The Quads are 34 Weeks! Sarah is very sore and tired, but is glad to be home.
Landon (A) is off the lights and off c-pap. He gets oxygen through a nasal cannula. His feedings have increased to 27 ml, which is almost an ounce! He is back up to his birth weight. After he eats, he sleeps so soundly that he forgets to breathe. Alarms go off when that happens. Landon pulled out his pick line. We are hoping that he continues to tolerate his tube feeds so a new pick line won't be necessary. He is in baby clothes and is maintaining his body temperature. Sarah got to hold him and see his face for the first time today. He studied his mother's face very intently. It was precious to watch. Sarah thinks he looks like a bigger version of Jackson
Rock Star Jackson (B) is taking a bottle once a day. He only gets about a teaspoon or so with added fat. He gets worn out very quickly. He has been in clothes for days and does not require any help breathing. the doctors think he is a character. He just hangs out and wonders what all the fuss is about.
Isabella (C) (or Izzy, as Tom calls her) is off the oscillator and on c-pap. She was weighed for the first time since birth and is 5 lbs. They are taking out one of her umbilical lines and have started tube feedings. She gets about a teaspoon at a time. If she tolerates the feedings, she won't need a pick line. She should be off the antibiotics soon. She is no longer sedated.
Samantha (D) is still very sick. She is sedated. She was finally able to be put on the oscillator- the respirator they use on the sickest babies. They are still concerned about her liver, kidneys, and heart. She had a very wet diaper, which is a good sign. Tests revealed that she has a hole in her heart that is often found in preemies. Hers is bigger than most. We are praying that it will close on its on. Samantha's hemoglobin was very low so she needed a blood transfusion. She needed a shot to help urine output. Her blood pressure is low and they don't like where it is, but the transfusion helped. She is very yellow and is back under lights. Her potassium levels are low. After rounds, the doctor said, "Don't get me wrong; Samantha is very sick and is still giving us a run for our money, but she is stable. We are pleased that she is making progress. " She is holding her own.
Last night was wonderfully uneventful, which is definitely worth celebrating. Thanks for praying!
Hope in difficult time is not based on positive thinking, wishful thinking, or natural optimism. It is a certainty based on the truths that God is in complete control of our universe and He loves us (Purpose Driven Life).
Your trust can be in God who raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory. Now your faith and hope can rest in Him alone.
1 Peter 1:21