Sophia’s Home!

Posted on 30th December 2011 in NICU, Week 8

The day is finally here.  On Thursday, Sophia got discharged from the NICU!  Over the past few days, Sophia’s feedings have improved a ton.  She’s been able to either nurse or bottle feed for a couple days in a row now without any issues.  So, that’s it.  The last item on her checklist is complete.  Time to go home!

Tanya didn’t waste any time getting Sophia moved out.  Here’s Sophia’s crib empty and ready for the next mom & kiddo.  We won’t miss those rocking chairs.  They’re pretty much the most uncomfortable chairs in the history of mankind…

Here’s Sophia getting excited about leaving the NICU.  She’s also pretending she can make out all those flashy colors and patterns in the toys.  Soon…

I had to wait outside with Cameron because “outside babies” can’t go into the NICU.  Cameron & I hung out in the hospital lobby for a while.  Even in a hospital full of babies, Cameron still attracted lots of attention.  I had to bat off the paparazzi & their cameras and a couple other people’s grandmas who wanted to pinch & kiss him.

Tanya handed off the camera right before she strapped on her speedy wheelchair.  Remember that whole lawyer-driven hospital exit we had to do with Cameron?  Yup, same thing.  Here’s the hallway to freedom…

The volunteer who helped us out said she charged a $50 photo fee.  So, she is absolutely not in any of these pictures…

FREEEEDOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!

Sophia was really alert for her trip to the car.  I’m sure she won’t forget any of it…

On a serious note, whatever you do, don’t have that little cross brace buckle thing on your kid’s car seat way down by the lower buckle.  It’s supposed to be much higher than that.  Of course, we had it in the exact proper location before we drove off.

Sophia and Cameron took their first car ride together.  The 45 minute magic carpet ride went really well.  I think we lucked out and got kids that like to sleep in the car.  I’m sure they’ll hold that against us later.

Tanya and Sophia were glowing.  Look at the photo below and say one of these things…

  • Amazing!
  • Awwwww, cute!
  • What a blessing!
  • Wow, they look beautiful and happy.  That’s so wonderful!
  • There’s absolutely no way that that lady had twins 7 weeks ago!

We were really concerned about the kids being apart for the last 7 weeks.  They spent months & months “cuddled” with each other in the womb.  Everyone says how twins have an amazing bond.  Since the hospital rules were that the kids couldn’t even touch, we hoped that “twin bond” was still there.

For their first crib time together, Tanya swaddled them so their arms wouldn’t accidentally do something not nice.  They did really well together…

When they woke up later, Tanya put them in the pack-n-play downstairs.  They had a really good time reaching for each other and looking at each other…

It was amazing to see them together for the first time.  Over the last week, Cameron stayed fairly still when we put him in the crib.  With Sophia there, they both wiggle towards each other.  Magnetic wiggle worms.

They’re still learning basic motor skills, but they mustered enough will power to hold each other’s hands and all kinds of other cute stuff…

Today (Friday) the twins had their first pediatrician appointment.  The office called and changed our appointment because they were closing early for the weekend.  What they didn’t tell us is that they changed all their afternoon appointments to the same time.  So, we got there and for the one-doctor practice, there was an entire waiting room full.  So, Sophia’s first trip outside the house included a marathon multi-hour wait around a ton of other kids.  Great first impression.  We asked the doctor if there’s typically a long wait after an appointment time and she said there’s almost always a wait.  If we weren’t super impressed with the doctor’s background, we’d never be going back.  We’ll see.

When we do have time to talk to friends and family, most ask how we’re doing.  I can safely say our status is “tired.”  The other night I decided to have a beer after dinner.  Twelve ounces later, I felt like I’d had a keg.

After the pediatrician appointment today, Sophia decided that she didn’t want to eat.  We spent over 7 hours tonight trying to get her to swallow even a drop of milk.  Tanya fought through her sleep-deprived months and convinced Sophia to eat.  Tanya’s an amazing mom to them.  I’m glad the kids have her determination on their side.

