Sorry I've been MIA - I lurk here and there, but I never get around to posting. I just wanted to pop in and say the babies are great and I'm literally counting down the days until they come home! No 'actual' date yet, but one doctor told us it would be very possible for them to come home early July at the rate they are going... and another said by their due date (July 30th). So the next 2 months are going to be interesting and will keep us on our toes!
We get to take the babies out every day now for a couple of hours for Kangaroo time (skin to skin) or we can hold them in a blanket. We help with any care while we're at the hospital - so diaper changes, wiping crud from their mouths and eyes, and baths if we stay late at night. I love staying for baths because I get to see their little faces! They're still on cpap machines (you'll see in the photos below) but we hope to go from that to nasal cannula (just oxygen through the nose) in the next week or two.
I am pumping like a madwoman, but my supply isn't that great and it kills me because my goal was for these kiddos to be EBF. I know it's not the end of the world, but for me it is, so I went on Reglan (pharmaceutical for GI issues that has a side effect of increased prolactin) to try to increase it. It's working somewhat, but not enough to feed 2 babies. So the kiddos are getting my milk for about 60-75% of feeds and then supplemented with 'study milk'. Penn is doing a study right now in low birth weight preemies to find out if donor milk is better than formula. One would assume it is, however, donor milk is pasteurized hence losing a lot of the great things in breastmilk so they need to actually prove it. So with the flip of a coin (and all nurses and doctors are blind) the kids might be getting donor milk or formula to supplement. They were on donor milk for the 1st 3 weeks. All of a sudden, Finn has started to reflux bad so I'm assuming he's on formula. I have a friend coming through for me, so I'm hoping that will give me the extra they need right now. Once they go to the breast or up their feedings, I have no idea what I will do. It's stressful. Pennsy doesn't do donor milk, just formula, so without the study it would have been straight formula so at least they *might* be getting formula. And donor milk would have been $50 a day. If these kids want to go to college, we can't afford $100 a day... Lol.
Other than that, they are status quo which is awesome.
Finn at birth was 2.0 and now he's 2.11 (fattie!) I like to call him baby buddha:
Isla was 1.14 at birth and is now 2.7! This is her drunk off mommy's milk photo:
Once I have more pics of their precious little faces, I will post more! Hope all the mommies + preggos + nonpreggos are doing well!