Mairead is thrilled to announce the arrival of her two baby brothers- Jack David and Benjamin Brian Hickok. The boys were born via c-section on Friday, March 6 at 12:08 and 12:09m p.m. They are both beautiful and healthy- especially for being born at 35 weeks and 2 days! Jack is 4lbs 9oz and Ben is 5lbs 3 oz, with Jack at 17 1/2 inches and Ben an even 18. So far they are doing great. They did not need any assistance breathing and did not go to the NICU after delivery. All of the doctors keep telling us how impressed they are with these little guys and how they can't believe they didn't need any help. We are pretty impressed, too! The doctor who delivered them called them 'rock stars' because they are hanging out in the regular nursery with the big kids.
They are being monitored very closely, of course, and just about an hour ago, the doctors decided that they do need to go to the Special Care Nursery. Each of them has lost a few ounces, and they ARE eating, but it takes them a long time and they are using all of their energy, so they need to be on feeding tubes (nasal, not abdominal) for a little bit. They will be there at least 24 hours, maybe more, and it is doubtful that we will all be home on Tuesday. But, we know that they are in good hands, and this is to be expected of preemies. We were hoping that they wouldn't have to take them, but we do understand. We want them to be good, healthy eaters when they get home. I just wish that every time I had a kid, they didn't have to be in the NICU!
Mairead was not at all interested in them at first- probably because her aunts were also visiting at the time and they are much more fun- especially when they let you run down the hospital hallways. Yesterday, though, when no one else was here, she was more curious. She wanted to touch their toes a lot, and brought Jack's little bootie over to him to put on his toes. I know she doesn't really grasp the concept of what is going on, but I think she will do well with these guys.
I will post more details later about our crazy day on Friday, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we are all doing great. I have a few pictures to upload, and we will definitely keep you posted on the boys' weights and how they do in the NICU. Thanks, everyone!