This week has been filled with so many blessings and reasons to celebrate as well as reasons to remember we still have a road of progress to be made ahead of us.
Brooklynn and Giovanni are ready to come home tomorrow!! They have been outside of the isolette for several days, taking their feeds without needing to be tube fed, and regulating their own temperature. This morning they passed their carseat tests and will be getting a hearing screening this afternoon as well as their last set of shots needed. Jacob and I just need to take the infant CPR class (scheduled for tomorrow) and they are able to finally come home with us! Needless to say there will be many tears of joy tomorrow when we walk out with them in our arms. Six weeks is a long time to wait to bring your babies home!
Jade had a rough morning today so they bumped her down to feeding from a bottle only once every shift (3 times a day) instead of every other feed. She had thrown up (not just milk spit-up but actual curdled, un-digested formula) twice in the past 24 hours and had 2 pretty significant spells. We are hoping that by not pushing her quite so hard she will be able to progress at her own speed. I have to remind myself that they are each their own individual and just because one is progressing at a particular rate it doesn't mean that they all will. She may need more time to become independent with her breathing and feeding and its important to remind myself that it doesn't mean there is anything wrong.
Kensley was bumped up to being able to be bottle fed at every feed. She has been taking full feeds when offered to her and usually doesn't waste much time when she is fed either. She has always been one of the most alert babies--even before birth if you remember--and she continues to be that way. We anticipate her to be on the fast-track to home within a week or two...or least our wishful thinking tells us that!
Leighton remains relatively the same. He remains on his canula and typically takes about half of his feed when bottled. His personality is so laid-back in everything that he does. He still doesn't like to be held for an extremely long amount of time. I usually get a good 30-40 minutes in before he starts getting dippy which usually is a sign that he has had enough and wants to be left alone for awhile!
Wish us luck as we enjoy our last night of restful sleep tonight!! :)
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.