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.

Friday June 26th

Babies Situation:

I had a nice Friday with the Girls. I was able to feed both of them. Trinity only took 12 cc’s. She wasn’t very interested in the bottle but was definitely interested in what was going on around us. She loves to watch all the action. Kinsley took all but 13 cc’s so she did really well. Both Girls are still having high blood pressure so the pediatrician wrote an order to have their blood pressure taken 6 times a day. If they continue to have high blood pressure, they will soon go on medicine to regulate it.


Parent's Thoughts:

Crystal, our daytime primary, had the Girls today and treated them to a spa day. Both Girls have dry scalps so each got their scalps washed really well. I took some pictures to show how much they enjoyed it. They absolutely loved every minute of it. Watch out Daddy!! They are just like their Mamma!! I see many spa days in the future - ha! We will let you come too though!

Our Daily Encouragement:

We may boldly say; “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:6

Thursday June 25th

Babies Situation:

The Girls are 39 weeks today but are not ready to come home yet. We have a feeling they will be in there for at least another 3 weeks. Trinity took half her bottle today but still has a weak suck along with a tongue thrust that interferes with her bottle feeding. With time, this should improve. Kinsley took her entire bottle in 10 minutes today. She likes to show off once in a while - too bad she can’t do that all the time. Soon I’m sure though!!


Parent's Thoughts:

Our friend Candra came to the hospital today and held babies with me all afternoon. It was nice. No one got left out. Both Girls were full of gas though putting on quite the musical show. They definitely get attention that way. They don’t care who is around - Dr’s, therapists, nurses… and we even got a few turned heads today. We just pointed at the babies and laughed. It was a great day!


Our Daily Encouragement:

Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.


Colossians 4:6

Wednesday June 24th

Babies Situation:

The Girls are 14 weeks old today and doing great. Trinity now weights 6 lbs 5 oz and Kinsley weights 6 lbs 12 oz. Trinity did have a heart rate drop during her nap today but it was a quick and she self recovered. Because she has only had one, there is no need to put her on caffeine. The doctors will monitor her and if she has more, they will then consider putting her back on the caffeine. There feedings remain the same.


Parent's Thoughts:

We are having dinner with the Davis’s tonight. It has been really nice getting to know them. We have a lot in common. The Davis's Mom (Gaynelle) and I shared the same due date (July 2nd) and we were both expecting identical twin girls. We also had the same OBGYN. Our doctor would tell each of us about the other but she couldn’t give out our names. Finally, after knowing about her for months, we were able to meet a few weeks ago. Gaynelle was able to hold out 10 more days than me. She will be bringing home one of her twins, Leighton, tomorrow - yeah. The other twin, Taylor, had a heart rate drop last night so she will have to remain in the NICU for another 5 days. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!!

Our Daily Encouragement:

The Lord who created you…says,…I have called you by name; you are mine.


Isaiah 43:1

Tuesday June 23rd

Babies Situation:

The Girls had their eye exams today and everything looked good. He will be seeing them in another 2 weeks for their routine follow-up. Still no ROP and it looks like their blood vessels have grown to zone 3 (the last zone) where they should be at this point. The speech therapist also saw the Girls while I was there. She fed both of them to see if there were any changes. Trinity was too tired from her eye exam to bottle feed so her session was over quickly. Kinsley took around 30 cc’s but slept through it all which caused her to choke a few times resulting in heart rate drops. Elizabeth, the speech therapist, will come back in a few days to check their progress.


Parent's Thoughts:

I could tell the babies needed extra lovin’ today. Their little eyes always look red and irritated after they get their eye exams. They are also so worn out after the eye exam from all the excitement. Both Girls fell fast asleep on me and did not make a sound or move the entire time I rocked them. That’s when I know they are over tired. It’s hard to leave my baby Girls at the hospital each day. I just have to keep reminding myself to take it day by day and before I know it, they will be home with Keith and I.

Our Daily Encouragement:

You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family-calling him “Father, dear Father”.

