Monday, May 31, 2010

Every day is a blessing!!

We made it to Miami!!! PRAISE GOD!!! We are staying in the Hilton Downtown & I just want to say thank you again to a friend who donated this room to us. We are sooooooo grateful and I can't thank you enough!!! The view is AMAZING!!! AND Rihanna stayed on the same floor as us this past weekend!! Woohoo!!! ;o)

Our appt. is at 9am tomorrow morning. So, as soon as we know anything either Scott or myself will update the blog.

We are grateful for every single kick and every single day!!!

Prayer requests:

Please pray for the doctors tomorrow as they check out the boys.
Please pray for safe travels for Scott, Mom & Myself.
Please pray for Shae & My Dad as they are holding down the fort at home.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

God's own time

This morning I was on my way to pick up Shae from my in-laws and I could think of nothing but the journey my family is on. Up and down, up and down. That is the way it has been going for us lately. If any of you know me very well then you know how much I worry. I worry until my stomach is in knots. This journey is no different for me. I worry for the well being of my wife. I worry about the health of Shyloh and Tyce. I worry about Shae. I worry about how we are going to pay our mortgage, pay for our car, pay for all of these medical bills that are coming, and pay everything else we have to pay for. All of these things are going through my mind as I am driving. I pass a house and notice an old man cutting his grass. "I wonder if he has any worries?" It was at that moment that I remembered Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God." As I kept driving I noticed a house that was down right filthy. Grass was 5 ft high. Busted out windows. Gutters hanging off. Old cars that were rusted out. You could tell that someone didn't care too much for their living space. I then began to think about my life and what people saw when they looked at me. Hmmmmmm. Needless to say, I am still thinking about it as I type this. I need to make changes. And in God's own time, those changes are happening. Let it go. That is what I've stumbled on. Just let it go. GIve it to Him. I gave this entire situation to him. Our finances. Our twins. Our family. And I did all of this during a 15 minute drive while being still. :)
As Shae and I were driving to our house I got a phone call from Renee. I could barely understand her. She sounded like she was crying. I asked what was wrong and she began to tell me about a phone call she had just received. A customer/consignor at her shop who has been following our blog had called her to let her know that she and her husband have been praying for us and that they wanted to give us a "gift certificate" for one night at a Hilton hotel. Huh. Guess we have one night covered for our trip to MIami. :) (Thank you. You know who you're) Later in the day my father in law called us to let us know that someone had called the shop to find out how the could help us with our medical bills. Call me crazy. but I am starting to see a pattern here. Do these 2 examples solve all of our worries? Nope. But it does show that God is in control and in His own time he will show himself. This isn't our money. This isn't our house. This isn't our car. This is Gods. It is all His. We pretend like it is ours because we think we have somehow earned it. Ha! These are blessings from God and sometimes it takes finding out that your pregnancy is like 1 in a million odds and because of those odds you end up having to go to a specialist 2 times a week to make sure your babies are doing ok and when they are not you have to put everything on hold and drive to Miami to have a procedure done that is only performed in 3 hospitals in the U.S. and then wait till the next day to see if both of your babies survived and then go back home to see your specialist again so he can tell you that everything is improving and you only need to come in once a week, to only find out that there is too much amniotic fluid being produced and they need to take some out that later causes you to have contractions and cramping that leads to going to the ER at midnight and then back to the specialist the next day to see that the fluid level hasn't improved much and you need to drive back down to Miami to have more tests done so you can see the blessings that He has given us. Blessings. Be still. Yes, they go hand n hand. This is all Gods. He will provide in His own time and if it is His will. How can I get mad at that? I can't. All I can do is pray and trust. Those 2 things will propel the changes in my life.

We will be leaving early Monday morning. Please pray for us to have safe travels and for the doctors that will be taking care of Renee, Shyloh, and Tyce. Also, know that we are praying for all of you as well. We love y'all!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Traveling Again

We found out today that we are going back down to Miami. Right now it is just to be reevaluated. We'll know more after the ultra sounds and evaluation. But if you could please keep us in your prayers. We leave early Monday morning and my appt. is Tuesday at 9am.

We'll let you know something as soon as we know anything more.

The Britt Famizzle

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just a little something from the pictures my friend Jacques took ;o)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

just a little hiccup in the road...

