Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Day 2014

Back to More blogging! 
We spent the evening with our kids. I made dinner and chocolate covered strawberries & more for dessert! 🍓
Our kids got 14 days of "love mail" & clothing this year! 

I also got some cute photos of our kiddos! 
Kaylee ❤️
Braylee 💛

On Sunday night, we went to Salt Lake for a overnighter.! Matt gave me chocolates & champagne! 
We also went to dinner at Market Street Grill! It was super delicious and we tried scallops and calamari for the first time. 

I love you now, I love you tomorrow, I love forever! Everyday spent with you is amazing! I give my all to you! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Welcoming Our Babies

The last day on the monitors for me, the last full day of being pregnant with twins!
The morning of August 7th, 2013. A bittersweet moment for me. I knew I would be giving birth to two beautiful girls, but I alsowouldn't experience    pregnancy again and they would now be the ones who would struggle.

 I would be delivering via, C-section, at 34 weeks, 5 weeks premature! We had packed room while everyone waited for me to get started. It helped me keep my mind somewhat on other things.With everything lined up I was ready to get the epidural. Our family & friends left so that the Brady family could gather one last time and say a prayer. Matt put a very peaceful feeling in that room. We then kissed Kaylee & Henlee and I was wheeled down the hall to the operation room. A C-section is totally different. I laid there while all the nurses and doctors ran around getting things in order. My anesthesiologist was very kind and made sure I felt ok. I got really cold so he blew up a heat pack for me. Matt was by my side, recording and comforting me. The doctor asked if I was ready while he started the procedure! I seemed to take some time before anything happened. I laid there anxious. At 9:46 am we heard our first cry! Then she was shown to us from the side. She was small, red, and crying, she was our Braylee. One more minute later and I heard our Brynlee cry. She was whisked over to see us on the side and off they went to the NICU nurses. Just seeing them, seeing the fight they had in them, that made every minute, every hour, every day worth it! I knew it was their turn to struggle, to be poked and monitored and I ached at that very thought for them. Matt kissed me goodbye and went to be with them. I laid there, so worried about them and anxious to get this over with so I could see them more. I got to a point were I felt panicked. I told my anesthesiologist and he removed my hot air bag and let me move my arms. He may have even slipped something in my IV. It took time to finish but I was soon back in my room with my family and friends wanting to know the details and the names! I told them how it went and waited for the nurse to finish up her work to send me downstairs to Mother and Baby department. Matt came in during this time to brief us on how the girls were doing. He said that they both were on the C-pap and ventilators for breathing but doing ok. Soon after that, I was wheeled in my bed to the NICU. It's the only way to see them so early. I loved and hated this moment. To see my girls for the first time was such a blessing, to see them with all the tubes and monitors was a harsh reality. My girls were in intensive care, so little, so helpless. I wanted to be back in my room with them in my belly, semi safer. But I also knew that it was something that had to happen. My girls took my breath away, they made my heart so heavy! 
 Our first photo!
Welcome to the world
Braylee Kimberly Brady
Brynlee Elizabeth Brady

After much anticipation Matt was able to take Kaylee and Henlee to see our sweet girls! It was hard not to see this moment but we got it on video.
The grandparents followed shortly after. 
I waited & waited for the nurses to clear me to do what I wanted. I asked a nurse if I could go see them. Four hours after delivery I walked up to the NICU. I was in little pain, mostly light headed. Sitting there looking at them, made me anxious and sad. I felt warm. I didn't stay to long but didn't stay away very long either. That night was full of pumping & pain for the three of us. 

The 1st time we got to hold our babies was amazing! It was so good to know they were ok & alive! To know their life could be takin from them anytime was a very nerve racking feeling. 
We are holding Braylee for the first time in the top pics & I am holding Brynlee in the bottom right. 
I will say the NICU was a long road. It took many weeks for them to eat enough on their own. We commuted back and forth, many times a day so we could take care of our other kids as well. Henlee still attended day care so I spent time with the girls when he could attend. Nights were filled with babysitters for the older two while Matt and I went during visiting times. Letting the girls sleep, helped them grow and become stronger. So we didn't bother them to much and kept our 'distance' while there. We learned so much on how premature babies are different. So we tried to do the right thing. It was hard not be able to just pick them up and rock them, & be around them 24/7 But it's not exactly what preemies need. We like to think that them being able to leave the NICU earlier than their due date, may have been because of this...

