As our seasoned NICU expert Aunt Kelly so eloquently puts it, "Watching your kids in the NICU is kind of like watching paint dry." From visit to visit it doesn't always seem as if that much is changing with the quadruplets, but in fact, when we look back over the week they are making (premature) leaps and bounds.
Charlie and I usually schedule 2 visit per day, one in the morning/afternoon and one in the evening, a few hours each time to help change, feed and hold all of the babies. We are grateful that we live only about 10 minutes from the hospital, as some of the other parents we have met in the NICU have pretty hefty commutes of over an hour each way just to see their baby(ies).
This week the two biggest developments have been that all of the babies are breathing room air with no supplemental oxygen required, and Henry and Dillon both got their feeding tubes out. To put it another way, with all of the wires and tubes and apparatus that they started life out with on January 7, now just Claire and Charlie are left with a tiny feeding tube in their nose for when they aren't tolerating full feeds from the bottle.
Clockwise from top left: Charlie & Claire with feeding tubes still in, Dillon & Henry with feeding tubes out
If we had to bet, we think Henry will be the first to come home. He is the most consistent with his feeds and doesn't have any breathing events while eating. It's fascinating that the smallest baby is actually the most resilient and doing the best whereas the bigger two (Charlie and Claire) are kind of lagging on their eating.
In other news, Charlie's mom Ann returned to Texas after helping us for the past few weeks, so we have been tapping into our family and friends to watch Molly while we are the hospital. We've also had lots of visitors come for hold-a-baby hour.
We show Molly pictures of her siblings, but she really has no clue. She hasn't been able to meet the babies since kids under 12 aren't allowed in the NICU. Molly does however like being spoiled by all of her aunts and uncles and she is getting a lot of quality playtime with her cousins these days.