Sooooooo I went to the emergency room last night with mild contractions. Everything is fine. My uterus was irritable.... I'm just glad I didn't get irritable ;o) They started around 8ish with 3-4 an hour and I was cramping so that was kinda scary. But, my cervix is still long and closed. HALLELUJAH!!! So, no preterm labor for me!! WOOHOO!!! Just didn't get much sleep.

BUT, my Dad watched Shae for us while we were there until 1:30am and Mom offered to take her to school this morning. I have 2 appointments this morning so it let me sleep in an extra 30 minutes ;o) I am VERY grateful for my parents and the extra sleep!!!

We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO blessed to have all the friends and family in our lives!!! Truly, you are appreciated!! I don't know if we could ever tell you enough. THANK YOU!!!!

The Britt Famizzle

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Tuesday!!! Hope everyone's having a good day. I had an appointment with my specialist today. I am 21 Weeks 3 Days today. The boys are doing good, the doppler looks great, but MAN is my stomach tight!! I gained 7 lbs in a week. That's A WHOLE LOT for me!! Turns out there is a TON of fluid in my uterus. My uterus was all the way up in my rib cage. So, we decided to do a Theraputic Amnio Reduction. OUCH!!! That hurt!!!!

The largest pocket of fluid last week was 9.55 cm and this week it was 13.31 cm. That's a heck of a lot of fluid produced in a week!!! They took out almost a liter of fluid. The same amount they took out in Miami. My pocket went down to just over 12 cm. Realistically they will probably have to go back and take out more again because the boys will continue to produce fluid but it definitely helped me!! My back isn't hurting, my stomach isn't tight, and I look like a bikini model..... hahaha ok maybe a really pregnant bikini model ;o)

We go back tomorrow for a follow up. So I'm sure we'll be writing a praise report afterwards!!!

I am supposed to take it easy today and I'm getting pregnancy pictures taken today ;o) SOOO excited!!

Please keep praying for our boys!! We praise God for every day and every kick. We know that God has a big plan for all of us and can't wait to see what it is!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Renee went to a fetal cardiologist today so they could check out Tyce's heart. While she was in Miami they found a small hole in his heart. They didn't seem too concerned and said it could disappear by the time the boys were born. Well, the cardiologist could not find the hole and he said everything looked great! Everything seems to be improving more and more each day. :)

This has been a week of good news for the boys and look forward to Renee's next visit so we can hear more good news. Hope everyone has had a good week and hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Britts

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HUGE Praise report!!!

We heard great news at the specialist today!!!

1. Shyloh no long shows signs of reversal in his doppler ;o)

2. Shyloh weighs 11 oz now. He gained 2 oz in less than a week!!

3. Tyce is now 18 oz (1lb 2 oz). He gained 4 oz in less than a week.

4. After Wednesday I'm off bedrest ;o) I just have to take it easy. YIPEEEE!!!!

Such a huge blessing!!! My specialist didn't see the hole in Tyce's heart that the guys down in Miami did, so I have to go to a pediatric cardiologist to get another fetal echo cardiogram to get it checked out. So, maybe they didn't see it because it's healed!! We believe in miracles, afterall!!

Just to give you some perspective.... We were talking to our nurse that does the ultrasounds and in the past year we are the 3rd case that has been sent to have the surgery done. So, this is even more rare than I realized before....

Thank you as always for your support & prayers. It means more than we'll ever be able to express!! We are still asking for prayers that Shyloh & Tyce continue to improve each week!!

You have to let your happiness out so you can be happy!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Check up day!!

Well, Renee has a check up tomorrow. It's her first one since last Wednesday. This whole bed rest thing has been a down spot for her but she knows it is needed and she is handling it very well. Just a few more days and then she can start moving around a little more each day. Shyloh and Tyce are moving around a lot and we thank the Lord every time they do.
We hope and pray that the boys are progressing and that the doctors will see some improvement tomorrow morning. I have a feeling we will. :)
Please say a prayer for our visit tomorrow. Her appointment is at 8:30 a.m.

We hope everyone had a great weekend and we look forward to updating everyone after our visit tomorrow. Thank you to everyone that has prepared food for us. We greatly appreciate it! I think my belly has grown since last week. :)

The Britts

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Home sweet home

Renee, Rick, and Nancy made it home about 5:45. I could tell they were all tired but I couldn't hide my excitement to see them....especially my wife! Shae was ecstatic as well. It is so great to have the family back under our house again.

