|On the go with the "twins", to visit the other "twins"|
When I do go there, I let the kids have cuddle time, though!
|Hannah & Lauren cuddle with mommy|
|Tyler & Tanner--- Tyler was on oxygen for a few days last week but now is off!|
|Big sister Jenna holding Tyler all by herself!|
Hannah is still on oxygen and still not able to do full feeds every feeding. Today the NICU OT will start working with her on feeding, so hopefully she will do better and not need oxygen support much longer to maintain good oxygen levels! Please pray that she is able to get this whole breathing and eating thing without support so that she can come home!!!!!
Tyler was on oxygen briefly last week but is now able to breathe room air without support and keep a good oxygen level. He can almost do full feeds, but sometimes still needs the rest gavage fed. In order to come home, he will need to do full feeds for 48 hours total. Go buddy, go! I would guess that he might come home later on this week if he can do this.
And then there's my 2 (well, 3) babies who are home:
|Jenna helping with Tanner's first bath|
|Tanner loves a tub bath!|
|Jenna helping with Lauren's first bath|
|Lauren's first bath|
|So fresh and so clean clean!|
Lauren unfortunately had to go home on a monitor for a little bit because of her last monitor's data before discharge. It showed a period of apnea within the 5 days prior to discharge, so that's why. I know these monitors are probably very helpful tools, but my 2 cents is this: she has not had one breathing, heart rate or respiratory concern since being home. However, that very shrill, loud alarm has gone off several times (my favorite is in the middle of the night in-between feedings when you finally get into deep sleep). From what we can tell, it usually goes off because it doesn't pick up on her stats. By and large the greatest reason it has gone off is because I have stepped on the wires that attach to the probes that stick to her abdomen, causing Lauren to cry, the alarm to blare, mommy to feel terrible & mad at the alarm/herself all at the same time. I am not a fan.
Hopefully the monitor is short-lived and Hannah & Tyler are home soon. We are settling into what life looks like with 2 and preparing for 2 more. Here's some pictures of every day events at our place.
|Jenna is learning to be so very careful with them and probably sanitizes her hands more than anyone else!|
|I love how they are so curious and comfortable with each other!|
|Snuggling in mommy's arms|
|Lauren & Tanner often sleep in this bassinet together|
|Life as we know it.|
And today my First Baby started Preschool. She was so excited and not at all nervous or worried. That girl is so outgoing and full of life! I have a feeling she will try to teach her peers what she knows this year, because she loves to share information and she is one smart cookie (at least we think so)!
|Jenna's first day of Preschool outfit. Looking good, sweet girl!|
|Daddy and his big girl|
God, rich in love and mercy, has blessed us beyond what I ever could have thought. I find the Psalms 16 v 5-6 rings so rich right now in this season of my life: "LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Amen!
Thanks for all your support and prayers. Lots to be thankful for!!!