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Monday, November 30, 2009

1 Down, 7 To go....

...bottles, that is! We each took a whole bottle today. Mommy started the bottles but Guy was very aggressive with us and got them done.

Kitt: My new weight from last night is 4 pounds, 12 ounces and I am 17.3 inches long. It took me a while to get my bottle down but we did it! I got a new Christmas outfit from Nurse Tammy yesterday but I pooped all over it before Mommy and Daddy got a picture of me in it. Oh well, next time. I am now eating 42 cc of Mommy's milk as I am getting bigger. I really had a hard time with my breathing today. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

Garet: My new weight from last night is 3 pounds, 13.7 ounces and I am 17.3 inches long, too. Looks like I have let my sister catch up to me in terms of length. Now if I could just catch up with her in weight. I will get there though! I guzzled the first part of my bottle without any problem but then I got lazy. Lucky for everyone, Guy wouldn't give up and we got it all down! I am up to 35 cc of Mommy's milk. I had a great day all around today. The nurse's words were, "You've had a stellar day!" In my picture below I have on the new outfit that Nurse Tammy got me.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Getting Better Everyday (with bottles that is)!

Here are a few pictures from today.

As you can see, Granny and Grandpa came to visit us again today with Mommy and Daddy. We sure do hope we make it home in time for Christmas to spend a whole lot more time with them! Daddy took a couple of videos of us with Granny and Grandpa, but don't worry Great Aunt MaryAnne, they are not nearly as good as the ones that will be taken with the camera you bought for Mommy. Here are the videos. Granny is holding Garet and Grandpa is holding Kitt.

As for the bottle feeding, we are getting better! Kitt took 25 cc (out of 40) of Mommy's milk and Garet took 15 (out of 33 cc) of Mommy's milk. Tonight we get weighed so check out tomorrow what our new weights and lengths are!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bottle please!

Kitt: Mommy and Daddy came to visit us today and Mommy actually came back later in the day to visit us some more. There is not much new to report today. Mommy gave me my bottle, but I still need some more practice with it. I had 8 cc from the bottle and the rest in my feeding tube. I will get there though. I seemed really distracted while Mommy was giving me my bottle....just staring around at everything in the room.

Garet: It was good to see Mommy and Daddy today, as usual. I am doing just fine and seem to like drinking from a bottle. I took 12 cc from my bottle and then had the rest from the feeding tube. I do pretty well with the suck and swallow part but adding the breathing is not always easy. We are excited about seeing Granny and Grandpa again tomorrow when they come to visit us.

Thanksgiving cards for Mommy and Daddy

Garet: Daddy held me and then Mommy weighed me, bathed me and dressed me. I weighed 3 pounds, 11.1 ounces! Speaking of dressed, Daddy had on a new shirt tonight and it only cost $3.00. Thanks, Aunt Bonnie, for giving it to him! I am up to 33 cc of Mommy’s milk, and I took 10 cc from a bottle yesterday. I have a ways to go, too, on getting that down. I know I will get there though.

Kitt: Mommy weighed me on the big girl scale, gave me a bath, put on some new clothes and then held me. I weigh 4 pounds, 9.7 ounces! Now as for the bottles, I have some work to do. I only took 5 cc of my bottle yesterday. I am getting 40 cc of Mommy’s milk now which is good; I just need to learn how to take it from a bottle! The whole time Mommy was holding me, I was sucking my thumb. Now if only I could remember to suck, swallow and breathe while they are giving me a bottle!

Kitt and Garet: We decided that we don’t like the name PawPaw for what we will call Mommy’s daddy so we decided we are going to call him Grandpa instead. We just thought you would all like to know. Mommy and Daddy were away most of yesterday and today visiting family in another state. We hear we’ll get to meet all of those relatives soon and it will be fun! Anyway, apparently, Mommy called our nurses so many times while she was away to check on us. We don’t know why she was so worried….we were in excellent hands. We even made a card for our Mommy and Daddy using our handprints. Here they are:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brittany: When I called the NICU this morning, the nurse warned me that they were expecting two new admissions which means we would have to leave but to come on at the time we wanted to come. We knew we needed to see the babies this morning as we were going to spend the holiday with some family and wouldn't be able to come back later. Anyway, when we arrived, the new babies had just been born but the nurse let us come in anyway. She went the extra effort to be sure she got our babies dressed and made sure we got to take Thanksgiving pictures with the girls. Thanks, Nadine! It meant a lot to me.

Kitt: I am doing really well in my big girl bed. There is so much more to see when I'm in this bed! I was wide awake when Mommy and Daddy got here. They read a Thanksgiving card to me from my Great Aunt MaryAnne and it was really nice. I got bathed and weighed last night. My new weight is 4 pounds and 7 ounces. I am supposed to get my first bottle sometime today so I will let you know how that goes when I get a chance.

Garet: I was surprised last night with my big girl bed! They said I was doing such a great job with my temperature that they decided to go ahead and move me in. That also meant I got some new clothes. There are some pictures of me in them below. I also got weighed last night and am up to 3 pounds, 9 ounces now. I will update you on my first bottle. The card from Great Aunt MaryAnne was really nice. We are both excited about meeting her real soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meeting PawPaw Again

Kitt: PawPaw came from Florida today to visit us and brought us Christmas stockings. We're not really sure what will be so great about Christmas but everyday Mommy says that Christmas will be more fun at home than in the NICU! The nurse put us inside the stockings so that Mommy could take pictures. I am really doing well in my big girl bed and like being able to wear real clothes, too!

