Today Lily sampled the third formula of her NICU stay – hopefully third time’s a charm! The results of Lily’s PCG test showed nothing other than the three brady/apnea episodes she had yesterday evening, which were attributed to reflux. In order to help her in that area, her nurse practitioner Marilyn suggested that we take her off the Similac Advance formula and try her on Enfamil AR, which is thickened with rice cereal and therefore heavier, preventing it from coming back up so easily. As always, Lily gets half formula and half breast milk each feeding and is taking about 55 ml per feeding. She started the Enfamil this afternoon and so far so good. We’re hoping that the formula, along with reflux precautions such as keeping her head slightly elevated after feedings, will prevent any further episodes. If the Bug can behave she can come home soon, so our fingers are crossed! Between sampling the NICU menu options Lily managed to take and pass her car seat test – yay Bug!
Charlie also began taking the Enfamil AR today – not because he necessarily needs it but because we want to try to keep the babies on the same formula if at all possible. The Chunks didn’t seem to mind the switch – as long as he has a full bottle and a good cuddle afterwards, Charlie is happy. This evening his nurse, Debbie, gave him a nice tub bath. Charlie is so funny during bath time – he cries like crazy when he first gets in the tub, then after a minute it’s like a switch is turned and he realizes, “Hey – I like this!” He is so, so cute!
At home we’ve been working on getting everything prepped for the babies’ hopefully fast approaching homecoming. Bottles have been sterilized, clothes have been washed, bassinets have been assembled, diapers have been stacked. Our house looks like a Babies R Us exploded, but that just makes us happy. All we need are two babies in it and our home will officially be complete.
Lily knows that black is the new pink.
Snug as a bug in a rug.
A tub full of Charlie.
This is the life.
Just soaking up the suds.