Day 96 - One down, One to go

Day 96 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

AGE: 13 weeks, 5 days old (38 weeks, 4 days gestation)

Lochlan:          Weight is 6 lb 9.3 oz. (Birth weight: 1 lb 10.8 oz.)

Length is 18.3 inches (Birth length: 13 inches)
Lex:     Weight is 6 lb
15 oz. (Birth weight: 1 lb 10.8 oz.)

Length is 17.9 inches (Birth length: 13 inches)

 

Today, I have so much to say that I don’t know what to say other than life is good. Around lunchtime, we will be putting our first born son, Lochlan, in his car seat along with his oxygen and monitors and head home. I will let the Lochlan’s milestones tell the story that brings us to day 96, Lochlan’s discharge date.

 

On July 1, we met twin boys born at 24 weeks gestation (3.5 months early). They weighed 1 lb 10 oz each.

On day 2, we named them Lochlan (warrior) and Lex (guardian of man). Lochlan had his first of many blood transfusions.

On day 5, Lochlan his lowest weight of 1 lb 4 oz.

On day 6, I got to touch Lochlan for the first time.

On day 7, Kyle got to touch Lochlan for the first time.

On day 8, we found out Lochlan had a serious brain bleed (IVH) and an unclosed heart valve (PDA).

On day 9, Kyle changed Lochlan’s diaper for the first time.

On day 11, I got to hold Lochlan for the first time.

On day 12, Lochlan needed more help breathing and was moved from a conventional ventilator to an oscillator.

On day 17, we were told he had a 70% chance of needing cardiothoracic surgery (he didn’t end up needing it.)

On day 18, he had his first trophic feed with breast milk.

On day 20, Lochlan was breathing better and put back on the conventional ventilator.

On day 21, The neurosurgeon tapped his brain to relieve spinal fluid that was causing inflation in his ventricles. He also joined 2 lb club.

On day 28, Lochlan had his first surgery to put in a ventricular subgaleal shunt.

On day 33, we found out he had a urinary tract infection.

On day 25, we found out Lochlan had a second brain bleed.

On day 37, he joined the 3 lb club.

On day 39, Lochlan was extubated and put on NIV (less invasive) ventilator.

On day 41, I saw Lochlan smile for the first time.

On day 57, Loch had his second neurosurgery to put in a permanent shunt surgery. He also joined the 4 lb club.

On day 63, I got to put him in his first clothes and he moved to a big boy crib because he was able to regulate his own temp. He was also moved to the CPAP. He got to meet his brother for the first time in the twin room.

On day 73, he joined the 5 lb club and took his first bath.

On day 86, Lochlan was switched from the CPAP to the oxygen nasal cannula.

On day 87, he took his first bottle and joined the 6 lb club.

On day 89, I nursed Loch for the first time.

On day 93, He moved to on demand feeding and he touched his brother skin to-skin-for the first time.

On day 94, Lochlan passed his hearing test and his vision tests show low risk for permanent damage.

On day 96, Lochlan gets to go home.

 Lochlan on Day 1 in the NICU

Lochlan on Day 1 in the NICU

 Lochlan on discharge day, Day 94

Lochlan on discharge day, Day 94