Starting with a general update sent out to our church:
Shannon had some complications with the spinal block in the days following the birth, but after a procedure on Monday, she is doing much better. Shannon came home late Tuesday afternoon and is spending her time divided between resting, pumping milk for the babies, spending time with the family at home, and spending time with the babies at the hospital.
The babies are all doing well. The things they are experiencing are normal issues preemies have at this stage. The neonatologist told us today that they are all on track to come home in 2-3 weeks. However, many things can change during that time, but so far the babies are doing well.
Prayers for our family: Rest as Shannon heals, for Shannon to be able to provide enough milk for the babies’ needs, for the other children as they adjust to babies coming home soon, for Rhea as he juggles work, home, and hospital time.
Prayers for the babies: Eliana & Evan: That their bilirubin levels would stabilize, that Eliana would have no more breathing episodes (apnea), that they would be able to finish their entire bottle feeds without use of the NG (feeding) tubes, and for both, but especially for Evan to gain weight.
Emma: That she would continue to gain weight and make her milestones so she would be able to come home.
Also, for us to be able to hold Evan. We have not been able to hold him yet. Also, the NICU policy includes only adults are allowed to hold the babies. So, our under aged children have not been able to hold their siblings yet.
Thank you church family for welcoming our little ones and caring for us during this time.
My days consist of pumping and resting and pumping and visiting NICU and pumping. You get the idea? I need to get lots of milk for these little tiny babies. I am soaking in these early days though they look a lot different than my singletons’ early days.
The Lord has blessed us with wonderful care for the babies!
I leave you with some pictures…