Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Friday, June 26, 2009

Welcome Christian Layne & Sophia Grace!

As God's timing is perfect, he decided to bring our twins, Chrisitan and Sophia, into this world earlier than our scheduled c-section date for the 22nd.

DOB: 6/18/09

Birth Order:

Christian Layne 5 lbs 13 oz 19 1/4 inches

Sophia Grace 6 lbs 8 oz 19 1/2 inches

Bartlett Beginnings Web Photos (there are two - one for each twin):

It so happened that as Mike's mother, Jeanette, was coming into Juneau the afternoon of 6/18 (via Alaska Air) as I was being prepped to go into surgery for my c-section. It was wonderful to have her here, as she helped out A LOT with watching Jr. and Connor.

The story: I started feeling MAJOR contractions about 11am and called Mike to come home and pick me up to take me to the hospital. They were so strong I was shaking and could barely dial the phone, but I managed to call my Dr's office to let them know I was going to the hospital and to cancel my appointment that day, I then called my dad, who just happened to be home for lunch, to come and get the boys, Michael Jr. and Connor, while Mike was in transit on his way home to pick me up.

I should have figured something was up the day before when I had a burst of energy and conquered scrubbing the stains out of my white kitchen sink and bath tub!

Anyway, I'm kind of writting this on the fly, as all four children are down for a nap right now and I'm just typing as I remember things off the top of my head.

OK, so, Christian Layne was pulled out first and then came Sophia Grace. It was a wonderful feeling to see them after such a long wait. I had a good discussion with the Dr. before the procedure and it was determined that I should have my tubes tied because of the greater risk on my health if I were to be pregnant again. So, 'FOUR' is the magic number for us, unless, of course, we are crazy enough to adopt later down the road - we'll just see how 'baby' crazy I get or if I will be exhausted with the wonderful children God has already blessed us with.

As far as recovery, this pregnancy has been different in all respects, including recovery, I had a difficult time in the hospital due to 'gas' from the c-section, which I didn't have with Jr or Connor, and then to top it off, both Chrisitan and Sophia lost 10% of their birthweight so I have been on a very stressful nursing, pumping and supplementing (breast milk and formula) schedule for every 2-3 hours.

I've got to go! Twins are waking from their nap! Enjoy and I'll post more later.

I only am posting a few pictures here, and will post more later as time allows!


Paden Family said...

Looking forward to seeing these two special gifts from God. They are handsome and beautiful all in one small package. Praying all continues to go well for you....

Janet said...

I am so happy for all of you. I love the names of the babies and also so excited you got a boy and a girl. Yeah! May God bless you all with good health and wisdom on raising 4 little ones. I hope you continue to have bursts of energy and stay strong. Let us know how we can help. Love ya, Janet

Phelps family said...

So glad to see more pictures of your newest little ones. Thanks for sharing the story too.
We're praying for your family as you adjust to life with four little ones. Actually Carly really has prayed for your family in her bedtime prayers. She's really excited to see Christian and Sophia.