Today the girls turned 5 months old. They have progressed and come so far the last 5 months. We are so happy with their progress and their beautiful lives.
Haley moved to NICU level 2 today! She is now in the feeder and grower stage. She has no IV's and is not getting any medications. She continues to take the bottle 2 times a day. She will be worked up to 3 times a day and so forth. Haley has a great suck. She has been practicing that suck for a while with her pacifier, which she still loves. Haley is good at letting us know what she wants. She gets so upset when she has a dirty diaper and she smacks her lips when she wants her pacifier or the bottle. She is such a sweetie. She is beginning to smile and is getting more alert and active everyday.
Haley's 5 month old picture
Rachel is doing well. She is still on the nasal cannula. It has been a week since she was put on it and she continues on. Rachel also is good at letting us know what she wants. She screams for her pacifier when its not in her mouth. She also gets upset when she has a dirty diaper. Rachel has given us a little smile here and there as well. Rachel is so strong. She is able to lift her head and move it around. She loves to grip my finger when I'm holding her.
Rachel's 5 month old picture
Both our girls are so precious and adorable. We love them so very much and look forward to being a family at home. It's getting harder to leave the hospital without them. The day they come home is getting closer and closer and knowing that makes it harder to be patient. It will be a wonderful feeling to be together at home. Until then, we pray for their comfort and continual progress in the hospital. We are working on getting the nursery ready. We hope to get to work on it each weekend and that it will be done by the time Haley gets home. We still don't have an exact date on when Haley will come home, but we are hoping soon.
Correction: the pictures in yesterday's blog were the same. The wrong picture was put in accidentally. It has been fixed.