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Sunday, March 8, 2009

They're Here!

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!


John and Michelle said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your precious boys. We are praying that they will be coming home this week. You guys must be so excited. Enjoy your boys!

Caitlin and Al said...

Congratulations! We are so happy for you and glad to hear that they are doing pretty well! They are just so precious! Talk to you soon!

The Plateniks said...

Hip hip horray! They are just adorable. A day or two in the NICU will fly by and they really are all stars! Good job and feel better soon...a C-section can be rough.

Joseph "Connor" said...

Welcome to the world, boys!! You have a great Mommy and Daddy, and a wonderful big sister! We are so glad you are here and healthy!!

Jenny Brewer said...

Congratulations!!!! They are precious!

Terry Family said...

I was wondering how everything went - I saw the picture of Dave in the scrubs and said to Danny "she must have had a c-section." I hope you're doing ok - the boys are just so precious. Little rock stars indeed! We're so happy for your entire family.