In both pictures Addison is on the left and Alexis is on the right.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Above is Ga Ga & Addison.
Above is Pop Pop and Addison.
Above is Alexis....zoning out.
Above is Ga & Alexis
Above is Pop Pop and Alexis.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
On another note....We've been doing a lot of reading and research about preemies. I just thought I would share some famous people who were also preemies....Issac Newton, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Stevie Wonder, Michael J. Fox, Richard Simmons, Charles Darwin, Anna Pavlova, John Keats, Voltaire, Suzanne Vega & Gordon Ramsey
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Above is Terry & Addison sleeping. This was too cute not to take a picture of.
Above is Alexis without her c-pap on after a bath. She's listening so intently to Terry talking to her. She loves to chat!
Above is Addison's dead man's pose. She loves to be all spread out when she sleeps....another trait she gets from her father.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Their baths went great and during the process the nurses decide to remove the girls from their warming beds and put them in just regular isolates. They now get to wear clothes full time and are maintaining their body temperatures on their own. YEAH!! Not that they didn't before, but they are looking like little people now in their own clothes. Terry and I found some great deals on preemie clothes at the Wal-Mart by the hospital. We've been looking everywhere and one of our nurses suggested that we try there. Right now, their clothes have to consist of sleepers with snaps. Zippers do not allow for their leads to be easily maintained, with snaps the leads can slide through the holes. We've been doing a lot of hands on stuff with the girls so I always forget to take pictures, but I plan to try and snap some tomorrow of them in their clothes.
Both girls eye exams went great!! The pediatric opthamologist came in with some crazy get up on his head that he used to examine them. He dilated their eyes, which they did not enjoy. But he said that as of right now everything with their little eyes looks great!! They will get another eye exam in two weeks.
Both girls also got Hepatitis B shots yesterday. I couldn't watch. They prepped them with some Tylenol so they wouldn't be too fussy but Addison did not enjoy this at all!! She screamed for about a minute and then Liz (my favorite nurse) called me back over to help settle her down. Alexis let out a little yelp but she did surprisingly well.
So, that's about it for today. The girls are having a great week and we continue to pray that they keep it up!!
I'm working on another question and answer blog. I hope to have that up in the next few days. I've been meaning to get to every one's questions for awhile but things have been crazy!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Things so far this week are going good. Addison's head ultra sound on Monday continues to show improvement. The blood clots are continuing to lessen and the spinal fluid is continuing to drain on it's own. This was great news for us on Monday!! We still continue to be cautiously optimistic but it's nice to get great news. She will have another scan next Monday. Addison's weight as of this afternoon was 2 pounds 9 1/2 ounces.
Alexis is also doing well. She had to have her CPAP put back on Tuesday because she was struggling to breath, so the RT decided to put it back on her. I wasn't happy about this, but it truly is what's best for her right now. I just miss seeing her cute little face!! Alexis had her head ultra sound this morning and the doctor said that it looks great!! She will get another scan in a month. Alexis' big news today is that she hit the 3 pound mark!! As of this afternoon she weighed exactly 3 pounds.
So that's the latest and greatest with the Smith girls. I will continue to try to post a few times a week. I'm starting to feel less stressed so hopefully it will become easier for me to find time to update.
On another note.....we received a package today for FedEx with preemie clothes in it. It appears that it was shipped from The Preemie Store?? There was a cute note on it but it wasn't signed?? We have no idea who sent this to us and would like to thank them for the adorable outfits they sent. If you sent the girls these outfits would you please email me and let me know. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!!!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The above picture is Alexis trying to figure out where her c-pap went & debating on whether or not she wants to open her eyes.
The above picture is Alexis & Mommy. She likes to hold hands or should I say "fingers".
The above picture is Mommy and Alexis. (Again, the lighting in the nicu makes it difficult to get good pictures sometimes.)
The Above picture is Mommy, Alexis and Daddy.
The above picture is Alexis hanging onto her pacifier.
She says "This picture taking stuff makes me sleepy!"
Today Addison pooped all over me. I'm not talking a little tiny poop either!! For being little tiny gals these girls have some massive diapers. While I was changing Addison today, she decided that she wasn't finished. Talk about projectile pooping! She did this three times. While Terry stood laughing at us, Liz (our favorite day nurse) and I cleaned her up and changed her bedding. Despite the fact that she made a huge mess, it was pretty comical actually. While some may think that this is strange, I love these little moments. Since the girls aren't home with us, we seriously cherish every minute we get to spend them. Below are pictures of Addison today in her clothes.
