At 2 1/2 weeks old, we couldn't be more happy and pleased with how our babies are progressing! The babies are 31 weeks gestation and today when I went in to the NICU I found a surprise-- not only are all four babies off IVs now, but Hannah and Tyler are off cpap too!!! Tanner also tried to go off cpap, but he is not quite ready yet. He is on room air oxygen (21%) so it close! Lauren is at 23% and is close, too! Both Hannah and Tyler do have a nasal cannula with a low oxygen flow to help, but it sure is good to see their sweet little faces better and hair!
I cuddle with Hannah today for about 2 hours- she has a beautiful face and very dark, dark hair! I think I spent nearly half my cuddle time today kissing her beautiful, soft hair on her head and the other half staring at her, mesmirized... falling more and more in love with her every second!
|Our good friends Jon & Kate were in town from Boston. Of course they needed to visit the crew! THis is me snuggling with Hannah.|
|Hannah cuddling with mommy on Tuesday (on CPAP).|
|My little man Tyler cuddling with me|
|Tyler- big champ!|
|Tanner- Tummy time!|
My sister Kathy came in from Texas to visit, so it was great for Jenna to see her & the Texan cousins!
|Kathy in front of 2 of my babies (in covered isolettes)--- I can't wait to take them all home!|
All four babies are tolerating bigger and bigger feeds via gavage feeding (milk flows from gravity into a tube that goes in their mouth and down to stomach). This means they are growing! Tyler, our smallest, is now a big whopping 2 pounds. Hannah, our biggest and most verbal, is 3 lbs, 2 oz. Tanner is 2lbs 14 oz & Lauren is 2 lbs 10 oz. Grow babies, grow! We were told that at 32 weeks we could start introducing bottles and breastfeeding to them. At first they will just be exploring and getting use to the idea, but then hopefully start to suckle. Well, today, Hannah did just that as I held her! YEAH that she is she showing signs of feeding readiness!
Each day there are a handfulls of "alarms" which usually is because of a drop of oxygen, heart rates, or oxygen. This is normal, but we want them to alarm less and less. Besided this, however, our babies are growing, thriving, and maintaining "status-quo" NICU progression. I know this is because of all your prayers and because of God's goodness. Thank you Jesus, and thank you all!
|Our big boy Tanner with eyes wide open!|
Signing out, going to bed before 11 and enjoying the cottage life! Thanks again for your prayers & support... those babies are so blessed! As are we!!!
|Our cottage we rent each summer for a week|
|Celebrating cousin Anna's birthday on the porch|
|Jenna snuggling with Grace|
|Walking to the lake from our cottage. |
|mmmm! oreo's on the beach!|
|Floating with daddy & Auntie|