Saturday, April 18, 2009

MY LITTLE GIRLS ARE 4 WEEKS OLD

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about my every growing little girls.  I sometimes feel like there is nothing new to report except that they are growing every day. However, yesterday was a big day as I got to hold both my sweet little girls at the same time for the first time.  It was wonderful and so sweet to hold my two little girls together.  It was also, for lack of a better term, a bit of a reality check!  I wanted to move Ruby's head to look at me because she was awake, but because I had Charlotte in the other arm I was not able to do so.. It made me realize that holding both of them at the same time will not be the easiest thing, nor will breast feeding at the same time be something simple.  Since the girls are still hooked up to their monitors, the staff had to help me get the girls in my arms.  Thankfully they have a camera there at the NICU as I did not know I was going to be holding my girls today.  We had not held Charlotte in over a week due to her apneas, and Ruby for three days, so I had no clue.  Adam has been sick again and as assumed has not been able to go see his sweet little girls.  It is so hard on him but he is really quite sick right now.  

So our little girls look like my side of the family.  They are Harvey through and through.
They really look like my father and my brother.  I too look like my father, but even the staff who have seen my father come in to visit have commented on how much they look like him.  I wish I had some baby photos of my father and brother on my computer to show you, but there are a couple of my baby photos where I find they look like me too.  The girls are really coming to their own and filling out.  They look more alike in person than they do in the photos especially because Charlotte is still quite pale, and Ruby is still enjoying her nice colour.
Ruby is no longer the smallest baby in the NICU, though she is growing plenty, it is because a smaller baby came in.

They are growing like crazy.  Ruby since she was born has grown in length 7.5 cm (3.4 inches for all the Americans) which is an insane amount of length for less than four weeks at the time of measuring.  Ruby now weighs just slightly over 4 pounds..  Charlotte who only grew 3 cm (1.3 inches) is up to a big 4 pounds 7 ounces.  When they were born they were 10 ounces apart, so little Ruby Jane is making some progress on her sister.  

They are such sweet babies, and the NICU just loves them and always comments on how sweet they are.  Dr Montessaro walked by me yesterday and commented on how beautiful our little girls are.  I know.. I know.. I am sure they say that to everyone, but it is still nice to hear and see how wonderful all the staff are with the girls.

They were 4 weeks old on Thursday, and I can't believe since being admitted to the hospital as inpatient it has been 2 months.  It seems like so long ago I was spending my first night ever in the hospital.

We have been very blessed with the girls being as healthy has they have been.  They are so fun to go and visit when they are awake because they are further along in development and more interactive.  Last night I was up at the NICU just before feeding and I was changing their nasty filled diapers and Charlotte was crying SO much louder than I've heard her before as she was hungry.  I could not help myself but smile and laugh a little... mostly because I love seeing them grow and her lungs are so much stronger than I've heard them.

We still have no idea what the date is going to be on them coming home... but regardless the little girls are progressing at a great rate, and I keep telling myself they will be home before I know it, and I will be begging one of the nurses to come home with me! 




Mommy and her little girls
Charlotte on my left and Ruby on my right



Can you see any resemblance?

Maybe seeing the resemblance is not as easy in the photo of the twins, but trust me they look like my father and I...

Off to the NICU again.. Hoping to hold them again, this time bringing my camera.

3 comments:

Deborah said...

Yay!! I'm glad they are growing so much and doing so well. Last night, as I was trying to put Abbi to sleep, she started screaming (which she does quite often because she hates going to sleep!) and my husband and I looked at each other and commented on how different her cry is since she was born. So get used to those louder cries!!

Roth Family said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you. You all look amazing. You look so happy. The girls are adorable.

The Abarca's said...

You do look amazing. I am so glad the girls are getting better. I think I do see a resemblance in the pictures. Only time will tell though.