Romans 8:15

Monday June 22nd

Babies Situation:

Both Girls are officially over 6 lbs today. Trinity now weighs 6 lbs 2 oz. The nurse verified that the increase in formula is to give Trinity extra calories to help her gain weight faster. Kinsley also gained weight today and weighs 6 lbs 7 oz. Both Girls were wide awake this morning when I got to the NICU. They were just looking around the room. They both also got to sit in the bouncy seat today. They seem to really enjoy it since it allows them to look around the room. They like to see all the action!!


Parent's Thoughts:

We had two special treats tonight. Janice, the Reid’s primary nurse, was able to get the girls tonight since our primary was off. Janice is a wonderful, kind hearted, nurse who like our primary nurses, take extra special care of the babies. We were thrilled to have her watching over them. Our second treat was to meet Ethan, a precious baby boy of the sales person who sold us our car. He is also a thriving 24 weeker. Please keep him in your prayers that his journey will continue to be positive. Thank you God!

Our Daily Encouragement:

Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

Sunday June 21st

Babies Situation:

The Girls got their weekly measurements today. Trinity does not want to break the 6 pound mark so she remains at 5 lbs 15 oz. She is 18.25 inches long. Kinsley didn’t gain from yesterday either and is 6 lbs 6 oz measuring 18.5 inches long. Both Girls are getting Neosure added to the milk to give them more calories. The nurse told us today that the doctors did increase the amount of neosure Trinity was getting. I assume the increase is to help her gain weight but I’ll have to ask tomorrow.


Parent's Thoughts:

I do want to say to all the Fathers out there- “Happy Father’s Day!!” We had a very enjoyable Father’s Day today. I had the Girls dressed in Red Sox onesies with matching socks when we came in for our visit today. Keith was so excited to see them in Red Sox gear. He had a huge smile on his face which just made my day.

Our Daily Encouragement:

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power….His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.


Nahum 1:3

Saturday June 20th

Babies Situation:

It has been 5 days now since the Girls have had a dose of caffeine and from what we know, they have not had any apnea. By now, all caffeine should be out of their system so time will tell if their brains are developed enough to remind them to breath. The feedings remain the same except that Kinsley is now getting 3 bottles a day while Trinity is still getting 2 bottles a day.


Parent's Thoughts:

It was nice hanging out with the babies today. We each held one as they slept in our arms. I have to say though that we don’t like the corner of the bay that we are in. It’s too small for our double crib and us. By the time you have the babies, us, and the nurse-it’s tight quarters and the wires constantly get crossed and tangled. One of these days, someone is going to get their feet caught in them and go flying across the room. I’ll have to work on the nurses this week to see if we can get moved.

Our Daily Encouragement:

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.


Colossians 3:2-4

Friday June 19th

Babies Situation:

The Girls are still off caffeine and are doing great. Andrea did warn me that the caffeine will remain in their bodies for 5 days so not to be too disappointed if they have a few apnea spells after 5 days. If they do, it doesn’t mean that they will need to go back on caffeine. Their apnea could occur up until they are 40 weeks. Trinity gained weight and is now 5 lbs 13 oz. She got to sit in a bouncie seat for the first time. Kinsley also gained weight and is at 6 lbs 4 oz. She will get to sit in a bouncie seat after one of her night feedings. She also had a big accomplishment tonight. She took her entire bottle in 10 minutes!! Andrea called us around 11:15pm letting us know the good news. Yeah!


Parent's Thoughts:

We are still getting our house ready for the babies to come home. I have a feeling we will be preparing up until the day they come home. I try to do a little each day and so far, it’s working out well. I did talk to the NICU Chief of Staff today for about 20 minutes. He said the Girls aren’t ready to come home yet since they aren’t bottle feeding well but once they get it, it will be a short notice for us so be prepared. He let me know that the bottle feeding will continue to be a struggle at home. Preemies start off not eating well and continue to struggle for a few months. It sounds like it will remain a challenge for us but we will take it on with everything we got.

