Saturday, October 21, 2006

October 21st, 2006

The boys are doing well! They're still not going more than 3 or 4 hours without eating and we're really really tired but we can't really do anything but accept it. We know it won't last forever...we hope! Here are some new pics that we took tonight. Notice the beautiful blankets that were made for us by our dear friend Gina N. Thank you Gina, we really appreciate it.

RSV (Respiratory Synctial Virus), due to their prematurity, our babies are more susceptable to a very common, and highly contagious virus. Premature babies like ours do not have the normal resistance provided by mothers to their full term babies. In order to mitigate some of the risk we've decided to give our babies Synagis. Soon we may start charging people to look at this site. It turns out that Synagis costs $3400/month for what amounts to a few drops for each baby, and we're getting 7 months worth for a total of $23,800. Fortunately for us, insurance is covering 70% of the cost, leaving us with bill for $900/month for the next 7 months. The frustrating part to this is that if we didn't want to work and carry insurance, the state would pay all of the cost for this discrimination?? I think so...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

October 14 2006

Things have been going fine with the boys, well as good as to be expected. They both are getting spoiled and don't want to sleep in their bed at times. It's Kolton mostly. He will be sound asleep and you put him in his bed, his eyes shoot open and then his mouth does. He will cry for an hour if you let him. I don't and that why he does it. I try the binky first, then talking to him or singing, then touching him. He will stay asleep but as soon as I walk off he starts to cry.

Something funny. The other day I was changing him before I fed him and he had a string on his sock, so I pulled it off and went on about my business. As I am feeding him I look down and I see his little toes sticking out of his sock. This cracked me up. Evidently the string was holding his sock together.

Kolton's toes.

They have been more interactive her lately as well. Sometimes they will stay up the 3 hours between feedings. They are starting to smile more often. Karter is a pro at holding his head up, Kolton is working on it more and more every day. They have begun to reach for things at times. Karter reached up and touched daddies face the other day, wish I would have had the camera handy. They are good babies and have not given us many problems. The only thing I wonder about it Karter grunting so much. At times he will grunt until his face turns red. He is not pooping or anything like that so I don't know. He doesn't seem to be in pain when he does this though.

Here are a few pictures we took of them in the laundry basket.


Kolton was a little unsure about it at first.

But after a some food and a clothes change he was happy again.
(ok I've tried 4 times to get the picture I want here to install and it won't I will have to try later as it is time to feed them.)

I'm so glad Karter's oxygen is off, it makes it so much easier to move around the house, I was getting stir crazy staying in one room all the time. And it you can see his cute little face now.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 11th, 2006 No Sleep

Well, our little guys have discovered that mommy and daddy have a life when they're asleep and they want to stay and participate in it. It's amazing, they can be sound asleep in your arms, the minute you lay them down, one or both of them will get going and try to coax you into picking them up (which we resist as much as we can...sometimes :> ).

Karter not sleeping.... Kolton not sleeping...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

October 8th, 2006 - Big Steps Forward!

Woohoo..It looks like Karter has outgrown is need for oxygen! Of all the attachments our preemies have to wear, they're all pretty bearable with the exception of the oxygen. It creates a giant sized hassle to take the babies anywhere (even to another room in the house). We've been taking his oxygen off about once a week just to see how he does and this time his oxygen has stayed saturated for almost 36 hours. We're still going to keep his oximeter on until we meet with the doctor on tuesday but all in all, this is a giant and long awaited step for him and us!.

This picture is the very first time that Karter has been outside just for the fun of it (not going somewhere to get poked and prodded):

Kolton has now amazed us! He was able to roll-over from his tummy to his back on his own! Three times no less! I'm posting video of his third attempt for everyone to see. Please excuse the poor quality, I had to grab the nearest camera and it was a digital still camera that wasn't really built for video.

Click here for the video!

Here's a cool pic I just happened to catch as they were falling asleep...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Resistance is Futile...

I refuse to stay awake...

I refuse to go to sleep...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

October 4th

I added some more pics to Flicker. Just click on the pictures flashing in the side bar to see them.

Monday, October 02, 2006

October 2, 2006

Things have been going pretty well. Both boys are doing good, growing daily. Jimmy and I are pretty tired due to the every three hour feeding schedule. They wake up on their own and are eating quite well.

Here's a few pictures of them.

Here they are on their pillow pals that Nannie and Papa got them. They are so soft.