Today was a good day for the girls but a slightly below average day for Charlie.
Both girls were able to be held this morning and both continue to eat and be strong and have few episodes. Lily is eating 18 mls of breast milk and Annaleigh is up to 10 ml, and considering where she was just a week ago, that's awesome. During our night visit with Grandma Anne and Grandpa Fred, both girls were wide awake and happy to see everyone. Lily put on her normal show, flailing her arms around and looking like she wanted to hug everyone. Annaleigh was content to lay there and just watch the world around her.
The piece of good news about Annaleigh today is that her surgery scar is practically invisible! Her night nurse took off the remainder of the dressing from her surgical incision and all that could be seen was a very slight discoloration on her abdomin. How amazing are these doctors that they can perform surgery on a tiny baby, remove pieces of her bowel, and then sew her back up like they were never even there? Thank you Dr. Galucci!
Charlie's day was a little rough, though not terrible. He continues to have a lot of episodes and react poorly to excessive stimulation. His night nurse (the first male nurse we've had in the entire time we've been at the NICU) thought was just needed to rest and be clam and quiet for a while. Hopefully that's all he needs.
We had hoped to let the grandparents hold the babies for the first time, but our plans were thwarted. Apparently nobody but the parents are allowed to hold the babies until they're off CPAP and out of isolettes. That's kind of disappointing because we were really looking forward to seeing them with our parents. But at the rate the girls are improving, it may not be too much longer until this is a reality!
Annaleigh calming looking out at us from her isolette.
I wasn't able to get any good pics of Charlie today so I'm posting this one from a few days ago. I find it to be just about the most beautiful thing in the world when I watch Brooke love these babies. I'm just as happy watching her hold them as I am to hold them myself.
Lily is just so cute. Every time I see her eyes wide open like this I realize what the expression "she melts my heart" means.