Thursday, January 21, 2010
Sophia and Cecilia 3 weeks old
So much has happened since the last time I updated! The girls have been in the world another week, and they are getting so big. It seems as though time is on fast forward since the girls were born, and there just isn't enough of it to go around. Tuesday morning, the twins were transported via ambulance from Rockford Memorial to Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb. Their neonatologist at RMH decided that the girls did not require Level 3 NICU care anymore, since all they really need to do now is eat and grow. It is wonderful only driving ten minutes to see the babies instead of over an hour! Kishwaukee is a very nice hospital, and the girls are receiving almost exclusive care at the nursery. When Tim and I go to see them they are moved to a private room so that we can be alone with them. As of today, Sophia weighed 4lb 7oz and Cecilia weighed 4lb 9oz! They are coming along so well! They are growing almost a half ounce a day. They are both taking bottles very well, although Cecilia tends to take too much too fast sometimes and spits up a bit. We are working with her though. They are taking about half of their feedings by bottle now, and a little more each day. I was able to cuddle with both my girls on my chest today and bottle feed them freshly pumped milk, and they really enjoyed that! It was incredible to feel both their tiny bodies and have them near each other. I can't begin to explain how relieved and happy I am to have such healthy, beautiful daughters. Looking back at the past seven months, I know I would do it all again for those perfect angels. Everyone who sees them remarks on how beautiful they are, they are quite popular at the new hospital. The nurses are talking about possibly getting them home within two weeks (which is quite overwhelming to say the least). They still have to get their eyes checked out, and the Kish cardiologist needs to check out Cecilia for her heart murmur and make sure that it hasn't gotten worse. They haven't been moved to an open crib yet, but they might try for a little while tomorrow. They have to be able to stay in an open crib and maintain an acceptable body temperature before they will be able to come home. Tim and I are busy getting everything ready for their homecoming, and we are anxious to have them home with us and to start the new chapter in our lives. Thanks to everyone for the constant prayers and thoughts and gifts. We will continue to let you know how the girls are doing.