Our babies began their day getting their eyes dilated for their eye exam. Not something they enjoy, but it is a must. For their gestational age (33wks 5days), they had another good eye exam! Their next one will be in two weeks.
The developmental doctor came to examine both babies today. She walked me through her exam and explained what they look for along the way. She will be coming in to do an exam once a week as long as they are in the hospital. Once we leave, they will have follow up appointments for several years. This is to track their development and is standard for preemies this small. She said both babies did really well, and considering what Drake has been through he is doing remarkable.
Drake is holding steady on CPAP. He has the first 24 hours under his belt (I guess I should say diaper), and he is on to the next. I'm ready to have 72 hours behind us so that I can hold him again. The doctors did not make any changes to his settings or rates today. As the days progress, we hope to see him ween down on the settings. Hopefully before we know it he will be ready for the cannula. Our doctor consulted with the nephrologist (the kidney doctor) at Medical City today about Drake. They have started him on an antibiotic as a preventative against kidney or urinary tack infections until he gets circumcised right before we come home. He will then need to follow up with the nephrologist for several years due to what his kidneys have been through.
Now for the really BIG news...Kennedy moved to cannula today!!! She is doing so good and she looks fantastic! It is wonderful to see her pretty face! Also, I get to hold her more than once per day! It is amazing to have made it to this point. The doctor even said that she will be ready to try bottle feeding soon! Wow! I think I am still in shock. Last night I stood between their isolettes and could not believe that both of our babies were on CPAP. Tonight I have one on CPAP and one that has moved on to cannula. Someday soon they will both be on cannula, and one day at our home without any wires, cords or devices. Kind of hard for me to imagine...that seems like a dream.