Weight: 6 lbs 9.4 ozs.
Feedings: 60 mls of breast milk every 3 hours - every other feed by nipple (breast or bottle)
Discharge date: Probably a couple weeks, but (as always) it's up to him.
Other items: Milo had a another eye exam yesterday and his retinopathy appears to be an issue that will resolve without significant complication and very likely without surgery. Milo will probably be wearing some thick glasses though -- which we all know chicks dig. He will need surgery (like almost all premature males) to correct his scrotal hernia - probably in a couple months. His liver values are improving, and his color is getting much better. He was examined by a pulmonologist yesterday, and his lungs are looking very good -- all things considered. Though, he will likely go home on diuretics. The pulmonologist says that we should not take M&M to elevations above 6000 feet this winter, but they can start snowboarding next winter.
To snip or not to snip? The Great Circumcision Debate of 2008 has commenced! Feel free to make your opinion known.
Weight: 6 lbs 10.8 ozs (bigger than Milo!)
Feedings: Ad lib (as much as she wants, when she wants it)
Discharge date: Brady watch -- if she can go 5 days without a bradycardia, she gets to go home.
Other items: Maddy likes to eat -- a lot! She's like Uncle Jeff U. at an all-you-can-eat sushi bar. With any luck, she's had her last surgery and major medical procedure. She will go home on some potent vitamins -- particularly iron -- in order to help her keep strong and growing.
On a serious note - The pulmonologist was pretty emphatic that we need to be hyper-vigilant about about keeping the babies from getting a colds or flu. Actually he said "Nazi-like." No grocery stores, restaurants, air planes, subways, or anywhere where there are lots of people gathered in close spaces. Definitely no day care. Everyone who touches the babies must have washed hands first -- and obviously not have a cold or flu. (Look for the 50 or bottles of Purel we'll likely have around our house :). Basically, the consequence of M&M catching even a simple cold is likely a very, very long hospital stay or worse. There's a very nasty bug out there known as RSV which, as luck would have it, is highly contagious and incredibly common that does very bad things to preemies. The babies will receive a monthly vaccine against the virus, which runs about $700 a pop (thanks TriCare!), but every germ and bug is an enemy for at least until next summer. If we seem unreasonable about this, please bear with us. That said, we definitely welcome visitors and all of our friends and family to visit and hold the babies. After all, most of you are pretty clean ;) Thanks!
Chubby Maddy mugs for the camera yesterday.