Amelia and Allison Tucker's Journal
13 months old!
Written Apr 7, 2013 7:45pmOh what fun 13 month olds can be! And to have double is even more fun! We love love love being home and being a family of five. It still feels surreal some days.
The girls are doing wonderful. They have different accomplishments and they go their own pace with milestones, but both of them are doing great. We no longer have a night nurse or machines in their room.
Allison: Allison is a speed crawler. She is so fast going wherever she wants to go. She also is pulling herself to standing. Before we know it, she'll be walking. She is so funny. She is eating solid foods. Believe it or not her first food she enjoyed was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She does great eating solid foods. She is starting to learn to use a bottle. Once I can get her to bottle and she shows she can gain weight, her tube will come out. She is eating on a normal schedule and sleeps all night. She is free to be a normal baby. She also can repeat words.
Amelia: Amelia is starting to crawl. She figured out how to go from sitting to belly and back. She will army crawl forward but working on getting on her hands and knees. She claps and babbles so much. She flirts with everyone and she is so sweet. She will drink a little but has a harder time with food. We will work on that. She is also standing and putting weight on her feet. This is huge. She has had a more difficult recovery and so her progress is slower, but it is there and that is all that matters.
The girls go once a week to Syracuse for feeding clinic. They also have a follow up in Philadelphia April 16th that we will have to make a trip there. Other than that they are doing fantastic at being home.
Owen loves his sisters home. Whenever I take one with me to pick him up from school, he gets so excited to show everyone that is his baby sister. Whenever I put a skirt on them, he calls them a baby princess. Its adorable. He just started a preschool class and will be going there full time. Its good for him to have a routine and in a program while I am busy with the girls.
Greg is doing great in school. He is making great grades and enjoying his time in college.
For me, I am just looking for a job. That's about it.
Thank you for all the support and all the positive thoughts and prayers.
We are one years old!
Written Feb 28, 2013 8:40pmA year ago we spent our last day getting last minute stuff ready. My mom and Owen were with us and my dad came down. They were taking Owen for the night while we had our last night. We all went out to eat that night. I was silent in thoughts. Question after question raced through my head. What will happen? Will the spinal block hurt? What will the girls look like? Will I be scared of their connection? Will they be ok? The thoughts overtook my night. Fear held me hostage.
As the night went on, it was harder to keep going. We said good bye to Owen. I cried. It was the night my baby was no longer my baby. He was going to become a big brother. He was about to grow up more than he could imagine. We went to bed that night but there was no sleeping. I spent most of the night in tears. How was I going to do this?
The next morning we were the first case to go in. We made our trip at 5:30 am. We got there and got settled in our room. The nurses were amazing. The girls were going crazy. After several quick in room ultrasounds, they were ready. I went to the OR. At 8:48 on March 1st, I gave birth to two beautiful baby girls.
Looking back at it,, I was so scared. I never felt fear like I did that day. I never felt the strength of support until that day. I never felt the overwhelming love for my son until that day. A year ago march 1st, God blessed us with two of the most beautiful babies. He gave us two miracles. We didn't know it to the full extent until later in the year, however the moment I heard those babies cry, I knew they were going to be okay.
Amelia Lee and Allison June, you are amazing miracles in our life. Life wouldn't be the same without you. You fit in perfect. We love you so very much.
Happy 1st birthday girls!!
Life is busy
Written Feb 21, 2013 8:26amOh the joys of having three little ones. Life has been crazy busy. Always on the go.
The girls and I travelled our 6 hour journey to Philadelphia Sunday for our scheduled check up. The drive was uneventful. The rest of the trip was anything but uneventful. The girls knew they weren't home and combined with head colds, they took turns crying all night. This resulted in a very tired mama and zombie babies.
Monday, We went for our first appointment. Well we didn't get to see a doctor. Hang ups with insurance caused us waiting for three hours and not be seen. After a long tired day we went back and called it a day.
Tuesday we woke up to contact the insurances company to only run into more issues. I finally decided I was going home. I packed up and we went to the hospital. The surgeon was awesome and found a way for the girls to be seen.
The girls weighted in at Amelia was 22 lbs 5oz and Allison was 19 lbs and 6 oz. They are big healthy girls. They are doing great and will be starting their feeding program Tuesday. Lets pray they can get their feeding tubes out soon and eat on their own. This is what makes life difficult with them.
The feeding tubes go in their nose to stomach. They come out easy. I replaced the tube three times for Amelia and twice for Allison just in one day. It makes life harder. We can't leave without backpacks with the feeding pumps.
Greg is doing well at school. Owen is doing great potty training. We are all back as a normal family!
Remember march 3 is the girls birthday party/welcome home ceremony. Mass is at 11 and party 12-? At st. Cecelia's church in Adams. Everyone is welcomed. We will have food and cake. Please help make this a very special first birthday!