Since I’ve been extremely busy (tired). I wanted to give a quick up date on what’s been goin’ on!
This week the girls are 31 weeks old (gestationally)
What a whirl wind.
Monday, I came home. It was so nice to finally be home! Thomas was napping when I walked in and I was waiting impatiently for him to wake up. I admit I might have walked into his room a few times in hopes I’d be a little “too loud” for him to wake up. Finally he woke up and I went into his room. He was a little groggy still, but as soon as we locked eyes he perked right up and started smiling and jumping up and down in his crib. Made my heart melt. Chris has to pick him up for me since I”m not allowed to pick up more than 10lbs. After he woke up, I resumed my position on the couch. I showed Thomas my breast pump and of course being the “pushy button” kid he thought it was “AWESOME” I showed him what mommy does with it and now he knows when I have to pump. He even tells me “Mama, PUMP!” haha. That night, he took a bath, I put lotion on him and got him in his pjs (superman pjs that is). I marveled in watching him dance around and laugh with Chris. I indeed missed these moments and that happy little face of his. I asked him “Thomas, would you like momma to rock you tonight?” and I don’t know if it were the pjs or if he was that excited, but it seemed as though he FLEW into his room and waited by the rocking chair. I put the boppy pillow up on my lap to protect my incision. Then Chris put him on top of the pillow. Thomas curled right up and put his head on my chest and requested that I sing “You are my sunshine” “Sto lat” “Jingle Bells” and “ABC’s” over and over. I didn’t mind. It was relaxing and I really did miss singing him “Sto Lat” my little Polish boy. 😉
Tuesday, Chris and I began to settle into a routine again, this time with two little princesses involved. We get Thomas down for a nap and then we head up to the NICU to spend some quality time with Caelynn and Evelyn. I was able to do some Kangaroo hold with my sweet Evey, it was such a great feeling and I love it! Both girls were put on “caffiene” to help with their heart rates. Their heart rates kept dipping. Which is really common with preemies. They’re probably going to be on that until they are about ready to go home. Which I know it is all good.
I know this sounds crazy, but having the experience we did with Thomas being a preemie, we know the importance of their rest. We stay for only about 2 hours. Holding them, changing their diapers, taking their temps, and attempting to bottle feed them, which was a surprise to me that they even were interested in the first place to “nipple”. We want them to grow, and we want them to know that we love them. It is really hard to be home and them in the NICU, but trust us, we know that we can’t be there all day (even though we wish we could) and we do have a toddler that needs our constant attention as well. Our girls are being cared for by some of the best of the best and we put our trust in them to watch over and protect our little girls. With that being said, this time we want them to stay until they’re ready. Instead of when we had Thomas we just wanted him home at first. We now understand that babies aren’t suppose to be doing so much that we ask of our little girls who should be our little sleeping beauties (in my womb).
Wednesday, both Chris and I were able to do kangaroo care with our girls this time I held Caelynn and Chris and Evelyn. Both girls on Wed. were on their bili blankets. Their bili results were 8.7 & 8.9. So they needed the blanket for sure (another common thing among preemies). Both were tube fed as well, so we were able to do the kangaroo hold while they ate. Since they’re on a feeding schedule of on the hour and half hour (every three hours) Caelynn was fed first. Our dear Evelyn was acting so hungry, that when she was on Chris’ chest she started rooting and he had to give her her own fingers, especially after she tried nippling on his chest. Once she found her thumb, she was somewhat content.
Today, Thursday. We went up around 2, the usual. To our surprise, Evelyn was off of her nasal cannula! She’s on 100% room air now! Even though the neonatalogist said that they may need to go back on it every now and then, this was a huge step for her because Caelynn has been on room air since Sunday! They were also off the bili blankets (which they may have to go back on too). Caelynn was having a few dips in her heart rate after she was done eating. The nurse said that she looked as though she had some reflux going on. Yet another normal thing for a preemie to experience. These little baby girls are constantly on my heart, as I try not to worry. They’re doing good so far! Every day is a new day and a step closer to us being able to bring them home!
Thomas has learned his sister’s names and he also has two of his very own pictures of them. He calls Evelyn “EEEVEY” and Caelynn “CAE YIN”. He gives them kisses and I make sure to pass them along. He knows that we call them his “sissies” but this boy has no idea what is in store! 🙂
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I’ve been feeling ok. This might be too much info, but ever since my surgery, I wasn’t able to have a BM. So Chris and I have been brainstorming as to what to do….first an enema (which I was afraid to use, so I only used a little of the solution, and it did absolutely NOTHING, but the embarrassment of Chris having to run to Kroger at 10pm to get it for me. So finally last night we took a trip back to Kroger and I bought prunes, prune juice and fiber bars….. and I am happy to say “I FINALLY POOPED!” haha! I am starting to feel better too! Right now I have a bag of frozen veggies on my incision. It is actually helping by taking away the burn. To be completely honest, I would rather be recovering from a vaginal delivery right now, than the c-section.
I think by watching Chris melt when he holds his girls, makes me love him more and more. He’s been so cute lately, especially with picking out their jammies and decorations for their room. Its been a huge help! I think also, since I was so “bossy” when I was pregnant with Thomas and I HAD to have his room decorated a certain way, its only fair that Chris enjoys having a say in what he wants his daughters room to be like and how they will be dressed. Evelyn and Caelynn are already daddy’s little girls 🙂
Well, its late and its time for me to go call the NICU, make sure our girls aren’t causing any trouble and go to sleep. (pumping comes early in the morning!)
HAVE A VERY BLESSED DAY!!!!!!