“Our little Christmas miracles arrived at 11:43 and 11:45 last night. Emma Grace weighed 1 lb. 4 oz. and was 12 inches long. Anna Christine weighed 1 lb. 4 oz and was 11.75 inches long. Logan Christopher weighed 1 lb. 7 oz and was 12.5 inches long. Please continue to pray for these sweet babies, as they have a long road ahead of them.”
Amanda is the daughter of my older sister Carol Wheaton’s youngest son Douglas, which makes him my nephew. Doug and I share a birth date—month and day but definitely not year! I’m pretty sure this genealogical connection makes the triplets my great grand nieces and nephew.
Obviously born quite prematurely in the 24th week of Amanda’s pregnancy, these precious little babies were initially given by doctors a 50-50 chance of survival. On Friday, December 27, Logan Christopher passed away at 7:15 a.m. in his mother’s arms. That same day I wrote in a prayer request to a number of loved ones and friends:
“We know that sometimes our gracious Lord answers our prayers in ways beyond our comprehension or not to our liking. That’s obviously the case here. But our ways are not always his ways. And we trust his promise that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). So we commend little Logan to our Savior’s eternal love and care and continue to pray for that same love and care for Emma Grace and Anna Christine.”
Today, a little more than two weeks after they were born, Emma and Anna are still hospitalized in stable condition. Both have begun to receive nourishment. Emma has a very large appetite for her condition and Anna is coming along nicely in that category as well. Both little girls have a heart murmur, which hopefully will correct itself with time. Both now have a 75% chance of survival.
In the meantime, Amanda was hospitalized Monday night, December 30, with an infection that subsequently was determined to be MRSA, a serious infection caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. After re-opening her incision and draining the infection, doctors continued to treat her with IV antibiotics. She’s now at home recuperating.
Please continue to keep Emma and Anna in your prayers, along with their parents Amanda and Jesse Collins, maternal grandparents Doug and Diana Wheaton, maternal great-grandmother Carol Wheaton (my sister), maternal great-great-grandmother Elda Kieschnick (my mother), the rest of their extended maternal family and everyone on their father Jesse’s side of the family as well.
The peace of the Lord be with you all!