Until this evening, Charlie has tried a bottle three times. All three times he’s done the same thing: suck in a mouthful of milk, look confused, begrudgingly swallow it, and stop breathing. That’s pretty normal for a baby of his size and gestation. But that all changed as soon as his mommy gave him a bottle!
Charlie’s nurse Andrew told Brooke that she could try Charlie with his bottle if he was awake when his 9:00 feeding time came. And sure enough, he was awake, so Brooke sat down with him, bottle in hand. She expected to have the same result that the nurses had on previous occasions, but was surprised when Charlie started sucking away. He would take some milk, swallow it with a little full-body spasm, and then take some more. In all, he ate 12 of his 30 mls with the bottle. It doesn’t sound like much, but this was a big milestone for our little chunk!
As for Miss Lily, she had a big weight gain and jumped from 1700 grams yesterday to 1755 today (3 lbs, 14 oz). And because of all the care Brooke gave her the last two days, Lily was able to have a nice sponge bath courtesy of her loving mommy, who flew solo the entire time. Having Nurse Amelia push us those two days to do more with Lily has really paid off because we’re so much more comfortable now when we get to do things with her. After her sponge bath, Brooke picked her up for no reason other than to hug her and then she dressed The Bug in her little cupcake onesie. And after her evening cuddle, I put her back into her isolette all by myself and even turned her onto her belly. Thanks for making us do all that Nurse Amelia!
Thus ends my final post of the “summer.” Tomorrow, I go back to school. This means that I won’t be able to spend all my time with Lily and Charlie, and that is going to take some getting used to. I’m also worried about having to face people who aren’t going to know what to say to me about Annaleigh. Hell, I don’t know what to say to me! It’s going to be especially awkward when the kids start asking me about the babies because every kid in school knows me as “the guy who’s having triplets.” I’m not really sure how I’m going to handle this. I have a feeling that the only thing that will get me through each day is knowing that I’ll get to see my beautiful wife, my gorgeous daughter, and my cute-as-can-be son at the end of every day.