This afternoon we discovered that we had blown a fuse in the basement. Unfortunately, the extra refrigerator/freezer we have down there was attached to that fuse. All the food we had in there defrosted, including the 20 lb bag of chicken breasts that Joe had just bought. We ended up having to toss out all kinds of food and essentially throwing money in the trash. What does this have to do with anything? Well, it is our excuse for not having any pictures in this post. In all the commotion with the freezer Joe forgot to grab the camera when we left the house and therefore we did not get any new pictures of the babies today.
That's the bad part. The good part is that the babies are still doing well. A few changes were made today, but nothing major. Annaleigh had a few episodes yesterday of dropping her heart rate, which is rare for her. In order to correct this she will be receiving a higher dose of caffeine from now on (she most likely needs more since her weight has gone up) and will also be tested to see if she needs blood. There is no cause for concern though, and Annaleigh was her usual happy self today. She gained 25 grams tonight to reach 1315, or 2 lbs 14 oz. She's slowly creeping towards 3 lbs! Both times we held her she pooped - wow is that little girl stinky!! I changed her diaper tonight after I held her and she rewarded me by pooping even more while I had her diaper off. Thanks, baby!
Charlie had his feedings increased to 26 ml today and of course he is happy about this! He put on another 20 grams to make him 3 lbs 10 oz. He's still doing well alternating between the CPAP and nasal canula and had a nice snuggle with me this afternoon.
No changes for Lily today, other than a weight gain of 40 grams to total 3 lbs 6 oz. She was asleep both times we were there, but she did very well when Joe held her this afternoon and didn't have on desat while she was out - a big accomplishment for her!
Joe and I kept busy today when we weren't at the NICU. This afternoon we went to two different Honda dealerships on our minivan search. The first one did nothing but make us angry. We sat there for an hour and a half before we even SAW a van! The sales guy had to run our numbers. Then the van we wanted to see supposedly needed power steering fluid and was taken over to the repair shop from which it never returned. Another van we wanted to see wasn't on the lot. He finally showed us something but it had just come in and had yet to be detailed. I could not get past the stained seats and scratched, dirty dashboard. So we left.
On a whim we stopped at a dealer near the hospital and had a much better experience. The sales guy there led us immediately out to see two different vans and simply took our information to work up some numbers for us while we were gone. We plan to go back tomorrow to review the numbers and test drive the cars. One of them is a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan. Does anyone own a Grand Caravan? Do you like it? Anyway, the second visit was at least productive and we also have some other things in the works. Our good friend Ryan hooked us up with a friend of his who owns several dealerships, and his friend is trying to get us a good deal on something nice. So our fingers are crossed that something comes of that. Thanks Ryan!
Then this evening Joe and I attended a baby care class that the NICU was running. It covered basics like bathing, swaddling, tummy time, vaccines, etc. and we both found it very, very useful. There is a LOT to know about babies! Good thing I took notes!