Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Good Stuff

Today was another really good day. The boys continue to do amazingly well. When I went to see them at their 2:00 cares, one of the practitioners was in there to see the boys. They are now at full feeds, 28 ml every three hours, and no longer have any IV's in!!! YAY! So now the only things attached to them are their feeding tubes and their lead wires that monitor their heart rates, oxygen levels, and breathing. So cool! As the practitioner put it, now it's just about "feed 'em, grow 'em".

He also said that we will probably try recreational feeding this weekend. That's when I pump myself pretty much dry and then go hold the boys while they are being fed via their feeding tube while letting them practice breast feeding. This will help them learn how to breast feed without them needing to have the suck, swallow, breathe instinct completely down. I'm super excited!

We also had a great time holding the boys tonight. We got to hold them for about an hour and a half, and neither of them had a single Brady episode. That's the first time that's happened and it was great! Levi immediately fell asleep and didn't move a muscle as soon as we got settled in. Meanwhile, Asher was busy pulling on Nathan's chest hair. It was also the first time that we've touched both boys at the same time...we were sitting close enough to each other that we were able to reach out and touch the kid that we weren't holding. Too much fun! It sent a little thrill through me to touch both of my sons at the same time.

After we put the boys back in their isolettes, we hung out for a while just chit chatting with the nurse and watching poor Levi have the hiccups for half an hour straight. Poor kiddo! The cool part was that Levi kept holding my pinkie and then putting it into his mouth. He refused his binkie over and over again, but REALLY wanted to suck on my fingers. Talk about tugging on the heart strings! Asher, on the other hand, fell back asleep as soon as he was put back in his isolette and was down for the count, so we let him be since he usually takes forever to fall asleep.

We're pretty dang lucky to have two such amazing boys in our lives!


Arly said...

AHHH, I gush over you and your boys to all my co workers. I think they think I'm insane.

Carly Carlson said...

Are they able to start nursing now that they have that little suckling reflex coming in? That'd be awesome. Sweet boys!