Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fight For Preemies

Today is National Prematurity Awareness Day and all over the blogosphere, you're sure to find lots of mom's and dad's posting about their story, all in an effort to help raise awareness.  

We are so blessed to have benefited from the decades of work done by organizations like March Of Dimes.  For us... knowing that we were expecting multiples, also meant that we were a bit more prepared for welcoming premature babies and life in the NICU and at home!  

Luckily our girls were born healthy at just past 35 weeks.  Ava was diagnosed with IUGR at almost 18 weeks and we were followed closely with Ultrasounds, dopplers to check their cords and cord flow and fluid checks.  They took them a week before my scheduled C-Section, due to Ava's slow growth... she was in the 2nd%.  Emma spent just a few short hours (seemed like forever) in the NICU for rapid breathing and both girls had some issues with body temperature, and feeding.  Overall, they were just fine and we came home with them just 5 days after I delivered.

Still there are thousands of babies born too early and born sick every year.  In Massachusetts we get a passing grade, but many states do not!  To find out more about what you can do to raise awareness and support the organizations that are fighting for our babies, click here.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Halloween Part #2... Dino-Boy

This is embarrassing, it's been almost a week since Halloween and I still haven't posted any pics of Dino-Boy!  Jax really had fun with Halloween this year, last year he was too afraid to really enjoy any of the festivities.  This year, I was able to coax him into my sister's annual haunted house, which was NOT easy, but he was fine once we were in.  It's actually pretty scary, so I was surprised that we didn't have any tears.  He loved Trick-or Treating too. We did have to explain that there was not time to start up a Q&A session with every person that answered the door!  He asked people where their costumes were, why they didn't have any Halloween decorations up, told them he didn't like their candy selection, explained that he wasn't allowed to have gum, etc, etc, etc.  It was cute at first and then it was just bad manners and we had to have a little talk with him.  "Just say Trick-or Treat, thank you and move along Jackson".  It (half-way) worked.

Anyways, here are some pictures of Dino-Boy in action!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Part #1... The Twincesses First Halloween!!

Ava and Emma seemed to really enjoy their first Halloween... as much as 5 month can!  They were quiet for the most part, taking in all the sights and sounds.  They HATE the wind, so things got a little "scary" for a little bit!  We went Trick-or-Treating with Allison and Junior (older sister and brother -in-law, aka Batman and Elvira) and their kids.  I am embarrassed to admit that for some reason I failed to get pictures of my nephews Orlando and Justin, but I did manage to get a few of my niece, Vittoria and our little friend Rocco, who was also celebrating his 1st Halloween!  The babies were all in bed by 7pm (late for them) and slept late this morning even with the time change!

Check out my little flowers and some of our fellow Trick-or-Treaters and be sure to stay tuned for Part #2 featuring Dino-Boy...