Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More on Ben and Emily

We thought everyone would like a little more info on the kids. Ben and Emily are still in the NICU but have been progressing very well. We have been worried about Emily since she has been having difficulty eating, but over the last few days, she has really changed her mind, I guess. She no longer has any left over food in her stomach like previously and loves to eat. The doctors thought she might have reflux problems and ran a test yesterday (we will get the results back today). Ben is eating like a horse. Yesterday he fed for over 30 min. Natalie says she feels like a cow when he eats.

In light of the hospital, over 50 babies have entered the NICU over the past few weeks and the center is swamped. Because of this and the fact that our babies are some of the most stable, they have been moved twice, once to the intermediate nursury, and when that room was full, downstairs to the pediatric unit. We kind of feel pushed around but understand the need they have.

We want to thank everyone for the prayers you have offered for them and us. We truly have felt them answered in the condition of Ben and Emily. We love you and can't wait until you get to see and hold them.

Happy Halloween

Our ward held a halloween party on Saturday and we were able to show off Hyrum's costume.

We found this lion costume and since he already knew how to "roar", it was perfect. During the party, each family was asked to go to the front to introduce themselves and tell what their costume was. When we got up, I said what Hyrum was and then asked him what a lion says. He, very bashfully and in a little timid voice, squeeked "roar". Everyone had a good laugh.

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween and hope you get lots of good candy.

Monday, October 23, 2006


It is now Monday and everything is calming down a little bit. The babies have been progressing so fast that they have moved them out of the main ICU unit and into an intermediate nursery. They are eating alot and are now trying to feed from Mom. It is a slow process but they will get it eventually. Natalie gets to feed them twice a day and hold them and snuggle with them. She is so excited everytime she comes out of the nursery.
I am now back to school and have a ton of homework and things to catch up on. It will be a wild ride. But, we are receiving alot of help and we are very thankful. Keep checking this site and we will continue to post new pictures every few days. Thank you all for your words and love.

Brandon, Natalie, Hyrum, Emily and Ben
(I will probably just start signing these "The Tibbitts")

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Natalie, In All Her Glory

Natalie may not appreciate this one but everyone loves it. Foot long incision, blood everywhere, yet still a big smile and proud mother. This is Emily next to her. Posted by Picasa

Sleeping Beauty

"Don't Bother Me, I'm Busy" Posted by Picasa

"I need kisses, Woe is me" Posted by Picasa

Here's The Princess

This picture screams "SPOILED" Posted by Picasa

Emily and Daddy

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Ben and Mommy

It turns out that every picture we took of us and Emily had Emily's face covered. We will get some more next time we go and share it with you Posted by Picasa

Ben and Daddy

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

They Have Arrived

Well, our babies have arrived. Natalie started contracting on Tuesday and she ended up in the hospital trying to stop them. They didnt, and after 1 1/2 days, the doctor decided it would be better for them to come and avoid Natalie suffering in pain so much for a few more weeks. Emily was born first at 7:28 and Ben was born at 7:30. They were both exactly 4 lbs 13 oz. Emily was 17 1/2 inches long and Ben was 16 inches long. They are both in the NICU but are doing really good considering. They are both off ventilators and are really progressing after just a day. We are so excited to have them and cant wait until we can hold them.


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