For almost 3 weeks they both were sick with a very bad cold. They hadn't been anyplace but we brought a cold into the house. This was our first real cold since they were born. For mom and dad it lasted 3 days and for them it was close to 3 weeks. Coughing so hard they would vomit. We had them on extra inhalers and steroids until we hit 2 weeks and had to go on antibiotics to try and prevent pneumonia. But after seeing this I knew they felt better. Time for Isabella to transition to a toddler bed. Welcome to the team of no sleep but who am in kidding I haven't slept for 8 hours straight since March 16, 2016:) #micropreemiemom #23weeker #twinmom #nicugrad #preemie #motherhoodunplugged #momsofinstagram #toddler #thisislife
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When your mum drags you outside to see the snow when it should be nap time, a smile isn’t going to happen 😂 Although the snow is pretty I really hope it doesn’t settle before the weekend, I would quite like Ronnie to get home first! The last time it snowed Isobella hadn’t been in NICU very long and her incubator in intensive care was underneath a big skylight window so you could seen it fall all night 🌨
NO MORE SLEEP MONITORING!!! Grace has been off oxygen for a few months now but she was still having little dips in her heart rate and her blood ox level so we continued having a monitor on at night. But Grace has finally been doing well enough that her Pulmonologist has D/C’ed everything! I’m so excited! No more unnecessary alarms going off every half hour! Mama and baby are gunna get some sleep!!🥳
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"18 January 2019 - 167 Days.
After a beautiful night sleeping under the stars, our little Archie decided to put on his angel wings at 4.20am.
Thank you to Hummingbird House who welcomed Archie into their home. From the moment we arrived, we ditched the indoors and spent every second outside with the trees, birds and breeze. Archie was so incredibly happy to be there, giving us plenty of smiles. They arranged a bed outside under the stars so we could stay outside as a family, a wish we had for Archie, to live out his final day in the fresh air and under the stars.
Our brave little boy had his high flow removed at 6.10pm on Thursday night, 17 January 2019, and we enjoyed the next 10 hours and 10 minutes wire and tube free while snuggling as a family of four under the stars. Archie grew his angel wings just as the sun came up and the birds started to chirp. We couldn’t have asked for anything more for our boy.
Archie passed away very peacefully, surrounded by his mummy, daddy and brother Henry. We made some magical memories over the 5 and a half months we have had the pleasure of knowing Archie and he made us so very proud with how bravely he fought from the moment he was born and how he defied his diagnosis at every step and even grew his wings in his own time, on his own terms. We will be forever grateful to our Doctors who never gave up and allowed Archie to determine his own path.
It breaks our heart to lose our precious little boy and Henry’s twin brother.
Thank you for choosing us as your parents and Henry as your brother. We love you, Archie." Jenna du Preez & Steven du Preez
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Our ocean sunsets are numbered, so we are making the most of the next few days!
To be honest; the whole NICU experience sucks! nothing is more heart breaking than not being able to see, touch, kiss or even really hear your baby at birth... then having to wait hours to see your own baby... then having to wait days long to even touch/hold your own baby for the first time. But these two ladies will forever hold a special place in my heart.
🏩———————————— Sara (left) was there in the beginning. When Liam was still in the incubator. She showed me how to love on him through a plastic box. She showed me how to give him a positive touch.. after the stressful mornings of tests. She showed me how my touch made his vitals perfect because he knew it was me! Karen (right) was there when we went to the “going home side.” Karen helped me bond in a way I thought I was never going to be able too.. which was to breastfeed Liam. She was our biggest cheerleader & guided me on how to help Liam reach milestones to get out faster but safely. These two ladies mean so much to Carlos and I. We were so blessed with the best developmental team ever!!! 🙏🏼♥️✨
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