Renee will be on bed rest for 1 week. So, if you wanna drop by, feel free to do so. She would love the company!

Everything is going well. She has a little rash and some swelling near where they did the procedure but she is feeling great. Her first check up since the procedure is this coming Tuesday. Please keep praying for her and the boys. We feel like we are almost over the hill on our journey and we owe it all to God and all of your thoughts and prayers. Thank you again.

The Britts

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's Wednesday and we're on the way!!!

So, everything went well yesterday. Turns out after they went in and looked around with the microscope that Shyloh & Tyce still needed to share some arteries and vessels. They were only able to cut off 1 of the 4 arteries that connected them. This is because Shyloh had hardly any of the placenta, therefore he lives off of the supply of blood pumped from Tyce over to Shyloh. So, now that Tyce is NOT being bombarded with blood he will hopefully be pumping more to Shyloh. ;o)

I know this is a lot to read and understand, but overall it is a GREAT thing. The doctor said that every other patient that has had the same semi circular pattern that he has done the same procedure on has been a success. So, that's AWESOME news!!

They did find a small hole in Tyce's heart this morning that they think will fix itself. Lets pray it does. Just a little fun fact... Their hearts are the size of a dime.

SOOOOOOOO Long story short, we aren't cured of TTTS but we have helped the situation so much that it may correct itself ;o)

I was just told that I'll be discharged today, YAY!!! So we'll be home tomorrow afternoon. We will only drive 1/2 way today and then the other 1/2 tomorrow because it's already so late in the afternoon.

Thanks as always for the prayers and support. We still have a ways to go, but we praise God for every day!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Surgery is over!! :)

Renee is out of surgery and the doc said everything went great! They did the procedure and also took about a liter of fluid from Tyce. So, she will stay the night at the hospital and then have an ultrasound tomorrow. If everything still looks good, she will get to leave the hospital and chill at the hotel.

Thank you to everyone for the prayers. This was pretty hard on Renee because she was unable to eat or drink anything since midnight. That is why God gave mothers the ability to have children. He knew us guys would have given up a long time ago. :)

I'll have another update tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great night!!

The Britts

The Great Physician

Renee is now in pre op. They did the consult and lab work this morning and determined they needed to do the procedure today. They are at stage 3 of TTTS. Shyloh's heart is showing some signs of weakness but all of that can be corrected with this procedure. Please say a prayer for Renee, Shyloh, Tyce and more importantly Dr. Quintero.

We believe in a huge God and he is the great physician. We are excited for the possibilities of this procedure and to see God's hands on HIS children. I'll post another blog as soon as I hear from Rick and Nancy.

This is pretty cool....Renee will not be completely under during the procedure. This means she will be able to see our boys in 3D on the monitor! Amazing stuff if you ask me. :)

If you have some time, please say a prayer for all of us. We greatly appreciate it.

Thank you

The Britts

This song is for Renee, Shae, and our boys.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bienvenidos A Miami "Welcome to Miami"

Wanted to let everyone know Mom, Dad & I are in Miami!!! It's hot down here!! I definitely miss Scott, Shae, & Georgia in general....

I have an appointment tomorrow morning at 7am to have my consultation with Dr. Quinterro. If they determine that it IS TTTS then I'll have lab work done. They've already warned us that the consultation alone can take about 4 hours. EESH! Good thing they allow me to bring food and drinks ;o)

The next morning, Wednesday, I'll have the procedure at O'dark thirty. I'll stay overnight in the hospital and the next morning if Shyloh & Tyce look good on the ultrasound I'll be discharged. SOOOOOO for tonight we just relax and take it easy ;o) I'm sure I'll try to blog tomorrow after the consultation.

Thank you for your prayers and support!!! We truly appreciate it!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!!

Well, as I write this blog Renee, her Mom, and her Dad are driving down to Miami. They should arrive sometime tonight. If all of the insurance ""stuff" is done then Renee will have a consult as well as lab work done Monday afternoon. She will then have the procedure done at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and will need to stay overnight. If all goes well she will be released the next day. The procedure could take 45 mins or 2 hours. It is all dependent on how much work needs to be done. Also, everything could be pushed back a day depending on how soon our insurance responds.

