I went back to my room and that's when our closest family and friends started to arrive to meet the new additions to the family. Everyone got to hold Nolan since he was up-and-at-em in the room! I still hadn't even changed his diaper at this point because my husband, the rockstar, had taken care of everything! He was so attentive to both the boys and me.
Grandmom & Nolan
Uncle Rick & Aunt Brenda holding Nolan
After visiting hours were over, Justin & I dropped Nolan off at the nursery and went to the NICU to say goodnight to Luke. I was holding him for all of 10 minutes when the amazing NICU nurses surprised me and brought me Nolan as well!! It was my first time holding both of them at the same time -- what a great feeling. I could not have been happier! It was hard, but eventually I had to say goodnight because by this point, I hadn't slept in like 40 hours!
Their very first picture together!
I actually got some sleep that night so when I woke up the following morning, I took a shower and changed into normal clothes. My c/s incision was still sore, so it was very slow-going for me, but it felt good to feel "normal" again. I didn't want to wear that hospital gown anymore! We got Nolan from the nursery nice and early and spent the morning with him. Around noon, Justin, Nolan & I went to the NICU to see Luke. He had been taken off the feeding tube and his iv was removed. He was also regulating his own body temperature, so he wasn't under any lights!
A very tired Mommy & Luke
We spent some time in there, then went back to our room to wait for more family and friends to arrive!
Pop Pop & Nolan
At 10 p.m., we dropped Nolan off at the nursery and went in for Luke's feeding, diaper change and temp check. He drank almost 2 oz that night and was doing sooo well. I felt really good when I went to sleep that night.
The following morning, I woke up, took a shower and was waiting for Justin to arrive when I called the NICU. Luke had regressed a little over night and wasn't maintaining his temp and wouldn't take more than 5ml in his bottle. Basically, the NICU nurses said that he's a preemie twin and his body was working so hard the day before, that it just got tired, so they would basically do the work for him. They put him back under the heating lights and inserted another feeding tube so that he wouldn't have to use all of his energy trying to do these things for himself. His x-ray showed that he does have immature lungs, so we're now going to wait a few days to see how he progresses. Of course I was upset. Nobody wants to hear that their little child is struggling, but I the nurses that are caring for him are amazing and I feel so good that he's in their care.So, today's the day I go home. I will be bringing Nolan with me, but Luke will be spending some more time here at the hospital. It breaks my heart to leave him, but I'm only a 1/2 hour away. I can come and visit him any time. I can call in the middle of the night to check on him. I am SO looking forward to the day when I get the news that he's been cleared and is ready to come home. It may be a little while longer, but it'll all be worth it in the end.