Today the babies have done very well. I went in to see them today at about 10 a.m. and the first thing that I noticed was that they were all in their cribs! They don't need their heater beds anymore which is a huge step in their recovery. Also, no more tanning beds either, well at least until Taya gets older and thinks she needs to have a darker skin hue. One more HUGE step that happened today is that they ALL got their IV's taken out! That means that they have been doing really well with the bottle feedings, they are now getting all of their necessary nutrients through the bottle and also the gavoge (the tube through their nose into their bellies). They are definitely making progress and it is awesome to see those little guys improving.
|Gotta Scrub-In to see Them!|
|Lots of bands!|
|The Boys' Room (Bennett on Left and Anderson on Right)|
We did meet with the doctor today, and he said that we still have some time before they get to come home. One thing that needs to happen is that they need to be taking 50 mL from a bottle 6 times in a 24 hour period. They also need to have no "Brady Episodes" for 5 days. A "Brady Episode" is when the heartrate drops rapidly below about 80, apparently this is a very common thing for preemies and they go away. The boys both have had those the last 2 days, I don't think that Taya has had any. Bennett had one yesterday, and has had 3 today. He has been able to self-recover every time, except for the last one that he had this evening at about 7. They say that this is nothing to really worry about, mainly because they have been self-recovering. Anderson has had one or two, and he has self-recovered every time. This all means that it is at least 5 more days before the boys can come home. This is about the only "issue" that it going on right now. The boys are still on oxygen, and they may have to up Bennett's oxygen level based on his little Brady Episodes.
Also today, Emily attempted to breastfeed Taya. She did really well, she latched on and sucked a little, but because it is not instant gratification for her, she kept falling asleep. We are still hopeful that they will all breastfeed eventually, but they still need a little more time. We will continue to try though every day. I believe that is about it, it has been a great day for them! Thank you to everyone out there that has prayed for these little miracles, and if you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers we would appreciate it greatly!
|Anderson and Daddy|
|Bennett and Daddy|
|Taya and Daddy|