Author: Lala
•Sunday, August 01, 2010
(Update from Carl)

We'll post more info and some pictures in a bit.  Here's how everyone's been doing, for now.  About a week and a half ago, Rianne developed an infection.  She was lethargic (no crying when they poked her for a blood sample) and had bradycardia spells (heart rate low).  Those are common in preemies, but if there are a lot that's not good and can indicate a problem.  Once she was on antibiotics for a few hours, she started getting better, though.  She's been doing fine ever since.  It was pretty scary for Lala, though.  Mikelle had some brady spells yesterday, but they cleared up and she didn't seem to have an infection.

Both have hit some milestones.  Rianne is off the nasal cannula, so she's breathing room air (or more accurately, isolette air).  She has occasional spells, so she's not totally ready to breath, but she's doing a pretty good job.  Mikelle was put in an open crib for a while.  She did not succeed in keeping warm enough, so they put her back in an isolette, but that's not uncommon.  It's progress that she made it to that point, even if she isn't quite ready yet.

Mikelle is over 1500 grams (136% of her birth weight) and Rianne is over 1400 (126% birth weight). Mikelle is getting 8 milliliters per hour through her tube, and Rianne is getting 5.5.  She is a bit behind in that and in weight because they stopped the feedings for a few days when she got the infection.  Lala has fed both babies with a bottle (small amounts - less than 10 milliliters).  She reports that they are good at burping.  I can say that they've been trying to suck since they were born, so I'm not surprised that they've done a good job with the feedings.
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On August 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM , Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear the baby & Lala report! Thanks for the update. Dad Sorenson

On August 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM , Rebecca Reid said...

I've figured that no news from your front was good news. I like the title for this, becuase it reinforces the fact that things are going well! I'm glad that Lala has had a chance to feed and burb them! We certainly hope that things say on the forward side for the most part.

On August 2, 2010 at 4:02 PM , Ellen Sorenson said...

Thanks for the news! We are so glad both girls are gaining weight. Next thing you know, they will be outgrowing their school shoes mid-year. Still, we crave pictures, news, and more pictures. Mom

On August 2, 2010 at 9:16 PM , Elizabeth Sorenson said...

So glad to hear things are progressing. We keep praying for Mikelle and Rianne, and it is good to hear such happy news. Hopefully you are all getting some sleep, besides splitting time between work/home/hospital.

On August 3, 2010 at 7:53 PM , Anonymous said...

We are thankful for this blog to be updated even we are so far from the "Philippines" yet so near as we read your news. We are glad that the twins are now having a great progress. Waiting for more pictures! Tito & Tita