"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Jake & Ben, 24 days old

The boys are doing great!!! I love writing that!!

We accomplished a huge milestone yesterday! Both boys took a bottle for the first time! They did great! The nurses told us to expect some breathing issues while they feed because the whole suck, swallow, and breath thing takes practice. We were fully prepared to see some spells but our little ones, once again, didn’t do what we expected! Neither of them had any issues with eating except that they were very tired after a few minutes of sucking. Each day we will spend more time bottle feeding them until they get their full feeds and we can remove their feeding tube. Oh how I can’t wait for the day that I can look at my little angels with no tubes or wires!

One nice thing about being in the NICU is the education we are receiving. Each day, nurses walk us through the entire bathing, feeding, and overall caring for an infant process. Each day we feel more and more confident taking care of these little guys. Oh by the way, we will not be able to say “little guys” much longer! They are growing like weeds! Ok…they will be little for a while, but after spending our days at the NICU a 5 pound baby seems like a GIANT to us!

Jake is now three pounds twelve ounces and Ben is two pounds eight ounces. The bigger they get, the more weight they will gain. Jake is now gaining about an ounce a day and Ben is gaining about a half ounce a day…it is all relative to their size. Everyone is really happy with their weight gain. Kevin and I just have to be very patient!

At this point, we are just watching the boys grow and thrive. Currently, our biggest fear is infection. We have become paranoid parents and probably going a little over board with our visitors lately. RSV season is starting and the nurses told us it could be devastating to these little guys. If someone has a common cold and the boys catch it, it can actually be deadly. She also told me we are NOT out of the woods once the boys are home. They told us we should not take them out of the house until the spring and limit visitors at the house. This was really upsetting to me because I had a vision that once we were home, we would be able to resume to a somewhat normal life again….just like other parents with newborns! I know, in time, we will be able to do those things. We will do whatever it takes to ensure their good health! I just can’t wait to show them off to the world!!

Do you mind saying one more prayer?? This week the boys have their eye exam, which we are very nervous about. Preemies are at a higher risk for vision problems (ROP.) Please pray that they pass with flying colors!

Did everyone enjoy their sports-filled Saturday? I know my three boys did!! Kevin finally got to put Jake in his MSU onesie. Ben’s is a little big so we hung his on their isolette! I remember when Kevin bought those and we had just been diagnosed with all of our complications. I remember being so encouraged by how hopeful he still was after the doctors told us the news. And here we are, looking at our two healthy little angels…I still am so amazed at all that has happened!

Happy Monday!
Fondly, Danielle & Kevin

8 comments:

Shannon said...

Glad to hear the boys are still doing well! You definately have my prayers, but I am sure the boys eye exams will be fine, just like the rest has been. You enjoy those boys and I love the pictures!
The Cirellas

Crystal Kalinowski said...

I love getting the updates from you and Kevin because they are all so good!!! Keep it up boys!!! We can't wait for their introduction to the world as well, but I completely agree with the RSV issue. That is what caused major problems for Ian. But they'll be fine.

Samantha said...

Great to hear the boys are growing and doing well. I will say an extra prayer that the eye exam goes well for both of them. RSV is a common problems with newborns- Ashley had it and she recovered fine. I am sure your little guys will stay very healthy!! Good luck and God bless!!
Samantha

Renee said...

Thanks again for the adorable pictures! So nice they have each other! Trevor also caught RSV from family members, winter can be VERY tough on little ones. I'm still a freak about handwashing. He has illness induced asmtha now most likely caused by the RSV. Still very controlable.

Good luck with the eye appointment. I'm sure it will go well. The boys are already over achievers!

Best wishes,
Renee

Kelly said...

Hi Danielle! Yep I agree with you about RSV...and I think everyone will understand. I remember how worried I was with my two, and it didn't even factor in prematurity. I will pray for the eye exam and that RSV never enters the picture. The boys are looking great! I can tell they are getting bigger! So sweet and snuggly. XOXOXO Kel

Kelly said...

Hi Danielle! Yep I agree with you about RSV...and I think everyone will understand. I remember how worried I was with my two, and it didn't even factor in prematurity. I will pray for the eye exam and that RSV never enters the picture. The boys are looking great! I can tell they are getting bigger! So sweet and snuggly. XOXOXO Kel

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that the boys are doing great and that they are getting so big!! I love the photo of them spooning...too cute. You should enter that into some sort of cute baby photo contest! I'll continue to pray for you all.
xoxo
J

Kara said...

What wonderful news about the health and progress of Ben and Jake. I too can relate to the RSV issue. The neonatogists told me to keep visitors at a minimum. One of these days, our miracles will get to meet!!!

Always keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Kara