Ember and Josie Aque

First post: Feb 20, 2018 Latest post: Feb 25, 2018
Born February 26th, 2018
Josie: 15in, 3lb 3oz
Ember: 14 in, 1lb 14 oz
Due date: April 23rd, 2018

Six months ago we were able to see our babies for the first time on the ultrasound- we were having twins! Then we were brought into a back room where the doctor told us, "Having twins is a roller coaster, and unfortunately that roller coaster starts right now."

We've definitely been on a roller coaster, and probably will for the rest of our lives, but we are so thankful for these little girls and the enormous support of people reaching out to us. God obviously knew we were going to need a lot of help to survive this and He's been sending it!

Most of the complications surrounding the pregnancy have had to do with Ember's (baby B) umbilical cord. It was not correctly attached to the placenta and did not always have a normal forward flow of blood, which made it difficult for her to receive nutrients and grow at a normal rate. Josie (baby A) also had to be diagnosed with restricted growth, but only because she was much smaller than average and not because of any health problems. 

When Ember's blood flow started to go backwards is when we elected for a scheduled C-section.  The beautiful girls are now in the NICU. They are growing stronger everyday, and we expect to take home two happy and healthy babies home in the end of April!

There is a lot going on in the NICU as we ask the girls to struggle in an environment they weren't quite ready for.  Sometimes it is one step forward, two steps back, but the girls are so strong and brace and doing really well! We know a lot of people who want to help and want to know what to pray for.  We may not be able to answer everyone's questions individually but we will be updating the journal and calendar as often as we can! We will also be putting up lots of pictures since it might be a while before they are up to seeing visitors. Thank you, we love you and appreciate you all so much!