Rachel and Haley are 6 months old. Wow how time has flown by. Unfortunately they both had to spend their half year birthday in the NICU. Haley is doing well. Her feeds are being increased while the IV fluids are being decreased. She's tolerating the increase in the continuous feeds without any problems with her belly getting distended. Her feeds will be transitioned back to the feeding schedule she was on at home, but we still don't have an answer of why her belly got distended. The results from the barium enema today were normal. The doctor said that if things continue to go well with Haley she may be able to come home sometime next week. We hope that will be true. It's been hard having her back in the hospital after we have had her at home. One of Haley's doctors did say that this won't be the last time she will be in the hospital. Since she was so premature, she is at risk for many illnesses and is so susceptible. We hope that she won't have to spend too many more days of her life in the hospital. As she grows, get bigger and time passes she will develop a stronger immune system. Haley now weighs 9 pounds.
Haley with her cute little glasses
Haley with her pacifier falling out
Rachel continues on and doing well. Rachel weighs 9 pounds 6oz. Rachel is also getting transitioned to a "going home" feeding schedule and has been tolerating that transition well. Rachel has been taking the bottle, but is not taking much. She took only 10cc's today. Haley was only taking about that much at home as well. Its going to be a long road for the girls on learning how to bottle feed. With the help of OT and practice they will get there.
Rachel holding her pacifier in
Rachel making a funny face!