Thursday, April 8, 2010

Blow Out!

We usually call first thing in the morning just to see how the night went for the girls. I called this morning around 4 and they had done pretty well during the night. One of the questions we generally ask about Mattie is whether or not she had a "stool" or not. She tends to wait as long as she can. (I'm convinced she is just thrifty like her dad and trying to save diapers for us.) Anyway, at 4:00 am we were told that she had just a little in one of her diapers.

I called again around 8:30 and the day shift nurse reported that Mattie had blown her diaper out. Apparently, she shot it (stool) all the way out her diaper to the bottom of the isolette. The poor night shift nurse had to take her out, clean her up, change all of the blankets and chords, and clean the inside of the isolette! I hope Kristen comes back to take care of Mattie again just so we can apologize for the extra work Mattie gave her...and because we like the way she takes care of her.

I should probably put a word about the doctors as well. We have been very pleased with all of the doctors we have seen. It was just hard news to swallow and we had even more difficulty with it since we couldn't understand a lot of the terms. We are told over and over again that we are in the best place we could be and we both agree with that. There aren't any doctors that we don't really like. (so you don't have to talk to his mom about his bluntness, Nana!)

We also think it's important for everyone to know that just having the girls is an answer to a lifelong prayer for Amber. Her grandma has twin sisters and had triplet brothers, so all of her cousins expected someone to have twins. Amber is one of the youngest of the crew and one of the last hope of twins (unless of course someone has another set!). She has prayed and wished for twins since she was a little girl. I kept saying it would be better to warm up with one and then go for twins...but apparently I don't have any control over it. I'm glad I don't. I wouldn't have it any other way.

(Unfortunately, we haven't put disposable cameras for the nurses to take pictures while we're not there, so we don't get to post any pics of the blow out. I'm sure Mattie will be glad about that in about 16 years.)


  1. You are absolutely in the best place. When Anna was born and had a stroke, she spent her first week there. When she left, she was
    not expected to have much use for the right side of her body, not even button her coat.Well, look at her now. Your would never
    know she had a stroke. We love you and pray
    daily for God's will to be done and maybe that will be for both girls to be perfect. If not, you both are strong and you have
    a loving, supportive family and a loving God
    that will see you through it.
    Vance and Dianne

  2. you are in the very best place for the girls, I had a nephew in the NICU there for his short time with us. it just never hurts to keep the dr's on their toes :) let us know when your ready for more BBQ we will be glade to make you more ( JD would be jealous lol) we hope you both are getting as much rest as you can. the Kieffers

  3. I soon as I clicked on yall's site Masie told me to stop reading all those words she needed to see her baby cousins. One day soon they will be mouthy like that, too! We are praying for each of you.

  4. You guys are definitely in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Alice has a dr appointment at Vanderbilt tues if you need for us to bring anything to you. Stay strong and keep those Doctors on their toes, speaking from experience!
    Mary Leta

  5. Hi,
    I know that you don't know me, but I have been keeping up with your story from Amy (a friend from FHU). I am sure you have probably had many people offer you encouraging words and even heard many encouraging stories of others who have experienced similar situations. God has blessed my husband and I with two "miracle babies." I would like to share with you our story to offer you and your family hope and perhaps see things in a different light. I delivered my son and daughter at 25 weeks. My son weighed 1 lb., 11 0z. and my daughter weighed, 1 lb.,9 oz. In addition, my daughter suffered a grade 3 brain bleed, which you may have learned by now Grade 4 is the worse. As I read your postings, I am reminded of the emotions we went through those first few weeks. I remember the night the dr. came in to talk to us about the "statistics." They said my children did not have a very good chance of survival and if they did make it, they would have many problems. On top of that, they assured us, if our daughter survived she would have Cerebral Palsy, and quite possibly would never be able to walk. I'm sure you can really understand the feelings we experienced. That night, my husband and I prayed the hardest prayer I had ever prayed and that was for God's will to be done. Over the course of the next 89 days, we experienced the ups and downs that many preemies go through in the NICU, never knowing what the final outcome would be. What I did know, was that each day that I got to spend with my beautiful children was a blessing! Thankfully, I was able to take off work and spend most of each waking moment with them. We were blessed to stay at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, which is still very near and dear to our hearts. I could go on and on about our NICU journey, but I will tell you that my children are now 3 1/2 and are completely healthy, happy children. We have experienced NO problems at all!!! None. My children are so smart and can run fast as any other 3 yr. old. I wish so much you could see them, because it would bring such a smile to your face. I know not all stories are like mine, and maybe your girls will not have the same outcome. But know that God will use those babies to bring Him glory. God will use you to bring Him glory. I try to share my story whenever I get the chance with others, because I feel God allowed me to be a mother of preemies for a reason. Yes, I feel I am blessed to have had my children early. You are now a part of a very special group. Not all parents get to see their children grow and develop the way you will get to. Twins are a gift...however, preemie twins are a very special gift! I have so much I would like to share, but hopefully, this has helped a little. If you have any questions or would just like to talk, I would be more than happy to. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers and my children will keep praying for you too, as they love to pray that God will make all the NICU babies better.
    Danesa Napier

  6. Hey, don't forget...your Grandma had twin sisters, too! One was MY GRANDMA! :) So no wonder you guys had my knowledge we haven't had twins in our family since then either! :) And I have no doubt my Grandma Helen would be happy to her sister's grandson with a set of twin girls. She always loved you Schwartz kids. :)

  7. Amber and Josh,
    I have been following your blog and am so glad for the progress your girls are making. I know that this must be a very draining, frustrating and scary time for you. Please know that there are thousands of prayers being sent up for you and your two precious girls! Please let me know if yall need ANYTHING! I am only 20 minutes away. I am on spring break this week and next, so please do not hesitate to call. I will continue to pray for you guys and I know that you are in good hands!
    Jennifer Giesemann