This morning I made it to the hospital in time for the girls’ second feed of the shift. Met our new nurse and got all the “info” from over night with the girls. They had done well with their feeds, mostly. Claire (as seems to be her way) took most of her morning feed and wouldn’t take the last little bit. *sigh* What can I say? She’s chilled and refuses to be rushed.
Gabby-girl had managed to pull out her NG tube last night. This makes 3 times she has successfully pulled out that tube! Methinks she doesn’t like having something in her little nose! 😉 So they were going to let her try to take all her feeds and see how she did. Sounded good to me. I knew she’d been doing well with taking them yesterday so this all seemed like steps in the right direction. Plus she looks so much more comfy without the tube!
So Claire eats first in the hospital schedule and as I sat down to give her the bottle, I could tell pretty much right away that she wasn’t going to take her full feed from me. Sure enough I was only able to get her to take about half. Still that’s not too bad, she gave it a good shot! Gabby’s turn came around and again I noticed that she was NOT as into it as she had been the day before. Feedings really do wear these tiny ones out! I got her to take about half as well, and then she just quit. Not only did she quit, but she had a Brady to boot. She was beyond done! So then the poor thing had to have another tube put in, and she was NOT thrilled with that process to say the least! Finally she got the rest of her lunch and was able to just sleep, which is all she wanted anyway!
And this Mama was a little discouraged through it all. It seems like the girls make good progress, then they get pushed a little too hard or fast and end up going backwards. 🙁 Not something I like to see when I keep thinking that maybe that finish line tape will be looming up before long. *sigh* I know that these things are going to happen, and that our littlest loves will be ready when they are ready. Still, today was kind of a down day for me. Stu and the kids went back home today too so that probably added to my melancholy too. It’s difficult to be pulled in so many different ways.
After everyone got through lunch which seemed to take forever due to the above situations, I put the girls together so they could cheer each other on! I’m sure they will be their best cheerleaders anyway!
Claire was somewhat Miss Fussy-britches in the early afternoon, so I spent some time rocking her and trying to get her comfy. I also managed to drop 2 binkies on the floor. Clumsy me! She finally konked out nice and deep just in time for her next feeding. The nurse and I agreed that the girls should have their feedings through the tube so that they could rest because they obviously needed it. However, we have to change their diapers, get their temps and all of that before each feeding. All of that woke Claire up so that even though she didn’t have to ‘work’ for her meal this time. THIS was what I saw the ENTIRE time. 😉
We had quite the conversation! I kept telling her that she was supposed to be resting, and she reiterated that since it was MY fault she was awake, I could continue to rock her. 😀
So nothing amazing to report today. Some little “setbacks” or so it feels, but I know that it WILL end sometime. One of the babies in our “pod” was discharged today and I was so happy for that Mom and her little one, but kinda sad too because we are still looking at… time. But still so very grateful for the care that our girls can get in this place. Lots of conflicting emotions, but mostly I’m kinda tired so I think I’ll be calling it an early night and getting some good rest myself! I need to store up because when our girls DO come home I can’t pass along their night time feedings to a nurse. 🙂