We've had a great past couple of days with the girls. On Wednesday we tried bottles with both girls. This was Olivia's 3rd try and Sofia's first. We felt like Sofia would take to the bottle fairly quickly and we weren't disappointed. Both girls get close to 30ml per feeding (the amount is determined by their weight) and Wednesday Sofia drank half her bottle and Olivia drank a little less than half. Not too shabby given they're not even supposed to be able to drink from bottles yet. The suck/swallow/breathing reflex typically develops beginning at 34 weeks gestation - our girls would have been 34 weeks this coming Saturday. Our girls are rockstars
D was hilarious on Weds when he had to burp Olivia for the first time.....he was barely tapping her back. When our nurse was showing him how to burp her, he said "I just can't hit her that hard." He proceeds to "hit her that hard" and was apologizing with each tap - hahahaha.
We also gave the girls a bath on Weds night. Our nurse brought in heat lamps and we had a padded table with a little tub for the water - it was quite the set up and boy did those lamps work. I wasn't sure what to expect from the girls but they did very well. I don't know if it was exhaustion from the bottle feeding or if they truly enjoyed it......I'm sure we'll figure that one out in no time!! They were so cute and we got tons of pictures.
Finally for the weight gain........this evening Olivia weighed in at a hefty 3lb 12.2oz - getting close to a pound over her birthweight (2lb 12.6oz). Sofia was close behind at 3lb 8.Xoz (my notebook is downstairs). I can't believe it. Preemie clothes finally fit them!!!
Here are a few pics:
(1) Olivia in her first "dress"
(2) Sofia in her first "dress" - she likes to peek out of her right eye!
(3) Sofia taking her first bottle
(4) Daddy & Olivia
(5) - (7) - Sofia's bath
(8) - (11) - Olivia's bath