Charlie and Lily both had pretty good days today. Lily was taken off her caffeine and lowered to 4 liters on the nasal cannula - both positive steps. She wanted nothing to do with her afternoon bottle – she was too busy being mad at Nurse Julia for having the audacity to reinsert the Bug’s feeding tube – but took her evening bottle perfectly. She also enjoyed a nice sponge bath tonight courtesy of Daddy and put on some grams to reach 4 lbs 5 oz.
Charlie did the opposite – he loved his afternoon bottle but was totally uninterested in the evening one. He’s still having brady episodes with his feedings, but we were assured yet again today that this was normal and nothing to be concerned about. Dr. Hiatt said that it was in no way a step backward and was just something that was common in preemies. The bradies seem to be caused by a combination of reflux and some failure to coordinate his sucking, swallowing and breathing when taking his bottle, but both are problems that he will outgrow. Other than his MRSA tests, Charlie will begin getting his first round of vaccines. He also gained weight and is now 4 lbs 14 oz.
Joe and I both visited the doctor today to get some vaccines and flu shots – we want to be as healthy and germ-free as possible when we finally start caring for Charlie and Lily. Those who come to visit the babies once they are home should be prepared to scrub, Purell and perhaps submit to being sprayed down with Lysol.
We realized recently that we have a lot of pictures of us with Lily but hardly any of us with Charlie. And as you can see, Charlie could not be bothered to wake up to pose with us.
Lily was so wide awake tonight and was more than happy to get some snuggles in with mommy!
Lily and her daddy took a pause from her bath to have a staring contest. Lily won.