The triplets were moved to their very own room today. This is a wonderful sign of their continued improvement! I am excited to have a room to ourselves. It is much more personal and private. We can sit in the middle of the room (it isn’t much bigger then 15x15) and look at all three babies. There are times when Jason and I are there, each feeding a baby, and feel badly for the third. At least now, we will be much closer in proximity to the third. There will still be one nurse who will oversee all three babies.
All three continue to grow. On average they are gaining about one ounce a day. Gianna continues to weigh the most at 3 pounds 14 ounces. Easton weighs in at 3 pounds 9 ounces. And, Ellery is a petite 3 pounds 7 ounces. Gianna has been off of oxygen for about four days now. Both Easton and Gianna have decreased in D-SATS!
When we walked into their new room today we were shocked to see the tops of both Gianna and Ellery’s incubators all the way up! They had both been maintaining their body temperature since the move earlier in the morning. Amazing! They are hoping to open Easton’s in the next few days. All three have also continued to do well on their bottle feedings. Easton and Gianna are not consistent yet, but usually drink 1/3 to1/2 of their bottle before having to tube feed the rest. They are not coordinating their suck/swallow/breathe patterns well enough to take the entire bottle. They will get there.
Ellery has taken all of her feedings directly from her bottle for over 24 hours. The nurses and doctors are guessing that she may come home by the end of the week. She needs to continue to maintain her temperature, and drink from the bottle for 48 hours straight. I have to give it to her – she likes to beat the odds! More likely than not, if she comes home when they are estimating, she won’t even be four pounds yet. What a fighter!!!
Many of you may be wondering if we are ready for them to come home. Not even close! The carpet for their bedroom (and two other bedrooms/the hallway and the steps) is finally going to be installed tomorrow. This has been holding up our progress for the nursery. The walls and trim have been painted (thank you Monica!). Once the carpet is in, we will pick up the cribs. There is so much to do, in so little time – but we have made a lot of progress since their birth. It will all work out. The bathroom is almost finished – yay! I will post pictures of all of our projects once they are complete.
Thanks again for your continued prayers! It has been amazing to watch as each prayer has been answered.