Saturday, July 05, 2008
We have reached the 35 week Gestational Age mark which means the babies are eligible to come home! However, there are still just a few things that need to happen first. Remember I mentioned a while back that they must be able to maintain temps and suck, swallow, and breathe on their own.
Their real age is 51 days. Thursday they were 7 whole weeks! Wow.
Lily weighs 4.0 pounds as of Friday night! She is bottle feeding 3 times per day! The other 5 feedings are still being tube fed.
Harper weighs 3 pounds 13 ounces and is bottle feeding 2 times per day! The other 6 feedings are still being tube fed.
Once they both reach 4 pounds, which will probably be by tomorrow or Monday, the babies will be moved into an open crib and nurses will see how they maintain their own temperatures as they will have to do when they get home. Also, feeding should move the the "ad lib"phase which means as often as the nurses see fit. I filled out a set of discharge papers for both of them on Friday to have ready so that there is one less thing to worry about when the doctor says it is ok to take them home!
Nick and I have changed diapers, fed, learned to successfully burp them ( which feels so rewarding) , given baths, and asked lots of questions we might need to know such as how often do they poop and how often do we take their temperatures once they come home. While I was pregnant I was flipping through "What to Expect When Expecting" daily... I may need to go and pick up "What to Expect in the First Year."
What are some good baby books that you mommies have found helpful? Are there any - or should I just let good parenting skills come naturally ;)
Here are a couple of good shots!
My parents, Moomps and Pa, holding the babies for the first time and one of them in their bed; look at Harper's bright eyes and how huge the pacifier looks compared to her tiny face!