Tuesday, May 08, 2007

we've moved in!

Some of you might have noticed a lack of posting lately...that's because we moved into the hospital. The nurses have been hinting that they've been trying to hook us up and put us in the best room. They finally came through for us.

Our new room is back across the hall attached to the main NICU. There are several rooms set aside for parents with twins or mothers trying to nurse. Since we are both, we get the best room. It's the largest and the only one that has an outside entrance (we don't have to check in and go all the way through the NICU to get to it).

Another random cute picture of Alyssa...or maybe Katy...I'm actually not sure.

The room is actually two rooms, one that is a normal patient room all to our self with a sliding glass door and curtain that leads out to the NICU and the other room is our bedroom. It has a tv, double bed, and a fridge...basically a hotel room.

Here's a quick video tour I took with the digital camera. It starts as I am walking out of the big level 2 NICU room and into the private room area.

Since Saturday, Lisa has been staying overnight so she can be there for as many feedings as possible. The girls will come home as soon as they can take all 8 of their feedings orally. Right now, they are taking 3 or 4 full feedings by bottle and getting a little from Lisa. We talked to the doctor tonight and I asked her what her thoughts were on when we would be discharged. She estimated 5 to 10 days. It is a possibility but we hope they will be discharged at the same time. Otherwise, we'll have one baby at home to take care of and one of us will still have to be at the hospital to take care of the other. We really hope it doesn't come to that.

So our life now is Lisa is in our room for about 21 hours a day, only getting out for a couple hours to see the sun. I'm still traveling back and forth so I can take care of the dog and continue getting the house ready for the girls to come home. I've also been cooking dinner at home and taking it up to the hospital so Lisa isn't eating cafeteria food EVERY meal. Lisa's mom arrives on Sunday (Mother's Day) which will be really nice to get some help, whether their home yet or not, just to have some help.

Sunday was bath night number 2. It is quite the production. This time we decided to do one at a time. It worked out pretty good and freed up some hands to take pictures and more video. We also did some video with the digital camera so I could share it on the blog. Problem is I can't figure it out. I've tried both google video and youtube and it will not let me post the video on the blog like I've done before. Never mind...figured it out.

Lisa bathed Alyssa and I had Ms. Kaitlyn.

We have a white board that will eventually be used to set goals for the girls and be an easy way to monitor their progress but for now, Lisa decided to decorate. She may be bored.

Here's Lisa with Alyssa.


Amy said...

That's so cool that you get your own room! I'm sure it makes it easier (at least for Lisa). Kudos to you Andy for cooking and bringing meals to Lisa...I think you're a keeper! :)


P.S. I couldn't view the videos... :(

Amy said...

Oh, and by the way, Happy 1 Month and 3 Days Birthday Alyssa and Katy!!!!! :)


Kara said...

What a wonderful hospital.....to have a room connected to your precious girls. I would have loved that!!!

Carla said...

Congratulations Lisa and Andy! That is wonderful that you can stay at the hospital. I love reading all the news on your Blog! Alyssa and Kaitlyn are absolutely beautiful! It is so good to hear they are doing so well and will be home soon! Happy 1st Mother's Day Lisa!

Could I bring you a Moose's Tooth pizza to the hospital for dinner one night? Please just email or call me and let me know when. . .I'll love to deliver it! : )

Nunaka Valley

Mom &/or Dad said...

Thank you...thank you...thank you for the videos. Dare I say that it adds a new dimension to your already outstanding updates? I love my grand daughters, and I love their parents. You guys are super heroes for many reasons. The reason that comes to mind right now is your marvelous skill, dedication, and willingness in sharing your experiences day by day with all of us that can't be there with you.

Kiss them, hold them, and tell them their Pawpaw is watching them.


Anonymous said...

Great videos and what a fantastic venue for sharing with us so far away.