8.26.2012

There is a light in view...

We are still alive!
I know Cameron and I have been MIA, but let me just say....
Having two babies in the NICU is exhausting!
Back and forth
Back and forth
From my house to the hospital
From the hospital to my house
pumping and pumping
feeding the babies
then pumping again
and on and on and on and on.....
Let's just say my body, both physically and emotionally, 
kinda shut down for a while

But after a CRAZY delivery...
Moving into our new apartment...
Being admitted into the hospital for a uterine infection...
and 3 weeks of babies in the NICU...

There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!

Walker and Tait are doing fantastic.
They are feeding from Momma SO well which means they might come home sooner than planned.  IF only Tait can get his breathing down.  The poor little guy is still struggling.  Which may mean being sent home with one baby on the monitor, but we will see.

Tonight, Cameron and I are staying at the hospital (our 2nd home) to do a 24 hour feeding.  Basically, if the babies wake up, I feed them.  So they have a few special rooms for mom's on this phase of the NICU cycle.  So far, they have been doing great!  Let's hope they don't get too tired and can keep it up.

I'll try to update more, but it's been a draining few weeks.
However, I really think we are all uphill from here!

Tait Bassett
Walker Bassett
Our little "hotel" room at the hospital

8.13.2012

The Aunties and Uncles come to Visit

We love when family come to see the babies.  The NICU has a rule that no one under the age of 18 can come in, so my younger siblings have only been able to see pictures of the babies (there aren't really windows to look in like the regular nursery).  They tried to catch a peak but were a bit unsuccessful.  However, my siblings 18 and over have been able to come which has been a lot of fun.

This is Tait


This is Walker


This is Tait


This is Walker



This is Walker

8.06.2012

The Bassett Boys

Greetings!  I just want to give a little update and quick story of what recently happened in our little family.  Here goes…

First of all, I went in  for a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, August 1, and was told that I was dilated to a 2 and thinned about 80%.  So my doctor had me go I to the hospital to get a non-stress test as well as a steroid shot for the lungs of the babies.  I did that, and then went in for the second steroid shot on Thursday.

On Friday, things were pretty normal, until around 11:00 AM when I started having intense pain in my chest and upper back.  I had experience this a couple times the week before but just assumed it was terrible heart burn.  But let me tell you…it was excruciating.  I was also feeling like my stomach was contracting pretty frequent and consistently.  I didn’t want to go in if it was just heart burn, but when my mom told what I was experiencing to my cousin Tawnya who is a labor and delivery nurse, she said I should go in.  Her saying that helped me to get up and go.

Cameron and I were simply hoping they would figure out what the pain I was experiencing was, and then send us back home.  But we were in for a surprise.  After we got to the hospital I was hooked up to an IV, they started to monitor my contractions, and gave me some medicines to rule out the heartburn (if that was the case).  All we could do was wait for the results and see what the Dr had to say (he was at another hospital making a delivery).  The pain never subsided and I was still feeling nauseated (I threw up once). After waiting for about 5 hours and getting multiple tests to no relief of the pain.  It was finally discovered that I had Preeclampsia. They hadn’t been able to detect it because a normal sign is high blood pressure, and that’s something I didn’t have.  However, the of the blood work and other lab results indicated I had it.  After getting there, Doctor Ollerton talked to us and said that due to my condition we needed to deliver the babies right away!!

Wow.  We were not expecting that.  It was after learning this that things happened very quickly.  Because the babies were being born before 34 weeks, they had to transfer me to Utah Valley Hospital because they have a more equipped NICU.  So I was taken in an ambulance while Cameron followed from behind.   As soon as we got there, my dad showed up and he and Cameron gave me a blessing.  One thing happened after another.  The nurses got me all hooked up and made me aware that not only did I have preeclampsia, but also HELLP syndrome.  Then, the doctor (Dr. Broberg) who was going to deliver the babies and the NICU doctor came in to talk with us.  I really wanted to have a vaginal birth, but due to my conditions, the doctor was sincere in saying that a C section was the best option due to the risks I was facing.  Basically, we needed to get the babies out!  

After agreeing with the decision of having a C section, the doctors left and our anesthesiologist came in.  He let us know what would be happening and helped briefly prepare me for the surgery that was about to happen.  After he left, they started getting us ready!  Cameron got to put on a very sterilized outfit, and my bed was prepared to wheel out.   As they pushed me out of the room, I was overwhelmed by seeing my dad and my mom and sister who has just gotten there from quickly gotten there from driving home from Bear Lake.  Tears and loving words were quickly exchanged and then I was pushed away. 
The next thing I knew, I was in the operating room getting an epidural.   Sheets were put up, doctors were surrounding me, and I couldn’t feel anything from about the ribs on down.  Cameron stayed by me and watched the entire procedure (he was pretty excited for that).  It was a very personal experience and let’s just say it was soon after that our boys came into this world.  

Following the C section, there was a brief scare when I started hemorrhaging and it seemed like the entire delivery staff was working on me, but I can save that for another day.  For now, I’ll let the pictures tell the other details and how the rest of our experience has been.