We have had a few really good days in the NICU. Yesterday, Evan was weaned from his high frequency ventilator to a conventional ventilator. He tolerated it really well. Later in the day, they were able to turn off the nitric oxide. Then, finally, around midnight of last night, Evan was extubated from his ventilator and placed on nasal CPAP just like his older brother. He seems to be tolerating it very well. He now has to wear the stocking cap just like Aiden. Aiden is also doing well. David is having quality Kangaroo Care right now with Aiden breathing 21% oxygen (room air). Umm… he just saw me type that and had to get bumped up to 24%.
Both of the boys are tolerating their breast milk and are off of their IV nutritional support. That means that both boys were able to have their PICC lines removed. The breast milk is being fortified to 28 calories per ounce now with the Prolacta. Both of the boys are getting a whopping total of 5 ounces per day. Although it is a small amount, it meets their calorie needs. Aiden is up to 2 pounds 3 ounces and Evan is up to 2 pounds 5 ounces. We are very pleased with the progress that both boys are making. Hopefully, we are past the major hurdles. They still have a long way to go and need lots of prayers!