The twins are eight days old today, and they have come so far so fast. Both girls are officially off any oxygen support and are breathing completely on their own. Cecilia is down to just her feeding tube attached to her. She has managed to get rid of her central line and IV. She is currently 3 lbs 12 oz, and is receiving 32 mL of breast milk every three hours. Sophia still has her IV. She lost weight again last night, she is down to 3 lbs 9 oz. The doctor assured me this morning that it is normal for preemies to gain and lose weight, and he put her feedings up to 31 mL. The had two episodes of bradycardia tonight, and they are watching her closely for more. She will be given caffeine to help control it if they keep happening. Tim and I are able to hold them everyday. We are going to try the kanagroo hold on them this weekend. I believe that Sophia especially will benefit from skin on skin contact. We get to be active in their diaper changes, and it was quite adorable watching Tim change a diaper. They did a routine scan of the girls' brains and everything came out perfect. Now our goal is to put some weight on them and begin teaching them to feed from a bottle. I have a feeling it is going to take some time. Sophia and Cecilia inspire me and make me realize everyday what true love is. When I am holding my daughters, nothing else in the world makes a difference. Everything stops and I look down at the most beautiful things in the world.
Tim and I are pretty exhausted. Besides the two and a half hour round trip we make everyday to the hospital, we are feeling the results of sleep deprivation. I know that I pushed myself pretty hard this week. We are looking forward to our first weekend together since befor the hospital stay. We will be going to see the girls, but we are also going to take some much needed mommy and daddy time.