Monday, September 14, 2009

Movin' On Up!

Today Charlie moved to an open crib! Since he has been taking all of his feedings by bottle for the last 2 days he no longer needs to be in the isolette, which was necessary to hang his feeding tube. So early this morning Charlie got settled in his new big boy bed. It’s so exciting to see him all out in the open, and it’s nice to be able to walk in and scoop him right up without much effort. Now that he’s in his new digs, the next step is for Charlie to come off the cannula. The nurses are working on alternating Charlie between the cannula and room air, and hopefully it won’t be long before he can ditch the cannula entirely.

Lily also made some great progress today – she moved from the high humidity to the low-flow cannula! So far the Bug is doing extremely well on this and is on a very low setting. We are quite proud of our little girl! Lily is taking the bottle a few times a day, so her next goal is to be able to take all of her feedings by bottle and move in to a crib of her own.

Both Charlie and Lily had follow up eye exams today, and both are still showing some unresolved issues due to their prematurity. These issues can be corrected with laser surgery if need be, but Dr. Hiatt assured us that in most cases they resolve on their own. They will both have another exam in 2 weeks to see how things are looking.

So it was a busy day for Charlie and Lily, but was full of positive steps forward. Now they just need to keep up this momentum until their next move is out of the NICU and home with us!





Daddy reading Lily "But Not the Hippopatamus," which just happens to be her mommy's favorite book ever.



Seriously, could Charlie be any cuter?

27 comments:

Lauren said...

Hooray! They are growing up... They'll be off to college in no time. ;)

Jill said...

Yay Charlie!! I remember the day my little Emily got to move to the open crib, it was a GREAT day...and yes, to be able to just scoop her up without having to open up the isolette and organize all the wires, etc...was just AWESOME! It made me feel even more like her mommy that I could just pick her up whenever I wanted to!
Great progress for both babies today! Congrats!

oneparticularkitchen said...

They look so great!! And that last picture of Charlie... I want to kiss his little face! So sweet. :)

britta said...

Congrats Charlie! I knew you could do it :-) Really though, this is so exciting to hear//see... Congrats you guys!

The babies look so adorable! I cannot wait to hear about their achievements tomorrow!

sue said...

Charlie could not be cuter!! But so is Lily! Congrats on more progress.

Anonymous said...

Congrats angels. I am soooooo proud of you. Keep it up. And yes that last picture of Charlie is absolutely adorable but they all are... Although I really like the first one with you Brooke. You look thrilled and you deserve to be. Enjoy scooping those bundles up - heck I can't wait until I can... Just keep moving along sweetpeas...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxo

Mae said...

Congrats! They are both getting so big! I am so happy for your family!

Amanda said...

YAY!!!!!!

Kristine McKowen said...

Hooray for babies! Brooke, love your face in the first picture! Get that boy a more manly blanket - lol! Too much pink - thought it was the Lilybug.

The last one of Charlie is just adorable! And Miss Lily in her pink outfit is too cute!

Anonymous said...

Good job Charlie. I can't wait to hear about his next big move home! Hang in there, it sounds like your NICU trip is nearing the end.

Mom to GBB @ 29 weeks

The Paro Family said...

YAY!!! I was so excited when the post came up and I saw Charlie in his crib that I got goosebumps. He's soo close to coming home with you, and Lily isn't far behind!!! Awesome news.

Stephanie said...

Awesome move Charlie!!!! And I loved the pic of him on Sunday without any tubes at all!!! Such a handsome little man!! :)

Anonymous said...

This is great news! Their homecoming is right around the corner! YAY! And to answer you question about Charlie... NO, he can't be any cuter!!! So perfect! And then there's your little bug... cutest bug I ever saw!!!! This post just made my day!!!! Thanks again for sharing these precious babies with us!!!

Jen said...

Love the picture Brooke :o)

Anonymous said...

Someone very special is surely looking over this family! And we all know how that very special person is!!! Great news! So happy for all of you!!

Anonymous said...

from last comment... meant to say, we all know WHO that very special person is!

Meg said...

What joyous news!! :)

Lani said...

Such great news! They are making so much progress! It's wonderful to see Charlie in an open crib.. I'll never forget the moment that I walked into the NICU and saw my babies in an open crib, and together, for the first time. I sobbed it was such a beautiful sight. Just wait:)!

Doug said...

No, Charlie could not be cuter. What an adorable baby.

Lily ain't so bad herself.

Kitty Cat said...

that is so exciting, charlie will be home in no time!!! and the bug will be close behind him :)

-Cat from Multiple Mamas

Anonymous said...

Congrats for good news. Go babies!!!!

Cheryl

Somnybooks said...

I'm so glad that they are doing well! And I love Sandra Boynton books...."But not the Hippopatamus" is my fav too!

Claire said...

that's awesome!!! Moving to those cribs is a BIG DEAL! I'm always talking to my babies and telling them to eat more by mouth...I'll send a little speech Lily's way. "Sweet, Lily. You're doing such a good job eating. Now eat more every time and we'll get that nasty tube out of your mouth, I know you don't like it." Hope that helps! ;-)

Michele from FTHS said...

Way to go, Little D's!!!!! They couldn't be any cuter! xoxoxo

Rebecca, from CT said...

Way to go Charlie!!! Out into an open crib!! Getting closer and closer to coming home!!!

Holly M. said...

Brooke! I love the picture of you pointing at Charlie- that is so great!! Charlie and Lily are beautiful- lots of love, Holly M.

Heidi said...

My favorite picture of Charlie. What a little heartbreaker!!