Cora & Quinn

Cora and Quinn were born January 24, 2017. They arrived at 37 weeks, the suggested time for identical twins. The girls were born at 5 pounds 7 ounces and 5 pounds 12 ounces. Their labor and delivery were difficult and they were taken to the NICU in case of a possible infection. The girls were given an antibiotic as a precaution.

While there didn't seem to be an infection, both girls had low sugar counts and were not getting the hang of how to eat. They needed feeding tubes in order to get any sustenance. The girls stayed in the NICU for 10 days until things clicked and they were able to eat 2 ounces on their own at each feeding. While the girls stay was not long, it was also not anticipated. Because I was induced, I assumed that there would not be any developmental issues. When the Doctor told us the girls would needed to be taken to the NICU as a precaution, I assumed it would be only a one or two day stay. It was a strange feeling, visiting our own babies and not being their primary caretakers for the first ten days of their lives.

Fortunately, we knew that our daughters were in good hands which helped ease our anxiety. I remember when the nurses handed us two care packages from the Today is a Good Day Foundation. It made us feel a little less alone in our journey and we were touched by all of the gifts. Each item in the bag seemed to serve a purpose for NICU families which was so thoughtful.

Today, at almost 5 months, both girls are eating well and while a little behind on the growth charts, they are making gains. We can't wait to watch them grow and see what lies ahead for our beautiful baby girls.

Family, friends, nurses, and doctors reminded us to take the NICU journey "one day at a time". We rejoiced in the "good" days.

Martha & Paul / Wyndmoor, PA

Martha & Paul