Tuesday, July 22, 2008

An update on the babies...

Just wanted to post an update on how all of our little lemons are doing these days. We're thrilled to say that all four are stable and are continuing to gain weight - yahoo! Here's what's new with each little peanut...

John - John has recently had a few "bummer" days as he has had an infection in his endotracheal tube. He's had quite a lot of secretions that they've had to suction out of him lately. The doctors started him early on antibiotics to treat the infection when they first recognized some of the first signals he was sending out that something might not be right. When I went to visit one day last week, he seemed very pale - almost like the color of oatmeal. However, after receiving his antibiotics, he pinked up quite a bit and seemed to be feeling much better. John continues to be on a ventilator but his settings are quite low these days and the nurses informed me today that they're hoping to check his blood gas readings over the next few days and if all is well, they're hoping that he can step down to a CPAP machine. This is such great news! Especially in light of the recent infection in his endotracheal tube. John is eating 18 ml of breastmilk (30 mls = 1 oz.) and he weighs 2 lbs. 6 oz. My little bird isn't so little anymore! He's definitely growing and chubbing up a little! I PROMISE that we'll get a picture of John posted soon!!!

Claire - Claire has been doing well lately also although she is not thrilled AT ALL with the Polyvisol vitamins she is given. The nurse told me that these commonly make the babies spit up and Claire is no exception here. She spit up pretty well the other day while John and I were there to visit. John got to hold her while she fed through her feeding tube. She is so stinkin' cute! Her blonde hair is so sweet and her fingers are SO ridiculously long! She currently eats about 22 mls of breastmilk and she also weighs 2 lbs 6 oz. Claire occasionally has A's and B's (which stands for apneas and bradycardias). This means that Claire has basically forgotten to breathe (yep, this is pretty common in preemies although it sounds really bad!) and that her heart rate is less than 100 beats per minute. They usually tap the bottom of her foot or sit up her and give her a little pat on the back to reminder her to breathe. Claire only needs a nasal cannula with oxygen for breathing assistance.

Elizabeth - Elizabeth is also doing really well. Our little chunk is up to 23 mls of breastmilk at each feeding and weighs 2 lbs, 11 oz. She has recovered very well from her surgery and although she has some occasional A's and B's like Claire, she is breathing quite well on her nasal cannula of oxygen. I've held Elizabeth a few times over the past week and today I got to do "kangaroo" holding with her. They placed her right on my chest so that she could feel my body warmth and then they covered her with a blanket to keep her temperature up. She was so warm and snuggly! I just loved it and I think she did too! I'm betting that our little Elizabeth will be the first one to come home - we'll have to wait and see!

Kate - Kate is doing well. She continues to desaturate as so many preemies of her size do, but it seems as though she is desating less lately. She still has some signs of fluid in her lungs and she continues to receive diuretics to assist with this. The doctors have said that they would like to revisit the possibility of doing her surgery again this week, but so far, no date has been scheduled. Although she doesn't get any breastmilk yet, she continue to grow little by little and as of today, she weighs 2 lbs, 2 oz. The nurses believe some of this represents fluid but they are still happy with the small weights gains she's had while being solely on artificial nutrition. She is just so adorable and such a fighter. I can't wait to hold both her and John! Then my heart will really smile once I've gotten to hold all four of them!

Well, that's it for now. Thanks to everyone who has kept our family in their prayers. Keep 'em coming!

Good night all...

Carrie, John, Luke, Elizabeth, Claire, Kate and John

1 comment:

Tina said...

I'm so happy to hear all your precious babies are doing well. May they continue to thrive so you can hold them all very soon.