We've been through a lot in our three months at the NICU (well, three months tomorrow, anyway). We've had highs-- the day Annaleigh's bed was moved to between Lily and Charlie and all three babies were in a row was my personal favorite-- and we've had lows-- you know this already. But the hardest part of all is the suddenness with which things turn.
Yesterday morning, we were excited about how soon we'd have the babies home. It was only a matter of days, no longer a some distant future too far away to be real. Then Lily had her rough day and we were forced to consider that it may be a bit longer. Today, Lily had a great day and we were happy. But then Charlie had a few brady episodes in a row, and once again, we're discouraged.
Lily's formula was changed to a lower-calorie brand and her feedings were reduced to about 45 ml. This change seems to have worked well as she had a perfectly good day. Both Brooke and I got to spend some quality time with The Bug and give her lots of cuddles.
Charlie had a good day too, at least until around 8:30. For some reason, his heart rate dropped considerably out of nowhere. He came back up without much stimulation and his nurse Natalie attributed it to reflux, but why he had reflux over three hours after his feeding is anybody's guess. He bradied again during his 9:00 feeding and took a few minutes to regain his normal levels.
It wasn't the worst thing in the world, but it was disheartening. We really needed to have a good day today after all the worry over Lily yesterday, and we were so close to getting it. Charlie was even supposed to have his car seat test tonight (all the NICU babies need to be tested in car seats for an hour after a feeding to make sure they can handle it before they're allowed to be discharged) but that's been postponed.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a little better. Lily should be back in an open crib and Charlie may be able to have the car seat test. But for those things to happen, both babies need to have good days. Keep your fingers crossed for that!
Charlie sleeping peacefully (between bradies, unfortunately).
Charlie on the scale getting weighed. He's up to 2810 grams (6 lbs. 3 oz.).
Lily loves her mommy. And in case you can't tell, her mommy loves Lily too.
I can't even say how great it feels to just pick up a baby and hold her and kiss her and love her. So... perfect.
Lily telling us all about her day.