Meme (my mom - pronounced "meh-may") has been staying with us since the day after the babies were born. She has helped us so much with EVERYTHING during this difficult transition time and we are so grateful. Drew has enjoyed having her here to play with and two of his favorite things to play with Meme are Uno and Jacks!!
Pepe is coming to pick up Meme this week and we will miss her. Thank you again for all you have done for us Meme!!!
Carter has been doing extremely well with his feeds and is ad-lib now without a feeding tube. He has had some trouble with desaturations (decreased oxygen levels) which has kept him from coming home the last two days. Things are looking good for him to be released tomorrow, just in time for the Eagles game!!
Emily was allowed to start 1 mouth feeding yesterday and took about half very well. Today, when Gee-off was visiting, she took the whole feed!! Go Emily!
Mommy and Daddy with Brenna - All ready to go home!! Brenna kisses Emily goodbye! Brenna kisses Carter goodbye! Mommy and Brenna get a ride to the car. Bye-bye NICU!
The babies all have to meet certain criteria before they can be released from the NICU. These include; maintaining their oxygen levels and heart rates in the safe range, taking 8 complete feeds per day by mouth, and passing the car seat test.
Once Brenna and Carter made it to 8 feeds, they both passed their car seat tests. Brenna went to ad-lib feedings first and Carter stayed at 8 feeds for a few days until he learned to eat a bit faster. Emily had been at 4 feeds per day for a few days and had some trouble remembering to suck, swallow, and breathe at the same time. So the doctor had Emily take all of her feeds through the feeding tube for a few days so she could have a rest.
On Wednesday night, after 19 days in the NICU, Brenna got the green light to be discharged and come home! Carter and Emily will miss her, but we made sure she kissed them goodbye before we left!!