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The boys have arrived! ~ DC Newborn Photographer

Hallelujah the boys have arrived safely!  As scheduled I had a c-section (required with mono-mono twins) during the morning on Tuesday July 15th.  I am not even sure how to describe my emotions that day.  The c-section itself was pretty overwhelming to say the least.  Due to the high risk nature of mono-mono and twins we had quite a few people in the OR and it was all a lot to take in.  I remember asking my doctor as they were administering the spinal if I was truly in fact pregnant :)  Lets just suffice it to say that it was surreal and overwhelming.  At 9:11am I heard the cry I’ve been waiting to hear for almost a decade – the cry of my child. Elijah Alexander was first out weighing 4 lbs 12 oz and 17.5 in long.  His brother, Joshua Paul, came at 9:12am weighing 4 lbs 11 oz and was also 17.5 in long.  The umbilical cords were twisted like a candy cane, but there were no knots!!!!  We were all shocked and so incredibly thankful to God for protecting them.  After a very quick hello to mommy the boys were rushed off to the NICU to be evaluated.  We were so thankful that both boys were breathing room air on their own and only needed a little support for lung pressure.  Since then we have been living the NICU life (kuddos to anyone who has done this!!!  It is not easy to say the least) and driving back and forth daily.  Both boys make huge strides everyday.  They are both breathing without any pressure support as of yesterday and are up to “full feeds” (they start on IV nutrition the first couple days and then slowly introduce breast milk/formula through a feeding tube until they reach 40ml per feeding).  We hope to start feeding by mouth by next Tuesday and then the journey of learning to breathe/suck/swallow at the same time begins.  In utero this ability starts to develop around 34 weeks so that is when they let us start trying to feed via mouth.  The doctors are hoping that they will go home around 36-37 weeks, but it really depends on how quickly the boys master their breathing while eating.

Thank you for all your prayers!!!!  We still need prayers as the boys are not out of the woods yet but the doctors are very encouraging and say they are doing amazing for 32 weekers.  We have been warned that the NICU life can be a roller coaster and some days the boys might have to be back on pressure support for breathing/lung pressure but for now we are celebrating and praying that they will only make forward strides. We all can’t wait to have them home with us and start life as a family.  Here are a few pictures from my iphone. Hoping to get some with my “fancy” camera soon:)

Josh – 3 days old holding my finger as we snuggled and 4 days old listening to Daddy sing him Johnny Cash:)

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Eli at 4 days old smiling that he got his nose cannula out and his face was finally free of breathing tubes :)  The orange tube is their feeding tube and is moved to the nose once they have been off of respiratory help for a few days.

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One week old!!!  Eli is on the right (he had to have an IV in his head because he kept pulling the others loose – they are feisty little guys:)) and Josh on the left.  Everyone keeps asking if they look identical and I would say from this they sure do:)

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Josh giving Mommy a big grin yesterday as the doctor removed his nose cannula.  So excited for both boys to be free of breathing machines:)

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Liam Jackson ~ Virginia Birth Photographer

I had the honor of helping welcome Liam into this world on January 4th.  His due date was Jan 3rd but he wanted to make his mark at the perfect time – born at 4:41 on 1/4/14.  Pretty cool eh? :)  His mom Crystal was a champion and held in there while Liam decided his arrival time.  So excited to be able to finally share his birth story with you.  Enjoy:)

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Love catching sweet moments like this in the middle of labor….

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Precious boy:)

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Check out their birth slideshow….

 

The birth of Liam Jackson from Heather Behlendorf on Vimeo.

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Featured ~ Maryland Birth Photographer

It has been so much fun to see where EmmaLee & Grayson’s birth story has been shared.  Thought I would share a few of the places:)

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birth of IVF miraclesHeather is a photographer is the DC Metro area, including Virginia, DC, and Maryland.  She photographs weddings all over Virginia, DC, Maryland and loves destination weddings.  She also does newborn portraits in her in home studio and on location family portraits.  Heather is a wife to an amazing hubby, lover of all things handmade, a animal lover, and is addicted to Pinterest.  Her work has been featured on such sites as: Wedding Channel, Rustic Wedding Chic, Charm City Wed, Bayside Bride, United with Love and many more.  For more information on booking a session please contact Heather at heather@heatherbeephoto.com.

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The birth of twin miracles ~ Maryland Birth Photographers

It isn’t often that you get to take part in a story that touches you so deeply.  In February I was honored to photograph the birth of EmmaLee & Grayson.  They are the twin miracles of Sandi & Phillip that were carried by their generous friend, Andrea (with amazing support from her hubby Mark).  I originally met Sandi & Andrea through my own journey of infertility on the Shady Grove Fertility Facebook page.  Sandi developed a community amongst the ladies going through cycles to support one another.  Through that she met Andrea and became best friends.  Little did Sandi know at the time how much Andrea & Mark would become part of their family.  Their story was shared on the Today show back in December and on Sunday both families appeared on the Today show live.  Now that the story has been shared by the Today show I wanted to share their birth slideshow with you (you have to watch it with the sound on:)).  Enjoy a glimpse into true friendship and a miracle of God.

Waiting to go back in for the c-section….

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Songs: Make it Through by Tryone Wells (licensed through Song Freedom) & Mine to Love by Dave Barnes (licensed through The Music Bed)

the birth of EmmaLee & Grayson from Heather Behlendorf on Vimeo

Heather is a photographer is the DC Metro area, including Virginia, DC, and Maryland.  She photographs weddings all over Virginia, DC, Maryland and loves destination weddings.  She also does newborn portraits in her in home studio and on location family portraits.  Heather is a wife to an amazing hubby, lover of all things handmade, a animal lover, and is addicted to Pinterest.  Her work has been featured on such sites as: Wedding Channel, Rustic Wedding Chic, Charm City Wed, Bayside Bride, United with Love and many more.  For more information on booking a session please contact Heather at heather@heatherbeephoto.com.

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