Thursday, February 12, 2009
We met yesterday with Dr. DeJonge. In his best guestimate, the babies may be ready to come home as early as three weeks from now – THREE WEEKS FROM NOW! Yes, that added a little stress to our list of to do’s. In order to come home the babies need to be able to do three things: keep their body temperature in an open air crib, not have apnea/DeSat issues, and be able to drink on their own (not using the tube) for 48 hours straight. More likely than not, they will not all come home at the same time because of these requirements. They do not need to meet a certain weight, although developmentally most babies need to be around four pounds to maintain their temperature. The doctor is very pleased with their overall health and believes that they will continue to be healthy. They are gaining weight each day, which is essential for them to be able to do the above three things.