Thursday, May 13, 2010

Living in the tree house

Sophie and Mommy

Mattie and Mommy
We've been moved again. This should be our last move before we get home though. The girls' are in the "Tree House" which is their nickname for the step down unit where they get parents and babies ready to go home. We thought that meant sooner than later, but, unfortunately, it looks like it will be another 2-4 weeks minimum. Apparently their addiction to Oxygen is just a little more demanding than it should be!

Amber had a good first Mother's Day. Thank you to all of you who wished her well. We let both of our parents hold the girls for the first time for Mother's Day. ...Although I feel like our dads kind of snuck a fast one. Some feel very strongly that they should have had to wait until June for Father's Day.

Today we took an infant CPR class. I've had that class before, but it isn't quite the same when you're in college vs. picturing your own child when you are practicing on the dummy. We did get to spend some more time with the other parents of twins, though so that was good. The girls will probably both have an MRI before they leave. Not sure when those will happen. Right now, we are really just being held back by weak lungs.

I guess the worst news in the last day or two was the instruction about sickness prevention once we get home. We were under the impression that we would need to be careful for several months and then get closer to normal while still being careful. Apparently, we get to be overprotective parents for a while. We were told to limit very carefully contact with basically everyone. We've heard the words "chronic lung disease" more times that we can count. I guess we'll see what happens down the road and follow the advice of our pediatrician as the time comes, but I figured I should put the word out now that we are gonna have to have the girls pretty secluded for a much as that breaks our hearts. I'll definitely put more specific things we'll try to do as we get closer to home, but you'll just have to settle for more pics for now. :)


  1. Josh and Amber,
    we will be praying for the girls lungs to strengthen so you can go home. I am sure everyone understands the girls will have to be pertected to keep them healthy. you two just do what is needed and hang in there. everyday you get a little closer to a normal parents life I know you both can't wait for that day, hang in there glade Amber had a good mothers day always in our thoughts in prayers. the Kieffer's

  2. I am so glad to hear that Amber had a good first Mothers Day. Everyone will understand that the girls come first. They have to be taken care of first always. We love and miss you. You are always in our prayers. The Dertings

  3. Love the pictures of Amber and the babies and also the ones of your Dad and Mom with them. I know you are excited about getting to go home shortly. I know Amber's Mother's Day was special this year. Love, Overtons

  4. Dear Josh and Amber,
    Things are looking so positive. Just keep those little ones in the house! The time will pass faster than you think. (You will be so busy taking care of them that you won't know what time it is!) But, enjoy the time alone and treasure the days. I'm so happy that the end is near.
    Diann Wilkins