March for Babies - Huge Success!

Family and Friends,

The March of Dimes was a huge success. Thanks to all of your support, we collectively raised more than $2,500 to help other families. Thank you so much for the continued support.

With lots of Love!
The O'Briens

Please visit our March for Babies personal website at

www.marchforbabies.org/trinityandkinsley.

Wednesday March 18th

Trena and I are truly blessed to let you know that Trinity Marie O'Brien and Kinsley Camille O'Brien were born Wed. March 18th. at 5:19 and 5:20 AM respectively.

Mom is doing well while slowly recovering from surgery. The babies are now in the NICU but are doing well for being born at only 24.5 weeks and weighing only 1 lb 6 ounces (Trinity) and 1 lb 4 ounces (Kinsley). There are many more hours, days, weeks, months and challenges ahead that they/we will need to overcome.


Babies Situation:

The babies are doing OK after the Emergency C-Section and each one gave a soft cry when they entered this new world. Medical staff (Doctors and Nurses) are now ferociously working through their analysis of Trinity first and then Kinsley. Immediate IV's, Ports, and oxygen are administered.

Trinity does not accept the catheter through her umbilical cord as there is blockage. She has to take it in her little left leg. Kinsley seems to be doing a bit better as she can accept the line. They rush them out of the Operating Room and to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Dad is asked to follow the Doctors to the NICU.

Trinity and Kinsley are placed into incubators which have open bed warmers in them. Body temperature is regulated while the Doctors try to mirror what was happening in utero as best they can. Each baby has a Phototherapy Light beaming onto their slightly translucent little body to help with Jaundice. Wires and Catheters seem to be running all over the place. They are each given CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to assist them with their breathing (you may have heard about this but it helps people who have sleep apnea). The CPAP machine covers their mouth and nose. They also have little hats and masks on to protect their eyes from the intense light.


The journey begins...

Parent's Thoughts:

Hearing Trinity and Kinsley cry was an absolutely amazing moment. We know they have a long way to go but for that one moment - amazing.

How is Trena? It was all happening so fast. I was required to head up to the NICU with the babies when they were born and knew Trena still had more to get through. The Doctors in the NICU dismissed me after a quick review and consent so they could continue working on the babies. I made my way back down to the ER to be with Trena but I was not allowed back in.

My mind was racing. It was a helpless feeling. I remember thinking how everything happened so fast from when the Doctor advised us that surgery was our best option. Within a matter of 10 mins., Trena was getting her Spinal and situated in the ER, I was putting on scrubs, and all the necessary Doctors (about 10 total) and tools were gathered for the surgery.

The roller coaster ride has started. The babies are fighting hard. Mom is working through recovery. We are praying, praying, and praying that our Lord will watch over all of us.

Grandma, Terre (Trena's Mom), flew into Austin from Ohio as soon as she could after she heard Trena had been admitted into the the hospital on bed rest. All of her help and more importantly just being here for Trena has been a true blessing for us. She gets to see her little granddaughters this evening for the first time.

We had been reading daily encouragements ever since Trena first entered the hospital on bed rest. I figured I would post them for you as well.

Our Daily Encouragement:

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 28:6-7

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