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.

Thursday April 30th

Babies Situation:

Brace yourselves!! We have a 3 pounder on our hands!!! Trinity is officially 3 lbs today!!! But…the nurses are giving her lasix again which will make her pee out all her excess fluids. We'll see but there is a strong possibility she’ll drop back under 3 lbs by tomorrow. Kinsley isn’t too far behind at 2 lbs 11 oz. Kinsley always weighed more in the womb but to keep it fair is letting her sis lead the way. How nice!


Both Girls went down to 8 on their oxygen pressure today. If they can get down to 6, they will be moved over to cannula which is the breathing mechanism you get when you have surgery or that you see on TV. It’s the clear tube that runs from ear to ear with small prongs into the nose. Since Crystal (the nurse) found Trinity sleeping half way off her egg crate today, she decided it was time to swaddle her. The girls also until now did not fit the weight requirements for swaddling. The swaddling occurred after I left so I can’t wait to see her tomorrow.

Some more big news for the Girls….They have graduated from micro preemie diapers into Big Girl Preemie Diapers!! It’s so exciting!! If you haven’t noticed, we get very excited when the girls poop, change diaper sizes, and gain weight. It’s the small things in life, right? Kinsley did have somewhat of a rough day overall. She went through 3 IV’s in 24 hours and had to get a blood transfusion by the end of the night. That’s a lot of pricks for a little body.

Parent's Thoughts:

Overall, today was a pretty positive day except for Kinsley having to get 3 IV’s and for all her Apnea’s and Brady’s. While I (Trena) was at the NICU, I experienced a very bad brady. All of a sudden, Kinsley’s monitor started to ding alerting us that her heart rate had dropped below 100. I didn’t think too much of it since it happens often. As routine, Crystal went into the isolate to stimulate her to breath. A few seconds went by and Kinsley didn’t respond. Calmly, Crystal reached over to turn up Kinsley’s air as she continued to stimulate her. Still no response. In times like this, I watch the nurse to see their reaction and this time, I noticed a slight panic in Crystal’s face so I stood up to look at Kinsley to find her as white as a ghost and totally limp. I froze, I didn’t know what to do. In the past, Keith and I would leave the room quickly knowing the nurses would get the situation under control but this time, I couldn’t leave. Suddenly Kory, the respiratory therapist, rushed over to the other side of the isolate and grabbed the bag. As Crystal watched all monitors, Kory bagged oxygen into Kinsley’s lungs. Kory had Kinsley’s head tilted back as air from the bag made her chest rise up and down. Thankfully, Kinsley’s heart rate started to rise as she started to breath on her own. I will never forget the vision of Kinsley lying there pale and limp. There is nothing worse than watching your baby struggle and having no control watching from the sidelines. Thank you Crystal and Kory for saving her life. I know this is routine for you but not for the helpless Parents.

Keith’s visit to the hospital was a little better than mine. He did experience Kinsley having a bunch of A’s and B’s but he also got to hold Trinity once again. In the last few weeks, the nurses have been encouraging him to do kangaroo care but he wasn’t comfortable with the babies being so small so he decided to make up the stipulation that he wouldn’t hold them until they were 3 lbs. This way, he thought the nurses would leave him alone (which they didn’t). Well, I found out during my afternoon visit that Trinity had officially hit 3 lbs so I texted him to get ready to hold tonight. He wrote back how excited he was that she had reached 3 lbs and was ready to hold. Trinity decided to make this hold a memorable one. Not only did she pee on him but she decided to brady on him. As he’s been taught, he gave Kinsley a little spanking to try to stimulate her but got himself in trouble with the nurse, Dina, for “patting a little too hard indicating he was slightly shaking her” ha. Sorry to laugh at you Keith but I know the whole situation was already intimidating and then you got yourself peed on and in trouble with the nurse. Just look at it this way, it can only get better. He also was able to meet Dr. Dekowski this evening and said they had a good conversation.

Our Daily Encouragement:


Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens - what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave - what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

Job 11:7-9

3 comments:

  1. Wow- I can't imagine how scary that feeling is...to watch your girls struggle so hard for life. But it's amazing that GOd has placed them in SUCH great hands! AND that His giant hands are holding them close every second of every day :)

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  2. YAY!! What a great report on the girls!! So glad to hear they are continuing to improve no matter how small or big the accomplishment! Praying for your family! :D

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  3. We can't tell you how happy we are for you that the girls are gaining weight and getting stronger. Three pounds is soooo great! Yay Trinity. And Kinsley, you're right there sweetie. And time for swaddling? I bet you are so excited. I bet they love it. Can't wait to see you guys again.
    Kim and Jason

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