February 27th, 2017: NICU Day 11

Dear Phoebe and Xander,

Today is your 11th day in the NICU and the 11th day we’re blessed to be your fathers!

IMG_4725Xander – Today was a big day for you! You are taking upwards of 20-30% of your feeds from your bottle, and the Occupational Therapist (Kristien) is thrilled with your progress! You also came off caffeine today as you’ve had no Bradycardia episodes. In addition, you passed your hearing test! Yeah, buddy!!! Oh, and you finally peed on Daddy…his official Xander baptism…

IMG_4738Phoebe – You are taking about 5-10% of feeds from your bottle, but you are not always queueing for a bottle, so a lot of your feeds are still handled through your gastric lavage (aka gavage)…we are hopeful that you will get upgraded to a big girl crib in the next few days! And we believe you will be taken off caffeine as early as tomorrow!

All of the nurses here are smitten with you both…Even when they aren’t your nurses, they still stop by to see how you’re doing and check in on your progress! Daddy and Abba dropped off your Aunt Ilyssa at the airport this afternoon, and we cannot be more thankful for her visit!

Tomorrow we will be learning the I Love You massage thanks to our OT Kristin. In other words: the massage to help you poop! Yay poop!

Oh yeah, even more exciting news – we went to the office of vital records in Fort Worth today and picked up your birth certificates!!! It’s official in writing that we’re your named parents on your birth certificates… after all the work that brought you here it means more than life to be recognized as your legal parents.IMG_4746

Abba and Daddy couldn’t be more proud of you both! In addition, Aunt Ashly bought you both super hero onesies because she is so proud of you both and how well you are doing!! We are so happy with your progress each and everyday, and think you are so strong and brave even in these early days!

All our Love,

Abba and Daddy

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