Woodman Twins Need Your Help
Hello everyone for those of you who don't know us my name is Danny Woodman and my amazing wife is Dea Woodman. Many of you have been on an incredible roller coaster ride with us from the beginning of trying to get pregnant through our successful IVF journey and pregnancy. God blessed us with our twin boys on April 27, 2015 at 12 weeks early. Austin James Woodman was born at 0058a.m. with a weight of 1 lb. 12 oz. and 13 1/4 inches. His identical twin brother Easton Daniel Woodman was born at 0101a.m. with a weight of 2 lbs. 6 oz. and 13 1/2 inches. For the first week the boys were doing pretty good for 26 weeker's in the NICU at Sierra Vista , we later found out there was air in Austin's abdomen. Austin had to be transported down to Cottage Children's Hospital in Santa Barbara to have emergency surgery. Austin now has an ostomy, which is a small hole in his abdomen that brings the intestine to the surface for him to potty from, which will eventually get closed back up but he has to be over 4 pounds, eating, and going to the bathroom on his own before they can do the surgery to close the incision. We are hoping that once he starts doing some of these things and he is stable enough, the doctors will let him come back to San Luis to be with his brother and his family. Easton is doing well continuing to take mom's milk beautifully and seems to be quite "spunky" according to all the nurses at Sierra Vista NICU. Needless to say we weren't really expecting any of this nor were we prepared for the emotional and financial burden of all this. Since Austin was transported to Santa Barbara my wife and I have been separated so that each of us can be with one of the boys. That in itself has been very difficult with trying to find places to stay and all of that. Dea has been able to visit Austin as well but only for a day or two at a time. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. Any little bit will help ease the stress of the medical cost as well as general life financial obligations. Thank you all again and God Bless. #teamwoodmantwins.
Easton is doing awesome as well. He is 6lbs 6oz and about 17 inches long!! He is plumping up nicely and is developing a double chin which makes mom very happy J. He has had follow up head ultrasounds to check the status of the brain bleed and hydrocephalus and these results amaze the doctors here at Sierra Vista as well as mom and dad. The ultrasounds show significant improvement in the ventricles and the brain matter around the ventricles. There is still some clotting showing up on the scans but nothing compared to what it was before. Truly a miracle!!! He will have a brain MRI before discharge and will be followed closely by a local pediatric neurologist as he grows. We still will not know the effects of the bleed until Easton grows and matures. We are praying that they are minor, if any, and that he will continue to amaze us all. Easton is working on taking his milk by bottle as well as nursing. The hospital uses a “step” method that goes by 2’s for feeding. He is currently on step 2 of 6 which means he is taking some of his feeds by bottle. He likes it best when mom and dad feed him and he seems to want to take a whole bottle for us versus only about ½ a bottle from the nurses.
As of today Austin and Easton are about 2 ½ months old, but are still a few weeks away from their original due date. Their adjusted gestational age is 37 ½ weeks. Thank you all for keeping our boys and Danny and I in your thoughts and prayers. It truly means a lot to us to have so much love and support.
You are very much in my thoughts. My daughter was born 11 years ago. 12 weeks early. Weighing 1 lb 14 ounces and 14 inches long. She also had a grade 3 brain bleed. Hang in there!!! My daughter was in the NICU 2.5 months with many dark days but it had a happy ending!
Prayers for you and your family!