KicKee Pants' NICU for YOU- Weston and Taylor Anne


St. Joseph's Candler Hospital
Attn: Meredith Scaccia and Mary Telfair
5353 Reynolds Street
Savannah, GA 31405
 

Referred by: Bethany Shantz
 


We have two precious, beautiful little miracle twins that are now almost a month and a half old. They were born Feb 18, 2015, our sweet little Weston was 4 lbs 5 oz and our precious Taylor Anne was 4 lbs 2 oz. They were born at 32 weeks, so immediately rushed to the NICU to be able to give them constant care. We expected with twins that we would more than likely have a NICU stay, but we certainly never expected them to come so early and with so much to be concerned about. As with any parent you don’t want ANYTHING to happen to your precious babies, but these two babies were truly miracles and I couldn’t imagine if something were to happen to one or both of them. Back up a bit to tell you how we got these little miracles:

3 years ago (in 2 days) I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a terrible awful diagnosis for anyone, but certainly a shock when you are 28 and married for only 2 beautiful years. I was immediately rushed to the hospital, where I was then told that they had good news and bad news. The good news was that it looked like CML Leukemia, which was the best kind to have. The bad news was that I was pregnant and we would lose the baby due to my chemo. Also, that I would never be able to carry a child due to a chemo pill that I have to be on daily for the rest of my life. I think that reality was harder for me to accept than having cancer. Cici, My best friend in the world and the most selfless woman I have ever met, offered on the same day to carry my child. It took me 2 years to actually believe that she was serious and actually wanted to do such an amazing thing for us! No doctors had ever tried to harvest eggs from a CML patient on my type of chemo, so it really was just trial and error and a huge big (and expensive!) trial. Lucky for us, I had THE best and most amazing doctors working with us and after a few runs they finally perfected everything enough that they felt comfortable taking me off my life-saving chemo pills for 17 days to get my eggs. They were able to harvest 12 eggs, 10 of which had been affected by my chemo and 2 that were seemingly useable and unaffected! So on we went, hoping & praying that these two precious little eggs would give us a baby. (…and now I’m crying writing this) Much to everyone’s surprise, Cici was pregnant with our two precious little twins. It was a constant fear and worry that something could be terribly wrong because they weren’t really sure to what capacity my chemo could have affected them. Lucky for them though, they are just PERFECT! All 10 fingers and toes and all working parts…so now back to our NICU story. But now you know why NOTHING could happen to these two little miracle babies.

They were rushed to the NICU after Cici’s c-section at 2:00 p.m. We both got to see them for a few minutes after delivery, but really ddin’t get to soak it all in or really spend time looking at them until late that night. Of course, I totally lost it. I had prepared myself for the worst and to see these tiny little babies hooked up to all sorts of tubes and naked or in yucky hospital clothes. But much to my amazement, they were in precious little preemie clothes! Our sick, tiny, preemie babies were dressed in “normal” baby clothes. I can’t tell you how comforted that made me feel, and even made it seem so much more “normal” to be able to touch them or even in a few days hold them. The cutest, sweetest part was how the nurses found such joy in dressing our little babies. They would go to their little bin of clothes and dig through to find just the perfect little outfit. And I can’t tell you how much that touched my heart knowing that these sweet nurses cared about my little babies that much. They got most of these clothes by purchasing them themselves, and would be thrilled when they came in with new preemie clothes purchases.  

We were so lucky that our little babies were such strong fighters from the very beginning. Of course they lost weight and both got to around 3 lbs, but seemingly we had an “easy” NICU stay. They just needed to learn to eat and grow, and they did that shockingly quickly. Our little Taylor Anne came home a week and a half later and Weston a few days later. I can’t even begin to describe the love we have for these nurses and staff. I also can’t even begin to describe the unbelievable care and love and attention that we got. They had little rooms attached to the NICU, so that we could spend the night and “stay” with our babies. The hospital administration never left our side. We had a photographer with us for the delivery portion, and you can see the hospital administrator, Meredith, in the background in EVERY single photo. Literally, they were beside us, holding our hands, every step of the way. She still emails and texts me almost daily to check on the babies. The nurses simply went above and beyond to make sure our babies were taken care of, and we were comforted. I can’t tell you how much it did for my heart to have them in “normal” baby clothes. So precious to see them dressed in something new each day, and have a sense of normalcy. We had decided after we left that we would happily donate all of our preemie clothes to them and go buy more so that other parents could have the same wonderful experience we had.

I can’t think of a better or more deserving NICU that St. Josephs Candler in Savannah, GA. We will forever be grateful to them for taking such unbelievably amazing care of our two little miracles. We still laugh about their little jokes, and talk about each of the nurses who loved on them so much, and will forever be indebted to them for all the preemie clothes I can ever find! Thank you for considering them for your NICU project and I am confident that you would bless SO SO many wonderful NICU babies and families with your donation.

Once our babies finally started to outgrow preemie clothes, the first NB outfit we put them in was their Kickee Pants cookie outfit. And now we can’t seem to put them in anything else, why would you want to with this amount of cuteness? Before they were even born, my husband and I would go into their closet and play the “what would you put them in today” game and every  single time both of our outfits of choice would be Kickee pants. My husband even said that every time he dressed them you could guarantee that he would never pick anything other than Kickee. Why would you? Thank you for the most adorable and comfortable outfits and for dressing our twins, and hopefully blessing so many at the St. Josephs Candler NICU. 

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