The babies are both doing really well. Oliver is still sorta sleeping through the night. He's not eating for 11 - 12 hours but does require a few pacifier "fixes" through the night...we'll take it! Vivian's feedings are coming along. This week she's taking all of her bottles during the day and we are not supplementing anything through the tube until after she goes to bed. Monday we went to Riley to see the Speech Therapist I've been working with over the phone, Sara (my saving grace). Sara and I talk about every 3 or 4 days (sometimes daily) to tweak Vivian's feedings and feeding plan. We have been pushing her to take more volume in an effort to get rid of her NG tube. She's up to about 10 or 11 ounces during the day time hours (7am - 8pm) and we need her to take more like 15 or so ounces in 24 hours before we can be rid or the tube. Most people probably don't calculate how many ounces their babies eat, as long as they are growing and are satisfied you might never think of it. We hope to get there one day too! Oliver takes about 22 to 26 ounces per day, as you will see below in the pictures he doesn't miss a meal! Sara taught me how to start "dropper" feeding Vivian as well. The babies are almost 4 months old and it's time to start tasting some "baby food". Right now we are trying oatmeal (I'm pretty sure more comes out then actually stays in :)). We hope this will help strengthen her feeding skills. Pictures of that to come! I'll be touching base with Sara tomorrow to adjust the plan and push Vivian even more, things are ever changing! For now enjoy the pictures below of our beautiful babies!
The best group shot we could get.
Taken moments after her smiles....Oliver looks confused.
Taken approximately 2.2 seconds after Vivian's melt down stopped (I, of course, get a little chuckle out of their mad faces caught on camera!).
Vivian's tapping toes don't quite reach the ground yet.
Mommy and her babies!
Aren't Vivian's socks so cute!
Oliver's socks are adorable too!
Such a BIG boy!
Vivian watching Sunday football with Daddy...