As I sit here at 3:00 in the morning on Christmas Eve, I cannot believe what a Christmas miracle we have been given. At times it still doesn't feel quite real until I look at the girls in their incubators (not sure if that is the correct term for them) - then reality hits very quickly. Since they have been born the girls have done pretty well for their gestational age. One of the nurse practitioners told us that they don't realize that they are as premature as they really are. So far I have been able to go and see them three times. I hope to be able to spend lengthier amounts of time with them tomorrow and just sit and talk with them instead of just dropping by for quick updates. Each time we go it seems as if days have gone by because we are filled in on so much that has happened since the last time we visited.
My room was a revolving door yesterday with so many different doctors and hospital personnel yesterday! One particular highlight was that my parents brought Aubrey up to visit (she cannot see the girls because she is too young). She walked in with an "I'm the Big Sister" shirt on and it was precious! We are practicing saying Reagan and Cameron's names so she will be ready when the girls come home! I have to admit that I am glad to be going home to be with Aubrey but am not looking forward to being so far away from the babies. But God has worked things out so beautifully for us so far, so I have to believe that He will do no less for what lies ahead.
As far as particular medical updates on the girls, it all seems like a blur - partly because there is so much that we hear about and partly because I am still so exhausted. Tuesday the girls were having some trouble regulating their blood pressure and as of our last visit, they are doing much better. All blood pressure readings are within normal range and their medication levels are very low (if they are even on any medication for that right now). As far as their breathing, both girls were on a breathing tube yesterday but were doing so well that they wanted to try them on the CPAP machine. Last night when we visited, they had placed Reagan on the machine and she was not doing as well as the staff was hoping for, so they were thinking they may place the breathing tube back in. Cameron has probably been placed on the CPAP tonight but if not, they will probably try her on it today. Currently Cameron's blood levels do not indicate that she is jaundiced but the staff suspects that this will change so they have all the things needed to set up the billi light (not sure if I spelled that right). Cameron's nurse said that her lungs sound 100% better at last check than they did when she first arrived - praise the Lord! Reagan's nurse did not mention jaundice so we will check on that tomorrow. The girls are not in the same room in the NICU together - but their rooms are directly across from one another - which we are very fortunate to have...especially for a woman recooperating from a c-section and trying to walk between the babies.
I just wanted to say thanks again to everyone for all your prayers and sweet gestures during this time for our family. Once again God has truly used all of you to teach Seth and I a lesson in what having a servant's heart means. Words cannot even begin to express how humbled we have been and how thankful we are to have such wonderful people in our lives! Please continue to keep us in your prayers and we will continue to try to keep you posted as we can! Merry Christmas!