The above picture is Addison. I was talking to her. She listens so intently. I know that they say that their eyes are not developed enough yet to see us, but I don't believe it because she always looks right at me when I talk to her.
The above picture is Addison displaying her future piano playing fingers. This girl has some really long fingers.
The above picture is Addison and her Mommy.
The above picture is Addison in the middle of a sneeze. A-choo!
The above picture is Mommy, Addison & Daddy. She gets so excited when we open up her isolet that she just looks around checking everything out.
I hope everyone had/is having a GREAT Mother's Day. Mine has been one that I will never forget!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
They are going to allow us to bring in our own clothes tomorrow evening so the girls can be photographed for their one month pictures. After tomorrow I will decide which photos are the best for their announcements and I'm sure I will post the rest.
The girls have genuinely had a good week. Nothing major to report, but here is a quick update... Addison is currently weighing 1120 grams (yes, I still hate the metric system...no change there!)which is about 2 pounds 7 1/2 ounces and she is eating 20ml very three hours. Alexis is currently weighing 1300 grams, which is 2 pounds 14 ounces. She has surpassed her sister in the eating area. She is now up to 22ml every 3 hours. Alexis is scheduled to have her picc line removed tomorrow.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day so I probably will not be posting. But we again ask you to pray that things go well on Monday. The girls will be 1 month old already and they have a whole round of tests scheduled for both of them. Both girls will be getting head ultrasounds so I will do my best to post Monday evening with all the results.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
- Today's post is going to be short and sweet.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Off to the hospital to see the monkeys now!! Keep your fingers crossed we get good news!!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This is the link to me giving Addison a bath...
This is the link to Grandma giving Alexis a bath...
Alexis who is pictured below left, is now eating 12 ml every three hours. She's on a quick pace to catch up with her sister. Alexis is now topping out the scales at 2 pounds 9 ounces. We are hoping she will break 3 pounds soon!!
Both girls had the humidity and heat on their isolates turned off yesterday evening. They both are maintaining their own body temperatures well on their own. Which is great news!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
So, since my last posting on Tuesday not a lot has happened. (Hence the reason I really haven't posted.) While I do have to mention some things that I forgot to post last week.... The girls met their Aunt Gretchen & Uncle Adam for the first time last Saturday. They got a visit from Grandma & Pop Pop Zehner on Monday evening and a visit from Uncle Keith on Tuesday. And this weekend Grandma & Pa Pa Flanigan came out to visit the girls.
We just happened to walk into the N.i.c.u. last night while the nurse was giving Addison a bath. Alexis also got her FIRST bath last night too!!! I plan on spending some time tomorrow trying to figure out how to install the software on our computer from our new video camera. Once this is done, hopefully I will be able to upload the videos of their baths and their baptisms. (keep your fingers crossed that I can figure this out!)
Pa Pa got to hold both of the girls for a few seconds while their bedding was being changed after their baths. For some reason the picture I took of Pa Pa and Addison did not turn out, but the picture below is Pa Pa and Alexis while the nurse is changing the sheets on her bed.
Both girls have been a lot more alert lately. They've been opening their eyes and checking things out. While we are told that they can't really see anything more than shadows right now, they always appear like they are looking right at us, especially if we are talking to them. Below is a picture of Addison with her bright eyes open.
Both girls have officially initiated their father into the Daddy club!!! Terry and I take turns helping with the girls assessments and changing's. Terry usually chooses which girl he wants to start with and I take the other and then we switch. Most days, we usually get to change the girls 2-3 times. Yesterday, Addison had a major pooo for her Dad to change. They weigh each girls diaper to make sure that their intake is equalling their output. Addison's poopy diaper that Terry got the pleasure of changing, was her biggest one yet!! On the second round of changing's, Terry had Alexis. While Terry was swapping out the dirty diaper for the clean one... Miss Alexis pee'd all over him. It was rather comical. Below is what I think is an adorable picture of the pee'er herself.
Miss Addison is having another brain scan on Monday. We ask for all your continued prayers that things with her brain bleed are starting to clear up. Monday's are always difficult days for us so I will be sure to make my next post on Tuesday to keep you up to date with the latest & Greatest on our little bundles of joy!!!