Monday, June 30, 2008

Hello everyone. Just a quick update to let everyone know that the boys and Sue are doing well. Sorry that we have not done more keeping everyone up on the latest and greatest - but time is certainly a precious commodity that we don't seem to be able to find an excess of (there's news to everyone).

In any event - we have our first month check up today (even though we will be 5 weeks tomorrow). We'll post more tonight/tomorrow with updates and some new pictures.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us (both in person and with your thoughts, prayers and well wishes).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pictures of Thomas

Pictures of Matthew

2 Week Appointment Update

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that the boys had their 2 week appointment on Tuesday and they are both doing very well. Matthew weighed in at 5 pounds 7 ounces (up from 5 pounds 1.5 ounces) and Thomas weighed in at 7 pounds 10.5 ounces (up from 7 pounds 3 ounces). Thomas is only getting up about once in the night to eat and Matthew is a bit more than that (about every three hours). They are both smiling and grinning at us and are quite alert. We took them to get their birth announcement pictures yesterday so we hope to have those before the end of the month to send them out.

I will post more as I get the chance.

Reed and Sue

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Matthew is home!

Great news! Matthew has done well enough now that he was able to come home yesterday morning. We are so happy to have him home, let alone now having not to spend time away from either of them as we traveled back and forth to the hospital 3-4 times a day.

Additionally, we are trilled that both Thomas and Matthew have surpassed their birth weight sooner than the required 14 days - which is a great sign of their health. Matthew is now 5 lbs!

We have been spending the past 24 hours getting used to Matthew's behavior (he is a night owl, we suppose from all the time in the ICU), but everyone is doing well.

We have been so much appreciative for the help that Sue's parents (Joan and Chanel) and Reed's mother (Sheri) have been offering while staying with us. In addition, our good friends Pete and Amy brought over an entire meal the other night which was so much appreciated.

Thank you again to all who have offered words of support and praise. We hope to respond directly when we have a spare minute (I am assured prior to their 18th birthday!).

Best to all and more shortly.

This is a picture of Grandma Sheri feeding Thomas

This is a picture of Dad feeding Matthew for the last time in the ICU!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Two Nonken Boys Arrive

It is our greatest pleasure to introduce:

Matthew Ronald (4 lbs. 13 ounces, born at 10:11 PM on 5/27/08) and Thomas Chanel (7 lbs. 1 ounce, born at 10:19 PM on 5/27/08).

Words can not express our joy and happiness in their birth. After much exhausting efforts, Mommy also showed exceptional strength in performing these births naturally (defying statistics for a “C”) and she is doing very well.

A quick summary: We went to the hospital Monday evening with some complications with Sue’s blood pressure and they decided to keep her overnight to monitor both her and the boys. Around 9 AM Tuesday, the decision was made to induce Sue for an attempt at a natural birth as both boys were head down. Labor was tough for Sue, as she had not dilated at all and contractions were painful until around 4 PM when she received her epidural. From 4-6 Sue was able get a little rest (having only slept about 2-3 hours since Sunday night) and then she went to work for the next 4 hours to bring these most precious children into our world.

Matthew had some complications upon birth and is in the Intensive Care Nursery at the hospital and remains there still. He had some initial breathing issues which were corrected right away but it was clear he still had some issues. His blood sugar levels were very low so he was given some formula and an IV of Glucose to help and continues to be fed formula for now. His blood sugar levels have stabalized and the IV has been removed. He encountered some issues with his oxygen levels dropping when eating which has been corrected. Now the remaining issue is that he is having difficulty eating and has a tube down his nose to administer some food. We try to feed him from a bottle for each feeding and what he does not take is then given through the tube. Until this issue is corrected and he has taken all of his food from a bottle for 24-48 hours he will not be released from the hospital. Reed and I try to make it to the hospital for at least 3 of the 5 daytime feedings to bond and feed Matthew.

Thomas is doing great. He is eating like a horse, and although is showing signs of Jaundice he is doing very well. He is feeding about every four hours and is only waking us up twice during the night. He hardly ever cries and is such a good baby.

So needless to say, we are concerned about Matthw – but have been reassured by everyone here that he will pull through just fine. In the meantime, it has been a challenge to say the least to try and take care of Thomas and then get to Matthew every 3 hours (on top of Mommy recovery, breastfeeding training, etc!). All you parents are just smiling I am sure from your past experiences as well!

Our most sincere thanks for all the support our friends, family and coworkers have (and will) offered. Please see some of the pictures posted below and more will come in the days to follow.

Reed and Sue