The Hoffman Family
When we found out we were expecting twins, there were complications from the beginning. I was in the hospital at 12 weeks due to excessive bleeding. At the 16 week anatomy scan, we found out that one of the twins was missing an artery in her umbilical cord which caused a disruption in her growth. At twenty-two weeks I was placed on bed rest for the duration of the pregnancy and the risks of premature birth were outlined for us. This was an extremely scary time. At 31 weeks, my water broke and we tried to hold off on delivering the twins. I was administered 1 out of 4 steroid shots to develop the lungs but unfortunately, the babies went into distress my first night in the hospital and I had an emergency C-section. When I finally woke up from the anesthesia, I found out I had delivered a twin boy and girl and that both were in the NICU. Our daughter Sydney was born at 2 lbs. 11 oz. luckily with minimal problems. She suffered from some minor kidney issues, feeding issues, jaundice and premature retinas, but was breathing on her own. My son Dylan had more severe issues. He was born at 3 lbs. 9 oz. and immediately needed a blood transfusion. He also suffered from a brain hemorrhage, 2 pneumothoraxes (holes in his lungs), was placed on oxygen and a ventilator.
While we were able to hold Sydney at first, Dylan remained hooked up to oxygen and on a ventilator and we were unable to hold him for over a week. Luckily we had the support of our parents and friends who came with me every day to the NICU, and the wonderful support of the doctors and nurses. Sydney and Dylan continued to grow and get stronger every day in the NICU. Today they are thriving juniors in High School. They have worked so hard and come so far. We are grateful for all the care and support we received and that is why our support of the March of Dimes is so important to us.