Care Conference

March 19, 2009

Jeff and I met with the boys’ neonatologist (Dr. Quissle) this afternoon for our first Care Conference.  Once babies have been in the NICU for around a month, the doctors like to meet with the parents, the child(ren)’s primary nurse, and the postpartum social worker to discuss what has been going on, and what it will take to get the little ones home.  We had individual talks about Max first, and then Wes, and we got a lot of information about what it’s going to take to get our boys home where they belong.

A lot of people have the misconception that premature babies are allowed to come home when they hit a certain weight, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, their weights don’t really hold much importance right now, other than the doctors (and we) need to know that they are getting the calories and nutrients they need to grow big and strong.  Our boys will need to be able to do three things in order to be able to leave the NICU – suck, swallow, and breathe – on their own.  Sounds fairly easy, but considering that they aren’t supposed to have the tools and knowledge to do these three things for another 5 1/2 weeks, it could be a challenge.  Side note:  I gave Max a bottle for the first time today, and he drank 35 out of the 37 cc’s in the bottle with little to no trouble – HUGE accomplishment!!  Once they master being able to suck, swallow, and breathe on their own, the doctors will re-evaluate other factors (such as needing to be on oxygen, etc) before they okay them to go home. 

Dr. Q told us that we should have at least one of our boys home around April 6th!!!  It will be heartbreaking to only have one of our boys home (while still having to drive back and forth to the hopistal), but we’ll take just about anything right now, you know?  The end finally feels near – the end we’ve waited so long for, and have been so very patient for these last few weeks and months.  Hallelujah!

We talked about a whole slew of other things, but nothing most of you will be interested in – so I will give you something I know you will enjoy – a few pictures of our son taking his first bottle…

Max and his first bottle - 31 days old

Max and his first bottle - 31 days old

A close-up of our little cutie and his first bottle

A close-up of our little cutie and his first bottle

And here’s a photo of Wes with his daddy just for good measure…

Wes staring into his daddy's eyes

Wes staring into his daddy's eyes

Tonight it will be Weston’s turn to try out the bottle, so stay tuned for more pictures…



9 Responses to “Care Conference”

  1. Molly said

    Go Max!!! I love that his hat is like 5x the size of his little noggin 🙂

  2. Heather said

    Those boys get cuter and cuter each and every day. It’s going to be such a great day when you can bring each of your sons home! 🙂

  3. militarywifealways said

    Totally awesome news and way to go Max 4lbs before long you will join the chuncky monkey crew :0)

  4. lauraandlee said

    OMG, what amazing news about them, and WTG on the bottle! I’ve heard that’s one of the hardest parts, so I am SO happy to hear that it went well. Big hugs to all of you.

  5. ischwab said

    Woo hoo!!

  6. Cathy said

    Yay for getting ever closer to having your boys home with you where they belong! GO Max Wes!

  7. Porche said

    Go BoGo! Go! I’m so excited that you’re getting closer to that pic with the boys and Rexie. 🙂

  8. Katey said

    That is such great news that Max did so well with the bottle and even better news that the boys are doing so well that they might get to come home soon!

  9. Kiane said

    Yay for both of them taking the bottle so well!! They are so darn cute – I just love their little faces 🙂 I’m so glad you are getting closer to having both of them home with you! What a great day that will be!

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