Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jagger takes the checkered flag!

Awww! Home is so nice!

Jagger has made it home!! He is doing so well! He just seems to be so happy and content with being at his new home. The homefront is growing by the day! Lil' Mia is expected to join her brother tomorrow!(wed.) We also believe Silas will be home by the time he reaches pre-school. haha... He is doing well~ 7lbs 3oz.!!! He is just being too lazy! Prayerfully, he will complete the Lynn Brood by next week..Angie and I are returning prayers to all of you for the blessings bestowed. Angie, Jagger, Mia, Silas, and myself hold out our arms and send out our hearts! Here are some of Jagger's homecoming pics:

Getting ready for the trip home.

So long NICU!

We are so happy to be out of the NICU!

In the van on the way home.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Race For The Door

Jagger is 48 hours without a Brady. Mia is starting over again. Lets not even talk about Silas. All three babies passed their car seat checks. Todd and I are scheduled to go to Parent Care on Saturday. Hopefully we will be bringing home Jagger and possibly Mia on Sunday. It's a race for the door, will see who makes it home first. They have been gaining weight really good. Jagger is 5 lbs 14 oz, Mia is 5 lbs 1 oz, are you ready for this Silas is 6 lbs 11 oz!!! Silas is soo BIG!

This is Silas taking his car seat challenge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Waiting for my babies to come home

My sweet baby Jagger was due to come home yesterday. But that didn't happen. On Tuesday we were scheduled to stay in Parent Care for 24 hours. For those of you who aren't familiar with Parent Care.... it's basically a trial run with your baby. The day before you bring a baby home, they set you up in a room at the hospital. You are allowed to take up to two babies at a time. This is practice; with the nurses on call for backup. They also bring you food!

Todd and I were elated that our time had finally come. We showed up at the hospital on cloud 9 and our bags packed. This was going to be the first day in 9 weeks that we could be alone with our babies. Yeah, think about that one for a minute. We are all smiles. After scrubbing up and getting into the NICU, we were informed that both boys were about to be circumcised. Ouch! Twenty minutes later my baby boys were wheeled away. This was really hard for me because I ordered the pain they were about to endure. After a short time that seemed like forever Jagger and Silas were back kicking and screaming. My heart was broke. As Todd and I held them trying to ease the pain, Jagger had a Brady. Todd and I both know what that meant; Jagger won't be able to come home. They must be Brady free for at least 3 days before going home. But it was right after he was circumcised. I think they should have given him that one. I wanted to say to the Dr., "lets cut on your pee pee and see if your heart drops for a second!" heeheehee...but I didn't. So now he has to go 3 more days without a Brady. I just called the hospital and they said all 3 babies have made it 24 hours without one. They are probably going to come home the same day. WOW! I'll take it anyway I can get it! Just come home to momma!

God's Plan

I have always wanted to be a mother, but like most people I wanted to wait until I was happily married. I'm 32 years old and just now getting my babies. Which they won't let me take home! :( I think some people are born to be mothers and some learn to be mothers. I was born to be a mother! So you see I have been waiting over 30 years to fulfill my destiny.

To give you a little history.... my ex husband and I tried for years (ages 21-25) to get pregnant. But thankfully God knew it was not right!

Todd and I shared the same dreams of having a family. So after our wedding we immediately "tried" to start our family. You know the rest of the story! Four long years of fertility treatments and thousands of dollars later....we now have three beautiful babies! And no saving account. I will spare you the painful infertility stories and focus on the learning experience.

I feel like God made Todd and I wait until we were spiritually right with Him. We thought we were those first years of "trying". We were lead to an awesome church called North Winds. We went to church every Sunday. Todd played with the Praise team and I taught the little ones in Sunday School. That makes you right with God doesn't it?? No. Not for us. We still had some growing to do with God. With the leadership of Pastor Don, Nancy and North Winds Church we are on our way. North Winds has become more than a building with "holy" people. They have become family. The cool thing about North Winds is we journey together.

Do you think if we would have had a child in the first couple of years, we would have ever became Foster Parents?? I don't. God had a plan for us. We had to give up on our plan and listen to His. Because we listened we were able to be a part of several children's lives. Hopefully, we made a difference. Hopefully, they were able to see Jesus and a brighter side of life. I like to think of it as planting seeds.

I will forever be changed because of one child. Her name is Erin. We both were in need of rescue. Todd and I brought her home from the hospital on Christmas Eve, she was only 3 days old. She was gorgeous! We loved her as our own. She owns a very special place in my heart! Baby Erin will always be a part of our family. We love her and pray for her daily. By the way, she has been living with her birth mother for 3 months now. Her mother is now 6 months clean and sober and attending Church. They are reportedly both doing well.

I have learned it's not about me and my wants. It's all about God and His Divine Plan. Pastor Don will be proud of that. So you see it will happen when you let go. No matter what you are searching for. Give it to God! All of it! He will bless you! Let your faith guide you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Together Again

Look at my sweet babies....together again!Jagger, Mia and Silas

First Family Photo


Silas, Mia and Jagger
I'm amazed!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

All 3 babies are in open air cribs

Baby Silas

Baby Mia
Baby Jagger

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I Love being a Mommy!

Check out my baby boy! He made it out in the open air for over 24 hours! Dr. Grant increased bottle feedings to every time for all three babies. Now it's count down time. Silas has been approved to go home as soon as he makes it 3 days with out a Brady.

Mia and Jagger will be moved to open air cribs tomorrow at 7am. So tomorrow will be a big day for them, taking all bottles and keeping up their body temperature. Please pray for their continued growth.

One last thing, I was officially initiated into mommy world tonight. Let me explain without too much detail. I was changing Jagger's diaper and he had a little poo. Well, out of no where comes a LOT more poo. So like a good mother I continue to clean. OK so all is well. I'm getting ready to put a new diaper under him and it happened again! Keep in mind I had nothing under him but his bed. Now comes the icing on the cake, hes now peeing. Needless to say we went ahead and gave him a bath. I love being a mommy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Daddy feeds Mia

Here I am with my beautiful little daughter. This was the first time she was fed by a bottle. Until now she has been tube fed. She took to it like a little champ! Because it is so much work for her and she burns calories feeding, we had to wait until she was 4lbs. I got just a bit emotional seeing her learn to coordinate her sucking and breathing. Afterwards, she let out a big girl burp and cuddled on Daddy' s chest, falling asleep after her first big meal. So proud of her!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Updates on the Lynn Cuties

This week will be a BIG challenge for all three babies. Dr. Vincent has decided it's time to ween them off of their caffeine. This one still puzzles me. My whole pregnancy I was warned against caffeine and then they day they were born, they put them on CAFFEINE???? Anyways, we all know how hard a day without caffeine is. The caffeine is a respiratory stimulate. It helps them to remember to breathe so they don't have heart rate drops. In the NICU it's referred to as Brada Cardia or for short, Brady's.

The next big challenge is getting the boys out of the isolettes into an open air crib. Wow! now this means they have to maintain their own body temperatures. It doesn't sound like much but apparently it's a lot of work for them. So over a couple of days they will slowly lower the temperature in the isolettes. This will help the babies adjust and to figure out it's their turn to regulate their own body temperature.

They have been advanced to taking every other feeding by bottles. The boys are handling this very well and Mia has had to have a little help. However, she is still doing great.

All of these advancements burn lots O calories. Which makes it more difficult to gain weight.
Which is why I'm so excited to announce......
Little Miss Mia made it to the 4 lbs mark!!
Super Silas made it to the 5 lbs mark!!
Sweet baby Jagger is 4 lbs 9.1 oz!!

Thank you Lord for your gracious gifts!