From 5 lbs to 50 in Just 5 Years

The Boys were born 8 weeks premature, healthy and breathing on their own. Weighing in at a respectable 4lbs – 15oz and 4lbs – 11 oz, they measured 17 3/4″ tall and just barely made the tail end of the “typical” growth charts despite being diagnosed with Down syndrome.

My “Big Guy” in the NICU at 3 days old. That’s my hand on his chest and my thumb on his thigh to give you an idea of just how small he was…. THEN!

My “Little Guy” in the NICU at 3 days old — the day before his C-Dificil and NEC infections kicked in… a fight he fought valiantly and WON! That’s his lower leg and big toe at the right side of the picture.

Here they are FINALLY together again at -4 days old (that’s 8 weeks post birth but still 4 days before their actual due date) at home after 2- and 6-week stays in the NICU. Can you imagine… this picture was taken the day their Early Intervention therapies started! As you can see, both of them fit easily in the hanging bassinet of our little Graco Pack-n-Play.


That’s us a few weeks ago at their school Winter Festival. Notice my hand doesn’t even cover SpongeBob’s Square Pants never mind covering my “Big Guy’s” entire torso from neck to thigh the way it did when he was born! Just shy of 5 years old, they’re 43″ tall and weigh in at 50+ lbs each (with a lb or 2 difference between them at any given time). Yeah, they’re fully on the “typical” growth chart now!

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About Maggie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 children including a 15-year-old daughter, the Old Soul, and 11-year-old identical twin boys who've been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome (aka: Down Syndrome). I happily spend my time doing all that I can do -- breaking the proverbial box wide open -- to foster my children's development and then sharing what I learn with you through this blog.
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20 Responses to From 5 lbs to 50 in Just 5 Years

  1. Nimrod says:

    you really have cute boys! i love your blog miss. It really is a walk on the happy side 🙂

  2. MaggieMae says:

    Thanks Nim. Stay happy (and turn the lights off for Earth Hour ;o)!

  3. Alison says:

    Oh – they're gorgeous! I love twin photos – especially ones that show how far our little ones have come.Are you having a big party for their birthday?

  4. Alison says:

    Forgot to say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that photo at the top of your blog! Did I say that last time I visited your blog? Probably. Its such a great shot.

  5. Nimrod says:

    Maggie.. i sure won't! :)March 27 is a marked date. ahihi

  6. SLKozul says:

    Maggie – great retrospective. You look fabulous. The girls aren't quite at 40 lbs yet, but they seem to weigh so much now on our laps and when Iva digs in her elbow trying to get comfy ;-).

  7. Kelly says:

    Your boys are sooo cute:) Boy, how they've grown! Their baby pics are so precious!

  8. Runningmama says:

    Love the pics and they have grown into two handsome litle boys!

  9. Sharlene T. says:

    What a beautiful family! God has truly blessed you. Thanks for sharing.

  10. stephanie says:

    Aww, they were so tiny! And what a beautiful picture of the three of you, now I can put a face, to these great posts!!! and a lovely face at that!!!

  11. Marie says:

    Maggie–I can't remember how I found your blog, but I've been enjoying it. I had a 24-weeker who weighed 1 lb, 6 oz, and was only 11 inches long. He didn't even make it onto the growth charts at all until he was 3 or 4. Now he's 13 and 3 inches taller than me. He also eats like a horse after all our initial feeding issues. Amazing!!

  12. stephanie says:

    I was so thrilled to see your picture I gave you an award!! Come by my blog and pick it up!

  13. Stacy says:

    They sure are handsome fellas 🙂

  14. they sure do grow up fast, don't they!?!

  15. oh, and I stole your designer genes picture. 🙂

  16. Beverly says:

    so cute! They have to be the most beautiful boys I know! love the last photo!

  17. Those boys are sooooo cute! What an amazing transformation in just 5 years. You're doubly blessed.

  18. starrlife says:

    And they are big strapping boys to be proud of now! And so nice to see a pic of you too! Thanks for the walk down memory lane- what a journey it's been!

  19. What BEAUTIFUL boys you have!!!! So excited to find your blog!

  20. Deborah says:

    Your BOY's look the picture of health, BRAVO MOM for the great loving care You give them, You are to commended as Nurse Mom of the blgo world, be proud of Your Lil Men, and of yourself Mom, they are awesome if You ask me, but I am sure You know this already …*winks* ..I too am excited to find your blog off of Kelle's and Nella's, Hampton Family blog…Deborah the Canadian Nurse …

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