July 29, 2009

3 weeks - 1 out, 1 to go

The babies were three weeks yesterday - time is going oh so fast!

C doing his traffic cop impression :)

Well, dear friends, this has been an eventful week.

The babies get weighed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning so on Wednesday morning, I phoned to get an update and the nurse said that Connor was ready to be discharged the following day (Thursday).

We were shocked because we knew he wasn't at 2kg yet (he was 1,93kg). It seems like a small difference but since babies pick up around 20g a day, it would have been days until he reached 2kg. Everything else was well with him - maintaining his temperature, sucking well, etc.

Anyway, we were told we needed to come in and learn how to bath him that evening and then I raced off to the shops to buy formula, more nappies, etc, etc.

The bathing went well and eventually Thursday rolled round. They called us at about 12 to come collect him where we got a list of instructions and then we were finally allowed to take our son home.

I don't have a pic of his outfit because my gorgeous pink camera fell on the floor in ICU and now needs repairs.

What a difference a week makes!

D feeding C by tube on 17th

D & Connor sleeping in bed on 24th

The first night was, um, interesting because we were both scared he'd stop breathing so kept getting up to check on him. Also the house is literally freezing cold.

After that we brought him into our own bed and all 3 of us have slept very well since then.

K on Sunday 26th

Poor Kendra seems to be blissfully unaware that she needs to be home with us - she is doing her growing at her own pace.

When C first came home, Dion and I did separate trips to the NICU to visit K.

Then he got the flu so I've been the only parent visiting her. Hectic! Although he instructs me to tell her he loves her and to take pics every evening (either with my phone or my horrible old camera).

K on Tues 28th - 3 weeks old!
Look at the cheeks - she's getting fatter

Kendra's weight today is 1,81 kg so she is doing brilliantly. They've moved her to a normal bassinet as she is also maintaining her body temperature.

So if she finishes her whole bottle all the time she can come home. That will probably happen within the next week.

I'd given her a goal to be home before my birthday (next Thurs) so she's being a very good girl and following in her mother's footsteps.

K tonight (would have been 35 weeks pregnant today)

And to end off this post, this is the first batch of photos of them together - Sun 19th - they both look like they couldn't care less about the other.

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July 22, 2009

The babies - two weeks already!

The babies were two weeks old yesterday. I can't believe we've been doing the NICU thing for 19 days already.

We are officially NICU veterans. Last night we saw a husband from our ante-natal class; his wife had had their baby who was also in the ICU and he looked shattered. I wondered if we'd looked the same on the day ours were born.

Wed 15th - D & Connor
Look at his little hand on D's gigantic hand :)
Thurs 16th - Kendra with her hands again

and Connor "oh stop making me think so much"

Friday 17th - Kendra smiling
(I know it's not a real smile or maybe it is and she's dreaming)

Sat 18th - my mother and Nelson Mandela's birthdays
Kendra's little hand in mine

she sleeps with her legs all over the place
holding Connor

Sunday 19th - the first pictures of the two of them together
Connor on the left and Kendra on the right
They had NO awareness of their siblings but we were excited!

Also on Sunday - holding Kendra after her feed
Tues 21st - holding Connor - look at his hand;
I can see he's growing because those fingers look fatter :)

and so do those cheeks. He looks like a proper baby now!
Kendra - in a pretty little girly babygrow
look at the hands!

look at those long legs

Their weights today:
Connor - 1.93 kg
Kendra - 1.60 kg exactly
They've now surpassed their birth weights so they'll gain weight nicely from this point.
And now I'm off - have to have supper and then we have an appointment to learn how to bath them!

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July 19, 2009

Baby pictures - first week

Kendra and Connor were born at 2.50 and 2.51 on 7th July.

Kendra under the lights - Fri 10th

Holding Connor - Sunday 12th

Their two isolettes finally next to each other with teddy bears from their Aunty Chrystal on the top

Holding Kendra - I love that little hand clutching the blanket - Sunday 12th

and this stubborn little mouth - "no more food"

Dion holding Kendra - also Sun 12th

Feeding Connor a bottle - Monday 13th

Breathing in Connor's sweet-smelling baby head

Connor and Dion hold their hands exactly the same when they sleep

Kendra being sassy - "enough with the photos already" - Wed 15th

The babies are now a week old, actually 8 days, and getting cuter every day.

This morning we were treated to some sass from Kendra who has decided she’s had enough of all the photos. See photo labelled “K being sassy”.

They’ve set goals for the babies – they must be breathing on their own (which they have been doing since day 2), must be sucking properly (K is on a feeding tube half the time but C is taking a bottle all the time) and of course, the main one, they must be 2kg or more (K is 1.4 and C is 1.7kg).

Love from
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July 02, 2009

Which colour makes you feel happy?

yellow does it for me

These pics were taken at a baby shower I attended.

Is this lemon meringue pie not BEAUTIFUL?! Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but was delicious too :)

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July 01, 2009

Does anyone know how to rescue fudge?

I've been very good, which means I buy 3 pieces of fudge every week and make it stretch :)

Then I got the bright idea to make my own. Just call me Frugal Barbie!

I followed the recipe on the condensed milk can and the bit of fudge I dropped into the glass of water wasn't setting into a "soft ball" so I boiled it for another 45 minutes. The original recipe said 40 - 45 minutes.

It kind of set after that so I thought all was well.

Um, no.

It is now a consistency like toffee and goes even more gooey when I leave it out of the fridge.

It tastes yummy - it's just not fudge!

Any ideas on how to fix it?

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