Sunday, August 3, 2008

Steady Progress

Today brought more good news and positive progress for the twins. They're both putting on weight: Maddy weighed in at 3 lbs. 4 ounces and Milo is 3 lbs. 14 ounces today. Some of Milo's impressive weight is actually just the extra fluid he's retaining. He's probably really a few ounces less than that. Madeline's feedings are getting steadily larger -- I believe she's up to 28 ml. every 3 hours, and Milo should be back to full feedings in the next few days. The babies' lungs are also getting stronger. Madeline is making amazing strides on the nasal cannula. She's been able to go as long as 4 hours without needing the assistance of CPAP, which is pretty impressive considering how bad her lungs looked a couple weeks ago. Milo is also requiring less and less respiratory assistance. After having his PDA surgery less than a week ago, he's plugging right along on SiPAP. He's requiring relatively little supplemental oxygen, and the doctors have been able to lower the rate of SiPAP assistance quite a bit over the last few days. Hopefully next week he'll be able to try out a cannula also. If so, he'll be able to give recreational breast feeding (tee-hee) a shot too.

All in all, we feel pretty lucky about how things have gone over this past week. There are bound to be more bumps in the road, but for now we feel very encouraged!

5 comments:

Sarah V said...

What fabulous news! It is such a blessing to read that they are making these wonderful strides forward. Even if their are bumps ahead, the progress that they make today will certainly help them tomorrow. So glad to hear that things are going well right now.

Best,
Sarah

Michael McWhirter said...

Glad to hear things seem to be going pretty well. I forwarded your blog to friends who had a premature baby (now happily 3 or 4) and they are wishing you all well too. See you Michael and Rachel

richard said...

Its so great to see that the babies are making such great strides...

Heather said...

It's awesome to hear that the babies are making great strides. You should definitely feel encouraged by this!
lOVE TO aLL!
hEATHER

bobsmom said...

The babies look so strong! I am so happy to read about their progress. Hugs and kisses to those little ones!!!

Lali