Today was the first since November 2nd that Tanya wasn’t at the hospital.  That alone is a giant relief.  During that time, Tanya put nearly 4,000 miles on her car just between our home and the hospital.  In other terms, that’s the distance from New York to Berlin, Germany.  Now that’s a road trip.

This marks the beginning of our lives at home together.  Welcome home, Cameron and Sophia.

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Eyes Have It

Posted on 28th December 2011 in NICU, Week 8

Today Sophia got another eye exam.  They’re always taxing on the kids and today was no different.  She’s been doing well over the last 24 hours, but didn’t want to eat for the two feedings after her exam.

We had Cameron out on the town today.  He is feeling much better after his sniffles a few nights ago.  So, we made him run a marathon today.  We had things to do around town for about 5 hours and he handled it like a trooper.  I guess it’s pretty rare that a 5lb (maybe 5 1/2) baby is out & about, so he got “ooos and aaahhs” everywhere he went.  In general, guys pretty much ignored him, but he turned every cute lady’s head in Las Vegas.  Go Cameron!

To end our whirlwind tour, I waited in the car with Cameron while Tanya hung out with Sophia in the NICU.  Sophia wasn’t interested in eating…until Tanya got there.  Sophia did a great job tonight.  She’s getting stronger every day.

I’m pretty thin on photos today.  But, here’s Cameron at his first restaurant, Jason’s Deli…

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No Feeding Tube, Take 2

Posted on 26th December 2011 in NICU, Week 7

I can’t believe I forgot this.   For some reason that will always be unknown to men, deciding on the “going home outfit” is quite possibly the most important decision in the world.  Like I mentioned when Cameron went home, his going home outfit was from my mom.  Again, most important thing in the world.

Slightly less important is the first outfit worn at home.  The day after Cameron came home, Tanya shooed me away for a few minutes while she was changing his diaper.  I knew something was up because I’m almost always given the chance (aka “volunteered”) to change his diaper.  When I was finally allowed back in to see Cameron, he greeted me in this outfit.  Awesome…

Over the past few days, Cameron and I have really gotten to know each other.  Staying at home to take care of him has actually given me a little bit of free time to dust off a new video game I’m slowly developing.  Put another way, we’ve both been hanging out in our pajamas a lot.  Here are a couple shots from our video game work…

Here’s his Yoda pose…

Today he and I got to hang out some more.  I can’t put into words how amazing it is.  I’ve asked a couple people when the “holy crap, I’m a dad” feeling wears off.  I was happy to learn that it doesn’t.  I can’t wait to get to spend some more quality time with Sophia.  Until then, it’s time to hang out in the man cave…

The NICU chief doctor called today and gave us an update on Sophia.  She’s doing really well.  She took a bottle at all of her feedings last night and is downing enough that they took out her feeding tube again.  Sophia’s happy about it…

Sophia did have a desat during her 5:30 bottle feeding tonight where she needed some stimulation to get out of it.  So, she’s not out of the woods yet.  Every desat buys her at least another 2 days in the hospital.  It’s great to see that she went a day without having one.  Hopefully that means she’ll soon go 2 days without having one, then more.

Sophia’s had a feeding tube in for so long that it looks like she was bruised by it.  You can see the line across her right cheek in this photo.  Makes me sad…

While it’s man-time at home, it’s 100% girl power at the NICU.  Here are my two gorgeous ladies…

 

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All Thumbs

Posted on 25th December 2011 in NICU, Week 7

It’s been a busy few days.  I’m at home with Cameron 24/7.  Tanya is at home except for when she’s at the hospital taking care of Sophia.  Cameron & I hang out in our pajamas all the time.  It’s pretty awesome.

Cameron’s doing great and is actually sleeping quite well.  Maybe a little too well.  His 3 hour sleep cycle is usually like clockwork, but about once a day he doesn’t want to wake up to eat.  On those times, it takes some serious motivation (including giving him his nasty-flavored multivitamin fluid), but he eventually eats.

Sophia is still having a desat or two each day.  So, we don’t know when she’s coming home.  Her problems are only when she’s bottle feeding.  Her blood counts are looking better each day, so that’s good news.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say she won’t be home by Christmas though.

So just now, Tanya was nursing Cameron.  They took a break for a few seconds and Cameron moved his thumb straight into his mouth and started sucking it.  First time.

Just before then, I learned that if you don’t make his diaper tight, things leak out.  Thankfully I learned that lesson the easier of two ways.

Tanya and I decided to start a new tradition.  The plan is each year the twins will get their own tree to decorate.  We started this off with a 2 foot tall Noble Fir.  The twins didn’t feel like decorating it this year, but here are a couple photos of it…

Merry Christmas!

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Cameron’s Home

Posted on 22nd December 2011 in NICU, Week 7

Tanya spent a lot of time this morning on the phone with the doctors and nurses.  When we went to sleep last night, we were pretty convinced that Sophia was going to get a blood transfusion today.  They did some more tests today that showed her red blood cell count was on the rise and was now in the acceptable range.  It was still on the low side, but it was enough that they didn’t want to do a transfusion.  As routine as transfusions are, we still weren’t thrilled at the idea.  We’re glad she didn’t need one.

Sophia still had issues with more of her feedings last night.  The extra “at least 72 hours” that Sophia earned with her first desat episode is actually going to be more like a week.  We won’t know for sure when Sophia is coming home until much closer to when it actually happens.

Meanwhile, Sophia won the cute parade today in the NICU.  She was sporting head to toe pink cuteness…

It’s sad to see her feeding tube back in.  It’s a simple thing, but it still makes us feel like we’re so far away from taking her home…

She was more alert today, however.  She was really enjoying her binky.  I had to run out to the military personnel and insurance offices to iron out some paperwork errors for the kids.  That trip cost me most of the afternoon with the twins.  While I was away, Sophia got “assessed” by one of the occupational therapists.  From the way it sounds, it was every bit as much of an assessment of Tanya.  Sophia breast fed perfectly.  I guess she does well under pressure.  This is not a picture of her breast feeding…

Before we left for the day, I was able to spend some quality time with Sophia.  Because of her desat issues while feeding, Sophia took a break after she fed with Tanya and got her next feeding through the tube.  I didn’t get passed out on or barfed on!

Tanya spent some great time bonding with Sophia too.  Sophia acted like she didn’t understand why there wasn’t a breast involved in this feeding…

In case you missed yesterday’s news, Cameron got to go home today!  Since Sophia didn’t get to go home, most of the photos from today are of Cameron.  Sophia will get her turn soon enough.  The car seats we bought were specifically designed to handle preemies, but Cameron still looked tiny in it…

Here’s Cameron’s old crib.  Empty!

Here’s his monitor.  Disconnected and off!

Cameron was a sport about his car seat.  He was a little fussy about it, but put up with me learning how to strap him in…

I strapped him in then checked to make sure everything was snug.  Cameron’s 5 lbs 2 oz today.  I’m glad he wasn’t any smaller…

Take me home!!!

Seriously!?  The straps are as big as he is.  He’s now about 2 lbs heavier than when he was born – that’s about 66% bigger.  I can’t imagine what he’d look like in the car seat back then…

To make sure he was comfy and safe, we removed his little strap pads.  I could get him a snugger fit without them…

Before we left, I said goodbye to Sophia.  I did that by taking some more pictures of her…

She woke up enough to blink at me a few times.  See you soon, little girl.

It was in the 40′s and windy outside, so we added an extra layer over Cameron to keep him warm.

It was terrible to leave Sophia at the hospital.  It felt like we were abandoning her.  Before we left, Tanya took a few minutes to give Sophia some love…

Here we are ready to leave the NICU with Cameron!

