll shop and bought doll shoes for them to wear home. (The doll shoes still were huge and almost fell off their feet!) :)
The girls were sent home with heart monitors, which they continued to need until they were one year old. Ray insisted on carrying both his girls, with both heart monitors on his shoulders, out of the hospital all by himself!! :)
|Ready to roll!|
|Emily and Amanda - 2011 - 19th Birthday|
Amanda's requested color.....orange(s)
It's going to be a busy day celebrating, but tomorrow I'll get back on track making items for Grandma's Promise. I can't wait to share new photos and information with you in a few days!