"Take a deep breath, there are definitely two." - Dr. Tran OBGYN "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame." Psalm 127: 3-5 Tim and I found out we were pregnant on December 6, 2014. Yep that's right it was the best birthday present I have EVER received. On December 18 we went to our first doctor appointment and found out we were having twins. TWINS No twins do not run in either of our families. No we were not on any kind of fertility drugs. Yes we were trying to grow our family, and grow it did! SHOCK, that is what I was feeling for at least four days. Tim was like a kid on Christmas, elated and full of excitement. It took the Lord speaking to my heart on day four, for my anxious heart to settle and for me to recognize that if God had given them to us, He had and would equip us to raise them. As the weeks and months went on, they were growing wonderfully, and everyone was healthy including Mom. At 32 weeks on Father's day in the wee hours of the morning, we made our way to the hospital. I had started swelling really badly, and my blood pressure was high for me. When we got there they immediately sent us to Labor and Delivery. I was hooked to monitors and they started keeping track of the babies to make sure they were still ok. They started running lab work to make sure nothing major was happening. By around 3pm we were sent to an antipartum room, which is 3 doors down from L&D. Monday my doctor came to see me and informed me that she was almost positive I had preeclampsia that was showing itself a-typically. My platelets were low, and I had protein in my urine. After running more tests, a week in the hospital, and 2 steroid shots later, I was released on strict strict bed rest. At my 34 week appointment I had to go to L&D testing to make sure both babies were still doing well, and to make sure my levels were still in the safe zone. After the results from these labs came back I was told that I was "cured" of preeclampsia. The Doctor was baffled, and Tim and I knew that God had intervened and healed my body. We were told that once you get the label of preeclamptic that label never leaves even though all the symptoms were gone. By my 35 week appointment my platelets were down to 86k. They never want these levels below 100k. The doctor decided to put me on oral steroids to help increase my platelets so that I could have an epidural, and we could plan a c-section for 36 weeks. The Monday before the c-section I had my final doctor appointment and labs were drawn once more to see where my platelets were and to see if the steroids had helped. Once we knew we were in the safe zone we went ahead with the plan of July 16. We went into pre-op on the 15 and did my final labs and paperwork. When we got to the hospital on Thursday we were taken back, and I started getting prepped for surgery. The anesthesiologist came in and informed us that I was not able to get an epidural because according to the lab work my blood was clotting like someone on a blood thinner, or with a blood disorder, so it wasn't a safe option. This meant I would be under general anesthesia and Tim would not be in the room. So neither of us would be able to see the birth of our babes, or even hear their first cries. We were both disappointed but knew that God had His hand on the whole situation, He always has our best interest in mind, and He is always faithful. So as we waited for my doctor to get there we sat, worshiped, and prayed. When my doctor got there she was very upset and demanded that the anesthesiologist allow us to run the test again because I had no history of any kind of blood disorder. So we waited for two hours to get the results. As we waited, we sat, prayed, and worshiped. We knew God was in control, and we were resting in Him. When the results came back everything was normal. One day I was clotting like someone with a bleeding condition and the next day I was clotting like a normal person. GOD. IS. FAITHFUL. So we proceeded and I was awake for the birth of #TicTacCrow, and Tim was in the room for the birth of our babes. Which was a HUGE answer to prayer, and the desire of both of our hearts. "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 Yes. He. Did. Trinidad Allen Crow was born at 3:05 pm weighing 6lb 3oz, and Trinity Isailah Crow was born at 3:06pm on July 16, 2015 weighing 5lb 15oz. The surgery was quick and easy, and we all went to recovery. Once in recovery we found out the twins both had low glucose levels, so they were sent straight to the NICU, and started on I.V. fluids. Once their glucose levels evened out Trinity had an episode where her oxygen levels dropped, and Trinidad had an episode where his oxygen levels dropped and his heart rate also dropped. Once that happens they have to stay in the NICU for five days to be monitored and to make sure they are regulating their levels without any help. While waiting on the five days both had high bilirubin levels, Jaundice, and were put in baby tanning beds. The let their lights shine. "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 Once Trinity was on day four she had another episode where her oxygen levels dropped, and she had to be stimulated for them to regulate. So her five days restarted. They then decided to do a sleep study on Trinity to be able to rule out Apnea, reflux, and to see if there were any breathing issues. When we got the results, once again it was an answer to prayer, everything came back totally normal. No issues were detected at all. So as of now her "come home" date is July 28, 2015. They also went ahead and did a car seat test, she has to sit in her car seat for 90 minutes with no episodes, which she PASSED! Trinidad has been doing great! He didn't have any episodes after the first ones, and he also passed his carseat test. Trinidad stayed in the NICU for his five days and was released on July 24, 2015. YAY!! So I have been able to cuddle with him as often as I want, and it is fabulous!! For those of you that know me, and know me well, you know it was my hearts desire to be able to breastfeed these babies. Well I am happy to inform you they have been feeding like champs since day one. I could not be more grateful to God for that. I have been praying, for months, that if it was God's will that I would be able to do this. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us." 1 John 5:14 He heard and answered my prayers. The babies and I are both doing wonderful. Seriously wonderful. Tim and I have had such a peace throughout this whole process. It has been amazing to watch God's hand work in my body first and now work in the twins little bodies as well. "I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 We have been resting in God's peace, and on his promises.
We Five Crows
The journey of our twins.