Our Daily Encouragement:

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


Romans 15:4

Thursday June 18th

Babies Situation:

The Girls continue to gain weight. Trinity is now at 5 lbs 12 oz and Kinsley is at 6 lbs 2 oz. It is amazing how fast they are growing now. No other changes today. They are still monitoring both of the Girl's blood pressure. Both remain somewhat high which might mean that they will need to go on medication before coming home. We shall see.


Parent's Thoughts:

Andrea, our primary night nurse, said that both Girls were very alert during their assessment tonight - should I say alert and calm - ha. They usually don’t like their temperature taken or their diaper changed but tonight they were OK with it. She even took them around the bay to say Hi to everyone and all the other babies. We feel very blessed to have Andrea and Crystal as our primary nurses. They take such good care of the Girls and go above and beyond to make sure they are comfortable at all times. Thank you Andrea and Crystal!!

Our Daily Encouragement:

Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.


Ruth 1:16

Wednesday June 17th

Babies Situation:

The girls had some visitors tonight, our friends, Shannon and Jeff. They are also still doing well off the caffeine. Yeah!!! They have had only a couple of apneas in the past 7 days. There is still no change on the bottle feeding. We are just waiting for that light bulb to turn on and for them to “get it”. We do have a 6 pound baby though - yeah. Trinity isn’t far behind at 5 lbs 10 oz but Kinsley is a whopping 6 lbs 1 oz. WOW!!!

Parent's Thoughts:

The Girls are doing so well. We are proud of them. We are in the home stretch and let’s just say that we can definitely feel it. I was able to get a bunch of baby necessities today in preparation for their home coming. It’s so exciting.

Our Daily Encouragement:

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.


Psalm 36:9-10

Tuesday June 16th

Babies Situation:

The Girls had a big change today!! Since they haven’t had any apnea since the 10th, they were both taken off caffeine. They will remain off caffeine unless they have an apneic spell. Thank you God! Other than that, no change on the bottle feeding or weight gain today.


Parent's Thoughts:

We are so excited that the Girls were taken off their caffeine today. We are going to be careful though not to get too excited knowing that they still have a pretty good chance of having more apnea. They are still under 40 weeks gestation, although this is a step closer to them coming home.

Our Daily Encouragement:

I love the Lord because he hears my prayers and answers them. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe!


Psalm 116:1-2

Monday June 15th

Babies Situation:

The Girls were seen by both their speech and occupational therapists today. Their feeding are going a slight bit better but there is plenty of room for improvement. There muscle tone is also looking good but the therapist did ask for Kinsley to be put on her right side when resting. Her right foot still turns out which is due to her knee and hip turning out. If she lies on her right side, it will align her hip and knee which in turn aligns her foot/ankle. Both Girls also had labs done this morning and everything looks OK. Trinity did have high blood pressure this morning so the doctor asked for her blood pressure to be taken twice a day to see if there is an issue there. Both Girls gained more weight today. Trinity is 5 lbs 8 oz while Kinsley is 5 lbs 15 oz. Wow!!


Parent's Thoughts:

Keith got to spend the evening with the Girls tonight as I rested and got caught up on some stuff around the house. He was able to hold both of them at the same time (good practice for when they get home). We joke about him getting to watch a lot of sports, if he holds the babies during it. He says he likes that idea. He also got to feed Kinsley. She took 41 cc’s for him which is awesome. I only got her to take 12 cc’s for me today. She had her lips pierced shut and there was no way she was going to let me put a bottle in her mouth. It was cute (but frustrating). I had to repeat the word “patience” in my head and convince myself that this was just spending quality time together, not trying to get her to feed - ha.

Our Daily Encouragement:

May the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope.

Romans 15:13

Aunt Kirsten with the Girls






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Sunday June 14th

Babies Situation:

The Girls had their routine measurements and weight taken today. Trinity is 18 inches long and weighs 5 lbs 8 oz. Kinsley is 17.75 inches long and weighs 5 lbs 12 oz. It is amazing how fast they are growing. I bottle fed both of them today. Trinity did a little better taking 27 cc’s. Kinsley did pretty good herself taking 34 cc’s. The doctor thinks we’ll see a big improvement on their feedings by the end of the week. I hope he’s right!!


