Anyway, on Monday we returned to St. Peter's, but thankfully just so the babies could have a follow up eye exam. That was quite the feat getting both babies up, fed, dressed, in their car seats and out the door by 7:45 AM. But we did it, and made it our appointment relatively on time (we were a tad late, but I blame that on traffic!). The appointment went well - both babies are still showing improvement but are not yet good enough to be cleared for good. So we'll return in 3 weeks for another check. After their appointment we took a brief detour to the NICU to use their waiting room to feed and change Charlie and Lily and to say hello to some friends, including one of Lily's favorite nurses Linda, who we never got to say goodbye to before we left. We ended up getting home about 6 hours after we left, which made it quite the outing!
Yesterday afternoon I took the babies for a nice long walk in their double snap n' go. That is a production in itself - set up stroller, bring car seats into living room, unplug monitors, put babies in car seats, pick up one baby and monitor and bring to door, pick up other baby and monitor and bring to door, put one baby in stroller, put other baby in stroller...whew! Add that to pushing that big thing up and down hilly streets and you have a great workout! We went out again today since the weather was so nice. Charlie celebrates our walks by sleeping. During today's walk Lily was nice and awake, gazing around in a sort of confused fashion, as if she was wondering what the heck she was doing outside. And each time we went over a bump she shot me an accusatory glare. She's something else.
Today the visiting nurse came over to give the babies their weekly checkups. Lily finally broke into the 7 lb club, weighing in at 7 lbs 1 oz. Charlie flirted with 8 lbs but came in at 7 lbs 15 oz. The goal is for the babies to gain an ounce a day, and they each gained 9 ounces in 8 days so we're on track!
Our camera was lacking in new pictures that we hadn't already posted, so I opted to post their hospital pictures. These were taken right before the babies were discharged and I think they are adorable.
Okay, I lied. Here's one new pic - Lily in her car seat ready to go to her eye appointment. She always looks so baffled when we put her in here!