Wanted to give everyone the update on Olivia and Charlie. They are here! Born on December 12, 2008 at 8:51 and *:52am respectively. At birth, Charlie was 17.25" and weighed in at 4lbs. 9 oz., while Liv was 17" and 4lbs. 4oz. They are in the NICU and doing well. They are off of the oxygen and just working on sucking and keeping the food down. And Charlie just doesn't seem to be into the whole sucking thing, but this is very normla according to the NICU nurses. It looks like they will be home within 2 weeks. Just in time for Christmas.
We have so many to thank for their prayers. They have worked and we
now have two healthy babies! However, we are still in need of some
prayers. I have been on bedrest at Riverside for 8 weeks, but the night before the scheduled c-section I was quickly released and checked in to OSU Hospital. 2 days after finding out that we were pregnant, my Dad announced that he had esophogial cancer of which he was pronounced "cancer free" in September. Unfortunately, he has been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks because of chest pain. On Thursday night we heard the news that he had a week to live at most. But mainly they were trying to help him hang on for 24 hours until he could see the babies. So we ended up delivering here at OSU on Friday morning, thanks to a the wonderful Dr. Jason Melillo who works miracles in his own way.
Neither Dad nor the babies were able to leave their respective rooms until this evening when Dad was taken down to the NICU. The fear that he would not make it was overwhelming, but in the end he was able to hold his grandchildren. And it was the
sweetest experience. There is something so purely profound and moving about viewing those two spirits who just entered this life being held by a most amazing and loving man who is so close to the other side of the veil. For me the only feelings I could possibly feel at that moment were love...and gratitude. And Dad was grateful too, as he tried so hard to speak a simple "thank you." The Lord blessed him at that time to be aware of what he was doing. He knew these were his grandchildren, and that he loved them. Thankfully, there was plenty of time for him to hold each of them twice and hold both of them at the same time once. He kept his hands in the "holding position" the whole time. Obviously not done when the nurse first tried to take Olivia out of his arms. Though the time may be brief, he has already earned the honor of being the Greatest Grandpa Ever. At least in my book. But then I'm biased, because I have the Greatest Daddy Ever. Oh how we have been blessed.