Parent's Thoughts:

Keith and I had a great Sunday. The sermon at church was amazing and then we got to come hold our precious baby girls. We both got to cuddle up with them while they slept in our arms. It is nice having two so we each get one and no one gets left out. We are so blessed.


Our Daily Encouragement:

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world.

1 John 4:17

Saturday June 13th

Babies Situation:

The Girls continue to gain weight. Trinity is now at 5 lbs 6 oz and Kinsley is up to 5 lbs 10 oz. Trinity is still getting bottle fed twice a day while the doctor did decide to reduce Kinsley’s bottle feedings from 4 times to 3 times a day. We will see if that makes a difference. Please continue to pray that they both will catch on to bottle feeding very quickly and that their apnea will go away.

Parent's Thoughts:

We started thinking about pediatricians this week and we have it narrowed down to two. After talking with the babies primary doctor, we think we know who we are going to go with but I still might interview both of them. He highly recommended one of them which makes me feel good. We are so ready to bring them home!!

Our Daily Encouragement:

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

Friday June 12th

Babies Situation:

It was a good Friday for the Girls. No big changes. They got to eat and sleep all day long. I was able to feed Trinity and she took about half her bottle as usual before falling asleep. Crystal fed Kinsley and said that she tired out half way through hers as well. With our initial feedings with Kinsley, she would finish the entire bottle within 15 minutes but she was only getting up to 2 bottles a day, so Crystal is thinking 4 bottles per day is too much for her and will suggest to our doctor that they decrease her to 3 bottles per day.


Parent's Thoughts:

I really enjoy holding the babies on my chest while I rock them. There is nothing better and the world seems to stop all around me. I forget about any issues I might have as I sit there with my baby Girls. Thank you God for this wonderful experience.


Our Daily Encouragement:

Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.


John 3:15

Thursday June 11th

Babies Situation:

The girls had our close friends and neighbors, Sheramee and John, come to visit them tonight.


The Girls are 37 weeks gestation today. I can’t believe they are 3 weeks away from being full term. The doctor did tell me that they are still 2 weeks behind developmentally but could catch up in the next few weeks. Both Girls experienced reflux again this morning but Elizabeth, the speech therapist, was right there to help them through it so no bad spells today. No changes on their feedings will be made for the next week to see if they learn to manage the reflux better. If they don’t, rice cereal will be added to the milk to see if it helps. The Girls are also still on caffeine. At the end of next week, the doctors will review their apnea activity to see if they are ready to be taken off the caffeine.

Parent's Thoughts:

We are getting closer to being able to bring our babies home. We need two things to happen. We need the Girls to bottle feed 8 times a day while gaining weight and we need them to have 0 apnea. The nurses told me today that it is possible for the babies to mature a lot in the next 3 weeks and that is what we are going to pray for. We are in the home stretch. Thank you Lord.

Our Daily Encouragement:

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:10,17

Wednesday June 10th

Babies Situation:

The Girls are 12 weeks old today and growing. Trinity is 5 lbs 5 oz and Kinsley is 5 lbs 9 oz. Big Girls, huh!! The bottle feeding is still a work in progress. Trinity is now getting 2 bottles a day. She still has a weak suck and still struggles with reflux. Kinsley is getting bottle fed every other feeding so she is up to 4 per day. She showed her first signs of reflux today. During one of her feedings, she choked and then held her breath for about 30 seconds turning grey. Talk about scary.

Parent's Thoughts:

Kinsley’s spell tonight made me realize that the Girls are not out of the woods. I was feeding her when she made a small choking sound. I took the bottle out of her mouth and sat her up to pat her back. The monitor started to ding letting me know she was not breathing and she started to turn grey. Luckily, Andrea (primary nurse) was right there and remained calm. Me patting her on her back was not working so Andrea suctioned out her mouth but Kinsley still didn’t respond. Once she gave Kinsley oxygen, she started to breath again and her color came back. I hope I won’t have to experience anymore spells like that. Feeding them is already intimidating and this didn’t help.

Our Daily Encouragement:

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.


