Author: Lala
•Friday, October 15, 2010
It has been over a month since Mikelle and Rianne came home from the hospital. Because of some problems with heart rates and breathing, both our girls came home with apnea monitors. Last Tuesday, we went to see their pulmonologist and after analyzing records from their monitors, he advised us to discontinue the use of their apnea monitors. It was a really good news because that means our girls have finally outgrown their heart rate and breathing issues. They had the monitors for a little over a month. Here are some pictures of our girls before saying goodbye to their monitors.

Mikelle and Rianne with their monitors attached to their sides.
(Note from Carl: You can tell I'm a techie because even my children came with wires!)

Mikelle's close up picture

Rianne's close up picture

 The first time we cut their fingernails
Mikelle stopped crying when Dad held her hand while working on his computer

Mikelle (closer to the camera) and Rianne after feeding

Family picture before our pulmonology appointment

Lola Rose with Mikelle and Rianne in their green dresses

Lola Rose getting prettier taking care of her granddaughters.

In their matching clothes
Author: Lala
•Saturday, October 02, 2010
Our girls are 2 weeks 3 days old (corrected age) today. Mikelle was 6lbs 14oz and Rianne was 6lbs 6oz at our last visit with the pediatrician last Tuesday. They both are doing great and growing well. We visited the pulmonologist on Thursday last week to have their apnea monitors checked. Mikelle seemed to do really well and Rianne did ok. Their doctor said that we can turn the monitor off when we are with them during feeding and tummy time. We were advised to put them on monitors when sleeping. We are to go back for another check up with the pulmonologist in two weeks. The doctor might decide to take them off of the monitors if we find that they've done well since the last visit. Their pediatrician increased their Prevacid dosing to 3ml/day for their acid reflux. They are as well taking thickened milk still.

We have been pretty busy since they came home. Though we try to take turns for night feedings so one of us can have a longer stretch of sleep, finding enough rest is still very challenging. I am so glad that my mom is back to help us out. With many sleepless nights, I don't think it would be possible to be productive during the day without my mom's help.

The weather outside was beautiful this afternoon and so we decided to go to a nearby park for some sun and fresh air. I enjoyed throwing an Aerobie with Carl and it was very refreshing to be able to go out and do some stretches and running.

Here are some of our pictures:

Dad pushing babies' stroller on our way to the park.

 Mikelle's chubby cheeks

Carl and me playing frisbee

Rianne enjoying the park with Mom and Dad

 Mikelle with Lola Rose

 Mikelle hanging out with Dad under the sun

 Rianne with Lola Rose

 Mikelle feeling cool with her sunglasses

 Mikelle with Mom and Rianne with Lola Rose

Rianne in her car seat

Our most recent family picture. Mom holding Rianne and Dad with Mikelle
Mikelle and Rianne got tired from our outing.