Say Hello....

posted on: 5.07.2011


to Finn Robinson + Tuck Bennett.
Making their early (32 weeks) and QUICK debut at 5:19 and 5:22am on May 4th. I checked in at 4am, and an hour later we were a family of FIVE!
Can you believe it? We still can't. We have three kids!

Some stats:
Finn, born first, weighed in at 4 lbs. 3 ounces and was 17.5 inches
Tuck, the youngest, weighed 3 lbs. 15 ounces and was 18 inches
Both look like little birds, and have the funniest pip squeak cries
Obviously not identical, Finn has lighter and more hair.
While Tuck's is a bit darker and less full.
Both babies were whisked right away to the Nicu, are as healthy as to be expected for their age, but will most likely be in there for 5- 6 weeks. I won't bore you with all the medical jargon of what they're on, and plus I can't pronounce any of it, or keep it straight. So, that's that. Finn is a bit healthier than Tuck, but already Tuck is a feisty fighter... just like in the womb.

Poor little Tate might not believe she actually has two new brothers since she can't even see them yet, and won't be able to for a couple weeks, and even then, just through a window!
She's been such an angel about it, although I imagine she's probably so sad inside.

The last three days have looked something like this...





Could not have made it through any of this without him. I'm so grateful for a loving, patient husband who stays by me through everything, is at my beckon call, calms me down every 10 minutes as I cry about everything, and will still call me his wife after witnessing the mesh panties + diaper look I've been sporting.


Above: Finn
Below: Tuck
Poor Tuck got really mangled on the way out (C- section) and his hand was completely black for the first couple days.


 We didn't get to hold Finn until the second day, which was sooner than they thought even. It was heaven, and he is such a sweet calm baby.


Last night was also a great Nicu night. We were able to hold Tuck for the first time and he seemed to really like it. I also got to feed Finn his 2 mil's from a bottle (think 2 drops) and while he took it, just to suck that little bit of milk and swallow completely wiped him out. They are so fragile, but so so sweet.

59 comments:

  1. AHHHHH!! Congratulations!! What sweet, beautiful little miracles! I'm so happy for you all!!
    (and you are stunning, btw)

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  2. They are SO CUTE!!!!!! I can't believe both of those babies were inside of you! You look fabulous and sound like you're taking everything like a champ. Now please please let's both get in here so I can see those cute babies all the time!

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  3. INSANE, you have two new babies already!

    And if I weren't pregnant already, their little heads of hair would have made my uterus shout out with baby demands.

    I'm so happy for you! Stay strong for these next weeks in the nicu...before you know it, you'll be home with the two bubs.

    Oh and, I love their names! Inspired from books, or no?

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  4. Oh my word... they are incredible!!! You know I have been blog stalking you like crazy since the text. :) I am already so in love! I love their names too... you know this. ;) They both look like they have your luscious lips, no?! Well, my friends, another job well done!! I cannot wait to meet them so please let me know when YOU are ready... I'm totally digging the, "some darn good advice!" So glad you are all doing well.

    Love each and every one of you!!

    p.s. Ms. Tate. You are too much for words. Will you come style me next. D.A.R.L.I.N.G!!

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  5. Congratulations, they are beautiful!

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  6. Yay. Yay. Yay!!!! So happy to see this post:) They are adorable and love the names! The middle name Bennett is an all time favorite of mine! So happy for you guys. You look great, they look great and your family looks so happy! Hang in there for the next few weeks, they will be home soon!

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  7. Wow Congrats to your family! What a blessing

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  8. They are the sweetest boys, congratulations! I hope they continue to do well and hope you are feeling well, too! I know I never really see you and live 30 min. away but please let me know if I can ever do anything for you :)
    --Maere

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  9. congrats!!! they are just percious :)

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  10. They are beautiful. Congratulations.

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  11. they are so adorable & perfect! congrats my friend, we are so happy for you and that all is well. they are so beautiful as are you, you look fantastic!

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  12. congrats!! we are so excited for you guys! what little angels :) we can't wait to meet them someday. enjoy this time- it is my favorite! xo

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  13. I'm so happy for you that all is well! I will have to stop by with some treats one day soon. You have such a good attituce about your whole situation, it's really inspirational!

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  14. Chelsea... you don't know me, but I used to work with Sammy Richards (@ the Sanctuary)and got to know Dru, Rachel and the rest of that fun bunch. I came across your blog through Caroline Prince (who I worked with at University of Phoenix before she moved to AZ).

