Linking up with Twinfatuation Way Back When-esday. Thanks Cheryl for letting me play along!
So hope you aren't sick of me sharing NICU pictures, but since I didn't start this blog until they were 18 months old I figured this is a good way to jot down some memories before they are lost in my aging mind! :)
These were taken on March 26th, 2008. Molly had just been moved to the open bed with Luke. The nurses actually co-wrapped them, so they could use each others body heat to keep warm. This is how I found them that evening. I left that afternoon with the nurse telling me she was going to try Molly out of the isolate, but don't be surprised if she didn't last! Well guess what she proved her wrong. It was no returning to that isolate for her. If you look closely she used 3 blankets to wrap them up! Talk about being snug as a bug!
We had just started trying to bottle feed the babies! It was a very slow going at first! I really never thought they would catch on. It was a very frustrating time. We discover a little later that Luke needed chin and cheek support to take his bottles. We would hold the bottle between our thumb and pointy finger. Then use our thumb and middle finger to lightly squeeze his cheeks. We would also use our pinky on the same hand to support his chin. We actually had to feed him that way for several months. His suck just wasn't strong enough to take his bottle within the 20 minute allowed time. Anytime over 20 minutes made him burn more calories than he was taking in. Preemies are complicated business! Molly's main issue bottle feeding was breathing at the same time as eating. She just wanted to suck it down without taking a breath between. We literally would have to remove the bottle from her mouth numerous times, so she would breathe. Craziness!
Just another sweet position of the day!
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