August 21, 2009

They're 6 weeks old

Well, the babies are 6 weeks old.

Which means Connor's been home for 4 weeks and Kendra 2 weeks.

Kendra went for her check-up last week and weighed 2,23 kg - it was only an "acceptable" weight gain so we upped her feeds a bit and this week, her weight gain was "good" as she now weighs exactly2,5 kg . The new weight enabled her to be immunized. She screamed so loud the sound echoed all round Bedford Gardens hospital and surrounding areas. If you were in the vicinity, you probably heard her :)

Connor was immunized two weeks ago when he was 2,57 kg. I weighed him today (both of us on the scale, then only me.... so not very scientific) and he weighed 3,4 kg. Take off the heavy nappy and clothes and a more accurate number is probably 3,2 kg.

So they're growing nicely but are still considered prem.

Guess who this is?
Kendra, of course - the only pic I could get of her and such a familiar sight :)

And this is Connor

  • The first nappy I ever changed in my life was Kendra's and then Connor's. Since then, I feel like I've changed millions. On the bright side, I am now a pro. I think nothing of grabbing the baby and lifting its bum to sniff if there's a poo.
  • Connor has tried his best to aim his pee at me but I'm too fast for him :) He nearly got me today but my super fast reflexes beat him to it. That's a joke - I have the worst reflexes ever.
  • Another thing I am a pro at is the bottle thing. I (kind of) joked with D and said my life consists of bottles, babygrows and babies (maybe I should start a new blog?). I wash, sterilise and make 16 bottles a day, sometimes more, because when Kendra cries, I give her a bottle whether it's her time to feed or not. We checked with the paediatrician to see if you can overfeed a baby and she said no, the baby will vomit what she doesn't want/ need. post signature

August 11, 2009

Kendra comes home after 27 days in NICU

Kendra reached the goal I set her (by 3 days) which was to come home before my birthday (yesterday).

Incidentally, Connor came home 4 days before his goal of coming home before Dion's birthday :)

Last week we knew Kendra was about ready to come home because they'd moved her to a bassinet (which means she was regulating her temperature) and she was feeding from the bottle on almost all the feeds.

She still had the feeding tube though.

So when the feeding tube came out she would have needed to finish her complete feeds from the bottle for an entire day.

I got a call from the paed on Friday telling me her haemoglobin levels were a bit low and they wanted to do a blood transfusion if that was okay with us (of course it's okay). They went ahead and everything was well so she was "nice and pink" again on Saturday.

Then came the snotty nose.

She'd needed to be suctioned (gross!) before each feed because her nostrils were so blocked and we had atrocious weather on the weekend so they wanted to keep her in until her nose was better.

That happened to be Monday and is when she was finally discharged.

we'd just arrived home

displaying some awesome lung capacity - my word, this girl can SCREAM!

August 05, 2009

Connor having a bath

The nice thing about having only one baby at home is that one of us was free to take pictures while the other held the baby.
Connor is not a fan of getting cold so we have to be VERY quick when we give him a bath. On this particular day, Dion just snapped away while I bathed and changed him and these were some of my favourite shots.
look at how he just watches me
giving me the "evil eye" :)

and now for my absolute favourites...

don't these three look like he's doing karate?!


those creasy little legs have now filled out - he has fattened up very nicely in the last two weeks.

August 04, 2009

Kendra's home

Hi all

Kendra was discharged yesterday after 27 days in NICU.

Life is hectic so will post more when things calm down (in about two years' time)!

JOKE! Hopefully in a few days' time :)

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