    Congrats on your little guys... they are precious. I was up at St Mark's NICU in March. It is so hard... but if your baby (or in your case babies) need to be away from their mommy, that is place. I remember crying every night I walked back to my hospital room after feeding him. I am thinking of you and your family... and can't wait for your babies to graduate from the NICU! (It is a big deal... they have to work really hard in there!) If you ever want to talk about things feel free to contact me.

    Melinda Woods
    Melinda.Woods@hotmail.com

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  15. Yeah Horsley family! I can't believe how cute those babies are!!

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  16. Goodness gracious, what incredible little guys! Hip Hip Hooray on a safe delivery and fingers crossed for a quick recovery (for you...and as quick as possible for the little men.)

    I can't wait to meet them one day!

    xo

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  17. Congratulations, Chelsea. I love their names and full heads of hair and your brave story. I hope the next several weeks go as well as they can. Twins! That's amazing.

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  18. Thank you so much everyone! I just came back from a hard time at the Nicu, and it's so SO nice to get on here, look at their pictures and then read all your sweet comments! I appreciate it all so much.

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  19. they are adorable! So much hair! You are amazing. Really you are. I love your little family and am so happy for you!

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  20. hooray! they are here! and they are so handsome, so beautiful and are just the boys you wanted.... your post reads so sweet and funny, just as you always are. you look amazing by the way. i wish you all the strength, love, and courage you will need to get through these next weeks with your twins in the nicu. i already know you'll take it all in stride. big hugs! congratulations!

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  21. They are just adorable!! I still can't believe you have Twins!!! Congratulations!! Love their names too so cute!! Get some rest Lady!!

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  22. Oh Chels and Wy they are just sweet. I love the hair..they're so stylin' already! Let's not forget about miss Tate. The picture of the three of you is so cute and her smile speaks a million words. I hope for a speedy recovery for you Chels and I hope those boys continue to be strong fighters so they can get home to their sis. I'm sure she has all their trucks and all things boy just waiting for them. ah she is so cute! Your THREE kids are so lucky to have amazing parents like you guys...love ya.

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  23. i am so happy for you all... i'm all teary. they are beautiful & i know you will be blessed as you get through these next few weeks & look forward to bringing them home where they belong. congratulations, we will be thinking of you!

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  24. PS~ I was just looking back at the pictures and I totally see Tate in Finn. So cute.

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  25. Congrats Chelsie & Fam! You are in our prayers! We are so happy all everything went so well. Hugs all around!!!

    Kristy & BJ Cook

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  26. wow! happy mother's day to YOU! :) congrats on two beautiful baby boys. we are praying for you and hope everything with their (and your) health continues to get better and you are all strong enough to go home SOON! :)

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  27. wow!!! hello babies! and happy mother's day!

    soo cute, i wish you and the family all the best!

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  28. Congratulations to you and your cute fam! They are so precious!
    And happy mother's day! Your three kiddos are so lucky to have you as their mom!

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  29. congratulations! what beautiful boys! i'm always at awe at the miracle of birth, best wishes to you all.

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  30. so so happy for you Chels. what miracles! What a journey you have been on. I hope the babies progress well and that they will get to go home soon. You look great! God Bless ya and your4!
    Ladonna

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  31. oh my goodness congrats. they couldn't be cuter. you and wyatt make some gorgeous kids. i love all their hair! i can't wait to see the pictures of when sweet tate gets to meet them. you are such an amazing mama and i hope that you are having great mothers day. we are keeping you and your darling fam of 5 in our prayers. xoxo

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  32. MASSIVE CONGRATS!!!
    All the best to you are your growing clan! xo

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  33. So happy for you! They have the cutest hair! Can't wait to see even more update from the happy family!

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  34. Congrats Horsley Family! They sure are darling little boys. Our prayers are with you that they will grow stronger each day. Chelsea, you look fantastic and I'm glad they got here safe and sound.
    Love, The Brancas

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  35. Congratulations!!! We are so happy for you guys!! They are adorable - you guys will be in our prayers for a quick recovery and that the boys will get stronger each day. Congrats!

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  36. Congratulations! You don't know me but I am Hannah Watkins Collett's sister.
    I had twin boys at 32 weeks 2 years ago and your pictures bring back many memories. My boys were about the same heights and weights. They were in for 4 weeks. The NICU seems like forever but it really goes by fast. Enjoy your few moments to heal and rest because once they come home you don't have that ever again!:) Congratulations and they are adorable!!!
    Good luck with everything! If you ever have any questions don't ever hesitate to ask. Twins are AMAZING and a blast!

