NICU Day 5

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The babies were once again beautiful and wonderful today... Some new details...

Bobby: The echo showed no issues with his heart. The valve that normally closes upon birth allows for a brief spurt every now and then, but the cardiologist felt this wasnt a huge deal and, after consulting with the docs, etc, they have decided no meds. It will fix itself. His brain scan showed no brain bleeds. He has been removed from CPAP. This may not last and they may give him a canula, but they wanted to see how he handles no pressure. Today, he did well. When we kangarooed, he was free and loved it! He is so much more relaxed in his isolette without the mask. His bilirubin has dropped, so his light has been changed to low intensity. However, he needs to have a bowel movement. His feedings arent going well, as he isnt digesting as he should. They tried a suppository but, as of today, this hasnt worked.

Maya: The echo showed no significant issues with the heart. The patant ductus arteriosis is open minimally. The doctor recommended treatment with neoprophen. A brain scan was conducted to make sure this is safe (since you cant do it with brain bleeds). The found one, very, very minor bleed. The CRNP told us that it was so minor that it isnt considered a problem and that babies with this type of low issue are considered on par with babies for whom no bleed is detected. So, she had her first dose today. Her CPAP has been dropped to 4, the lowest level. Her bilirubin came up just slightly so she is still under the high intensity light. She is tolerating her feedings very well and digesting most, if not all, of her food. They upped her to 6ml of breastmilk per feeding.

I am a pumping fiend... I feel like pumping is my life now. But it means that they are breastmilk only right now with food to spare! So that makes it all worth while.

The kangarooing was wonderful. I promise to post pictures. We just didnt get home until late and I dont feel well (see my post about my great c-section fun) and I just wasnt up for uploading yesterday or today's pics. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for that!

19 comments:

Carrie said...

Yay Bobby and Maya! I am so very happy that they are doing normal preemie things and seem to be kicking butt in that NICU! :) It must be awesome to have Bobby to kangaroo with no CPAP. Maya is next!!!

Lots of love!

Krystal said...

Great news!

dreamsandfalsealarms said...

WonderfulWonderfulWonderfulWonderfulWonderfulWonderfulWonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

Annalien said...

Praying for you and your beautiful babies. I really hope that you feel better soon!

Just Breathe said...

Yes, we love new pictures but we can wait as long as those beautiful babies are doing well.
You need to rest and get well. You have two (2) babies who will need you very soon! Glad to hear that their hearts are good and their brains. Good news. Please rest up and know that I am praying for all of you.

Catherine W said...

Well done with the pumping. You are doing a brilliant job! Soon you will have a little frozen milk mountain in the freezer for Bobby and Maya, it amazing how quickly it all adds up.

They sound like they are doing so, so well. Hope Bobby fills his nappy soon, we actually had a middle of the night 'poo party' with the nurses when J finally obliged!

And I'm so sorry to hear about all the drama with the c-section. I understand your wish for something normal, I really do. Hope you feel better soon. xo

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A n T said...

So glad to hear that the visit today went so great! Awesome report!

Sprogblogger said...

So wonderful to hear they're doing so well! Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Jill said...

Great news! I'm so happy the babies are doing well. I hope the antibiotics kick in and you start to feel better soon!

Donna said...

I'm so glad everything is going well! That is great news about Bobby being able to be free for a while and Maya is doing such a great job eating. She will be growing before you know it!

Leah said...

It sounds like Bobby and Maya are doing so well! Continuing to think of you and your beautiful family. :-D

Molly said...

Great news! I'm so happy for you all. I'm continuing to pray for you that they will continue to grow big and strong and will be home with Mom and Dad as soon as possible.

Ana said...

Hi there.. lurker here. We had our own set of preemie twins (29 wkrs, but one was IUGR, so he was a 24 wk size) anyway, I wanted to wish you all the luck in the world.. how exciting that your babies are here and doing so well! I wanted to let you know what I did with my pumping so that I could still do other things.. I took an old pre-prego bra and snipped little holes in the cups right where the nipples go.. that allowed me to force the flanges of the pump bottles through the opening, then I would put on the bra, line up the old "teets" and pump while I blogged, held the babies, read a book, etc. You can buy these online for like 30-40 bucks, but an old tighter bra worked really well for me. Anyway, just my 2 cents. The nurses in the NICU always joked with me that I could be feeding my one son on one side, pumping on the other and reading a book at the same time. ;) Get used to multi-tasking with twins! Congrats again!

Missing Kasey said...

I am so happy they are doing well. can't wait to see pictures. Rest up so you will heal quickly!
((hugs))
Nicolle

paulsgirl1297 said...

Oh this is such wonderful news I know that even though you are physically miserable your heart is full- I was so happy for you that I cried tears of joy ..

projectkjetil said...

I'm thrilled that they're doing so well! Congratulations, and looking forward to more great progress.

AKD said...

I am so very happy for you all. I truly can't wait to hear more stories of their improvement.

Mommy (You can call me OM) said...

Michele,

I'm still out here praying even when you don't see me commenting. I am happy to hear the twins are doing well. I will pray that Bobby starts to digest and he remains healthy. I'll pray for continued growth and health for both of them, healing for you, and peace of mind for you and Peter.

You are right, this is so much better than having babies die. But, it's still very hard. Don't get down on yourself for feeling sad or for experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. We all know how immensely grateful you are for each of your babies, currently in the NICU or with God. Feeling scared or sad doesn't diminish that gratefulness.

Peace, my friend.