Wesley is just cruising along. He already scoots around in his incubator to the point where he either has to be swaddled better or placed at the bottom of the bed. The doctors are going to add a few calories to his feedings because he has not been gaining as much weight as they would like him to. I suggested that it is likely because he has been burning so many calories working out his neck and back muscles. I thought that was a somewhat funny comment because he was arching his back to the point were he almost rolled over when I said it...but there was only crickets. These people need a sense of humor.
As of tonight, Maxwell weighs 4 pounds 14 ounces and is 17 inches long. His weight is certainly overstated because of his Edema, but we are very proud of him none-the-less. Wesley tipped the scales at 4 pounds 4 ounces and is 16 and 3/4 inches long. Those are starting to sound like actual baby measurements. They are both getting a vitamin supplement in their feedings that is designed to help them start making their own blood. They have both received numerous blood transfusions over the last number of weeks because their bodies do not make new blood as fast as fast it is drawn out of their bodies for the 1,000s of tests that are run each day. But now that they are "big boys," they want to get their bodies producing blood on their own, so that is what the multi-vitamin helps with. What it does not help with is the odor of their gas and BMs. I had my first genuine gag reflex while chanigng Max's diaper tonight...and it was not cool at all. All of the nurses in the nursery could smell it, which is impressive on one hand...but a little scary on the other hand. My siblings have all told me that the diaper changing doesn't get too bad until they start eating pureed peas and squash...they lied to me.
I want to say a big "thank-you" to everyone who has taken the time to post comments on this blog. It continues to be a huge source of encouragement and Godly advice. Some days it feels like we are going through this alone, but the posts from family and friends remind us that we are not...and that is an amazing feeling. So thank-you. Your words have meant so much to Kate and I since even before the boys were born, and we plan to one day print all of these posts off, including the comments, so that we can share with our boys how many people cared about their well-being and prayed for their health. What an amazing testimony you have all been. Jesus has used you to speak to Kate and I...to re-energize and revitalize our spirits and our will to face another day. Thank-you.