Thursday, August 13, 2009


This morning at 2:58 a.m, Malorie Rose Klug was born. She arrived weighing 4 lbs 12 ounces, measuring 18 inches long. One minute later, Micah James Klug was born. Malorie’s Big-little brother weighed in at 6 pounds even, and measured 19 inches.

The delivery was a bit of a surprise for Rachel and me. Rachel fell asleep at about 10 p.m. after a boring night at home. For some reason I could not sleep, so when Rachel went to bed, I went to the office to work on homework problems for school. About an hour later, Rachel called me into the room and told me her water broke while she was asleep. After a few frantic moments, we collected our things, called the doctor and headed to the hospital. Lucky for us there was not much traffic on the road, because if there had been I may have run them off the road.

By the time we were seen at Baptist, Rachel was already 4 centimeters dilated, with contractions coming about every 5-10 minutes. After a few tests and some consults, Rachel was in the Operating Room by 2:30. Big thanks to our Nurse, Mindy and Dr. Fox, who performed the procedure flawlessly.

Both babies got to spend a brief moment with Rachel and me before being whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. I got to cut both cords, and take a few pictures, and I even got to hold my baby girl, and give her a small kiss. Rachel got to meet Micah immediately over the cloth when he came out, and she got to nuzzle with Malorie while I was holding her.

Malorie, previously known as Lellow, is already our tough little princess. She has a small amount of brown hair and is skinny but strong, just like we predicted. She has already taken two feedings from her nurse, and may get to join us in our hospital suite later today. Red, now called Micah, is the hoss of the pair. He has a bit more hair than his sister, and is as blonde as Rachel.

As well as Malorie is doing well in the NICU, Micah has a bit more of an uphill battle. He is stable, but has under-developed lungs. When he was born, he was struggling, or pulling, to get oxygen. For that reason, he needs some additional care a treatment, which is exactly why we came to Baptist in the first place. He is currently on an incubator table, with an IV for food and is also hooked up to a respirator to push oxygen into his lungs.

I have been able to go see my babies twice this morning, and gotten to see their bright eyes and hold their tiny hands. If Rachel continues to recover well, she will be able to meet the babies down in the NICU this afternoon, and may even get to hold them both.

We will post as often as able, so keep an eye on the blog for updates. We appreciate all the love and prayers you have all sent our way. Thanks for riding along on this amazing journey with us all, and God Bless you for being there for us.



    your sweet magoo says to tell his godbrother and godsister "whut up" and keep up the good work.

    WE LOVE YOU ALL.... rest while you can.

  2. Congratulations new parents! Malorie and Micah are both beautiful. I hope they improve quickly, and their stay in the NICU is a short one.

    You little ones - stay strong and keep fighting, your Mommy and Daddy want you to come home soon!

  3. Congratulations and welcome to the world Malorie Rose and Micah James. Those two little ones couldn't be in better hands!

  4. rest and heal sweet ones.... rest and heal.....

  5. Welcome to the family, Malorie and Micah! CONGRATULATIONS Rachel and Billy!!! I talked to Judy, and I know you were such a trooper, Rachel! You both are going to be such GREAT parents! Thanks so much for posting pictures and videos, although it's a little hard to see them through tears!
    God's Blessings to you and your Blessings from God!

  6. so happy for you guys...get plenty of rest while you can. love you guys

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting!!! They are both absolutely beautiful! Welcome to the world Malorie and Micah!

    The Thorens