Tuesday, June 1, 2010

8 Weeks Old

Here's my big boy at 8 weeks old. He was on nasal cannula for one day, but he was trying too hard to breathe. They put him back on CPAP so he wouldn't have to work so hard. Hopefully, he will be ready for nasal cannula soon. This picture is so cute. He looks like he is just fed up with all of this already.

This is a picture of Cade at about 1 month old.

This picture was taken just after birth. He was so tiny. Compare this picture with the pictures below to see how much difference 2 lbs makes. He was 1 lb. 8 oz. in this picture. His skin was completely transparent.

Here's Cade's tiny foot with Jimmy's wedding ring at about 1 month old.

Here's his little chubby toes at 2 months old.

This is a picture of Cade on his tummy. He actually has some fat now. We are so excited! He finally fits into a regular preemie sized diaper, but we still have to fold it over. He has a ton of blond wavy hair. It is so cute.
Look how much he has grown since birth. He now has chubby cheeks and has a little fat on his body. 2 lbs. makes a ton of difference. He is 3 lbs 7 oz. in this picture.

This is a picture of Camdyn taken at a few weeks old. You can see her ribs. It has taken her a lot longer to gain weight, but you can no longer see her ribs.

This is Camdyn at birth. This is what a 1 lb. 2 oz. baby looks like. She had absolutely no fat on her. Her skin was also completely transparent. She does have long beautiful fingers. Compare this with the pictures below. She is 1 lb. 7 ozs. bigger in the picture below; notice how much difference that makes.

Here's my sweet pea sleeping. She weighs 2 lbs. 9 oz. in this picture. I love her adorable little hat. I had to order it online on a special micro-preemie website. It is a size 0-2 months/3-5 lbs. You can see that it is a little big. Cade has one in blue, but he can't wear it yet with the CPAP mask on.

Here's another picture of Camdyn. She is just so sweet. She has been on nasal cannula since Wed. They tried her on it, and she did remarkably well. I think she was happy to be off of CPAP. The nasal cannula pushes her nose up a little, but it still looks more comfortable than CPAP. We were so excited when they put her on nasal cannula and when Cade was on nasal cannula because we could actually see their faces for the first time. We hadn't really ever seen their faces without tubes and masks.

Here Daddy is holding Camdyn. Even though she has gained weight, she still looks so tiny, especially next to Daddy. I love how her little feet are curled up against him.

Here Daddy is holding Camdyn. They really don't have anything that fits her in the NICU. They pulled out the tiniest shirt they have, and you can see that it swallows her.

Today, Camdyn weighs 2 lbs. 10 oz, and Cade weighs 3 lbs. 9 oz. He started out weighing only 6 oz. more than Camdyn; now he weighs nearly 1 lb. more. We are hoping that Camdyn begins to gain weight a little more quickly. However, she is doing better on oxygen and is on nasal cannula instead of CPAP. So, she doesn't realize that she is little. We are hoping that Cade will be able to get off CPAP soon.
We thank you God that the babies are doing as well as they are. We are thankful that they have both been gaining weight, and we are thankful that their first eye exam showed normal so far. We pray for Camdyn to gain weight a little more quickly. We pray for Cade to get strong enough to go to nasal cannula soon. We ask that their eye exams continue to be normal. We also pray for the new 24 week twins who were admitted into the NICU this week. And, we pray for their parents as they struggle through these first few weeks. In your name we pray, Amen.
P.S. Feel free to leave comments. I love reading them. By the way, I did not delete the comment on the last post. Whoever wrote it, deleted it. It looks like I deleted it. Just thought I would let you all know that.


Jenn said...

I am so happy to see your little angels growing and getting stronger...
We pray for you every night. God bless.

lhsm said...

Dear Michelle and Jimmy,
Camdyn and Cade are so beautiful. I've looked at these pictures several times already and can't stop the tears of joy when I see how beautiful they are and think of the miracle of their progress. Seeing you and your tiny miracles must offer so much hope to other new parents for their tiny miracles. Amen to your prayers, Michelle. We continue to pray for your family. We look forward to the day we finally get to meet the babies in person and see your family all together when our family gets together. What a celebration that will be!
Aunt Joyce