Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

May 12, 2008

(Pictured above: 1. Daddy feeding Aidan for the very first time 2. Aidan is just exhausted from eating, breathing and keeping his body temperature all at one time 3. Aidan and Brooklyn taking a little nap 4. Cal just chillin'

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms! I am so excited to FINALLY be a part of this club. Thank you so much to all of you that thought of me yesterday. I received about 20 text messages before noon to wish me a happy day. I also got several mother's day cards in the mail. THANK YOU (it meant so much to me)! The babies also knew how excited I was to be a mom...they asked their dad to get me a beautiful ring with three diamonds in it (their birthstones, of course). I know I have said it before, but my husband is AMAZING! Grandma and Grandpa Dood also got me a beautiful bracelet with the kids' names (I have always wanted one) and the Weller family gave me some really neat scrapbooks made out of the kids' names. I just LOVE seeing their names on anything.

We spent mother's day at the hospital. When we got their the babies' incubators were decorated with paper flowers (from nurse Brenda), a picture of Aidan and Brooklyn in Cal's isolette that read "Keep up the good work. We love you" (from nurse Michelle), a card and chocolate from the NICU for mother's day and a security blanket and stuffed animal for each babe.

Aidan and Brooklyn had their top popped on Saturday because Brooklyn was a little bit warm. The top of their isolette has been up ever since and they are doing a pretty good job of keeping their body temperature. I was excited about this progress, but also a bit leery. With the top open I fear that they won't get as much sleep (needed to grow) because of the noise. I am also worried about more germs and it is easier for people to reach in and touch them (which I want to avoid). I know I probably sound like a nutcase, (and I probably am) but I am just so protective of these little ones. Paul and I have been the only ones to touch/hold them other than the nurses and I am not quite ready to have other people so close to them. However, we did have Grandma and Nana hold Brooklyn this weekend as part of their Mother's Day present. They were both so excited about it!

Calahan gave me a wonderful mother's day present; the settings on his CPAP were lowered and he was doing pretty well with them. He is now on a pressure of 4 (sometimes 5) with his oxygen set somewhere between 23 and 28. This is a big step in the right direction to trying the nasal cannula. I am dreaming of that day because Cal's poor nose and eyes have had enough of that CPAP. He is getting a lot of bloody noses and he pulls at it all of the time. I also just want to be able to see his beautiful face. Please pray for him to be on the nasal cannula soon.

Yesterday Paul fed Aidan his bottle for the first time. He did so well and it was neat to watch the two of them together. Paul held Aidan for more than four hours. They bonded and Aidan was so comfortable with Daddy. I held Brooklyn and Calahan. They are all so amazing! We are incredibly lucky to be the parents of these beautiful babies!!

Have a great week!


Danielle & Kevin said...

Hi Guys! Ohhh how I love hearing good news from the Dood family!! You guys are all AMAZING!!! The kids are doing so great! And great news about Cal!! What a fighter he is!! He reminds me of my Benny! Such a tough guy!! Thanks for the frequent updates. I love them!!!
XOXO The Kovachevich Family

Dan said...

Dear Doods 5,

We are thinking of you and praying for you all often. Addy misses her pals in the NICU, but can't wait for you to get to take your family home, and looking forward to a play date!

Now that we have found your blog, we look forward to continuing to watch your progress. Keep up the great work. God bless you all!

Dan, Kathy, Eli, Ava, and Adelyn