TWIN baby boys, born 10 weeks early, are finally settling in at home after a rollercoaster ride of health in hospital.
Bradley and Joshua Parkin were born at just 27 weeks, weighing 2lb 7oz and 2lb 14oz, leaving them needing round the clock care.
After two months in neo natal care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital their delighted parents, Dean and Suzanne, were able to take them home this weekend – a day they feared they might not see.
Like any parents of newborn babies the couple were awake through the night with their tiny bundles of joy, who now weigh over 5lbs each, gladly listening out for every noise they made.
Suzanne, 28, said: “They make all these little noises in the night, it’s weird getting used to it, we’ve waited so long for this.
“It’s a bit daunting but they seem to have settled in well.”
The parents, of Barclay Avenue, South Shore, have patiently waited as the tiny tots battled to gain weight and grow to full health, despite uncertainties, since they were born on November 12, 2012.
Suzanne added: “Bradley came off his oxygen last week but I didn’t think he’d ever come off it.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions but it’s all worth it.”
Dean said the boys’ stay in hospital has given them lots of milestones to look forward to.
He said: “Everything has been so gradual, the first milestone was getting to see them because we only saw them briefly, and then it was holding them and getting family in to see them. Having them 24/7 now is fantastic.”
Staff at the hospital said they were equally emotional about the twin’s departure.
Sister Miriam Billington said: “They’ve become part of the neo natal family here, their road to recovery has been a real rollercoaster ride and we’ve been with them every step of the way.
“But it’s so rewarding to see them make such good progress and leave happy and healthy.”