Finally, we have some good news on Cade. He has reached his 2 lb goal. Last night he weighed 2 lbs. 1 oz! We were so excited about his weight gain. He looks so much bigger. Cade has also been moved to a conventional ventilator instead of the oscillating ventilator. This ventilator allows him to take breaths on his own while supporting those breaths and also gives him some breaths. Babies take anywhere between 45-60 breaths on average per minute. Of those breaths, the ventilator gives him 15 breaths right now, so he is breathing the rest on his own. So, he is moving in the right direction. When he needs less support, he will be moved to CPAP.
Camdyn, on the other hand, had a rough time last night. They really have been taking turns stressing us out and keeping us up at night worrying. She did get fatigued on CPAP and had to be moved back to the oscillating ventilator. The problem was that she was fluctuating drastically on her oxygen needs from 21-100% all night long. They finally found settings that she liked, so she has been stable all day. She is back down to 30-40%. The problem is that she doesn't really like the oscillator so she gets agitated, but she needs it still because she is too tiny to stay on the CPAP. So, once she puts on some weight, I think she will do much better on CPAP.
Tonight we should be able to sleep better because both babies seem to be doing well on their ventilators and oxygen needs. I am praying for a good night for both of them, continued growth, and stronger lungs.
Tomorrow is their 4 week birthday!