They had me from hello. I am head over heels 100% smitten with these two. Riles & Breck are the perfect addition to our family and I already can not imagine how different our lives would have been without them.
At 5 lbs. 3 oz. and 18 1/2 inches long, Riles Michael, is the "big" brother. He reminds me so much of Kyler when he was born, except Riles' hair and eyebrows are much lighter. Could I get my blond baby?? Riles' name comes from a play on my maiden name "O'Reilly" and was actually my dad's nickname in high school. If I had my way, he would have been named "Jordy"...but the diehard Bears' fan in my husband could not let that happen since there is a "Jordy" on the Packers. I finally accepted that it wasn't going to happen and am so glad we came up with his new name.
Breck Dennis is my feisty little baby bird. He is two pounds less than Riles and is only 3 lbs. 6 oz. and 17 inches long. Unfortunately, he will not be coming home with us tomorrow. He will stay here in great hands as we try to get him to gain some weight and keep his temperature up on his own. He is a fantastic eater, so at least we have that going for us. Breck's name was fairly easy for us to come up with a couple months ago and I just always knew this strong, manly name would be perfect for my little fighter growing a little slower in my tummy. ** Also, his middle name is a shout out to Chad's dad, who is also a twin ;) **
Having a c-section was the scariest and most intimidating thing I have ever done. I think I squeezed Chad's hand off as I tried to relax on the operating table. The emotions were out of control as I nervously awaited the sound of crying babies and then the sense of relief was more than I could handle. I prayed for strength to get through this and then I gave thanks after I realized everyone was going to be ok. After preparing myself for the worst, that relief and thankfulness consumed me.
I love this shot that Chad got of our families checking out the little guys just after they were born.
Riles was cracking me up, so I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone.
Thank you everyone for all the encouragement and prayers over the last eight months. I think the adventure is just starting...