Stockton and Archer - May 19th
We have learned so much about their prematurity while being here...seeing a life (or two) develop in front of your very eyes is absolutely amazing. Even just noticing that they did not have eyelashes when they were born and now they have a ton is so surreal. They were born at great birth weights for their age so it was hard to understand at first that they may look like full term babies, but they still have so many instincts that still need to develop. We are still working on being able to take the expected amount of formula on their own at each feeding in a specific amount of time, and be able to keep it down and digest it consistently. Every day they both are making progress with this. We have had a few days of the "baby dance" as the nurses call it. Where we take a few steps forward then a few steps back. But as of today, they are both taking their bottles at each feeding and we just increased the amount of formula each baby is consuming. We'll see how the next few days go.
The whole family
While we are anxious to take them home, we know this is not on our timeline but theirs. Justin and I laugh at how the smallest victories make everyday worth while. Just taking 5 ml of extra formula in their bottles deserves a high five or a fist bump. We are so proud of the progress they have made. They have received outstanding care from the doctors and nurses here. We have been lucky to have the same few nurses that take care of the boys, there is one named Connie that we are particularly fond of. She has been so helpful is showing me the ropes. I guess that has been the silver lining of the hospital stay - on the job training. Before the boys were born I had never changed a diaper, fed a baby or even picked one up by myself. They were too fragile! After 12 days in Special Care I am pretty much tackling the twins by myself (with back up if needed). Granted, I am only here for 12/13 hours each day, but at least I am getting some practice and a sneak peek of what I am in for when they get home. I love every second of it...well, maybe not being at the hospital in a small room...but just being with the boys is enough for me.
As each day passes Archer and Stockton show more of their personalities. They look so much alike, yet are already so distinct to us. It has also amazed me how much love I have equally for each child. I know every parent feels this way, but it feels so good to experience it personally now. We have been truly blessed.
Already hitting brother... this is going to be fun :)