2 years ago this day at 4:46am (Declan) and 4:47am (Cole) we were blessed with the addition of our 3rd and 4th boys. To say we were over the moon is an understatement. We were also a little bit shocked…because they were 6 weeks early, born at 33 weeks. At 2:15am I awoke to a “moist” feeling. Since I my belly was out to Tuesday and back, I (ok, I admit it) thought my little men had helped me to “relieve” myself in bed (I mean I was peeing like every 4 minutes at that point so it wasn’t outside the realm and btw… waking up wet, still just as shocking a feeling as when you’re a wee tyke!). My only thought at the time, aw man! After a quick trip to the bathroom and a sheets change, I figured I’d be back in bed. Wrrrrrong. The “moistness” kept “moisting” me. Uh oh…this is not what I thought at all (FYI…all my kids were C-section due to medical reasons so this kid was oblivious to water breaking, plus no labor pains…nada, nothing.)
We raced into my Mother-in-law’s room (thank God, they were living with us at the time!) and said we were off to the hospital. She tells the story that she went back into her room to grab a robe and come help us get ready…by the time she got downstairs, we were already gone. Nervous? Ah yeah, just a bit.
So we get to the hospital and after some scary moments (ok, more like 45 moments) they were finally able to locate Baby B’s (we didn’t know what we were having, we now know this was Cole) heart beat and all was ok again. Our Doctor arrived assessed the situation (and this is where the real shock for us came into play) and said ok, we’re all set. Ok, sure…what does that mean? So Stan and I joked about getting the camera. (sidebar…those of you who know me or have tried to leave on time for anything with me, know I’m not known for getting out the door quickly…as we were leaving the house, I saw the camera on the counter and stopped to talk about whether or not we should bring the camera…poor Stan I torture him so, he practically lept over the counter to grab it so he could get me out the door at a more rapid pace.) When our Doctor said, well where is it? Stan and I looked at each other a little puzzled. Stan replied it was in the car…and this is where our jaws hit the floor…his reply was well hurry up because these babies will be here before 5am. WHAT?!? TODAY?
Ok, ok…I know that when water breaks, pregnant women in this wonderful world of ours have babies. I know this, we knew this…HOWEVER, this was our kids and it was 33 weeks so we became dense. We both thought I’d be on bedrest. Silly people we were (still are really). Even thinking back on it I can still feel the sense of shock. To say we were scared was a bit of an understatement but off we went. Me to the delivery room and Stan to suit up for the OR.
I’m totally tearing up thinking of the moments I saw both of my boys for the first time…perfect. Declan with his full head of dark hair and Cole with his little blonde peach fuzz. Beautiful, our sweet babies.
We were very blessed, our boys were healthy with no real major preemie issues. We spent the next two weeks in the NICU helping our boys get stronger and learn to eat. Ironically, Cole was the one who gave us the most “trouble” learning to eat. (Sucking and swallowing isn’t developed until 35 +/- weeks in utero)
It’s hard to believe how tiny they really were; Declan 5lb 9oz, 19 inches long and Cole 5lbs 5ozs, 18 3/4 inches long…yeah, and they were 33 weeks and no I can’t imagine how immense my belly would have gotten if they went to term.
Ok, now I’m getting my self all worked up…I loved to watch them sleep together, so sweet.
In many ways, Stan and I think those days in the NICU prepared us for the many sleepless, frightening days and nights with Declan during his diagnosis. We had been through equipment “boot camp” in the NICU so everything wasn’t so foreign and frightening. But that’s not what today is about. Ok, sure I’m sad…I want both my boys to be here celebrating their 2nd birthday together but that’s not to be. So we’re remembering the wonderful day that was their birth (thank you Stan for talking me off the sadness ledge today) and how joyfully we shared the news of our two new additions, our Declan and our Cole.
Happy Birthday to you Declan and Happy 2nd Birthday to you Cole! We love you both so very much!