Nuzzle, food, and little fingers

Nov 14 2011

Today was another great day with the twins. They’re getting stronger every day.  Today marked what would have been 32 weeks into the pregnancy.  It looks like they’ve both started the upswing in weight.  Cameron now weights a mighty ounce more than when he was born, bringing him to 3 lbs 4 oz.  Sophia’s still slightly under her birth weight at 2 lbs 13 oz, but she’s working on it.  At only 5 days old, this seems like great progress to us.

I really can’t say enough about how incredible the nurses and doctors have been at the Summerlin Hospital NICU.  I’m completely impressed every single time we visit.  Almost as soon as we walk in the door, the doctors brief us on our kids’ overall health status (procedures, expected outcomes vs reality, etc).  The nurses are truly amazing.  Their patience with our kids, mastery of preemie care, and excitement about helping bring our kids into the world is completely inspiring.  They’re the true heroes of the NICU and we’re honored to have them on our side.

Today Tanya got to spend lots of time nuzzling with the twins.  The closer Sophia got to Tanya, the more Sophia wanted to suck her thumb.  Right idea, but Sophia’s execution needs some work.

They’re each getting fed 3mL of milk every few hours.  The milk gets put in a syringe held above the kid by a foot or so.  The milk then drains through the feed tube into their stomachs.   Sweet glorious breast milk…

Nom, nom, nom!  Even though Sophia isn’t using her mouth to consume the milk, she somehow manages to get stuff all over her face.  Somebody wants us to buy stock in a wet wipes company…

Cameron was up next for nuzzle time.  When you point the camera in his face, his eyes typically open wide.  When you put his face next to Tanya’s skin, he gets a drunken teenager look.  It sort of reminds me of Bill Cosby from 1983 (take a quick 20 second intermission here).

Since they’re just warming up to food in their stomachs, the twins are still getting food through their PIC lines.  Remember lipids, protein & dextrose from my earlier post?  Here’s the lipid machine of justice (LMOJ, for short)…

Some of the scary monsters in the NICU…

Cameron kept trying to do a pull up on his cannula.  He pretty much constantly tries to rip out all of his tubes, sensors & wires.  Good boy…

Dinner time, Cameron!

Nom, nom, nom!

After dinner is siesta time.  If you’re going to nap, you might as well get comfy…

Cameron’s hands are not even close to big enough to wrap around my index finger.  Everything about them is small right now (except for their awesomeness, of course).

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