Author: Lala
•Thursday, August 12, 2010
Mom (Ellen) Sorenson flew from Illinois to see our girls last Wednesday. We were so happy to find out that both of our babies were moved to the Intermediate Room 200 that day. Babies that are well and are close to going home are transferred into this room from the NICU. Both Mikelle and Rianne are off of the nasal cannula and didn't need breathing support anymore. Though I was happy to know that they were both feeding by mouth now, I was thankful that they put Rianne's feeding tube back in. Feeding by mouth/bottle alone is pretty exhausting for them. I felt really bad to stimulate Rianne and wake her up many times when I fed her the other day. She looked so tired and kept her eyes closed, panted and rested a number of times while she finished 25ml of milk. I am hoping that with the feeding tube back in, she will be able to gain more weight and have some more rest.

Mikelle was alert and ready to eat when we came. I fed and held Mikelle and Grandma Ellen held Rianne. Mikelle now weighs around 4 lbs and Rianne is a little behind at 3lbs, 6oz. Today, the lactation consultant came to teach me how to nurse both our girls. It was very precious, I loved and enjoyed it. Having them so close to me and be able to provide food for them is such a very special experience. Erin, the lactation consultant, was surprised to see how good our girls were at nursing. "Most babies don't do this good", she said. They both latched, sucked hard and swallowed some milk on their first try. After a few minutes, they were tired and so we bottle fed them. We met with LaToya, PT, as well. We learned how to properly secure and hold our babies for tummy time and burping. It was a little intimidating and scary since they were very little and fragile. We are now expected to be more involved with our babies in taking their temperatures, changing diapers, feeding, burping, and giving them a bath. I really liked being able to participate and gain confidence in taking care of them as a preparation for their coming home. The Nurse Practitioner told me that they might probably be home before the end of the month, that is if everything goes well.

We are glad that Grandma Ellen can come for a visit and meet the girls. Here are some of their pictures:

 MIKELLE'S Pictures:

Mikelle with Dad and Grandma Ellen

Mikelle's first ribbon, her nurse made this cute ribbon

Mikelle with her cute eyes and dimple

Mikelle got tired after feeding

Grandma Ellen changing Mikelle's diaper

RIANNE'S Pictures:

Rianne's first ribbon

Grandma Ellen's visit with Rianne. (Better and more pictures to follow)

Now with Mikelle and Rianne together, can you tell who's who?


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On August 13, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Rebecca said...

Aw how precious that you can start nursing them, and I'm so excited for you that they may be coming home soon! Love the pictures as always!

On August 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM , Elizabeth Sorenson said...

Mom looks like she is loving every minute. I'm so glad she was able to go before school started. And what great timing with the girls leaving the NICU! How exciting to be on the home stretch, literally.

On August 13, 2010 at 7:15 PM , Jenny said...

The question is, can YOU tell which one is which???

Thanks for the updates! We are thinking of you all every day!

On August 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM , Grandma G. said...

Thank you for letting me "peek" in on your blog! I think those little ones are so cute! We are glad that Ellen was able to come to see them. It will be great when they get home - and busier too. Hope your mom is still there, Lala. Barbara Gibson in Japan