It’s confirmed, the girls are coming home this weekend. The staff at the NICU have been working to prep us, and forcing us to start changing and bathing them. Apparently there is some kind of test, not sure what happens if we fail. Overall the girls are doing great and Kaitlin is
2,121gm 2,292gm, while Kristin is 1,944gm. They are feeding really well and improving their “suction strength” each day. Their hearing and eyes were checked this week and both seem to be good, whew!
Of course with every “up”, there needs to be a little “down”. Today Kristin’s allergy showed up again. Neither Qumi or I are convinced its a milk allergy, but the doctors are pretty sure. We will be putting her on more of the hypo-allergenic formula to see if we can reduce its occurrence.
Next step will be how we introduce them to the dogs, but that is a problem for tomorrow 🙂
Yesterday before we left, Kaitlin got mad and yanked her feeding tube out of her nose (again!!!). The staff decided not to bother putting it back in until the doctor saw her the next day, hoping he would just say leave it out. Well this morning, her tube was gone, but so was Kristin’s! That means both will have to actually eat themselves when they get hungry, no more sleeping all day and miraculously their belly’s get full. The doctor also left me a voicemail saying they are both probably coming home in a week’s time. Together!!!
All of this happened this morning, and of course when we headed back for the afternoon feed, Kristin was showing more signs of her allergy. They still think it’s a cow’s milk allergy, but I am not so sure anymore. Qumi is on a super strict diet, and they are using the most extreme (read expensive) hypo-allergic formula for the times there isn’t enough milk.
Other great news is that it has been almost a week with our new helper, and things are going well. Let’s hope it stays that way.