>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009

American Idol is on right now so it was a great opportunity to sneak away and update everyone on our appointment today. We saw Dr. Zaretsky and everything went really well and the twins are still growing like crazy. Kamryn is about 4.5 pounds and Brooke is about 5.25 pounds. Kamryn is actually measuring 5 days ahead of where a singleton baby would be at 33 weeks which is really good news. No wonder Stef is so uncomfortable. We also passed a milestone with Kamryn and that is the 4 pound weight requirement to be placed on ECMO (heart/lung bypass machine). We hope that this machine is not in our future, but if it is, she is now big enough to be placed on it if they are delivered early.

The lung to head ratio (LHR - a loose predictor of how much hypertension might be present at birth) for Kamryn is still incredibly high at 3.0. We want this to be higher than 1.4 so that is great news for our little girl.

After discussing options, we agreed that it made the most sense to be admitted into Parkland hospital on June 3rd which is 35 weeks. With Dr. Zaretsky out of town the following week, we felt it was safer to be there and have everything ready in case Stef goes into labor. Our hope is that she doesn't and when Dr. Zaretsky gets back on week 37 we will likely go ahead and deliver. So, the week of June 15th appears to be the week we will strap ourselves in for the roller coaster ride. We are as ready as we will ever be and continue to have absolute confidence in our medical team.

MRI is tomorrow at 10:00am and we are looking forward to seeing Dr. Twickler and getting more specific info on Kamryn lungs and liver position. We will update tomorrow night as that will give us a very clear picture of what we are dealing with.

Please keep Baby Avery, Baby Jaime and Baby Carter in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days. Baby Avery just had her surgery today and it looks like she will have some challenges ahead of her. Baby Jaime is doing well, but has an infection right now that they need to get under control. Baby Carter is doing well. They are trying to get him stable enough for his repair surgery. Jaime and Carter are also NICU roomies. Check in on them using the links on the right side of the blog "Keeping up with the Keirsey's", "Jaime's World" and "Carter Adler Carepage".

Looking forward to updating everyone with more good news tomorrow. Have a great evening!



Tracy Meats May 20, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

Great news regarding the girls' weights and growth!!! Even with them probably coming a little early, they are going to be good sized little girls. No wonder Stephanie is uncomfortable!! I think the LHR is awesome and hope tomorrow gives you an even more clear picture of what to expect in the weeks to come. I hope the girls decide to wait for Dr. Zaretsky to get back from vacation. Will be praying for your entire family in the weeks to come. Tell Kamryn that we are cheering her on and she is going to beat this monster and tell Brooke to fight hard and show her sister the way!! American Idol was good....Kamryn will be the next champion!!

Sending you positive thoughts for a good day tomorrow and hope it is not too tough on Stephanie.

Michael and Elizabeth Reeve May 21, 2009 at 3:40 AM  

Hey guys,

Excellent news on the LHR. I know these girlies are going to do great!

I feel like things are getting tight in my tummy with only one little one in there - I really do feel for you but not long to go now!

Looking forward to seeing how things go today.

God Bless and thinking of you all


Scott Nelson May 21, 2009 at 7:11 AM  

Shawn, you know you waited until American Idol was over before Blogging. You love Idol.

Rachel May 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM  

Great news!!! Cant wait to hear even MORE great news and to see pictures of your beautiful girls very soon1!!!

Thanks for the update and my prayers are with you always!

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