Author: Lala
•Thursday, September 23, 2010
We've had the girls home for 11 days and 16 days, and they've each had at least one pediatrician appointment and a visit to the pulmonologist.

These girls are doing quite well and growing and changing.  Remember how we said that Mikelle just looked around the room when she got hungry?  Well, she turned into a little rooting piglet.  By the end of her hospital stay she apparently was waking up a half hour before feeding time, screaming.  The discharge instructions were to give her 60 mL of food every three hours, but we quickly raised it to 110 to 140.  It wasn't too complicated: baby cries, we give food, she stops crying.  She was obsessed with food - when I give her the first 60 of a feeding and put her down to get more, she screamed bloody murder because she was still hungry.  She's calmed down a bit, but she was pretty funny making noises and rooting around for the bottle. 

Rianne hasn't been so vocal, but her feeds were quickly increased from 50 (discharge instructions) to 70-110.  Rianne has had more trouble eating (choking and spitting up), which I long suspected was due to the fact that she wasn't getting thickened milk like Mikelle.  The pulmonologist today said he thought the same and we should go ahead and try the thickener.  Lala reports that she isn't dribbling so much during feeds already.

Apparently a lot of the bradycardia spells that the monitor picked up where essentially spurious.  Mikelle's record was just fine, and Rianne's was pretty much ok.  So we can take the monitor off when they're up and we're with them (for feedings, for example), since the monitor won't tell us anything that our eyes can't.  That will be kind of nice.

The doctor also said that there is zero concern about them eating too much.  The more calories, the better.  They are supposed to gain about 30 grams per day (that's about an ounce).  They've been gaining a little more than that: 400-500 grams since they came home.  Mikelle is nearly 3 kg (6lbs 5oz) at this point, and Rianne as always is a few hundred grams less at 2.6 kg (5lbs 13oz).

Here is some of Mikelle and Rianne's bonding moments.

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On September 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM , Ellen Sorenson said...

They look like a couple of little china dolls. But the cry sounds like 100% real baby. Happy feeding, and all the rigamarole that goes with that! Mom S.

On September 24, 2010 at 6:28 AM , Rebecca said...

I'm so glad to hear that they are getting bigger, and that they've figured out the eating thing.

Paul was a spitter too. He'd always spit up just after eating. It didn't stop until we started him on solids.

The video is adorable. Love the look on the happy twin's face when her sister is screaming.

On September 24, 2010 at 11:00 PM , Nancy said...

Love the update! I can't wait to come see them together, but I've had a rotten cold/cough for more than a week and don't want to come anywhere near them!