The Boys - 33 Weeks Gestation - 9 Days Old

Today the boys would have been 33 weeks gestation if they were still on the inside. I'm keeping track of this info (and I know the doctor's are too) as they say at what would have been 34 weeks gestation, the boys should have a good enough suck to be able to bottle feed or nurse. So one more week to go! I'm wondering if they might let Tommy try early though, as he loves his pacifier when he has his feedings through the tube. Liam is really not interested in his paci at all yet. I haven't noticed too much of a rooting reflex of either yet. Hopefully that will come in the next week.

They got weighed last night, so I'm curious to see where they are at now. I think Tommy should be back to above his birth weight. He was just 1 oz shy of his birth weight 2 nights ago and he's been on full feeds for his weight for a few days now. He's getting 36mL of breast milk through his tube feedings every 3 hours. Liam was put back on feeds the day before yesterday and he's now up to 10 mL of breast milk. Liam still has an IV in his arm until he gets up to full feeds for his weight, but Tommy has been off IV fluids for a few days now.

Yesterday was a real turning point for me attitude-wise. I don't know if it was the hormones starting not to mess with me anymore or what, but I'm feeling much more positive now. I know that the boys will come home soon enough, even if we don't know exactly when. I know they are both doing well and it's just a matter of time. The past two days I've also had energy in the afternoon instead of wanting to go pass out in a nap. And I'm getting organized again! I have a 3 section notepad that I'm taking everywhere to help me remember stuff. The first section is my To Do List, the second is for writing down the boys weights and other daily items I want to track on them, and the last section is for random notes. Today my plan is to do some menu planning for this week, as I want to be home for dinner every day and this week is Phoebe's last full week of school. Next week she has just 3 days and then she's done. But I know menu planning helps keep us from ordering too much take away, reduce stress of what to eat and makes sure we stay eating healthy! Which is important for the breastfeeding mom!

Comments

Heather said…
My notepad saved me from going crazy those first few months. I put down every feeding, what breast, how long, diaper changes, meds given...saved me from having to try to remember more things.

Glad they are doing so well!!
On My Mind 24/7 said…
Glad the boys are doing well. Its great to write things down, I know just being pregnant has turned my brain to mush. If I don't make lists, I never remember anything!
Shal said…
Glad the boys are doing well! Hubby is the list maker in our family, but after 12 years it's rubbing off on me... gotta get my list together before baby #2 arrives...
Amy B said…
I am happy the boys are doing well. I know that this can be a scary time, my oldest was born 6 weeks early at 3 lbs. 13 oz. but was only in the NICU for 10 days, I don't know if I could have handled longer. My thoughts are with you.
serenity said…
Wow, I am just catching up. I'm so glad the boys are doing well.
Tracy said…
I'm so glad you're in a more positive place. It will be just a matter of time.
Anonymous said…
Congrats!!!! from a long-time lurker.
strongblonde said…
congrats on the boys! thanks for the comment on my blog. it's nice to see that someone else had twins, delivered early, and is managing to cope. that part stresses me out a little :)

looking forward to following the rest of the journey.
cat said…
Oh my gosh, I missed the birth! Congratulations girl and best of luck with the NICU run. Many of us twin mommies have been through this (we were lucky not to), and I believe you will get the strength to do it. Love and light to you girl - and they are just adorable.
Jill said…
Sorry I missed the birth announcement! Congrats on your boys arrival into the world!! Glad to hear they are doing well. Hang in there!
Spanglish said…
I'm late... as usual.

Your daughter looks so proud in the photo you posted in an earlier post. The boys are adorable.

May you continue to feel better!
Lynda said…
Congrats!! I can't believe that your boys are there and that you are a Mum of THREE!! Thanks for the comment on my own blog - I know where you are coming from and agree (but no-one likes being in the stagnant phase for too long, do they?) You're an inspiration Heather.
yael said…
I love to-do lists! I don't know what I would do without them.

Congrats on the twins. That their lives are a little more hard-fought than the average person will make them that much more special.
Martha said…
I am so glad the boys are doing well! Yeah for Phoebe to start her summer break. Yipee for organized Moms and a healthy diet. You are the most important thing in your childrens' lives. Take good care, Big ((Hugs))
Carol said…
Hey Heather - you are already on my list for the new blogroll!

And congrats on your twins - it sounds like you are managing with the NICU challenges very well! Are you on twinstuff? The breastfeeding forum on there was a total lifesaver for me.