Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tasting Menu

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.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Charlie's pudgy belly and chubby cheeks... they are both getting sooo big!! Lily is already quite the food snob... she had to find the perfect formula for her taste. You guys are in trouble with that little girl :) She'll be ruling the house in no time!
I'm so glad that the babies should be home where they belong soon!!

Anonymous said...

The babies look great!!!

I am so happy to hear everything is going so well :-)

I haven't stopped praying since I stumbled upon you and your story.

Love,
from GA

Ivory said...

Your photos make me actually miss the NICU and tiny little babies. They are so cute!

Anonymous said...

They've gotten so big, and they look great! I will cry my eyes out with happiness the day I read your soon to come "going home" post.

Prayers and love coming to you from New Jersey - not too far from you guys!

Kim said...

Charlie looks so cute (Lily does to of course)! Is it just me or has he gotten to big for his tub?

sue said...

Boy, that really is a tub FULL of Charlie. Hard to believe he's about to outgrow the tub! They both are gorgeous. So happy all is going well with both and you are counting down to "go home" day!

Lindsay said...

Those cheeks! Ack! Too much cuteness! And go Lil with passing the carseat test.

Denise said...

Keep up the good work Charlie and Lilly, won't be long now. Those pictures are absolutely adorable.. (Travis's mom)

Anonymous said...

C'mon Lil you can do it...

OMG - these pictures are absolutely adorable... I love them... Chubby chubby babies...

God bless you my sweet angels...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxo

Holly M. said...

Awesome pics, beautiful baby faces!! We do "snug as a bug in a rug", every night!! I am completely thrilled for you guys! I can't wait for you guys to have your big homecoming. Lots of the love!

Rebecca, from CT said...

Look at Charlie's cheeks!!! Absolutely love them!! So glad Lily Bug passes her car seat test and that her other test didn't reveal anything worrisome!!! Come on babies!!! Mom and Dad are all ready for you!!!

The Home Cook said...

I love seeing their adorable faces without any tubes or wires. And look at Charlie's pudge! He's certainly the Chunk. :) Love it!

Colleen said...

Love Lily's shirt and that picture of Charlie content in the tub is hilarious!

Amber said...

Enfamil AR ended up being our formula due to reflux. It really did make a world of difference for our babies. Love seeing new pictures of them.

Kristine McKowen said...

Fabulous update!

Love Charlie's chubby cheeks and belly and Miss Lily's attire!

citygirlcooks said...

They are getting so big! They are absolutely adorable as always.

Lucy M said...

OMG that first pic of Lily is absolutely adorable! But you knew that.

Anonymous said...

Love Charlie's tummy!!! Lily's just tooooo much. You are blessed!

Lauren said...

I can't stop staring at the sleepy picture of Lily and at Charlie's cheeks. I just want to bite them. :) I love your babies!!

Michele from FTHS said...

I am so happy for you! I cant believe how big they are getting. Charlie barely fits in the basin. And to think they barely weighed a pound 3 months ago. Keep up the wonderful work, D's.

oneparticularkitchen said...

OMG I am DYING of cuteness. What great pictures!!! Grow, babies, grow! :)

Missy said...

Hi Joe and Brooke,

I just drove across country with my boyfriend and couldnt wait to get to his mothers house in Maine so I could see how the babies are! Glad to hear things are going well, and don't worry about the monitors, you get used to them (I was a nanny for twins born at 27 weeks, I witnessed a lot of the battles you have gone through first hand).

Enjoy your last nights or restful sleep before the babes come home!

~Missy

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait for your little joys to come home! I anxiously await that post! I cannot believe how far they have come. I still cry everytime I read your blog--tears of joy now!

The Psycho Mama said...

I can't believe how chubby Charlie is--did you ever think you'd see the day when your teeny babies would be described as chubby? He is so beautiful and looks so happy in that picture!

Anonymous said...

LOOK AT THAT BELLY! =)
-nikki

Anonymous said...

I just had to come and do another picture check before bedtime. Angels you have been giving me chuckles all day long with these pictures. I send your updated pictures to work every day... Auntie has fun...

Night Night...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoox

Claire said...

I love Charlie's "pinchable cheeks!" So cute. They're getting so close! Yay!!!

Jen said...

You know it is time to go home when you outgrow the hospital tubby! YAY!!!!!! Great stuff and I am so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Brooke and Joey,
I think Charlie is a Contento, and I think he looks like me when I was a baby! They are so beautiful! God Bless Them!
Cousin Bernadette

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