Garet: I liked being held by PawPaw, too! This was the first time he had seen us since the night we were born. We sure have changed since then! He was a little nervous because I'm so small, but he did great. I slid right down in my problem. Starting tonight, I am being weaned off my heated bed like my sister. Mommy is going to bring me some clothes tomorrow so I don't have to wear the hospital nightgown (which is a T-shirt on a normal sized newborn). I can't wait.

As always, there are plenty more pictures in the snapfish album. Check it out at

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Granny comes to town!

Granny came to visit us today from Florida! Mommy picked her up at the airport and brought her straight to see us. She got to hold us both right before we ate. There are some pictures below of each of us with her. Granny brought us each a silky toy that you can see in the pictures. Tomorrow we hear there is going to be another visitor.

Kitt: I am in another new outfit today as I messed up the one Mommy put on last night in about four hours. I have done a great job with maintaining my temperature and by the time the night shift is over, I will be in a big girl bed. You will be able to see it tomorrow. The top two pictures are of me.

Garet: I am still taking small steps! I am breathing well and still tolerating my feedings well. I am looking forward to our special visitor tomorrow. The bottom two pictures are of me.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Six more ounces!!!

Kitt: Mommy and Daddy came to see me twice today! This morning, Daddy held me for a little while. Tonight Mommy gave me a bath and held me for just a few minutes. Check out my new outfit. I am doing so great with maintaining my temperature! This is probably my last night in the baby bed. Tomorrow night I should be in a big girl bed. Right before Mommy gave me a bath, I got weighed. I weigh 4 pounds, 3 ounces now!!! I am really starting to chunk up. The top 2 pictures are of me.

Garet: You might remember that I have not been doing very well with getting held but this morning Mommy held me for over an hour and I did just fine! When Mommy and Daddy came back tonight, Mommy gave me a bath and then I went to sleep. You can see that I am trying to help her wash my hair in the last picture. I weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces tonight! We hear that tomorrow someone else is coming with Mommy to visit us. Check in tomorrow and see who it was. The bottom 2 pictures are of me.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Check out our map

Mommy has made a map showing all of the people who are praying for us. Check it out and let her know if you don't see a dot where you live so she can add it.

Big eaters we are!

Garet: I am up to 30 cc of Mommy's milk now and down to 1 liter of oxygen. Daddy held me for a little while tonight but I had a hard time breathing again so they had to put me back in my bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. The top two pictures are of me.

Kitt: I am up to 37 cc of Mommy's milk now and also down to 1 liter of oxygen! Mommy held me for a long time and they even gave me a T-shirt to wear. The good news is that Mommy gets to bring me some real clothes to wear tomorrow while they wean me off my heated bed. We'll see how it goes. The bottom two pictures are of me.

Our new hats that we're wearing tonight are made by Mommy and Daddy's friend, Jill. Aren't they cute?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Check us out!

Kitt: When Mommy and Daddy got here, I was getting my bath. I really seemed to like it especially when they washed my hair. I liked having my head rubbed! I have some really great news tonight. I am up to 34 cc of Mommy's milk and tonight I weighed 3 pounds and 15 ounces!! Can you believe it? I am going to get weaned off my heated bed starting tonight or tomorrow and that typically takes 48 hours to be fully weaned off. That's one requirement for going home, I'm told. Daddy held me during my whole feeding tonight which was about an hour. That's me in the second and third picture.

Garet: Mommy gave me my bath tonight. Like my sister, I really enjoyed having my head rubbed. I am still getting 28 cc of Mommy's milk but I also gained weight. I weigh 3 pounds and 5 ounces now. Everyone seemed really excited about that gain. Mommy held me for a little while, but I kept forgetting to breathe right so they had to put me back after just a few minutes. Several of you asked for pictures of my feet, too, so here they are. The bottom two pictures are of me.

So this is Friday's post

Mommy and Daddy came to see us twice today and Mommy held us both during each of the visits. So for those of you are going to give Mommy a hard time for not posting today, she actually came to the 11:00PM touch time and is posting now that she is home. Now on for why you are really reading:

Kitt: Last night (Thursday) was a weigh-in night and I am happy to report that I gained two ounces! I now weigh 3 pounds and 11 ounces. I am still eating the same amount but I get an additive for extra calories.

Garet: I got weighed last night, too, and am getting closer and closer to 4 pounds. I weighed 3 pounds and 3 ounces. Mommy got to hold us each for a whole hour tonight during our feedings!

Here are a few pictures from today; top 2 are Kitt, bottom 2 are Garet:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

33 weeks

We are 33 weeks gestational age today! If we keep progressing as well as we have been, in one week we will get to try to eat from a bottle. We are both still eating the same amounts of Mommy's milk.

Garet: I am being weaned off my oxygen a little. I am down to 1 1/2 liters while my sister is on 2 liters. I am up to 17 inches long (up from 15 3/4 when I was born). The bottom 2 pictures are of me and in the family picture Daddy is holding me.

Kitt: I am now 15 3/4 inches long (up from 15 when I was born). The top 2 pictures are of me and in the family picture Mommy is holding me. Mommy tried to be creative in taking pictures of my feet so if you're interested in seeing them all, check out the Snapfish album.

We get weighed tonight so we will let you know tomorrow how we did.