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Thursday, April 15, 2010

First Week of Life

From top to bottom: Chloe, Payton, and Jillian
The girls are 8 days old today and doing well. All of the girls went on oxygen this week and as of yesterday all of currently off oxygen. Payton is getting some caffeine injections to help stimulate her brain and keep her off the oxygen. All of the girls lost some weight this week, but currently Payton is back to her birth weight (3lbs 0oz), Jillian is 2lbs 11 oz and Chloe is 3lbs 1oz. Jillian went off of her IV's yesterday and only has her feeding tube. Payton and Chloe are expected to go off their IV's today around 3:00 and will only have their feeding tubes left. Tomorrow the girls are scheduled for a brain scan. The scan will help us to see if we can expect any long term effects of them being born so prematurely. The nurses are telling us that behavior is a good first indicator of a problem and that they are not showing any signs of behaviors that would indicate a problem.

The doctors are telling us to expect them to be in the hospital for close to another month. In order for them to come home, they need to each weigh at least 4 1/2 lbs, take all their feedings from a bottle, and maintain their body temperature. Next week they will start to give one of their feedings to them by bottle and see how they do.

I am doing well and starting to feel better physically. The hardest part is having to leave them in the hospital. I really underestimated how difficult it would be to watch your babies hooked up to machines and not be able to "take care of them". We will keep praying that they will be home sooner rather than later.

1 comment:

  1. This is wonderful news! I am so happy you are now on the blogging world. It is a wonderful way to keep everyone informed :) Prayers are coming your way everyday!!