The girls are almost two weeks old now, and for the most part they seem to be doing very well. The heart rate and breathing alarms still go off once in a while, but it seems that they’re both doing what they need to do — just get a little older and keep developing. Elizabeth has been doing great with her feedings, often able to take the whole feeding from a bottle (rather than getting tuckered out halfway through and getting the rest of the feeding squirted through the feeding tube that’s up her nose). One of the benefits of this is that they’ve removed Elizabeth’s IV line, which means that one arm is now much less encumbered, and it’s just one less cable to deal with when handling her. Also, when we visited today we were pleased to see that they had moved Elizabeth to a smaller, much less high-tech crib. In fact, it’s really nothing more than a clear plastic box with no lid. If you suddenly moved me into a smaller house that was lacking all the high-tech gadgets I’d become accustomed to, that might be upsetting — but in her case, this is a promising promotion! Several days ago Carolyn seemed to be having a little trouble with her digestion, so they gave her stomach a rest for a day (by skipping a few feedings), and they’re gradually increasing her back up again. She should catch back up with Elizabeth soon. Of the two girls, Carolyn is definitely the more “aggressive” feeder, sometimes sucking so vigorously that she doesn’t have time (or simply forgets) to swallow. But both girls are still gradually gaining weight, and that’s a good sign. The most frequently asked question we get right now is, “Do you know when they’ll be able to come home?” Not exactly. When they were born, we were given a vague range, like four to six weeks. So all we know is that now we’re two weeks further down the road. We continue to feel very blessed!
As promised, here are a few new video clips of the girls! Putting these together has been a lot of fun.