You will not believe this.  To leave the hospital, Tanya wasn’t allowed to walk and I wasn’t allowed to carry Cameron.  Tanya had to sit in a wheel chair and hold Cameron’s car seat.  Really?  This is the doing of evil lawyers…

Here we are escaping with Cameron out the front door…

We packed Cameron away in the back seat (well, we really just clicked his car seat in place) and posed for one last picture leaving the hospital…

It was  a 45 minute car ride home.  Cameron was pretty uneasy for about the first 15 minutes of it.  After that, he did pretty well.  I definitely don’t recommend giving your preemie his first car ride at night.  He was tough to see and he didn’t like us turning the light on to look at him.

Once we got home, Tanya did the honors of bringing Cameron inside.  Here’s his first few seconds in our home…

Tanya quickly found her way to the cuddle couch and lit the fire.  They were cozy and warm…

The cats were a little baffled at the new addition to the family.  The sniffed and looked confused.  Then they posed for this photo…

One slightly scary thing is that Tia, the cat on the right in the photo above, weighs more than 3 times what Cameron weighs.  Cameron’s working on that though.

Our cat Tobie stopped by to sniff Cameron a few times.  Cameron makes some funny little noises that Tobie didn’t understand.  I’m sure he’ll learn…

Here’s Cameron’s “going home outfit” from grandma…

It amazing not having to deal with wires to hold your kid.  He’s like…a kid!

After the couch cuddle time, Cameron got a bath.  He ate some dinner and racked out.  What a day!

His new bed is much less evil-hospital-like.  It might even be comfy…

It’s awesome to be home with Cameron.  Our joy is tempered a bit because Sophia is still fighting to get out of the hospital.  For now, we’re on a “split ops” schedule.  I’m going to stay at home and take care of Cameron while Tanya jets back & forth to the hospital to finish teaching Sophia the things she needs to come home. We’re definitely looking forward to having them both at home.

Since we’ve been home, we’ve learned that Cameron is more afraid of the dark than he is of a quiet room.  Neither are very comforting to him right now.  I’m sitting in the twins’ nursery writing this while Tanya gets some rest.  When I’m here (making noise?), Cameron sleeps really well.  We’re going to ween him off noisy bright rooms as soon as we can, but I’m guessing Sophia will have to work through that too.

In the morning, I’m turning over the keys of our airplane to its new owner.  I’m really sad to see it go.  That plane let us travel all over the country (including a trip to see a friend pilot the Space Shuttle on his first mission to space) and enabled lots of extremely short notice trips to see Tanya’s mom when she was battling cancer.  With the twins, the plane doesn’t fit our family any more.  Besides the dual-college fund, I’m going to start saving pennies for our next plane…someday…

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Almost There and So Far Away

Posted on 21st December 2011 in NICU, Week 7

It’s hard for me to believe, but I just added a “Week 7″ category. So, today marks 6 weeks since the twins were born. If you’ve followed along, you know that it’s been a roller coaster. It’s not over yet.

Before I get into that, I missed a couple photos from yesterday that are worth sharing. Here’s a couple from when I was feeding Cameron in the middle of the night. I was much more tired than he was…

Yesterday, Sophia was doing well with eating and even got her feeding tube removed. Here’s her tube-free cuteness…

Yesterday, Sophia was taking a while to get started at each feeding. Once she got going, she didn’t have any problems. That changed last night. Sophia wasn’t cooperating very well with three of her feedings last night. During each of her feedings, Sophia had fairly big desats (desaturation – a drop in blood oxygen saturation – that’s bad). It was alarming enough to the nurse and doctor that they put a feeding tube back in Sophia.

The doctor called us at 7:00 this morning and told us the news. He said with that episode, Sophia bought at least another 72 hours in the hospital. Tanya and I talked a lot about it. We felt like if we were there, it wouldn’t have happened.

Of course, we were wrong (and I feel stupid for even thinking that). We got to the hospital soon after that. We didn’t make the 8:00 am feeding, but we were there for their 11:00 one.

