Today was a day of happy tears already! This morning when I went to check on the babies they said Brooklynn was ready to be held! I had tears in my eyes before they even handed her to me. To Kangaroo they placed her on my chest so that there was skin-to-skin contact. Words can not describe the emotions I felt at that moment. She instantly relaxed and snuggled right in-I did not want to let her go! After about an hour they like to put them back in their isoletes but i could have sat there all day just holding her! This afternoon I am going back down to hold Leighton and saving Kensley for Jacob to hold tonight when he comes. Typically they encourage the moms to do the kangarooing but I really want him to be able to share this experience and bond with them just like I did. It completely changes who you are when you feel them up against you!
Jade will be receiving her PICC line today so hopefully she will be ready for kangarooing tomorrow. Giovanni's counts are still low so he will not be getting his PICC line just yet. I'm very anxious to get to hold all of them but have to remember to be patient--just holding one already is more than I would have imagined I'd be able to do this soon!
First of all remember that I am not a doctor- haha...just trying to relay the information as best I can without mixing anything up!
Today was a great day for the little Alferios. All five are now only receiving respiratory assistance from the little tubes in their noses...no more masks! Three of them-Brooklynn, Kensley, and Leighton were able to have the IVs taken out of their belly buttons and have PICC lines put in instead-this means we will finally get to hold those three tomorrow!!! I never thought it would be this soon that I would get to hold any of them so I am beyond excited! Giovanni and Jade will probably get their PICC lines put in tomorrow but had to wait on a few more tests... I think it was because their white blood cell count was low but not 100% positive. We try to ask as many questions as possible to clear things up but sometimes details get hazy when we are talking about five different scenarios!
Jacob has already said that he thinks Giovanni is going to be a mommas boy...even though he was by far the heaviest baby he has turned out to be quite the whiner! Haha...he is the one who always seems to be needing the attention! Sometimes it's hard to choose who to spoil first!
The babies are continuing to grow stronger each day. After only 48 hours of respiratory assistance from the C-PAP (the mask that fits over their nose) Giovanni, Brooklynn, and Leighton were all able to step down to a lower level of assistance. They no longer are wearing the masks but instead just tiny tubes that go into their nose. Its great to be able to see even more of their facial features now!
The other two girls, Jade and Kensley, remain using the masks for oxygen support but are expected to step down soon as well. They were both monitored today for suspected heart murmurs. Both girls do appear to have one however it is nothing that should cause any need for worry as they are expected to grow shut on their own as the develop.
We have also had the chance to help with the daily care--things like diaper changing, taking temperature, swabbing thier mouths, etc...Lexi LOVED getting to change Leighton's diaper and my favorite picture so far is the one below and Jacob and Giovanni.
These pictures were taken by one of the nurses in the delivery room--It was so thoughtful of her to get pictures of all them since Amy was only allowed in the room opposite of the surgery. I also just found out that she tried to sneak into the delivery room to get some pictures but was caught and asked to leave!! haha....Give someone a pair of scrubs and a camera and they think they own the place;)
Some of the teachers I work with sent me a cute little encouragement video this morning to help get me through this last stretch before delivery... It was just what I needed! Thank you to everyone who was a part of it-it was great to cry happy tears and be reminded of what a great support system I have there waiting for me! I can not wait to share news of happy, healthy babies with all of you! Thank you!!!
We made it to 29 weeks!! One more week to go and I will be very happy and satisfied with how far we made it. Each week brings a new sigh of relief.
My total weight gain is now up to 50 pounds! I am going to really have my work cut out for me to shed this weight although I'm sure the hectic lifestyle will take care of most of it on it's own.
My next check up with Dr. Shah is tomorrow morning. I hope to have a date for delivery given tomorrow. I really need something concrete to count towards. I feel myself declining emotionally, physically, and mentally each day- especially in this past week or so. I barely have energy to walk a few doors down to fill my water, I'm not always up for visitors- which is really unusual- and my overall mood just isn't like me. I'm trying to stay positive and make it as long as possible for their health and I really think having a date set would help me.
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.