I didn't think we would have anything major to celebrate now that the separation surgery was over, but man oh man, I could not have been more wrong!
Since separation surgery, we have been waiting for the twins' intestinal systems to wake up and begin the peristaltic waves that would initiate the movement of bile and eventually nutrition (as well as air bubbles) through their bowels. Emmett started pooping about a week ago, and that was great news! We were very excited about this. Since then, we have been waiting and watching for Owen to poop. And it finally happened! Owen pooped, and I did a poop dance, and from what I hear, our pediatric surgeon and nurse might have, too!! It was at least noted that a poop dance should be DONE.
So, HOORAY FOR POOP!!
In case you are wondering how to even do a poop dance, I will try to explain. Naturally, you have to start with a little bit of a bum wiggle, once that is going well, add in some arm waving, and a spin,along with quite a bit of vigor, and bingo...you've got the momma-can't-dance-but-she's-going-to-anyway version of a poop dance! It's actually very simple.
Which gives me a nice segue into the next topic - cloth diapers. I have been researching cloth diapers for awhile, and I will tell you, it is absolutely overwhelming! When we initially found out we were having twins, we went to a quaint store called the Green Bambino in Oklahoma City. The worker their was very kind and took the time to explain the different categories of cloth diapers to us (prefolds, fitteds, all-in-twos, all-in-ones, etc...). She even demonstrated how each type worked. At the time, I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed with the reality of having twins, and after perusing the ginormous selection and types of cloth, I felt an overwhelming need to cry!. After we found out the twins were conjoined, cloth diapers took a back seat. But now, I have finally begun the cloth diaper research again. So far, I like the concept of Sprout Change by Willow because of the adjustable elastic bands in the waist and around the legs. So, If there is anyone who can offer some 'golden nubbets' I would gladly hear you out.
All dancing aside, Emmett has been weaned off one of the heavy narcotics, and Owen is not far behind.
Emmett has also begun breast milk feedings, which is another huge hooray! Owen's stomach is still being a bit uncooperative in that there is still a lot of bile that has to be drained.
The wounds on their little bellies continue to heal, though it is a SLOW process! In addition to all of this good news, the boys are awake and alert more often now, and it is usually one at a time, but sometimes they are awake at the same time. Needless to say, I am getting in a lot of tread time between their beds.
And of all the newest updates, I saved one more for the end of the updates section:
I got to hold Emmett for the first time!!
I liked it a lot more than he did, but I will teach him to like it.
I am hoping that the next time I am able to post it will be because both boys have been extubated. We shall see. Emmett has it in his mind that it is time to be extubated - he extubated himself and had to be reintubated! He gets his little arms swinging, and he caught his arm between the bed and his breathing tubes. He managed to push the tube right out of his nose! The nurses and neonatologist were able to get him reintubated quickly, though.
God continues to keep these two little babies in his healing hands. I am thankful to Him beyond anything that I can express. If I have not been clear up to this point, let me make myself clear: it is by God's mercy and grace that my babies are alive today. He has guided Dave and my steps through this process, from before we even knew it was a process! This is too big, and their are too many components for it to have been mere coincidence. And that, my dear friends, is a fact.
Three good things:
1. Holding Emmett
2. Ethan joined Cub Scouts and loves it! So, if anyone is interested in popcorn, I happen to know a little guy that would be happy sell you some!
Along that same line, Dave signed up to be the den leader, and he is just as excited about it as Ethan! Dave will be a fantastic den leader, and I have a feeling they are going to have a lot of fun!
3. Liam has survived his first 16 months with only 2 chipped teeth! If you knew him, you would be celebrating with us!!