Life in the Nicu

posted on: 5.17.2011

I started this post out very negative honest. Then I read and re-read, and deleted it because it was, well, too honest and negative. I don't want to be a debbie downer on my blog too much. I re-wrote a more positive and cheerful post about the twins life in the Nicu. And well, that one seemed so far off reality that I couldn't possibly post it.

So... unlike my usual self, I don't know what to say. The subject of the twins in the Nicu is just something I really don't like talking about. But here are some pictures of what the past 13 days have looked like for Finn & Tuck.

Me and Finn, 8 days old

Wy and Finn (at about 3 pounds 12 oz), 8 days old


Finn. Love those big lips and dangling foot.

 Tiny Finn

 Finn, who looks just like Wyatt's baby picture... I'll show you later.

Adorable Tuck, who is a little more sick than Finn and has been transferred to another hospital:(

Wy and Tuck

Tate gets to see Finn for the first time through the Nicu window!

Tate looking in so closely and nothing but smiles. She wants them home so badly and already calls them her "little sweethearts".




 Tuck's bed at the new hospital.

 Tuck... always has his hands up by his face

 Maybe Tuck looks a little more like me?

 Me and Tuck, 13 days old

 Tuck... seeming very comfortable in his new crib


Tuck's tiny toes

29 comments:

  1. I do the same thing- write and then delete the posts that don't sound so happy. But I think honest is.. honest and healthy. Life can't always be so cheerful and it's refreshing to hear about all parts. I can't imagine how frightening tiny babies and tubes and endless hospital visits are.. but these pictures of your new boys are sweet and I hope, hope things start getting easier/healthier/more hopeful for all of you.

    p.s. Finns are resilient. (I'm sure Tucks are too.)

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  2. I like how you are so honest. I'll be praying for your adorable boys. Hopefully time will fly by quick and they will be home soon.

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  3. My heart hurts for you, chels. I don't know what to say. I know you and your sweet family will get through this time, but right now it must be so hard. I can't even begin to understand what you must be going through. So just know that you and those gorgeous baby boys are in my prayers. I wish there were something I could do. Like I said before, if you begin needing milk, I'm your girl. Just email and I'll bring it right over. Thinking of you and sending love and faith your way.

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  4. Oh Chels such darling pictures of the boys and little miss tate. You're doing an amazing job and those boys are lucky to have such great parents like you and Wyatt!

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  5. oh they are absolutely precious! God bless them always

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  6. Okay first of all, did you really just birth twins? You look AMAZING! I cannot even imagine how difficult this whole situation is. Thanks for sharing all the pictures, they are so adorable and Tate's little sign made me teary-eyed. You are going to love seeing her with them, it is so fun to see their love for their little baby/ies. Does Wyatt take the step soon? Just think, he will have a good chunk of time off to help before you know it!

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  7. wow. i don't even know where to begin. this is my favorite post you've done to date i think. tate's sign made me cry! i'm so glad she finally got to see finn. they look so great. ahh so many thoughts. first, the first picture of finn with his eyes open - he is so darling. i love him. i was just laughing so hard thinking about how you said his eyes were the size of the top of the e. they are not! he is sooooo handsome and does look like wy. tuck - why does he remind me of wells? it's that nose. he looks so great! it's crazy in comparison to the last time i saw them a week and a half ago. they look like new babies. gosh i am just dying right now! i want to hang out with them. you look so beautiful too in that first picture... modelish. anyway enough of this babbling... i just miss them so much my heart hurts! love you guys.

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  8. I think Tuck looks so much better in his 13 day old photos! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
    Love ya!

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  9. I love these pictures. The twins are beautiful and will be out before you know it. Tuck looks just like Wyatt. We miss you, wish we could be there to help out. It seems like Tate is doing a stellar job as an older sister. She is the perfect girl for twin brothers.

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  10. oh chelsea! my heart is open and feeling your struggle with this time. how hard it would be to have your babies in the hospital and not at home with you. just know that one day they will be big strong boys and they won't ever believe they were once so tiny. they are both gorgeous whoever they look like - helps to have both a gorgeous mom and dad. how on earth do you manage to look so beautiful through all of this? and wyatt doesn't seem like he has a stress in the world! has he already taken the step? i love the picture of tate with the note up for the twins introducing herself. this must be difficult for her as well. as they say - this too shall pass. the important thing is - finn and tuck are here! they are well and getting stronger everyday and more ready to come home. i'll be thinking of you all.
    love, anushka

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  11. I love how Tuck looks so much like you and Finn like Wyatt. They are so sweet and Tate is amazing. What a dear! Hang in there, we'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Those are beautiful boys. I don't know how you keep that gorgeous smile on your face because I'm crying for you. But I do know that your strength right now is what is helping those precious boys grow stronger themselves.
    So when times are tough, just keep the love.
    I know Tate sure seems to have that figured out. Sweet soul in a little lady's body.