Isaiah 42:16

Tuesday June 9th

Babies Situation:

Another good day for the Girls. They both had eye exams this morning and still no ROP so the doctor won’t need to see them weekly anymore. Their next eye exam will be in 2 weeks. Yeah!! Both gained weight today. Trinity is at 5 lbs 3 oz and Kinsley is at 5 lbs 7 oz. They are doing great on weight gain. The speech therapist met with me today to assess both Girls as I bottle fed. Since they are doing pretty good, she increased their bottle feedings from once to twice a day. Keith was able to help me bottle feed tonight. Kinsley was the lucky girl and both did great!

Parent's Thoughts:

I was much more relaxed today during both bottle feeds. It’s really nice to have the speech therapist help but since the Girls are doing so well, she has reduced her visits to 3 times a week instead of daily. It’s great to see the daily improvements with the Girls. Practice makes perfect!!

Our Daily Encouragement:


The ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 51:11

Monday June 8th

Babies Situation:

Both Girls did well on their feedings today. Trinity had all but 17cc’s out of 50 cc’s. She still tires out and falls asleep half way through but at least she almost finished it. Kinsley finished her entire bottle in 15 minutes but had some reflux during it so she still needs to be paced. Since Kinsley did so well, the speech therapist has recommended that she can take 2 bottles a day and the doctor agreed. We are on our way to success!


Parent's Thoughts:

Let me just tell you how blessed and thankful we are. I met a couple across the bay from us today and she told me that her baby only has a few more days left to live. Their precious little girl was born missing part of her brain and will pass shortly. They plan to bring her home tomorrow to spend as much time with her until she goes to be with the Lord. I will never forget the conversation I had with this sweet Mom. My heart goes out to them. Please pray for them as they go through this. I cannot even fathom what they must be feeling.

Our Daily Encouragement:

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 14;17-19

Sunday June 7th

Babies Situation:

Both Girls gained weight today. Trinity has finally reached 5 lbs-YEAH!! Good job Trinity! Kinsley gained 2 more ounces weighing 5 lbs 6 oz. Both Girls grew in length as well and now are 17 ¾ inches. Their bottle feeding status remains the same. Trinity took 17 cc’s again, doing most of it half asleep. She must have been really tired today. I had to stimulate her the entire time to keep her half awake for 20 minutes until she was totally passed out. I think I know the issue. The nurse had me pull her hat over her eyes to help her concentrate which in turn put her to sleep. I don’t think we’ll use the hat tomorrow. Kinsley is really getting use to the bottle and finished another complete bottle in 20 minutes.


Parent's Thoughts:

It is still stressful for me to bottle feed the Girls. I am a little more comfortable but geez this is hard work. I even tried to get the nurse to bottle feed for me today but she talked me into doing it. She had to remind me to breath - Thank you Bridget. 12 years ago, she had twins in the NICU so it was nice to know that she felt the same way back then.

Our Daily Encouragement:

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Saturday June 6th

Babies Situation:

Today was a low key day. Trinity did a little better on bottle feeding. She took around 17 cc’s which is a big improvement from yesterday. She is good for about 20 minutes but after that, she is done. She won’t even open up her mouth for anymore milk. Miss Kinsley took her entire bottle tonight. Wow, great job Kinsley. We know Trinity will catch up soon. Trinity remains at 4 lbs 15oz while Kinsley is now 5 lbs 4 oz.


Parent's Thoughts:

Both Girls have been full of gas in the last few days. It is surprising the amount of gas they have had and how loud they can be. It makes our nurses and us giggle especially when it echos across the bay. The speech therapist told me the other day that my Girls are “musical”. They grunt and toot all the time. I’ll take that as a compliment. I find it all so cute -ha!

Our Daily Encouragement:

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 10;13

Friday June 5th

Babies Situation:

We moved bays again today. Our new bay is nice, big and open but we were able to get a quiet corner. I fed both babies again. Kinsley did well taking half her bottle but Trinity was not so much interested. She kept her lips tightly sealed wanting nothing to do with the bottle. We have some work to do with her! After Kinsley wet through her diaper, onesie, and blanket all over her bed, our Nurse decided they needed the next size up for diapers. Both Girls graduated out of preemie diapers into newborn diapers today - yeah.