Renee's doc informed us that she could get down there and might be sent right back home. This would only happen if they determined there isn't TTTS. I'm praying that everything will be as it should be by the time she gets down there.

So, Shae and I will be holding down the fort for a few days. I see lots of pizza in our future. Probably some cookies as well! :)

Please say a prayer for Renee and her parents as they travel to Miami and a prayer for her docs and nurses. They will see something different in Renee and eventually they will wonder what it is that she has and will want to know how to get it. Isn't that why God sends trials our way? To be a light for Him? I certainly think so.

We hope all of the mother's out there have a wonderful day! You all deserve it! Thank you so much for the thoughts, prayers, and encouragement. It really means a lot to us.

The Britt

Thursday, May 6, 2010

In the words of Will Smith......

"I'm going to Miami". :) Renee had her Thursday checkup and things have not improved. Shyloh and Tyce now have TTTS. So, all of the insurance info has been sent off and now we wait for the docs in Miami to give us a call and let us know when we need to come down. It will most likely be next week. We are not looking at this as a "bad" spot to be in. This is great news because now we can get on with remedying the issues and the doctor that will be doing the procedure is the same doctor that "invented" the procedure. Renee will be in great hands.

Renee got to see the boys again and as usual they were moving all around. One of them even kicked so hard that the tech felt it! "Uh, yeah, you can go ahead and stop bothering us". :)

We can only trust in God and know that no matter what happens in our lives, there will be good that comes out of it. Thank you again for all of your prayers and concerns. Please keep praying for all of us as we continue on with our sometimes difficult but rewarding journey.

The Britts

Monday, May 3, 2010

My Mr. Positive ;o)

So, in case you didn't know, Scott has been doing the blogs lately to update everyone on everything with Shyloh and Tyce. I just want to take a minute to brag on him.

I'm not going to pretend, I'm pretty upset about all that has happened in the last few weeks. It's VERY hard for me to hear each week that there are things wrong with my pregnancy. This is my body... Shouldn't I be able to control SOMETHING!?! Apparently not... My uterus is too thin, My baby's umbillical cord isn't pumping correctly, and The fluids in each of the amniotic sacs are on the line of being TTTS.... My usual positive outlook is pretty dim lately.... But, do you know who's been Mr. Positive?!?! Mr. Scott Britt!!

Every time we get some "not so great" news he's right there with a reason why it's ok... Why it's not nearly as bad as it could be... Why we're lucky today... ALL of which are things I need to hear ;o)

I was told today that I can no longer do any vigorous activity (meaning no more dance), I can't lift more than 15 lbs (which means absolutly no more picking up Shae... THAT breaks my heart) and I need to sit often during the day. So, this means Scott has to not only work 2 jobs, mow the lawn, do housework, help me & help me with Shae. But, he hasn't complained once. He just figures out ways to work around it...

I'm not sharing all this to complain, I just want everyone to know what reality is for me, and us. So, having typed all that, I would just like to say that I am SOOOOO blessed to have a husband who does so much for his family. SOOOOO BLESSED!!!

Thank you Baby!!

We love you!!
ReneƩ, Shae, Shyloh & Tyce

Update - No out of state trips yet.....

These 2 boys are something else. When they come into this world they are going to turn the place upside down! :)
We are still borderline TTTS and the doppler is still the same but the doc said we do not need to plan any trips just yet. However, there is a new issue. Renee had Shae via c-section. Because of her scar, her uterus has thinned a lot more than it should. So, Renee will have to take it easy from here on out. If it gets any worse then she will have to be on bed rest and possibly admittance to the hospital until she has the boys.
So, we are still in a holding pattern but we are thankful that they didn't see MORE stress on Shyloh and Tyce and that we haven't had to plan a trip yet. Her next appointment is Thursday and I will have another update then. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We are all doing great and we can't wait to meet our boys! :)

The Britts

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fantastic weekend

We have had a great weekend of family and just hanging out together. We hope everyone had a great weekend as well. Tomorrow is a pretty big day. Renee goes in to see her specialist at 11 a.m. We have been praying for a miracle and we have hope that tomorrow Shyloh will have improved. If he hasn't then we will be scheduling a trip to Miami or Cincinnati. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. These appointments aren't exactly easy for Renee. She sometimes has to lay there for 2 hours as they do the ultrasound. She is a tough girl though. :)

Thank you for all of your prayers.

Britt fam.