22 December 2010

Welcome to Our World

The world gained two more Chu's tonight. Our little twin girls are now out of the womb, breathing the air around us.

We started the c-section process this afternoon at around 4:20, with things going very routine.

The plan has always been for our Baby A (Penelope Anne) to come out first and Baby B (Lydia Belle) to come out second. But the girls had other thoughts this evening because as the delivery process happened, Lydia was the first to join us in the world and Penelope came out second.

Lydia Belle Chu born 12.22.2010 at 4:49pm at 2lbs 4oz.

Penelope Anne Chu born 12.22.2010 at 4:50 at 1lbs 8oz.

Just in case people haven't been following they are 2 months early and are preemies. Our Penelope was diagnosed as a Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction baby and because she needed to come out early, Lydia had to as well even though she was completely fine.

I took quite a number of pictures but for now I'm only going to post these two from the birth.

Lydia Belle. She and her sister both came frank breech. She was unexpectedly first. My first glance over the curtain. As soon as she was able to, she began to cry her little mouse cries telling us she was upset that she was out. She also flailed and fought as she was carried to the care table.



Penelope Anne. So tiny!! She fought and flailed also on her way out, crying and making a fuss. The NICU doctor called her "a feisty one!" and was pleasantly surprised by her activity. It only solidifies what Bethany was feeling in the womb. Our Penny is a fighter.



A quick shot of us after the girls had been sent up to the NICU. Bethany did amazing! The process was so quick! The doctors, specialists and nurses at Methodist Germantown Women's and Children's Pavilion have been amazing.



Thank you ALL for your prayers and thoughts that you have given us over the past 7 months. We are extremely humbled by everyone that we know and don't know that have interceded for us and our babies. We still walk a precarious path with two tiny babies and we will continue to hope and pray that their little lives will be taken care of by our Jesus.

18 comments:

Joe Goldfish said...

Congrats Mr. Chu... Little Chu Babies runnin around the Chu house :) So happy for you guys

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! You're in our prayers!

naznewsgirl said...

Congratulations to you and Bethany! :) Your girls are already beautiful, and filled with spirit. I know they will bring great blessings and challenges to your life.

Joanna Young said...

Congratulations, Jonathan and Bethany! So happy for you! We will be praying for your family! As I told you this afternoon, Christmastime is an AMAZING time to have your children born. To think that Almighty God, humbled himself to become one of these tiny babies, is breathtaking! You are blessed!

Gene Burroughs said...

Congratulations you guys Praise the Lord!

Amy said...

Praise Jesus! Love you guys so much.

Grace said...

This made me tear up! You guys are amazing and I have no doubt that these girls are going to be world-changers! Well done and congratulations to both of you!

acs2009 said...

They are beautiful. They bring back memories of our preemie twins. You're in for a ride: buckle up and hang on! Our family continues to pray for you all. These next few months won't be easy, but with all of the support you have you'll be just fine.

Lesley, Dennis, Landon, and Natalee "Lou" said...

Congratulations and Merry Christmas! So glad to hear everything went smoothly. Your new little family is in our prayers!

Miki said...

They are so precious :) Congrats, Jonathan and Bethany! My niece was a 2-month preemie, so I know how it goes. Will be praying intensely for you guys and the babies!

The Unsolvable 27 said...

Amazing! You hve been blessed with two amazing people, and rightfully so! Congratualtions!

Changis said...

Congrats to all of you;those giving birth and those being born.God's miracles surround us every moment every day.
Thanks for sharing the pics. We will continue to pray for the girls to grow stronger,healthier each day.
Love ya all.
Changis for the family

LundieP said...

Congratulations, and prayers for you and yours! Merry Christmas!!

Beth said...

They are beautiful. I pray for their strength and healing as they grow.

My boyfriend and I are Skillet fans, and he told me several months back that "Hey you know the violin guy? His wife is pregnant with twins and he's referring to the babies as Chuplicates." As then we heard what you all were facing, so we have followed, reading this journey and praying for a good outcome.

We were at Skillet's show in Nashville at the beginning of December and I just wanted you to know I prayed for you when I saw you that evening, and I prayed that you'd have strength even when the answers weren't clear.

Patricia said...

Awwww the girls are precious and what a blessing, the family is in our continued prayers

Shirley said...

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Happy Birthday to You¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Happy Birthday to You¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Happy Birthday Dear Lydia and Penelope ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Happy Birthday to you¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ And MANY MORE!

Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages. Very happy for you Mommy and Daddy Chu! Will keep praying. Much love to you all...

LeighAnn said...

Congratulations to you and Bethany on your beautiful baby girls! One of God's biggest miracles and best gifts is the children with whom He blesses us. Prayers and thanks for your twins from your friends in FL.

Crystal Ripp said...

Just wanted to let you know our house church from Albany Oregon is praying for your family. I'm an adoptive mom of two premature baby girls, Ava, born 10 weeks early at 3 lb 6 oz. and Lily born 15 weeks early at 1 lb 7 oz. I know what an emotional journey it is seeing your tiny babies in the NICU and praying for their continued growth and progress. May the peace of God rule in your hearts and minds. Congratulations!