Elaine has bathed the babies a couple times now, but yesterday was the first day that Dad was an active participant -- instead of just acting as the staff photographer. That's not for lack of wanting -- the problem is that Dad has hands like catcher's mitts, fingers like sausages, and the dexterity of a rhino -- a blind, deaf rhino. Yes, all attached to that skinny body. That means when you're looking to perform a delicate operation quickly (such as bathing a premature baby with a lot of gizmos attached), you probably want someone else. But, now that the babies are getting a little more durable, Dad can be trusted (mostly and with supervision). So how'd Dad do? Passable.
Maddy post-bath and pulling Daddy's finger.In other news... You may have noticed above that Milo is getting an electrolyte supplement in his breast milk -- basically the neonatal equivalent of Gatorade. Unfortunately, the little guy is having a tough time shedding all the fluid he's retaining while keeping up his essential minerals. The eminent Dr. Tannenbaum, who treats our little sprouts these days (and knows funny when she sees it!) has been working on striking the right balance with Milo. The problem goes something like this: retaining extra fluid can cause Milo to have to work harder to breath and is generally just not so great for him. To fix it, the doc gives him diuretics, which help him to excrete (i.e., tinkle out) the extra fluids. But, the more Milo pees, the more his essential electrolytes go along for the ride. For now, the strategy is to get his electrolytes back in balance and as he continues to recover from his PDA surgery (remember that?) he should have an easier time eliminating the fluids.
By the way, the twins turn ten weeks old -- 35 weeks corrected age -- on Sunday.