Tuesday, June 2, 2009

One Week

Bryce and Chloe are one week old today! Looking back on the past week, it seems our wee ones have fared pretty well. I'd argue that they've had five good days and two bad days, when we expected just the opposite.

This newfound optimism is due in part to another bout of emotional whiplash Christie and I suffered this afternoon. Dr. Gale, who is one of the neonatologists (the "head" NICU doctors), said that Chloe and Bryce are doing remarkably well, and that they've had relatively few problems compared to your average 24-weeker. She also said that while the grade 2 IVHs are a cause for concern, most resolve on their own with minimal or no complications. You'll have to pardon us for feeling like the sky was falling after learning that our children have holes in their hearts, fluid in their lungs, and bleeding in their brains. ;)

It was a "slow" day in the NICU for the Sonnek twins. Bryce is doing great, and will get his first taste of real food sometime this evening. Chloe still has fluid in her lungs, and the current hypothesis is that the extra blood from Chloe's PDA is causing the fluid accumulation. By giving Chloe a second round of medication to close the PDA, the doctors are hoping to resolve both problems.

If you haven't had your fill of micro-preemie drama, stick with us for "Chloe and Bryce: Week 2." It'll be an exciting ride: we guarantee it. To celebrate their one week birthday, here's a little treat for those of you who prefer stories with pictures. Hopefully you can match baby to picture based on their accoutrements. :)

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  1. Thank you!! Thank you!! They are both so beautiful. God's blessings on all of you.
    Happy one week birthday, Bryce and Chloe.!!

  2. Beautiful babies!!! Thank you so much for the updates...we are praying!