First, we would like to thank everyone for their love and support through this tough journey that our family has been going through. Things have been getting better for our little ones, which in turn is making things a little easier on us. Lucy is doing great, and is nearly back to normal (besides the Fred Flintstone feet!!). She finally got some sleep last night, and the swelling is from standing beside the incubators all day long without sitting down. Anyways, here's what has been going on with the babies:
Reece is being very strong. She has been off of the ventilator and breathing on her own for over 24 hours! What a trooper. Lucy has been very involved in her care since she has been so stable. Today Reece's nurse allowed her to take her temp, change her diaper, and give her some -no idea on this spelling- collastrum (early breast milk?) with a syringe and qtip. You heard right; the breast milk has arrived. I've never seen Lucy more happy than when she was feeding her, but it scares me to death to put my big hands in the beds. I guess that's normal???
Louise is trying really hard to get better. She still has her chest tubes in, but they are getting very little fluids off which is good. She is also being weened off of her oxygen and nitric oxide...I know that her nitric oxide has gone from 30 to 5 whatever that means. The only bad news is that a head ultrasound revealed a grade II brain bleed from all of the trauma that she went through. But the good news is that the doctor said that a grade II (out of four), is not even enough of a problem to try and treat it. It could potentially progress to a grade III, but we're hoping that it will downgrade (I hear its about 50/50 which way it goes). She might need to get a little rest, but she can't sit still!
Well, Charlie's vitals are back to great like they were for the first day. We still can't figure out what in the world caused that scare he gave us but we sure don't want to go through it again to find out! He did have a little trouble with his red blood cell count last night when they did a CBC test, so they did a blood transfusion. We were really worried when they told us that, but then the nurse said that she had been doing this for 20 years and had never seen a reaction. He has been doing well since, and his skin has a little more color now (he was kind of pale so they ran the test).
Again, thanks for everyone's support! The texts, emails, and calls have been much appreciated and we are blessed to have so many people caring about our new family. Maybe pictures tomorrow, but it still takes me a while to figure our how to post them. Keep thinking positive everyone!