Parent's Thoughts:

It’s so exciting to see both Girls in newborn clothes, newborn diapers, and using a newborn size pacifiers. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. We have really enjoyed watching our babies grow. Soon enough, we will have them home with us. Thank you God.

Our Daily Encouragement:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Thursday June 4th

Babies Situation:

The Girls are 36 weeks today and got to meet their Aunt Kirsten for the first time. Kirsten was able to even give Trinity her bath. How fun!! I got the privilege to bottle feed both Girls. Trinity took about 10 cc’s but she was done after that. From the look on her face, she decided that getting fed from the bottle was too much work and preferred the tube feeding - ha. Kinsley did much better and finished half of her bottle before she was too tired to continue. We’ll just have to keep trying until they can get it down. Trinity remains at 4 lbs 15 oz. Kinsley gained weight - she is now at 5 lbs 2 oz.


Parent's Thoughts:

I think bottle feeding is more stressful for me than it is for the babies. I am great at multi-tasking but when it comes to bottle feeding, I have a hard time watching their face for stress cues, feeling their back to see if they are breathing, and making sure the bottle is tipped at the right angle. I am also suppose to pace them with only letting them have up to 5 sucks at a time before giving them a chance to breath. Wow, I never thought bottle feeding could be so hard.

Our Daily Encouragement:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah 40:28

Wednesday June 3rd

Babies Situation:

Today was exciting. Not only are the Girls 11 weeks old today but when I came to visit, Kinsley was off her nasal cannula. So far, she’s done really well all day. Go Kinsley!! The occupational therapist and speech therapist also visited the Girls today. The occupational therapist assessed both Girls and let me know that their muscle tone has gotten a lot better in the last week. It was really nice to hear!! The speech therapist decided it was time to bottle feed both Girls. With them being almost 36 weeks, she said that we would start trying once a day until they can figure it out. I was very thankful to hear this knowing it can take weeks for a 24 weeker to catch on to bottle feeding. I was there while she fed Trinity and she did pretty good. Her heart rate and oxygen level remained where it should. She would take a few sucks, and then she’d take a rest to breathe. From what I was told, Kinsley did the same. Baby steps. Trinity gained weight today coming in at 4 lbs 15 oz. She’s almost caught up to Kinsley who remains at 5 lbs.


Parent's Thoughts:

The speech therapist is going to let met work with the Girls on their bottle feeding. Tomorrow, she is going to let me bottle feed them as she watches and instructs me on what to do. I am very excited about this. I know it’s not going to be easy for them but they will catch on when they are ready. From here out, this will be a daily routine for us. Please pray that they catch on soon and that they stop having apnea.


Our Daily Encouragement:

God’s peace…is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet at rest.


Philippians 4:7

Tuesday June 2nd

Babies Situation:

The Girls got their eye exams today and nothing has changed. Still no ROP which is awesome!! Thank you God. Also, one of the Girls reached 5 pounds today. Miss Kinsley is officially 5 lbs!! Trinity is not far behind at 4 lbs 12 oz. I’m sure she’ll catch up very soon. It has been another good day for the Girls. No big changes. They are in the feeding-growing stage.


Parent's Thoughts:

I was able to talk to our primary doctor today. He said developmentally, the Girls are more like 32/33 weeks rather than 35 weeks but they are where he would expect them to be since they were born at 24 weeks - so they are 2-3 weeks behind-not too bad for what they have been through. He still expects them to go home between 40-42 weeks so they should be home by mid July. Yeah!!


Our Daily Encouragement:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.


Philippians 4:8

Monday June 1st

Babies Situation:

It was bath night again tonight. I gave Trinity a bath while Keith gave Kinsley a bath. They both enjoyed their baths and we enjoyed giving them their baths! Trinity gained weight today and now weighs 4 lbs 12 oz (she’s catching up with sis). Kinsley is still at 4 lbs 14 oz. It will be a short time before we have 5 pounders on our hands! Trinity’s feeding time decreased. She is now getting fed over 30 minutes rather than 1 hour. This is another preparation for bottle feeding. Both Girls had labs drawn to check hemoglobin levels and both came back OK.


