I apologize for the delay in updating. Essentially what happens is that we go to the hospital every day and we take photos and video (“video”….ok, that sounds quaint) and then we come home, and I get them downloaded onto the computer, and review them, and watch the “videos”, and watch them again, and then review the photos again…and again…and decide which ones we are going to upload, and then review them with Lara, and get her approval, and by then it is midnight and I’m too tired to write an update so we go to bed. Repeat the next day. We now have over 2 gigabytes of photos and “video” of the girls and they have just hit 7 ½ weeks old…..we’re gonna need a bigger cloud server at this rate.
But don’t worry the girls are doing fine, although Natasha decided to mess with us this week. She had some intestinal issues (believe me you don’t want the details) and so was taken off food and put back onto intravenous nutrition (the weirdly bright yellow green solution that calls out L-cysteine as a special ingredient (that’s for all the cell culture folks reading this…)). Of course they told us the worst case scenario, so we, of course, did the worst thing we could – googled it. Word of advice – don’t google medical preemie stuff. One of the biggest tell tale signs that she wasn’t suffering from what-they-said-she-might-be-suffering-from, was that throughout the whole thing her demeanor did not change: she is generally a happy, sleepy baby that, when something bad happens, loses her shit until you correct it, and then within about 5 milliseconds she is totally fine again. Since this attitude did not change we were not too concerned about her condition. Until we googled it. Remember. Don’t do that.
After Natasha, who now looks like this:
had her little intestinal hissy fit she was very hungry so they decided to skip some of the training regime that I outlined in the previous email and move straight to bottle. She took to it well. Here is a “hands free” example (not sure this is nurse sanctioned methodology but needed my other hand free to take the photo…hmmm…not sure that reads well):
Katarina, who now looks like this:
used this time to catch up with her sister in terms of breathing and feeding. She is now off the Vapotherm and on a boring, run-of-the-mill, old-person cannula that feeds her a little more oxygen than air . But she has caught up to her sister in terms of feeding and is ready for a bottle!! This is excellent news as the staff have said that the only reason Natasha is still in the NICU (up to her little “issue” this week) was because they wanted to keep her near her sister who was still needing breathing assistance – now it looks like they might both move down to the step-down unit at the same time.
They are starting to reveal more personality traits. So Natasha likes to purse her lips and her eyes are slowly revealing color (or colour). She has a very similar hairstyle to me, which is unfortunate, but hey, they say the newborn look like their father. Katarina is ridiculously blonde – and the hair starts from her eyebrows and is growing on her forehead right now, sorta blonde-werewolf-like. I hope she stays that way, but then, I am looking up “Darth Vader Onesies” to dress them in so…..let’s just say “others” think differently.
They have both had baths and we thought we would summarize the contrast in photos. First Natasha:
We’ll see who learns to swim first.
For those keeping score, the Sounders beat DC United 2 – 0, wait, I mean Natasha is 2.43 kg (or 5lb 5oz) and Katarina is 1.89 kg or 4lb, 2 oz. This is a really good improvement on last week and the staff said today that they might have to decrease Katarina’s feed because is gain weight too fast…nice problem to have!
And yes, of course we have a bunch of “videos”. There is finally a “video” of Katarina…where she gets stage fright: http://youtu.be/POIgkUAyWl0. And here is what Natasha thinks of her feeding tube being taken out: http://youtu.be/3ar7z-XE2mI. y’know, y’d think she’d be happy….
and finally a couple of photos with their totem marsupials: