Sunday, November 21, 2004

One Big Happy Family

On the first few nights without Holland, Eden didn't sleep a wink and fussed through most of the night. We got quite nervous that this was a preview of how our nights would be with TWO babies at home. Thankfully, it didn't turn out that way. It turned out that Eden just missed her sister. We brought Holly home on Wednesday night and Eden finally went to sleep. In fact, so far both babies have been sleeping wonderfully through the night, cuddled up together in their bassinet. They wake up like clockwork every four hours to eat. We can definitely handle that! We are insanely happy to have our family home, healthy, and together. Both girls are on oxygen and apnea monitors, so we have a lot to cart about when we have to leave the house for doctors appointments. At the last pediatrician appointment on Friday Eden weighed 5 pounds 9.5 ounces, and Holland 4 pounds 13.5 ounces.

We are overjoyed to be home, yet we do miss our surrogate family at the NICU. The doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at St. Joe's saved our babies lives many times over, and we will always have a special place in our hearts for them. It was an emotional farewell on Wednesday. Doctors Ivacko and Everett were both there to say goodbye, the same doctors who were there with us the night that Holland and Eden were born. There is no way to express the gratitude that we feel for all that the NICU staff has done for our babies and for us. They loved our babies and treated us as more than just a job...thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We will be back to visit and will see you all at the reunion next summer!

Monday, November 15, 2004

Home Sweet Home

Eden came home on Saturday!!! We've spent the past two nights cuddling and watching her sleep. She weighed 5 pounds 1.5 ounces when she left the NICU, and 5 pounds 5.5 ounces today at her pediatrician appointment! I think we're growing her good. She loves to eat and takes 90-100 cc's with every bottle. We're continuing to breastfeed twice a day, until she gets bigger and we can move toward full time (her mommy's goal!).

As happy that we are to have one baby home, we were really sad to leave the other behind without her sis. Holland won't be far behind though. We're going to bring her home with us on Wednesday. Holland seems to have finally established a good growing pattern, and weighed 4 pounds 6 ounces on Sunday night.

After 108 days it's really hard to believe how far our babies have come. I clearly remember the day they were born and the way they looked when we saw them for the first time. They were so beautiful and perfect, but so tiny. It seemed impossible that we would ever get to this point. Now we're looking at two babies who will be home with their parents by the date they were expected. Their due date is November 17, the very day that Holland will be joining us at home.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Almost Home

We've really made a lot of progress since the last post. It looks like Eden is coming home on Saturday!!!! Holland won't be far behind. Likely sometime toward the end of next week. Both girls have their feeding tubes out, and are taking all of their food from breast and bottle. Holland got rid of the oxygen cannula on Sunday and has been breathing room air for the past few days. She is a wireless's the wave of the future!

Eden is going to be coming home on oxygen and with a monitor. So, Holland may be the breather in the family, but Eden is the eater. She can suck down 50 cc's from a bottle in 10 minutes flat. Today she took 50 cc's while breastfeeding in 20 minutes. She is very efficient. Also very good at conserving calories by sleeping a lot.

John and I are so excited about getting our babies home. But also very nervous... They are going to be very susceptible to colds and other sickness so we need to be very diligent about keeping them as protected as possible. As much as we love company (and all of our family and friends), we probably won't be able to see much of anybody. We will be pretty much homebound for much of the winter. We look forward to more visitors in the spring! Of course, we will be keeping you up-to-date via the website :)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Back to Bed

Just wanted to let everyone know that Holland came through the eye surgery fine. It wasn't nearly as extensive as last time, and only took about 30 minutes. Today she is back in bed with her (big) little sis, as well as back on her cannula and full feeds.

Tomorrow is mommy's last day of work! We've got a LOT to do to get ready for our babies to come home...

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

ROP Update

The eye surgeon came out today for the girls follow-up eye exam. He says that Eden's eyes are looking good and healing just fine. She will continue to have regular checkups, but won't likely need any more work done. Holland, on the other hand, will need additional eye surgery on her left eye. Her right eye looks good, but the left hasn't resolved to the point we would like. The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, at 1:00. Once again, she will have to be reintubated (put back on the ventilator), and put to sleep. She's a fighter so I try not to be too worried. I just wish she didn't need to be so tough...

The good news is that on Sunday we moved to a different room in the NICU for kids that need less critical care. I guess you could say we "graduated"! Eden weighs 4 pounds 6 ounces, and Holland weighs 3 pounds 11.5 ounces. It's looking hopeful that we will be home by Thanksgiving. I hope the surgery won't set Holland back too much...