Who knew one week could make such a difference? I’ve been told twins tend to be a week behind in terms of gestational age, which means the girls are pretty much right on target.
This week has been pretty exciting, with some amazing changes. Raegan is now 7 pounds, 1 ounce and Ella is 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Raegan is catching up quickly, and the girls are back on the right growth chart.
Raegan took her NG tube out and as she was doing all bottles, they left it out. Ella still had hers until Monday morning, when she too pulled hers out (I sense a bit of rebelliousness in these girls already). They wanted to put the tube back in, but I pleaded for them to leave it out, knowing my girl could do it. They agreed, though were cautious and told me it would probably need to go back. It didn’t. This girl isn’t about to let them tell her what to do.
Raegan was supposed to have her carseat test yesterday, but a bunch of babies were leaving, so she didn’t get a chance. (The test is 90 uninterrupted minutes of them in the carseat, with their breathing and heart rates being monitored). I was told a good majority of babies don’t pass on the first try. Naturally, Raegan nailed it. Ella was going to have her test later in the week, but we figured what the hell and tossed her into it. Of course, proving the naysayers wrong, she did beautifully. With their tests passed, I got to turn their monitors off and unhook their leads.
To celebrate our girls, I took them for a walk in the stroller around the unit. Of course, Ella napped, while Raegan stayed alert and amazed at the new sensation. Our first walk together outside of the tummy!
I placed Ella on my left and Raegan on my right, and noticed that they turned toward each other, like they knew they were there! I’m curious to see if the girls could be mirror-image twins!
The plan is to be discharged Friday after rounds, which is massively exciting and terrifying at the same time!
Bring on the chaos, ladies!