John David...wide awake after he nursed for 20 min. During which, he burped 4 times, choked from gulping twice, and took almost an ounce of milk (which is a lot for a 3 pound baby). I think he is going to be quite the character! John David has been wearing the blue bonnet so we know which baby he is.
James Daniel...fell asleep while I was trying to nurse him. So sweet and peacful. Definitely going to be my snuggle bunny! He has been wearing the "green" hat so we can tell which baby he is.
It is becoming apparent that these two miracle babies have two different personalities. We have made the comment before, but tonight, Dr. Strange confirmed that one baby seems to be competitive and strong willed and the other one seems content and easy going. James has a very laid back disposition about himself. He doesn't become overly excited about much. He takes his time eating (whether it be nursing or bottle feed). He doesn't even become extremely agitated when the nurses pull the sticky tape off of his face. He is usually tucked up in his blankets, snuggle bunny for sure. John David however, is his total opposite. He seems to be actively moving all the time (even when he sleeps, he moves). He is is a very aggressive eater (nursing and bottle feeding). He is always sprawled out, arms and legs extended out and the nurses usually have to pull him back up onto the mattress of his isolette because he wiggles himself down off the mattress pad.
Both boys are eating well. James is still only on one bottle or breast feed each day. John David is up to two because he is feeding faster and handling it a little better. At their last weigh in, James was 3 lb 2 ounces, and John David was 3 lb 4 ounces. They are both requiring a little more oxygen than last week, not sure why, other than they are working extra hard to breathe and eat right now. Their last chest x-rays were both clear. Doctor DeCarlo gave them some Lasix (a diuretic) to prevent fluid build up on their lungs. Hopefully this week will be a big growing week and they will continue to strengthen and thrive.
We are now in search of preemie clothes. One of the boys' nurses asked me last week if I was going to bring them some clothes. I felt terrible. I have not even thought to bring them clothes. Before these precious miracles were born, we had not bought a single baby item. The ONLY outfits we currently have are a couple of onesies my mother-in-law found at Wal-Mart and two sleepers Aimee found several months ago and saved for us. A great friend of mine who has twin girls told me to expect preemie clothes and newborn clothes to fit for several months. So if any of my faithful blog followers out there know any where I can find preemie snap up sleepers, please pass along to us.
I have received so many wonderful e-mails from all of my blog followers this past week. Just wanted you guys to know that your sweet comments and words of encouragement mean so much to me. I did find something very interesting in one of my devotional books that I thought I would share with you guys. OF course I find it just when I need it. I love how GOD works. Have you ever "stumbled" upon a message from God you 'needed' at just the right time.
Discontent~ You may think why in the world would I feel anything but "content"...probably because I am a sinner and I struggle each day with the real sin of the world, much like everyone else. I am completely thankful for God's amazing blessings in my life and the miracle He has performed in my life, but "discontent" sneaks into my life for different reasons. I allowed my current "troubles" to overshadow the current blessings of God in my life. It is not that I have forgotten the many blessings HE has bestowed upon my family recently, but I find myself sometimes noticing others around me who aren't struggling with the major life change and uncertainties I am currently dealing with. We have all heard "the grass is greener on the other side", and that is Satan's most perfect way to steal our contentment.
If you are dwelling in the past and missing out on the blessings of today or you are confusing wants with needs, or comparing yourself to others and their possessions or good fortune, the discontentment robs you of the joys in your life and in your relationships with others and with God. Our focus should be God at all times. We should discipline our minds to find the good in every situation and be thankful for our blessings each day.
I am praying more now in my daily walk than I ever have in my life. I encourage you to do the same. Turn it over to HIM, diligently pray and seek HIS guidance, and PRAISE HIM for the little and the BIG HE does each day in your life.