Photo Gallery- 1-3.) Ellen getting her bath 4-6.) Elizabeth getting her bath 7.) Ellen and Barbie 8.) Elizabeth and Barbie 9.) Elizabeth in her head box
We got baths! Boy, eleven weeks can really take a toll. Its hard to believe they have never had one. So today we did our best to get the girls clean. Ellen got the full meal deal, while Elizabeth got a spit bath in her isolette…..no matter, they both look and smell much better. I do love baby lotion!
While I was at it, I decided it was time for another Barbie picture. I can still picture our first time and it really made me recognize how far they have come. The difference is amazing! Ellen is dwarfing her Barbie, while Elizabeth is finally measuring up to hers. We are weighing in at 4 lbs. 14 oz. and 3 lbs. 8 oz. Ellen is even outgrowing the preemie clothes!
Mostly good news from Utah today. The girls are really improving in regards to their oxygen needs. Elizabeth was having such a hard time and all the suctioning was just irritating her poor little nose. Most of the time they would get blood from her nose. It was swollen and raw. They decided to put her in a ‘head box’ and give her nose a break from all the high flow oxygen. This is moist air just contained in a plastic box. This proved to be a great idea. She loves it in there. Most of the time they have a hard time fitting the babies’ heads in these boxes, but Elizabeth can fit half her body in it! Anyway, she is in heaven and her oxygen needs have plummeted. Believe it or not, she is on LESS oxygen than Ellen now! Just to tell you how amazing this is, she was on 2 1/2 liters more than Ellen just a couple weeks ago (believe me, this is huge). The only problem was that she had to go back to tube feedings and no more bottles. This puts her a little behind on that, but the improvement in her oxygen is more important in my mind. We are now trying to feed her a couple times a day by just putting in the cannula for the feeding and then back to the box. Ellen’s feedings are going awesome. She does two by mouth and one by tube, then two more and then one, etc. This leaves her with only 3 feeding a day by the tube. Since the goal is all by bottle, this is getting her very close!
Our only concern right now is the eyes. Ellen is looking at little better this week, and Elizabeth is a little worse. The eye doctor comes every Wednesday. He is not totally concerned just yet, but definitely doesn’t want them to get any worse. So the prayer of the week is for healthy eyes. The Blessed Mother and I are on it!
No word on any definite dates for departure, so we are just relaxing and trying not to think about it. Bo is coming in town on the 15th, as we will be celebrating our 15th anniversary. Wow!!! It was only yesterday that Bo was singing to me at our wedding…..or was it 100 years ago…..not sure some days. Then the kids will be coming out and are all hoping to get a chance to HOLD the girls. I just count on these things to make the days go by faster and get me a few days closer to our homecoming….and what a celebration that will be!
Hope all is well with everyone and you are enjoying summer break. Lots of time for family fun and vacations….take advantage!
Love to all,