Cameron had an eye appointment this morning. We weren’t around for it, but it sounds like eye exams are pretty taxing on little kids. Their eyes are still premature, so they look for things like blood vessels properly growing from the back of the eye towards the front (apparently preemies’ eyes aren’t “fully powered” for quite a while). Cameron’s eye appointment went well, but after all that work, the doctor wanted to keep him until tomorrow. So, the great news is Cameron’s going home tomorrow!

At the 11:00 feeding this morning, Cameron (still pretty out of it from his eye appointment) wasn’t that interested in breast feeding. We were pretty concerned about it, but, after a little coaching, he did OK with a bottle. He did about the same at his next meal. We both felt bad and were worried about it changing his release date, but the nurses were actually very pleased with how well he was doing after his eye exam. Cameron was certainly doing tons better than the other kid in room who had an eye exam today. That kid was throwing up every time anyone even mentioned food. Did I mention that Cameron’s on track to go home tomorrow!?!

Cameron’s happy about that (or maybe sleepy about that)…

Sophia’s our roller coaster today. She did really well at her 11:00 breast feeding this morning. Whenever she’s cuddling with either of us, she does extremely well…

However, at her 2:00 feeding this afternoon, she showed us that she’s not ready to go home. She was eating fairly slowly, like she normally does. Nothing out of the norm.

After I gave her a break just to make sure she was OK, she continued on through about half of her bottle. She was laying in my arms feeding normally, then her arms suddenly fell to her side, her head leaned back, she lots all suction on the bottle, and her monitor started wailing. The nurse instantly sprung into action. I didn’t get an official medical opinion on it, but it looked and felt like Sophia passed out in my arms. She was completely limp. She lost all the color in her face – she was extremely pale.

I sat her up and tapped her bottom and back. (“Tapped” is something more than a gentle pat and something less than a Mike Tyson punch.) Don’t take this as medical advice, but preemies respond to touch pretty well as a “hey silly, don’t forget to breathe” message. It took what seemed like forever for her heart rate and breathing to pick back up (I have no idea how long it actually was). Her heart and breathing never stopped, but both dipped alarmingly. Her oxygen saturation level read as low as 50% when it’s normally in the 95-100% range. I’m sure I was ghost white too.

Seeing her breathing ramp back up, then heart rate, then oxygen saturation was a relief I can’t describe. I have never been happier to have Sophia hooked up to a monitor than I was then. Tanya and I just took an infant CPR class this morning. I was glad that I didn’t have to use it (not that they would have let me). She slowly became alert again with a look something like “what are you guys all worried about?” Nothing baby, just relax…

The doctor’s orders were to keep feeding Sophia to try to establish how bad the problem was. Sophia’s night nurse tried to feed her at 8:00 tonight, but within a few minutes Sophia desat’ed again. Sophia had some blood work done and her red blood cell count is on the low side. The doctors are going to talk in the morning about where to go from here. It’s possible that Sophia will get a blood transfusion tomorrow to boost her red blood cell count (which will help her oxygen levels). Besides that, I’m not sure what’s in store for her.

It’s definitely been an emotion filled day. It’s wonderful beyond words that Cameron is going home tomorrow. At the same time, I’ve never been more afraid for someone’s life…and I’ve been shot at in the middle of a war.

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Sleep Over

Posted on 20th December 2011 in NICU, Week 6

Today (December 19th) was the most time we’ve spent at the hospital in a long time – but there’s great news behind that.

We’re in a full charge to get the kids home.  We started the morning by me bottle feeding both kids for the first time.  Tanya’s been doing the teaching so far, but now that they’re eating on their own (i.e. there’s no real work left), we needed to make sure they’d take food from me.  Cameron pretty much gets hungry on cue and starts eating as soon as he sees something to eat from…

Sophia’s still working up to round the clock feedings, but I was able to convince her to eat…

Cameron usually eats enough that he just needs a quick burp before falling asleep.  Both of the kids are really good at pooping right before they eat and again right after.  Just to make sure you’re in on the full experience, the fortifier they put in the milk makes poops happen often and very stinky.  We’re looking forward to getting them weened off of the fortifier.  Lots & lots of diaper changes…

FEEEEED MEEE!!!

