So we are back at he hospital this morning. Yesterday, Josh went and picked up Elizabeth during the afternoon so that she could come and visit for the first time since Sunday. She was all about being a bigger helper. She helped holding them and was helping to change diapers. We are glad we decided to bring her up yesterday because when we got home a NICU nurse called and said because of the Swine flu going around all children under 18 are not allowed to visit the NICU and the CCN (Continuing Care Nursery) until further notice. We have not told her this, but it kind of stinks because this is her birthday weekend and we have lots of visitors coming to her birthday party and then coming to the hospital to see the twins for the first time. We know it is a saftey procaution, but it just bad timing.
Anyways, both girls are doing great. Yesterday we got a checklist of things that both girls need to do before they can come home. (We also understand that one of them may accompish these things before the other and they may not come home together. We'll see so far they have been doing the same things....must be a twin thing!)
Here are the Dicharge Goals:
-Maintain temperature in open cribs
-Steady weight gain
-All feedings by breast or bottle for 2 days in a row
-Hepatitis B vaccine
-Follow up with the Pediatrician
-Car seat test
These are things that we need to do:
-A class/session on Back to Sleep education
And then we get our official Parents of Twins license. (Just kidding.)
And then we go home! So it's not about them gaining a certain weight before they can go home. It's about accompishing and maintaining these goals.