William - 3lbs 6.2oz
Aaron - 2lbs 15.6oz
Today didn't fall into any definition of bad, but it wasn't as good as the rest of the week has been. Stephen bottle fed William and Aaron this morning. Aaron did well for him, but William's airway closed after a big gulp of milk. Our nurse for the day tried to get him to start breathing again by pounding his back, but thankfully one of the other nurses knew to stop her as that can exacerbate the issue. This nurse said she would have been worried if he hadn't stopped breathing, as it's a natural defense mechanism in response to swallowing too much. He did start breathing again, of course, but the doctor ordered no more oral feeds for him for the day, to watch for aspritz. (No oral feeds means no food from bottle or breast. He does still get his tube feeds). This was unfortunate, as he was wide awake and wanted to feed from me as soon as I held him...and I couldn't let him do anything :( He was licking my skin, trying to move around to get to food...and all I could do was hold him and know that my baby wanted something that I could give him, but wasn't allowed. I think he would have done fine, and he needs the practice. Aaron had his own spell while receiving his tube feeding after Stephen had left, so no oral feeds for him either. He was sleepier while I was holding him, so it wasn't as hard for me with him.
On top of that, Aaron's freedom from the cannula was short lived. Because of his breathing ups and downs today, and the nurse of the day being especially cautious due to William's incident, she put him back on the cannula. I have a feeling that our primary nurse will have him back off of it within the next few days, as she has more confidence in his ability to breathe on his own. We'll see.
I'm aware that most of what I've reported for today may come across as negative, and it didn't leave me jumping for joy, but in the grand scheme of things it was just another day. They continue to get bigger and stronger, and these issues will resolve as they get a little older. It's hard to believe that they will be 7 weeks old tomorrow!