Monday, August 22, 2011


For the first time, all SIX Swanson's will be under the same roof!!! Megan texted me the cutest pictures of Kale & Cora together and I wish I could post them on here....but I can't upload from my phone :(

Cora has to come home with a monitor so Jed & Megan had to be trained in both CPR & how to use the monitor in order to come home. Cora had a sleep study done 5 days ago that was just read today. She failed the sleep study, but for the last couple of days she hasn't needed any oxygen or HR drops so hopefully she will not be on the monitor for long.

Kale got to come home Saturday afternoon.

I am sure that Jed & Megan are relieved not to have to be traveling back & forth between hospitals & home are now able to begin this wonderful new chapter of their lives!

Posted by: Randie

Friday, August 19, 2011


I love posting such great news!! It won't be too much longer before Jed, Megan, Paige, Camden, Cora & Kale are all at home under the same roof!

Cora was able to start taking bottles last night, she has finished every single one and just this morning after finishing her bottle she was looking for more. She will also lose her feeding tube and IV later today!

Kale is continuing to finish all of his bottles which means no more feeding tube, also no more bili light.

Posted by: Randie

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Great news today!!!

Kale got his IV line removed, he is also off his pulseox. There is a possibility of using the bililite on him tonight. He also nursed once today and at his evening feeding tonight he drank his entire bottle....42 ml's!!!! That is such awesome news! He has to continue to eat his entire bottle for two whole days and then he will get to go home. Kale is now weighing 5 lbs 7 oz.

Cora was not able to try the bottle today as her respirations were still a little high, they need to be consistently under 60 for her to be able to try it. She did get 8 ml's at each feeding today through a tube in her nose and did well with that. She is now weighing 5 lbs.

Continue to pray for those little babies, we know your prayers are working - the proof is in this post!!

Posted by: Randie

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Little Miss Cora has been successfully weaned off oxygen and has eaten THREE times today (just since this afternoon I believe)!! She is being fed through a tube in her nose and doctors are hopeful that she'll be able to try a bottle tomorrow.

Posted by: Randie


Wonderful news!

Kale is now eating from the bottle, each time he eats he takes more milk which is a great sign! His IV line should be removed today, they had to place it in his head as all of the other spots in his hands/feet have closed up. Still no talk of a tentative release date, he has to continue to increase his milk intake and keep it down as well as pass a 90 minute car seat test (sit in the car seat w/o any of his monitors going off).

Cora is still on oxygen and they are going to try to get her off of that today. She is showing signs that she wants to eat, the doctor wants to start feeding her today. I am hoping to have some pictures to post of Cora soon.

Megan is heading back to BroMenn today and Jed will be taking Megan's place at OSF. Thank you to everyone for all the support and prayers, I know that Megan & Jed appreciate it.

Posted by Randie

Monday, August 15, 2011


Megan & Jed's friend, Heather Kaeb took these photos. Paige & Camden spent Friday night w/ the Kaeb's and then went to see Mommy, Daddy & babies Saturday morning. Dannon & Heather also went to see Kale & Jed at OSF on Sunday, so Heather snapped a few pics while she was there. Enjoy!!

The kids were wiped out after waiting to hear about the arrival of their new brother & sister.

Seeing Kale & Cora for the first time!


IT'S A........

BOY & GIRL!!!! Hi everyone, this is Randie, Megan's sister-in-law, I am posting for Megan today.

The twins arrived Friday evening around 9:15. Megan wasn't feeling good and went to the hospital where they informed her that she was in labor and that they would be prepping the OR for her c-section. Cora Marie came out first, weighing 5 lbs 5 oz and 17 1/2 inches long, Kale James came out minutes later weighing 5 lbs 13 oz and 17 3/4 inches long. They were born around 9:15 pm. Both babies were having some breathing issues due to being born early, (35 weeks, 1 day).

Kale was transferred to the Children's Hospital in Peoria on Saturday morning. Jed stayed with him until this morning (Monday). I am happy to report that he is now off of oxygen and doing really well. Megan is there with him now and is able to hold him as much as she wants.

Cora remains at BroMenn, Jed is with her. She is doing great and is expected to come off of her oxygen today.

I will post more information soon. Hopefully I'll be able to post that they will be coming home in my next post.

Kale James

Cora Marie