Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Reunion

Olive was discharged from the NICU on Monday, so the whole family is together now!

Having the four of us in the same room again produced a wave of excited energy. We finally felt like a complete family for the first time. It's an amazing feeling. We are trying to enjoy every moment before the exhaustion sets in. In the next 3 pictures, Poppy is wearing the hat with the pink puffball and writing, and Olive is wearing the plain white hat.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Day 2 of Babygate

Olive and Poppy are 1 day old now!  Jill is doing great.  She is walking around and doesn't have too much pain from her incision.  We were up most of the night with regular feedings, diaper changes, and just staring at those cute, little faces.  The NICU is accessible 24 hours a day, so we have been taking turns visiting Olive.  At noon, the doctor said that Olive will be joining us in the room later today!  Finally we'll be able to reunite the girls.  After all, they spent 38 weeks 5 days together and 24 hours apart!

Pictures of Olive
Pictures of Poppy

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Birth Day!

At 9am this morning, 6/28/2009, Jill's water broke, one day before her scheduled c-section. Off to the hospital we went! At 1:10pm and 1:11pm, Poppy Jane Agro and Olive Rose Agro were born. Poppy is 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and is 19.25 inches long. Olive is 4 pounds 10 ounces, and 17.5 inches long. They are smaller than the estimated 6+ pounds that the ultrasound revealed, but both babies squealed happily when born! Olive had some problems regulating her blood oxygen level and temperature, so she will be in the NICU for probably 24 hours. It's been a long day for everyone, so here is a preview of what's to come...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Our Last Weekly Pregnancy Update - 38 Weeks

This is, without question, our very last weekly pregnancy update.  Poppy and Olive will be making their grand entry into this world on Monday, June 29th, at the absolute latest.  Of course they could choose to arrive sooner and make everyone (especially their parents) very happy, but I'm not betting the ranch on that!

We have tried every trick in the book to get these girls to come out.  I drank castor oil, which didn't taste as bad as everyone said it would.  We walked.  We drove on bumpy roads.  We did...um...some other stuff.  NOTHING WORKED!  I'm 9 1/2 months pregnant with twins, People!  This is nuts! 

The babies have been done cooking for weeks.  Their lungs are fully developed, as well as all of the other important parts.  At this point, they are only gaining weight and torturing their mother.  They are over six pounds each and may reach 6 1/2 to 7 pounds each by the time they are born on Monday.  I can't remember if I shared this before, but we also know that both girls have hair.  I can't wait to see how much, but given that they can see it on the ultrasound, I'm betting that we'll be able to use barrettes for their first photo session! 

Thank you all for sharing this crazy experience with us -- it's been fun.  Long, but fun.  I hope you'll all stick around to see updates of the girls and our family.  Our next post will almost certainly include pictures of our new baby girls.  I hope you will all enjoy getting to know them with us.

And without further ado:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Can You Freakin' Believe This?!

Today marks week 37 of my twin pregnancy.  I just can't believe that I'm still pregnant...and from all of the phone calls and Facebook comments, neither can anyone else!  As you can see, I've moved beyond being a house.  The State of Delaware has actually provided me my own zip code.  If I'm still pregnant next week, my belly shot will be taken by the Hubbel Telescope.

Joe also wanted to share some pictures of the nursery.  They aren't the best pictures, but you'll get the idea.  Hopefully my very talented father-in-law will take some beautiful shots of the nursery when he comes up from Alabama to meet the girls.  Until then, these will have to suffice.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

36 Weeks

Anyone know any tricks to induce labor?  My doctor suggested one, but it hasn't worked yet.  I guess Poppy and Olive would prefer to stay in the confines of my belly just a little longer.  They have 19 days until they're evicted, not that I'm counting down or anything.

Here's this week's installation of the girls' massive home:


Friday, June 5, 2009

Weights and Measures

We had our weekly doctor appointments yesterday and today and the girls are looking fantastic!  Poppy is measuring about 5.5 pounds and Olive is following close behind at 4.5 pounds.  They are both considered normal weight for SINGLETON babies!!  My belly is measuring 40 centimeters at this point (which is what a woman carrying one baby would measure at 40 weeks).  Every doctor we see seems to think that the girls are going to stay put for at least another few weeks.  Nothing to do at this point but wait and see!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Week 35

Just a quick update with some new belly shots.  Twins typically arrive around 36 weeks, so we're getting VERY close!  Keep your cell phones with you for the next couple of weeks!