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I'm a grandpa!

We have achieved twin.

Brayden Robert came out first and was smallest, at 4 pounds 4 ounces.

Hunter James was second, and weighed in at 6 pounds 11 ounces. Don't panic -- his name is not Hunter Hunter, as I suggested: They're taking daddy's last name. (Mom and Dad are filling out the birth certificate as I type this.)

The boys were impatient and came out a bit early, at a little over 34 weeks. As a result, their lungs aren't fully developed, and they'll be in NICU for a couple of weeks, although Charis should be home in a few days. Hunter is having more problems, apparently owing to his being the second one out during the C-Section.

I want to say how incredibly impressed I was by everyone down here at Parkview North in Fort Wayne. The staff has been incredible, and the whole family is in very good hands. They even showed me how to wrap Brayden as a the "baby taco" after I held him (newborns like the feeling of being tightly wrapped up.)
Grandpa and Brayden

Charis is sore but is already eating and walking around a bit. Vinny has done a great job of pretending he's not totally stressed out ... I'm pretty good at that too, but I've had more practice.
Here they are just before going to the delivery room, at about 6:30 a.m. -- the babies were born at 6:54 a.m. and 6:55 a.m.
Soon to be Mom and Dad

So, that's it for now. I've started a photobucket album for the babies, although there aren't too many pics on it yet: http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/ozma914/Brayden%20and%20Hunter/

Thanks for all your great comments to my last post! I'll answer as time allows. Everyone is doing as well as can be expected, and the babies are being very well taken care of. Throw all your prayers, wishes and good vibes our way!


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Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I'll pass it on!
Jun. 21st, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Grandpa!!!

And, congratulations to Charis and Vinny!!

Beautiful boys!!

Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and I'll pass it on to them! :-)
(no subject) - leap_to_faith - Jun. 27th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
What lovely boys! Congratulations to all concerned - go pour yourself a stiff drink!
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
Sadly, I don't drink (well, hardly ever) -- but if I'd had time, this would have been the weekend when I needed it! I settled for massive amounts of Mountain Dew, instead. :-)
Jun. 21st, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ohhh bless them!!!

Many, many congratulations!
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and the more blessings, the better!
Jun. 21st, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats and good luck to your whole family.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Thanks -- even after the boys are all well and home, it's going to be a challenge.
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Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
NICU nurses
They sure are, but everyone was amazing, from doctors right on down to the reception people and cafeteria workers. I didn't encounter a sour face for two days -- if you have to be in the hospital, that's the way to do it.
Jun. 21st, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!!! Thank you so much for sharing the photos! What a proud Grandpa you are. :) I am getting weepy just looking at the pictures. Makes me want another baby. Your grandsons look beautiful and healthy - that's great!

Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Awww ... thanks, and I'm glad you liked the pics! They're having a few problems, but nothing unexpected from preemies, and they're getting preemium care. *grin*
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news. Thanks for sharing the pics and telling us so promptly. You look absolutely adorable holding the little scrap. You'll be training him to fight fires before you know it.

Many congratulations and good wishes to all the family!
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Well, after making that first announcement I couldn't leave everyone hanging for long, could I? :-) Besides, I was able to get a little free time while holding down the fort in the family lounge, where there's free wireless.

They'll make great firefighters, won't they?
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
thank you!
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! They're looking good as is the rest of the family. And good vibes headed your way Opa.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I appreciate it -- good vibes and lotsa caffeine should keep us going! :-)
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congrats to you all. They look adorable and I think Hunter Hunter would have been a fine name *g*.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
I think so too, but in the end neither of us got a vote! :-) Thanks!
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Beautiful boys - I always wished I had twin boys. Double fun.
Hope everyone is doing well and CONGRATS!! Quite the life moment!

Your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Jun. 21st, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Um - IS in my thoughts and prayers...I speak English...
(no subject) - ozma914 - Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ozma914 - Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and your family.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Thanks much! It makes me want to fight for a better world all that much harder ...
Jun. 21st, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and your family! The boys are so precious.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Aren't they, though? Thanks!
Jun. 21st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Congratulations!
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Thanks much, times two!
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