photo gallery: 1,2.) Ellen, the two pounder, with her ‘leg out.’ 3.) Elizabeth with her blue chin strap 4.) Elizabeth’s hand 5.) Ellen’s hand 6.) Elizabeth’s foot 7.) Ellen’s foot 8.) Ellen pulling out her cannula
We’ve got a two pounder amoungst us! Mary Ellen weighed in at exactly 2 lbs. last night. This is quite an accomplishment. She is starting to look more like a baby and less like a little bird without feathers. Bo calls them ‘Mr. Bigglesworth’ from Austin Powers…. so true. Mary Elizabeth is still inching along and is now 1 lb. 9 oz. This is good for her considering she was down to 1 lb. 3 oz. at her lowest. We figure she is about two weeks behind her sister so look for her to start putting some meat on those bones. The nurses are always giving Elizabeth a hard time and calling her a ‘trouble-maker.’ She has her episodes of Apnea and Bradycardias quite often during the day and they claim she is just seeking extra attention. She does have a habit of doing this when I am at Ellen’s isolette…..and believe it or not, Ellen does it when I am talking to Elizabeth. The competition for attention has started! I now get to change their diapers and take their temperature. All the nurses know that mom likes to do their ‘cares’ (as they call them). This is done every three hours and then they move them to another position. The pictures of Ellen are quite funny in regards to her positioning. If you’ll notice, she always has to have ‘one leg out.’ No matter how they put her, she always adjusts her position and ends up that way. She is also getting a rep for taking out her nasal cannula or her feeding tube. They retape that feeding tube several times a day! And then the pictures of Elizabeth are funny too. She has been having some problems with her oxygen levels but all her tests were coming out normal. The nurse today made a good observation. Her air comes in through her nose but Elizabeth always has her mouth wide open….hmmm. So she decided to put this blue strap around her chin to keep her mouth closed. It is totally rigged! The blue strap is usually used to protect their eyes when under the lights. She did do better though! She is going to hate these pictures, but I had to post them because they made me laugh. Poor thing always has something taped to her face. Then I put in a couple of pictures to compare their hands and feet. It’s kinda hard to tell in the pictures, but 7 ounces makes quite a difference at their size.
This has been a good couple of days. I have felt like I was in a dream since we arrived in Utah. Some days I felt I was having an outer body experience. Then the girls were born and still it seemed to be a dream. Everytime I looked at baby things or tried to think about how I wanted to decorate their nursery, I just couldn’t, it didn’t feel right. Something changed though on Friday. Holding our girls in my arms made it all real. I have finally been able to feel the JOY…..and it is wonderful. The girls did so well when I held them (didn’t lose their body temperature and didn’t stop breathing), that now I get to hold them once a week. I am SO glad Bo will be in town this time because I can’t wait for him to feel that same joy! Just feeling their cheeks against mine and smelling their baby breath…..well you all know! AWESOME! I am hanging in there and the encouraging words in your posts have been wonderful…..thank you all.
We really are blessed to have ALL of you in our lives. Your prayers, your cards, your words, your love…..we can’t thank you enough. You are our faithful friends……
‘A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.’ (Sirach 6:14-15)