YAWN!

I’m pretty sure Cameron knows the “talking camera” as well as he knows me.  He will usually look at the camera if I call his name…

We spent some time talking with the twins’ occupational therapist (because the twins have occupations and need therapy), nurses, and doctors.  Everyone’s thinking that at least Cameron will be going home within a few days.  So, they let us do a “room in” with Cameron.  In other words, they gave us a normal hospital room to stay the night in with Cameron.  Cameron still had to wear his monitor, but it was his first night out of the NICU!

We started things off with some grooming.  Here’s Tanya teaching Cameron how to trim his nails…

Apparently babies need their nails trimmed every few days.  If they don’t get clipped, the claws come out.  I hear that the claws are not kind…

Cameron smiles a lot when we are near him.  He knows both of our voices.  That’s both good and bad.  If Tanya & I are talking within earshot of the kids, they seem to wake up (especially Cameron).  Here’s Cameron getting ready for his first nap outside the NICU…

He was pretty excited about escaping the NICU…

Here’s Cameron enjoying his first nap outside of the NICU.  Hopefully his first nap outside the hospital will be soon…

Tummy time is said to be an important part of their infant upbringing.  Here’s Cameron leaning on a boppy pillow…

Cameron did a great job of keeping us up all night.  Tanya & I got to sleep about 6 am.  We woke up at 7:30 to meet with the twins’ doctor.  I think the real point of the “room in” is to give parents a real taste of the impending fun.

His doctor said Cameron would most likely go home on Wednesday.  If Cameron drags his feet a little and Sophia steps it up, there’s actually a chance they could both go home Thursday.  If I were a betting man, I’d say Cameron’s going home tomorrow & Sophia will be home maybe this weekend.

So close!

Don’t tell the kids, but we’re ditching out early today to decorate our Christmas tree and go out to dinner.

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Not So Fast

Posted on 18th December 2011 in NICU, Week 6

We definitely had our hopes up last night, but after talking with the twins’ nurse today, we knew there wasn’t a chance that Cameron would break out of the hospital today.  Still, the best info we can get is that we’re in the “could be any day” zone.

Sophia did better today with eating.  She had a couple great breast feeding meals, so things are looking up for her…


Cameron eats like crazy now.  He’s done great without his feeding tube.  Bottle or breast – he’s all about eating.  He’s also the master of the post-meal nap.  Lucky guy…

Cameron’s on a pretty good schedule.  He eats every 3 hours.  He gets about 15 minutes of diaper changing and play time, then about 15-30 minutes of eating.  He pretty much dives into a milk coma within a few minutes of finishing eating.  Except for when he does a mid-nap poop, he sleeps for about 2 hours.

Right now Sophia eats about 30 minutes after Cameron.  If all goes well when they both get home, we’ll be able to sneak in about an hour nap every 3 hours.  If we do that around the clock, we’ll amass 8 hours of sleep a day.  Hopefully we can get creative with sharing duties so that we can both get some real sleep.

We’ll soon be zombies…

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Launch Pad

Posted on 17th December 2011 in NICU, Week 6

(This is about December 17th, but I posted it on the 19th.)

 

Today was a big day for both kids.  They have a big pile of tests they have to pass before they can go home.  Today, they passed a few of those.

When we got there, Cameron let Tanya know that he was ready for some loving.  His eating has been getting steadily better.  Yesterday, he got done eating and got put back in his crib.  While Tanya was feeding Sophia, Cameron was watching & was getting more & more restless.  In a little fit of “hold me,” he ripped out his feeding tube.  His nurse decided to leave it out until after the next feeding.  He did so much better without the tube in his nose, that he hasn’t needed it.  So, it looks like Cameron’s done with his feeding tube!

He’s really starting to look like a kid instead of like a patient…

The first test they threw at Cameron was his car seat test.  To pass this hurdle, Cameron had to hang out in his car seat for 90 minutes without having any problems.  Here’s the start of the test.  It looks pretty rough, huh?

