How could today not be a bit of a letdown. We just finished having the most wonderful weekend and our two primary nurses - Bev and Miriam are off for a few days.
The boys are getting bigger and are starting to act very much like babies now. They now know when they cry that they will get their soother and if they spit it out accidentally that they will have it put back in. Unfortunately, the nurses today didn't know our boys as well and hence did not recognize some of their predictable behaviours which resulted in a more difficult day. Days like today reminds us of how lucky we are to have Bev and Miriam with our kids on a regular basis. They really are unbelievable!
As far as the boys are concerned, we again have very little to report today. They are getting bigger and stronger. Shay broke the 4lb mark and Ciaran is slowly getting closer to 5lbs. Ciaran continues to get better with his breathing and is cycling for longer periods than Shay at this point. Shay does require less oxygen help and is mostly in the same air that we all breathe while Ciaran needs a little bit more. Overall, we are extremely happy with their progress. There are still some challenges ahead and a few more ups and downs but we are trying to take each day as it is and so far it is keeping us sane (we'll see how long that lasts).
Liza was not able to hold the boys as much as she would normally be able to. I believe this is power for the course - an unpredictable preemie thing. This iargely accounts for why today was a bit of a letdown. We can only hope that it is better tomorrow. The boys are getting more tests done tomorrow to just make sure that all of their parts are growing and developing normally. Can you say stressful??? We'll be sure to report back when we have some more information.
Thanks for reading and keeping the boys in your thoughts and prayers!
Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay