Actually, the babies appeared to enjoy each other's company at least at first. Maddy felt Milo's face and planted her lips on his before he managed to wiggle out of her grasp, leaving her mouth on his chin like a brotherly pacifier. Their oxygen saturation was high, and they appeared (mostly) comfortable in their new open crib. We were given fair warning that the arrangement may not last, and this morning it looked like Milo might need a break back in his isolette. But that's the name of the NICU game -- challenge the babies a little and then step back if necessary. It's a process that has served M&M quite well.
As the babies continue to improve, it also means having to leave some things behind. For the past two months, M&M have spent virtually all of their time in good ole' room 11. But it's time to say good-bye as the kids make the journey down the hall to Room 2.
Moving to an open crib means another step down in their acuity (they are now both at level 2), and that means a move to a different room with a roommate. It also means that they won't get one nurse to fawn over them 24/7 like they used to. The babies are getting stronger, and that means they need less supervision. That's a good thing, but it also means spending less time with many of the great primary nurses who helped to get them so strong. It's scary to leave that behind.
In other news: The babies continue to put on weight at an impressiveclip -- Milo is now 4 lbs. 10.9 ozs. (!!) and Maddy is 4 lbs .7 ozs. M&M had another eye exam in the last couple days. Madeline's eyes look good though still immature (obviously). Milo did have some mild retinopathy, though chances are it should resolve on its own -- if not, it can be treated with laser surgery.
Now for some more pictures...