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2/25/92 — Our NICU Journey Day 101

February 25, 2011

Isaac — 1189 grams

Molly — 1503 grams (double birth weight)

Daddy dressed his little girl. They both look pretty proud of themselves. There were very few preemie clothes available back then. This little kimono was a "preemie" size, for 4-5 pound babies. You can see we had to roll the sleeves up quite a bit. The NICU staff started tossing the word "home" around pretty freely these days. You would think that would have excited us (and it did), but it also started to make me pretty panicky. We had so much to do to prepare for their homecoming, and we had spent relatively little time providing direct care for them. You get kind of used to having an entire staff of trained professionals there to back you up and the idea of doing it all alone — for two babies — can be overwhelming.

Isaac

Another good weight gain last night, pal — 30 grams. Dr. Colis checked your eyes again and said no news is good news. You are Grade II-III. One of your eyes is worse than the other. They took you off your fortifier today and increased your feeds to 29 ccs every three hours. You breastfed pretty well today, but not as well as you have in the past. Daddy and I took an infant CPR course here at the hospital so we know how to protect you when you come home in case something happens (which it won’t, do you hear me!). Keep up the good work. We have all noticed how much you like to be held, and believe me, I love to hold you. Oh, one more thing. You went over to Molly’s crib and took a little nap with her this afternoon. Lois said you two need to bond. Did you bond with your sister?

Molly

You are an eating machine, girl. You breastfed for about 15 minutes at 5:00 and then you took your whole bottle. You also took your whole bottle for Karen at 8:00. She thinks you might be coming home soon. The thought of that thrills me and terrifies me at the same time. You had your eyes examined again today — so far, so good. I will talk to Dr. Colis about it tomorrow. You also had another echocardiogram, so I will also have to talk to Dr. Cole. Ike came to visit you in you crib, and Daddy dressed you for the first time.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2011 9:46 am

    That’s the sweetest — the napping babes!

    • February 25, 2011 3:56 pm

      Yep. That’s why they invented naps, so you could look at your little ones and remind yourself what angels they are, even if they can be little devils when they’re awake.

  2. Lori Prang permalink
    February 25, 2011 2:30 pm

    I loved this post Susan! Brought back a lot of memories. I found out my girls were coming home 2 days before they did and I overheard it while I was washing my hands there in the ISCU. Total panic attack on my part. I loved that they let Molly and Ike nap together! Hurry home babies!

    • February 25, 2011 3:57 pm

      I know what you mean, Lori. It was waiting and waiting and waiting and then, suddenly, they were sending you home. Gah!

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