Parent's Thoughts:

I want to share something with you that has helped me get through the last 10 weeks. Within the first few weeks of having the babies, I heard a much needed sermon on TV. I took some notes on a near by breast feeding guide that I carried with me everywhere just in case I had questions. I read it multiple times a day. I couldn’t have gotten through all this without it.

-Make the most of each day and accept things we cannot change
-Don’t waste time focusing on the negative
-Give it all up to God each night
-Don’t think about the set backs but think about or thank God for what doors he is about to open
-Disappointments are inevitable, misery is optional
-When you get up, learn to accept the present God has given you

I hope these lines help you as much as they have helped me. They are simple but powerful.

Our Daily Encouragement:

God surrounds (us) with his loving care.

Deuteronomy 33:12

Sunday May 31st

Babies Situation:

The Girls had more visitors today. Our neighbors Jack and Diane came by to meet the babies and they brought them cute little outfits. Thank you Jack and Diane!! The Girls also had their weekly measurements done tonight. Trinity is now 4 lbs 10 oz, her head is 29.5cm, and she is 17.5 inches long. Kinsley also gained weight and she is now 4 lbs 14 oz, her head is 30 cm, and she is 17 inches long. We can’t believe she is close to 5 lbs!! No changes were made for them today. Our goals for the babies this week is for Trinity to start bottle feeding and for Kinsley to come off her nasal cannula. Hopefully, the babies have the same goals.


Parent's Thoughts:

The Girls were all snuggled up to each other when we came to visit them today. Talk about cute! They also seem to be gaining weight at a nice rate. The doctor thinks they will weigh around 6 lbs when we bring them home. At this rate, they are gaining about 1 lb every two weeks so I think he is right on. The babies had a great weekend and we know they will have a good week as well.

Our Daily Encouragement:

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

John 12:25

Saturday May 30th

Babies Situation:

The Girls got a lot of Daddy time today. I wasn’t feeling well so Keith went to the hospital alone and was able to hold both Girls together all afternoon. Trinity did have 4 A’s and B’s today but Kinsley had 0. It’s always great to hear if the Girls go through an entire day with 0 A’s and B’s. The only change made today was an increase on their feedings. Other than that, they had a nice peaceful day of snoozing. Trinity gained another ounce. She is at 4 lbs 8 oz today. Kinsley gained a few grams but she is still at 4 lbs 12 oz.


Parent's Thoughts:

Keith really enjoyed his day with the Girls. His exact words were “it was awesome”. He is such a great Daddy and is already hands on. At first, he was somewhat hesitant but in the last few weeks he has really come around and is a lot more comfortable. The Girls love when Daddy talks to them and they snuggle right up to him when he holds them. He is now a pro at holding both babies at once (it’s cute to see him using the boppy). I am very thankful to have such a wonderful husband who is also a wonderful Daddy. Us three are very lucky!!

Our Daily Encouragement:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Isaiah 43:2

Friday May 29th

Babies Situation:

The Girls aren’t feeling well today from their immunizations. Both are running slight fevers, they are very sleepy, and somewhat whiny. Poor babies! The occupational nurse did visit them today and said that they both have low muscle tone. She said that when she stretches out their arms, they do not push back at all. Some of this might be due to how they feel but she says it is common for 24 weekers to have this. Their muscle tone should increase with time though. Trinity did gain weight today. She is now at 4 lbs 7 oz while Kinsley remains at 4 lbs 12 oz.


Parent's Thoughts:

I held both babies for a long time today. They actually showed signs that they were comforted when being held and both needed to be comforted. The occupational nurse also swaddled them with their arms out which allowed them to put their hands to their face (one way they use to console themselves). They slept like that the entire time I was there. It was really hard to leave them today knowing that they needed me. This might sound weird, but most of the time when I am holding them I feel like I am just keeping them awake but this time I felt they needed me and it felt great.

Our Daily Encouragement:

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.


Psalm 62:1-2