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  37. Congrats Chels! They are so beautiful! I know this sounds weird but take advantage of the NICU time. It's a good recovery time from a c-section and they are SO well taken care of! I know the NICU may seem hard but your babies seem so healthy and they will be home before you know it! I'm so happy for you guys!!!

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  38. Amazing - all of it. You look incredible as always. Love a great love story and this one is just that. Congratulations Chels.

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  39. i love everything! congrats- they are edible we love all 5 of you guys!

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  40. ah, i love these little baby boys! i need to see them again pronto. i'm so glad you have got to hold them both!! that had to have been the best moment to date. little taters has been such a trooper. every time i see her she is such a happy little gal. love you both!! so excited to watch these boys grow and get strong enough to come home.

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  41. Congrats! You guys make beautiful babies. Boys are so much fun especially when they have another buddy to roll around with. Take Care!

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  42. 01. been waiting for these pictures.
    02. they didn't disappoint. love seeing the little guys.
    03. drove by your house the other day (to do work on our old one) and wished I was right close by to help out.
    04. will continue to think of you all as you survive the next few weeks/months.

    xoxo

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  43. p.s. this is holli (not bug)

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  44. oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they're here!!!!!!!!!!!!! and they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! their lips are perfect, i bet you want to kiss em all day long (in between the being exhausted and still being a mom to tate).

    congratulations to the three of you... they are precious and i can't wait to watch them grow up on the blog :)

    hang in there, i can't imagine how emotional/exciting/crazy all of this is for you.

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  45. Congratulations Chels, Wyatt and Tate! Welcome to the world Finn and Tuck!

    Love,
    The Crowson's

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  46. so glad i was able to be there! thanks for letting us come so late every night. i already miss them like crazy. can't wait to hold them on my next visit. recover well sis! and tell miss tate that i miss her.

    p.s. hope you found out nurse ro's schedule. such a bi.

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  47. oh and more importantly those pictures of you guys holding them melt my heart! so cute to see wyatt with his boys.

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  48. They are amazing! I'm proud to be their aunt. I can't wait to see them again soon.

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  49. CONGRATULATIONS!!! They are absolutely beautiful, and who are we kidding you look GREAT! So glad that they are here and safe and sound, enjoy getting some sleep while they are in the NICU when they are out I have a feeling they are going to give you a run for your money (ha ha ha!) They are two boys of course they will!

    Congrats again I couldn't be more thrilled for you and your darling family!

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  50. Wow! Well done Chelsea. Sending you a HUGE congratulations from Oz :) Your little men are amazing! Hope you're getting plenty of good rest, not just boring rest (socks looking good too ;))

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  51. Congratulations!! You are a wonder woman! I can't imagine giving birth to one baby, let alone 2! I hope everyone recovers well!

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  52. I was blog stalking and came across this post. Hope you don't mind! Congratulations!!! They are so sweet. I hope things continue to go well for them :)

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  53. Yay a Post! AH Chels, they are so little and precious. And you look amazing! I am so happy for you and Wy, and Ill bet Tate is dying to take them home. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. CONGRATS!!

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  54. Along with eeryone else I wanted to say congrats! I'm glad you can hold them - it will make a difference for all of you! Good luck with the next few weeks! they are adorable!

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  55. Congratulations!!! They are beautiful and love the names!

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  56. not quite sure how I found your blog...but my son was born at 32 w 4 days, weighed 3 lb 14 oz, 17 inches and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. He is now 1 and doing incredibly well! Those weeks in teh NICU were so challenging because we felt so torn between being home with other kids and being at the NICU with him. Just let yourself feel what you feel, take care of yourself (and sleep as much as possible now!) and give yourself completely to your adorable girl when you are home. Let someone else worry about a clean house, dinner etc. Right now is your time to give yourself completely as a MOmmy to your babies (all 3 of them!) God bless you and your family!

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  57. Chelsea! Those little guys are incredible! I can't wait to see more of them. Congratulations, really! I hope all is going well over there! Give tate a squeeze from us!

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  58. Congratulations Horsley family of 5! :) So happy to hear about the arrival of your precious little twins. You look beautiful new mother and I can only imagine how the nicu is difficult. Hang in there. They are so amazing! :) Give my congrats to Wyatt as well! :)

    p.s. I was dying at the pictures of Tate on The Children's Corner. Could she honestly be any cuter?!! What a sweetheart. (And since I was a tomboy (not nearly as stylish though) I think she's just an extra lot!)

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