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  13. I just love you. Wish I knew how to help. Those boys are darling. Sweet little fighters. And the pics of Tate looking through the window were priceless/heartbreaking. The boys really are looking better. Tuck even looks like he's got cheeks.

    Please don't hesitate to call if you need anything. I'm so close and would do anything. Hang in there. Sending lots and lots of love and prayers your way....

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  14. Ok I'm crying...This so brings me back. They look so good to me and I know how hard this time is but seriously you will get through it! You are stronger than most! Please let me know if I can do anything for you...hang in there!

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  15. You are a champ! Write however you damn well feel. Just kidding, but truly, we are thinking of you guys. Your little boys are absolutely adorable, and that picture of tate peaking through the window is priceless. I hope you get to take them home soon.

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  16. Chels they are gorgeous! You have such a beautiful family and i love your honesty...we are praying for you all and I adore Tate's picture...she is going to be a fabulous big sister!

    Love you all and hope everyone get's to go home soon.

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  17. i am a serious blubbering mess lately! loved every bit of that post! these little boys are just so dear to my heart. and that sweet picture of tate with her sign. ahh!! she is such a little gem. finn does look more and more like wy! he's as darling as can be. and tuck! he's looking so much better. what a little sweetheart. i truly can't wait for the day when they are healthy enough to come home to you. and don't worry, you'll have many hands to help hold them :) you guys are the greatest parents. and freaking attractive too! man, all those pics! how oh how do you look so good? such a superstar. i keep laughing thinking back on last night and your reactions in the movie. comedy hour that was!! :) love you guys!

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  18. thanks for updating...i've been thinking about you guys! I'm sorry they are at different hospitals, that would be hard! I want to come and see you when you are at the hospital... I'll bring you a "so cupcake" that should cheer you up for a min at least. haha

    see you soon
    katie

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  19. I'm so happy you found time to record these pictures and your thoughts..at least some of them:) This is such a difficult time, but you will look back on it someday, and be so happy to have these sweet memories! We love all 5 of you and are so proud of what amazing parents you two are! And I agree... I think a little Chelsea may have snuck i with Tuck:)

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  20. I'm obsessed with them! They are so handsome. I wouldn't expect anything else though, coming from you two. I'm dying to see the little guys. We pray for them constantly. We love you!

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  21. Hang in there Chels. Two hospitals? I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Hopefully soon their good days will out number the bad and you will see the light at the end of the NICU tunnel soon. Keep writing you'll regret not keeping all the memories good and bad.

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  22. So I have been calling my mom regularly for twin updates (I knew you and Wyatt were insanely busy), but it is so fun to see all the pictures! Oh my word. Those are some handsome little guys! They are absolutely beautiful!!! And yes, I think Finn looks a lot like Wy. (I know exactly which baby picture you are talking about. Good golly, Wy has found his mini-me.) Tuck is looking quite healthy! I was so happy to see his good coloring. He looks strong! I can only imagine how difficult it has been to have 2 babies in the NICU and now at 2 different hospitals. This is a trying time for sure. I wish I could be there to help! Please know that the Meekers are thinking of you and praying for you. And that we LOVE you all. I can't wait to get down there and see them!!!! We are planning to come for Memorial Day weekend. Oh and Tate's sign in the window was probably the cutest thing I've ever seen.

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  23. Oh my how tiny Finn looks like Dad. And I see a lot of Tate in Tuck's little nose. They are both looking healthy, all things considered! I can't even imagine how you're holding it together, but keep it up. They'll be crawling around your ankles before you know it! Wish I were there to take you to lunch and give you a hug.

    xo Miranda

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  24. It would be so hard to see your babies everyday and not be able to hold them when you want and snuggle them into their own beds. You will get through this. You have a beautiful family and I am so excited to follow twin adventures on your blog! I'll be looking forward to the day you, Wyatt and Tate can bring those handsome little guys home!

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  25. i say write your thoughts - screw what we think! i can't imagine how stressful this time is -- especially now that they are at two hospitals... and tate home... and on and on and on. it WILL pass but in the meantime prob feels somewhat unbearable. remember, beautiful weather is on its way and lots of people are praying for you 5 :) like me!

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  26. and i'd like to add that YOU look totally beautiful.

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  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! Camden is very concerned about their feeding tubes in their tiny noses. Please let me know if I can do anything Chels. Even if you need me to go to the store for you. And we are always happy to take that Taters we love so much. We love you and are keeping you all in our prayers. xoxox

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  28. congrats on your two new bundles of joy. i hope they continue to fight and get stronger. i can't imagine how you are feeling with them both in separate places. so awful.
    they both are darling!

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  29. Oh, Tate's sign made me tear up. Your twins are adorable, but I had no doubts in that department. My heart aches for you and your fam--hoping these NICU days go by as quickly as possible. Thanks for sharing these pics. :)

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