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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Jake & Ben, 12 days old

Hello All!

Before I head out to the hospital, I wanted to give an update on the boys. They are doing very well. Jake is three pounds nine ounces and Ben is two pounds five ounces. The doctors are pleased with their weight gain. Both boys are opening their eyes a lot and staying awake for longer periods of time. Their cranial ultra sounds came back normal once again!
Wooo hoooooo!!!

Ben was recently put on caffeine for his bradycardia spells. This is a very common/safe treatment plan. Jake has an intermittent heart murmur that the doctors believe is related to PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus.) PDA is when a valve has not closed that is supposed to close shortly after birth. Sometimes with preemies, it takes a little longer for the valve to close. Jake has no symptoms of this causing a problem for him. The doctors are hoping it will eventually close on its own. If it doesn’t, there is medication or a very routine procedure that can be done. Even though the boys are experiencing typical preemie stuff, every time we see the docs they tell us the boys are doing great!!!

About four days ago they put Ben and Jake in the same isolette. It is so darn cute!! They interact with each other by playing with each other’s hands and trying to pull one another’s tubes out. Every night they fall asleep spooning each other…it is quite a site to see. Whenever we leave them we feel so much better knowing they are not alone!!

Recently, we have been allowed to give them a bath, change their diapers, and help the nurses with their overall care. The bigger they get, the more we can do with them. We are getting used to being at the NICU. These days I don’t get as upset when all the buzzers go off. Sadly, it is something we are getting used to. Even though I know the NICU is saving our boys lives, it still can be a sad place to spend your days. About a week ago, a baby died in our room. It was awful!!!

All in all, we are surviving through part two of this journey. I do enjoy having my independence back!! I drove last week for the first time in four months!! It was very exciting!! Sad…huh?? :)

We continue to count down the days till they can come home! Not sure when that will be. Hopefully in the next five weeks or so…

Have a great day!
Love, Danielle & Kevin


Kathy said...

Oooooh! I'm so happy to hear all the good news. So lucky that they let the boys in the isolette together. They would never do that with Katie and Jennie -- just posted pictures of the other one inside their isolettes. I'm thinking of you all the time and love to see new posts and pictures! Keep your chin up -- its going well and the boys will soon be home with you! Please call me any time!

Samantha said...

That is great! I am so happy that the boys are thriving and doing well. It is so cute to see them together in that picture!
I am sure it is hard to be in the NICU most of your time- I can't imagine all the stress that can put on a person.
Hang in there and before you know it this part of the journey will be over and PART THREE will start- going home!!
Take Care,

Anonymous said...

Those boys are soooo cute! I can't wait to see them in person. Our little Erich was born last week (a month early but doing very well) and I can't wait to get them together! Our prayers and well wishes are still with you and we are more than relieved that all is going so well. Love, Kandace & Brandin

denise said...

WAY TO GO BOYS!!!!!!!!!! the picture is so adorable I have to take that one to ma she has the other ones i took her on her frig with all the other grandkids pictures and when anybody comes over she shows them pictures of THE MIRACLES she has been praying for(you would think they were her gr.kids) I think she adopted them. glad to hear all is well just keep up the good news and pictures.