My girls are fighters! Beautiful little girls! Everyday is a blessing with them. We left the NICU 5 weeks after being born! 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Kaylee's 11th Birthday Party....

This sweet girl was so OK with having her 11th birthday party, in a hospital.  I felt like it just wasn't enough for her but I also knew that things would only get busier for us and so we needed to do it ASAP.
She was really excited when her uncle Danny and his friend Nicole showed up early. Nicole wanted to put colored extensions in her hair and a feather.
So pretty!

We enjoyed food. Thankfully Benny cooked the main dish for us!

She was very happy to see everyone since she had been gone for so long!

My silly kids!!

We did the birthday cake and song!

Than she opened presents.

She got a an American Girl Doll bed from us, along with the phone she got earlier! Kaylee will also be doing a friend party when things get close to normal around here.

More hospital days...

Henlee had his first sleepover at Holly's one night. He loved to spend time with Bell and Baby Sam. They got lunch to eat at the park, than came to see me. Thanks for having him!

My last picture from Kaylee before she was headed home!

One night we were a "Parent Pizza Night". It were the families can come once a week to talk about how their babies in the NICU are doing. Since I have been here so long they have been inviting us. Henlee really wanted to throw pennies into the fountains and kept asking to leave so he could. After the dinner we went down to do it. When we came back up, to our surprise a bag full of toys and pennies was on the bed. Henlee was super happy about this!

This was the same night Kaylee was to come home! Although she was suppose to come home the night before, but lightning and weather from Denver to SLC was not clear, they would not allow her on the flight. That made for another long day.
But Matt and Henlee headed to the airport late that night. We got her some Welcome Home gift and decorated the door.
I made a sign for them to take with them. Henlee held it, while waiting for his Sissy! They were so happy to see each other!

When she got here so ran to my arms! I missed her so much! These silly kids couldn't get their giggles out even though it was past midnight! They slept in the same bed, just laughing and joking around! I think I fell asleep before them! That's them fake sleeping BTW.

Henlee likes to organize his toys now. He tends to keep his room clean so I wasn't to surprised when I told him to clean up his toys here, that he put them in organized piles!

 Before Machel was headed home, we got a good visit in with her. Kaylee was happy to see her.
Kaylee got to walk over to Henlee's preschool from the hospital to pick him up. She was very helpful and he was so happy to see her!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sister Visit 2012...

Its been quiet the schedule change this year for our 2nd Annual Sister Visit.
Originally planned for August, in California, they changed it for me because they thought it would be difficult with newborn twins.
It was rescheduled to July 14 in Park City, only to have me still not able to make it! This weekend was a hard one for me. With this being something I mentioned to start last year and has now become a tradition, then I already have to miss the second one!
It made for a lame stay in the hospital!
Of course, my amazing sisters decide to take the time on Friday to come see me! We got dinner and chatted it up!
Laura and Judy stayed here with me. We played Phase 10 card game till 2:30 in the morning!

But before they all left I got pictures!



Somehow in the mix of things I didn't get on with Judy! :(

The next day they all were in Park City. I received these pictures:

On the way up to the suite!

Nancy and the oven...

Machel cooking dinner

Enjoying dinner

Mrs. Nancy in the hot tub on the balcony of their room!

I was Skypeing on and off with them throughout the night. Here is a picture of us. I even managed to play a card game with them. 
The next day they went shopping at the Outlets. These were the backseat riders
And the front seat riders!

They enjoyed lunch out and all ordered Philly sandwiches! I would have to!

Later that night we Skyped again and I played Bingo with them. The next morning the St. George sister had to be back home early. Sandra left to get back to her kids. These 3 below enjoyed the pool!

Until next year ladies!!! I'll be there with BELLS on!!!