Thursday, March 31, 2011

First 2 weeks @ Home

The first day home....

Finally getting rid of those hospital bands!!

Vincent's First Bath

Landen's First Bath

Brotherly LOVE

Time with Momma

Time with Visitors


Great Aunt Lorrie
Aunt Candice
One of my best friends, Leslie, gave me this necklace for my birthday.  I love it! It is so special to me.

After just two weeks we have a system down for feeding times and cleaning bottles.  It works great!  The boys are eating every 4 hours.  And boy does the time fly in between feedings!

 Some fun pictures of the boys:

Going to the Doctor

Swinging and Taking a Nap

Sleeping in the Bouncers

Landen James Holguin

Total stay in the NICU: 22 days

Day 1:
Birth date: 2:14 pm on Wednesday February 23rd
Birth weight: 3 lbs 7 oz

Landen needed to be on a CPAP for the first 12 hours as precaution to aid with breathing.

I got to go see him right after he was born when I was in the O.R. while they were stitching me up and then again in the NICU around midnight.  I look horrible in this picture, red cried out eyes and swollen from surgery but it was the first time I got to hold our son!

Landen holding my finger with his little hand.
Day 2:
By the time Landen had visitors the next morning the CPAP was off and he was doing great!

GiGi (Great Grandma)

G-pa (Great Grandpa)
Day 4:
Along with brother Vincent, Landen was moved to a less intensive care room. The "feed & grow" room.  He had more weight to gain than his brother but he held his own with his sucking ability!

Day 5:
Both boys had a little bit of an elevated bili level, so they were put together in the same isolate for photo therapy.  They looked so cute with their black "sunglasses". Ryan took this picture and called it Brotherhood

Day 6:
Landen and Vincent both had to have a gavage put in (a tube through the nose into the stomach).  It is common with preemies that they start out really strong and are able to suck and feed on their own, but after a few days they get tired and start to eat less.  So both boys had to get some of the feedings through the gavage tube.  Vincent only had his in for about 24 hours.  Landen had his in for several days. 

Uncle James came almost every Tue. & Thurs.
on his way home from Fresno State
Day 14:
Before brother was discharged, Landen got some snuggle time with him in his big boy crib.  Since we couldn't bring Vincent back into the hospital Ryan and I were no longer able to go see Landen together.  It was very difficult finding time to be at the NICU with Landen and be at the trailer with Vincent. Poor Landen did not get as much visitor time after Vincent left but it was probably better for him not to be held as much so he could save his energy for gaining weight.

Day 16:
Landen is able to maintain his body temperature and gets moved out of the isolate.  He didn't get a nice big crib like brother, he just got a little "bin".

Day 17:
Landen had some special visitors: Uncle Jess all the way from Wyoming and "cousin" Alex from Germany. (And of course Grammie came too)

Day 22:
Wednesday March 16th.  This day could not come soon enough!!!  We were told at first that Landen would get to go home Friday March 11th.  But then he started having bradycardia episodes.  During these episodes his heart rate would drop below 100 just for about 20 seconds and then it would pick back up on its own without any type of stimulation or oxygen from the nurses.  He had a pretty long one thursday night so friday morning they told us they would watch him over the weekend and he'd be released on monday instead.  The weekend went by, he passed his car seat test and his hearing test and he was all set to go monday morning.....but then at 7:00 am he had another episode! We were so bummed but knew it was better for him to be in the NICU and be monitored.  By Wednesday they said he was ready to go!

His weight had also dropped during his stay in the NICU.  His lowest weight was 3lbs 2.5 oz and he was discharged at 4 lbs 10 oz.

Ryan had all of our stuff packed up from the trailer and he had Vincent in the truck waiting for us to leave the hospital and then our now family of 4 drove HOME to Visalia! 

Vincent Ryan Holguin

Total stay in the NICU: 14 days

Day 1:
Birth date: 2:13 pm on Wednesday February 23rd
Birth weight: 4 lbs 15 oz

Vincent needed to be on a CPAP for the first 12 hours as precaution to aid with breathing.

I got to go see him in the NICU around midnight. Almost a full 10 hours after he was born!!  He opened his eyes when I talked to him.  He recognized my voice!

Day 2:
By the time Vincent had visitors the next morning the CPAP was off and he was doing great!

Aunt Holly
Uncle Stephen

Day 4:
The first room the boys were in had 1 nurse to every 2 babies.  They monitored the babies very close and could handle sicker babies.  On Saturday the 26th both boys were moved to a less intensive room that had 1 nurse to every 4 babies.  It was a "Feed & Grow" room.  Basically all they needed to do was eat and gain weight.

Daddy and Son


Day 5:
The boys were moved into the same isolate.  They both had a little bit of an elevated bili level so they were going to do light therapy on the two of them together.  This was the first time the two boys were together since their birth.  It was overwhelmingly emotional for me to see them in the isolate together because I wanted so much for their sister Karissa to be in there with them.  Yet, I couldn't help but smile through my tears at how cute they looked snuggled up together.

Day 6:
February 28. My birthday.  The day Ryan and I went to the funeral home to plan Karissa's birthday.  It started off being such a sad and emotionally draining day but ended with my first time having "kangaroo care" (skin to skin) with both boys.  The best birthday present ever!

Day 9:
Vincent is able to maintain his own body temperature and no longer needs to be in the isolate.  He moves out of his "box" to the "big boy crib" as I liked to call it.

Day 12:
Vincent passes his car seat test!! He had to maintain his body temperature and not have any alarms go off on the respiratory and cardiac monitors while he sat in his car seat for 1.5 hours. (double the time it takes to go home in the car)

Day 14:
Tuesday March 8th.  Vincent goes home!!!  He is discharged weighing 4lbs 14 oz.  It is normal for newborns to loose weight after birth.  Vincent's weight dropped down to 4 lbs. 6 oz and then rose back up to almost his birthweight by the time went home.

We got him all packed up in the car seat and put in the car.  We were headed home to the trailer!!  Haha.  During the boys' stay in the NICU my parents let us stay in their trailer that they brought to an RV park in Fresno.  It was so convenient not having to travel to and from Visalia every day! So we joke that Vincent's first home was a travel trailer!  We had him in the trailer for a week while his brother was still in the NICU.

Bundled up in the Car Seat

Life in the trailer...

Little did we know that having ONE baby home was sooooo much easier than TWO!!!