They decided they couldn't wait any longer than 34 weeks and 4 days to come greet the world. On March 23rd at 10:26 pm & 10:27 pm first Alexander James and then Archer John were born by c-section (due to the fact that Archer decided to stay in his sideways position). Xander was 5 lbs. 6 oz. and 19.5 in. long. Archer was 4 lbs. 13 oz. and 18 in. long. When I first saw them, I couldn't believe that both of those babies fit inside of me. Both of them required extra monitoring due to the fact that they were premature, but completely healthy. They had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for two weeks. This was mainly to ensure that they could eat well on their own and continue to grow and gain weight.
We've been home now for two weeks, and it is exhausting but awesome all at the same time. And even though I know one baby would be half as much work, I wouldn't trade having my two bundles of joy for anything in the world. They were both such individuals right from the very start. It's amazing how two little beings can be so different from each other, even though they were conceived at the same time and shared the same space for so long.
It's time! Wearing my super cute birthing/hospital gown from ModMum.
Alexander (Xander) James in the NICU with his dad.
Archer John also in the NICU with his dad. He needed a little extra oxygen for about 6 hours after he was born and then he was good to go.
First time holding my babies. So precious!
Archer and Xander snuggling with mom during their feeding through their nasal gavage tubing.
No more monitors! And we get to share a bed now. :)
I love my brother.
The doctor says we can go home!
Celebrating National Sibling Day with snuggles.
And here is one of our photos from our newborn photo shoot. This was my husbands idea. He's very creative. :) The foxes and fox scarves were knitted by my wonderful sister in law Amy from Amy's Nutritarian Kitchen.