While Cameron was in his recliner, Tanya fed Sophia.  She’s still doing better with her feedings, but she still has a way to go.  Whether or not she eats, she really loves the time with Tanya…

This is either Cameron’s “happy face” or his “pooping face.”  I’ll never tell…

Towards the end of Cameron’s car seat test, the hearing test technician showed up.  She booted up this contraption and connected a pile of wires to Cameron.  Since the kids are too young to click a little button when they hear a sound, the machine actually measures their brain waves while different sounds are playing.  Pure magic…

Here’s Cameron with his headphones and brain scanner connected…

Pass!

A few minutes after his hearing test was over, the time was up on his car seat test.  He passed both…two thumbs up!

Needless to say, we didn’t want to subject Cameron to any additional stress (because car seats are evil, so we hear).  So, the second his car seat test was over, Tanya scooped him up and dished out the love…

Except for the sand paper “soft” wash cloth he resting his face on (to catch any spit up), he was in heaven…

Sophia was next for the hearing test.  She almost looks like she’s wearing one of those World War II pilot head gear things…  “Pilot to bombardier…pilot to bombardier…”

As fun as this looks, Sophia didn’t actually mind it too much.  She pretty much slept through her hearing test.  That’s my kind of hearing test…

Pass!

The hospital staff is remarkably noncommittal when giving us info on when the kids might go home.  I understand that they don’t want to get our hopes up over something they can’t directly control, but it sure is frustrating.  We do know that there’s extremely little for Cameron left to do before he’s released.  One of the doctors called this Cameron’s “launch pad” day.  It could be any day now.

When we got home, we finished up the last few things around the house to make it ready for kids.  This included me exercising my construction skills on these two bouncers…

We’re really starting to get sick of the hospital.  I think since we’re in sight of the end, we want it to be over that much more.  He could go home as early as tomorrow!

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Sophia’s First Bath

Posted on 15th December 2011 in NICU, Week 6

(This is about December 15th, but I’m writing this on December 18th)

Today was a big day for the twins.  Cameron got his second bath.  I got to give my first bath.  AND…Sophia got her first bath.

Here’s Cameron pondering the world after his morning coffee…

Tanya is by far the most interesting thing in the world for both kids.  If I ever want the kids to look a certain direction for a photo, I just ask Tanya to stand there…

After his morning feeding, Cameron sat up (with help) in his favorite burping position.  It looked freakishly odd to me, but he really loves laying his neck & chin on a hand while he’s sitting up…

Because of some “technical difficulties,” I don’t have any pictures of Cameron’s bath.  He really loves baths…even when I give them.

When it was time for her bath, Sophia was wide awake.  She thought she might be in for some feeding, so she was on the lookout for Tanya…

You can tell by all the “extras” on her face that she was really ready for a good cleaning…

Sophia knew something was up…

We took our time getting her in the bath because I kept taking photos.  She got bored.  YAWN!

Before her bath, Sophia took her first karate lesson.  Wax on…wax off…

During her naked trip to the bathtub, Sophia was convinced the world was ending.  Much like Cameron, as soon as she hit the water, the world was a happy place again…

Warm water is awesome…

“I see angels…”

So let’s tally this up.  Tanya gives Sophia food.  Tanya gives Sophia baths.  Tanya cuddles with Sophia.  Sophia loves Tanya.

Sophia was literally glowing.  This is a completely unretouched photo.  She really looked like this…

…and this is what she looks like drunk…

I WANT MORE BATH TIME!!!

This is her “feed me” face…

She settled down pretty quickly.  Hopefully she remembered how awesome bath time was…

Sophia looked amazing after her bath.  Once she was all cleaned up, I snapped this photo with my iPhone & shared it with the world…

Here she is a little more up close & personal.  Cute!

After her bath, Sophia had her first real latched on breast feeding.  The same thing happened with Cameron too.  There’s something to these baths, I tell ya.

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