Meet one of our very favorite moms ~ Kate. We have nothing but respect, admiration and love for this woman ~ she is incredible for so, so many reasons, and we’d love to share a bit about her story of motherhood….
Thrilled to be pregnant with twins, Kate and her husband Randy soon found out that their boys had a disease called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion System (TTTS), where the twins shared blood from a single placenta. It is a dangerous condition that can cause imbalances in blood delivery and lead to death in one or more multiples. It would be a long road ahead….Kate and Randy remained hopeful through twice-weekly ultrasounds and procedures, heart-wrenching decisions and countless doctors appointments. To make matters worse, Kate developed severe edema which lead to months of bedrest.
At just 28 weeks, the boys were born. Conor weighed 1 lb. 14 oz, and his brother, Liam, weighed 2 lbs. 11 oz. Following birth, the boys were admitted to the NICU, and that’s where they remained for the first three months of life. Kate and Randy stayed with them daily ~ trips to the hospital, home, and back again. Kate nursed her boys and poured her love into them. Over the next 18 months, both boys remained on oxygen, underwent three surgeries and countless tests, withstood collapsed lungs, ear infections, pneumonia, and long periods of time being quarantined to their home.
When the day came that the boys could come home, Kate & Randy celebrated and began a new equally challenging chapter in caring for their children. Throughout it all, they remained positive with difficult days and sleepless nights beyond what is the norm. Kate did not let down and became even stronger as a mother. She carried around one son in each arm, along with their oxygen tanks, went back to work, and remained steadfast. She gave regular blog updates on the boys’ health, always with such positivity ~ always grateful for her husband and children, always hopeful that they would become stronger and stronger. And they did! At 18 months, the boys were finally taken off daily oxygen, and their family was finally given a taste of freedom.
We are overjoyed to say that the boys’ lungs are getting healthier every day, and are unbelievably adorable and so full of life! They are two of the sweetest boys you could ever meet. We have had the absolute privilege of photographing them each year, and we could not be more grateful for this honor!!
Kate & Randy, we love you guys and your beautiful family! Thank you so much for sharing your strength and inspiration with us.