Monday, July 14, 2008

Heading Toward 34 weeks

What is one of the most frustrating things for a mom with babes in the NICU? To get a COLD! That's right, the sniffles, the cough, the sinus congestion. Which means ... no baby holding.

Such was the evil that visited itself upon me last week. But I am finally healthy again, and so I held and bottle fed two babies today. They are doing well, both are gaining weight and improving at taking the bottle. But both still have spells of bradycardia and occasional apnea. We are entering our third week in the NICU, and likely have more to go. But we are pleased at their progress and eagerly awaiting their discharge. Unfortunately, it looks as though that may fall after Resident Boy needs to start work. So that means I may be making the transcontinental drive with some other family member instead.

Things have been busy with paying bills, organizing our stuff and shopping for a new car. And now that the babies are eating more, I really have to step up the pumping. Which sucks. I spend more time setting up and breaking down the pumping stuff than actually pumping. I can not wait to give them a try at breastfeeding, but I know that the pumping is still going to be happening for awhile, especially with the drive cross-county.

Oh, I need help (okay, lots of it but that is another story). I don't want to use the babies' real names, I don't want to use initials. They need nick-names, but I never came up with anything when they were in my belly -- and now I'm too tired to get really creative now that they are out. You know big brother is The Snake (for rhyming reasons), and Dad will need a new name now that he is no longer a resident. But I don't have much of a theme to work with. So I'm opening the forum for suggestions. Let me know what you think. I'll do my best to rack my brain too, but don't count on anything brilliant.

A bunch of little things happened on Friday (non-baby-related) that I want to blog about -- but they need my full attention and it is almost time to pump (again!). So look forward to topics like Pop-eye Transvestite and lipstick at the dinner table.


jakelliesmom said...

I can't imagine not being able to hold them. You have extraordinary courage, and I can't wait for you to all be together and settled.

bleu said...

What about like cricket or tadpole or ladybug or bunny and turtle??
Bliss, once born, became my bug, my ladybug because he would curls up when I held him and remind me of a lil ladybug, plus when one is on you it is good luck and he was always good luck and always on me (I wore him a lot)

Lori said...

Amy, each time I read a post of yours, I think, "My g*d, how does she do it?"

As for names...Yin and Yang (I heard it pronouced "yong" when I was in Japan, which makes it somewhat less snicker-y.

Sun and Moon? Apollo and Artemis?

Anonymous said...

I often call my kids:
THing 1 and Thing 2 (Cat in the Hat)
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

Adriane said...

Ugh, sorry about the cold. That just stinks. I'm so glad the babies are doing well. I had a NICU tour at my hospital over the weekend and I immediately thought of you and your little ones. I hope you are able to stay strong. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you.

Geohde said...

I'm hopeless with coming up with nicknames, but I'm glad to read that the babies are doing well,


Magpie said...

Lizard and Gecko? You know, to go with Snake.

Continued good growing to those babes. And do pump. It's awful, but it's a good thing to do.

Makingpeace said...

Oh geez, what a bummer to get a cold! I'm glad they're back in your arms. And congratulations! I could have sworn I posted when I read about their birth but I don't see it now. I'm so glad everything's going so well! Keep up the good work and yay babies!

Anonymous said...

Name them kids' names not babies' because time flies by and they grow up too fast. Hopefully you are well on your way to experiencing that first hand.

Don't you have a hands-free pumpin bra so you can blog and pump? Gotta multi-task!