My Beautiful Wife and My Beautiful Boys
Jared (Left) & Anthony (Right)
There isn't much to report today. The boys are doing very well. They are eating, sleeping, and pooping. So they are basically doing what normal babies should be doing.
Both boys had labs today and everything was normal, with the exception of the red blood cell count. Both boys have lower counts than the doctors would like to see, but this doesn't seem to be affecting them at all. Dr. Hicks tells us that they will follow up Monday with another test, and then make the determination of whether to transfuse again. Provided the low count is still not bothering the boys, the doctors will probably let them ride it out. It is important for their bodies to get used to producing red blood cells, and letting them go it alone helps stimulate that production.
On the weight front, Jared is checking in at 2lbs. 9.8oz and Anthony tips the scales at 2lbs. 12.4oz. It looks as if they are both well on their way to the 3lb. mark. Jared's feeds have been increased to 20cc while Anthony is holding steady at 21cc. We don't have any word on when that will increase, so stay tuned.
I was very excited last night to be able to Kangaroo both of my little boys at the same time. It was an incredible experience. To feel their little bodies on mine was so touching. I could feel their little heart beats and feel their little chests move as they were breathing. They were like little angels, and I loved watching them cozy up and fall asleep. When they are together their bond as twins really shines.
Anthony was added to the party after Jared and didn't like being away from his brother. Every time I tried to separate them on my chest Anthony would fuss and move himself so that he was touching Jared. He was so adamant about it he placed his head in a position that made it difficult for him to breathe a couple of times. Finally, I relented and we found a position that Anthony could rest his head on Jared and still breathe. Once nuzzled together the boys conked out. Daddy cried. So did Momma.
So that's the news for today. Today is a good day so far. Tomorrow is a new day, but we are confident it will be better than the rest. Keep praying for our little boys!
Fight On, Little Fighters!- Love Daddy