The crib order left to right is Josephine, Madeline, and Sofia. It's so fun having them in the same room! (Madeline is the one who had to move.) We also switched teams from IC (intensive care) to Convo (convolescent), which is the "going home team"! The doctor and nurse practitioner say the first ones could be going home in as little as two weeks (but it could be longer, we just never know). We are pretty certain Josephine will be a little behind the other two. Sofia and Madeline basically need to master feeding orally for every feeding. Yikes! Two weeks is not long at all! Scary...but exciting.
Josephine weighs 4 lbs and 7 ounces. She had been on high flow but she got switched back to low flow (one liter)! She had a bad day or two earlier this week where she was spelling a lot more. Her hemoglobin was low, so they gave her a blood transfusion. This seemed to do the trick since she is a lot better now. They will slowly wean her settings as long as she is stable. It will be another week until her swallow study. I wish I could feel more hopeful about her passing the next study but I just feel a little negative. If she failed she would get a G tube in her stomach and would probably be re-tested in 6 weeks. Grow stronger, Josephine! Last night, I helped give Josephine a bath! She liked having her head shampooed but otherwise was a little distraught!
Madeline is doing quite well! She weighs 4 lbs and 5 ounces (we can't believe Josie passed her up) and has no breathing assistance at all anymore. She did get a couple rounds of steroids, so the next couple days will tell us if she can still handle being in room air (the steroids stay in your system that long). She has been working on bottling and breast-feeding and is still the front-runner in that department. Dan gave Madeline a bath last night and she had the same feeling as Josephine.
Sofia weighs 4 lbs and 14 ounces- only a couple ounces from 5 lbs!! She was switched off low-flow again over the weekend and is handling it just fine. I hope this switch is for good because she's been off and on a lot. Both Madeline and Sofia are not getting caffeine or amenophylline (which help thwart off spells), which is great! Sofia is working on bottling and breastfeeding as well. I can't believe this is our last major obstacle. They are growing up! Don't these girls look huge in all of these pics!? Those cheeks! :)
I bet everyone's excited for the weekend...the weeks have been going by quickly for me. We need to get the house ready for them because they'll be home before we know it! Until later...