After three LONG days of non-stop work, daddy finally got to see his boys. I just love this picture of John and Tyler - they had a nice snuggle today. They really missed their daddy and are so glad Homecoming is over!
This weekend was a journey of steps forward! Even though it was hard with John gone for a few days because of work, the boys and I did our best to make the most of our situation. Thanks to family and friends, the boys were snuggled almost to a fault! One nurse said the boys are already spoiled from being held too much - is this possible? Does she really think she's going to convince someone who's waited five years to have these little miracles that she's HOLDING them too much! Ha ha ha!
So Parker is still working on his eating skills - he's now taking a bottle twice each shift (12 hour shifts) and has been wonderfully successful. We are also continuing our quest to breastfeed - an exhausting and frustrating adventure. The doctors discussed doing Parker's hernia surgery either later this coming week or early next week. That is a GREAT sign because we were told that surgery would happen closer to his discharge, so they must be thinking he'll be discharged within a couple of weeks! Yippee!
Now BIG Tyler news! First...Tyler is now over 8 pounds! Yes, our big boy broke the 8 pound mark a couple of nights ago. And boy does he look that big - just like a newborn-sized baby now. It's so nice to see! And secondly, Tyler has been taken off his high flow cannula! He's now on 100% oxygen, but is at 3/4 liters as of tonight. This is great news because now he'll be able to start feeding orally and begin his journey down the road toward home!
At this rate, we could possibly bring the boys home before Halloween! No tricks this year...just two tasty treats!
Let me just take a moment to reflect on this time and savor the satisfaction of progress!