Arthur & Roland: We’re one week old today! We can’t believe we were in Mommy’s tummy only a week ago. Things are so different out here. We’ve never been apart from each other before, and now we have to sleep in different places. In fact, we haven’t even been able to touch each other since we were born. It makes Mommy sad.
Arthur: But after Roland gains another half pound or so, he probably won’t need to be in the isolette any more, and then we might be able to share a bed.
Roland: Hey Brother, I’m working on it! The amount of milk I can tolerate is increasing every day and soon I’ll be able to have a milk fortifier, which will give me extra calories to help me gain weight. The isolette just lets me concentrate on growing instead of trying to keep myself warm.
Arthur: We got really good news today. Mommy said the doctor came and told her that we have graduated to the next level of NICU! We don’t get to move to the next nursery yet (which will be cool, because that’s where we’ll probably get to share a crib), but it means the doctors think we’re getting better and better. Nothing else about our daily lives really changes but it sure made Mommy and Daddy happy.
Roland: Since we both got our IV’s out and don’t have to use the bilirubin lights anymore, we’re getting to wear clothes every day. Mommy likes dressing us and she says she even loves changing our diapers. We think that’s really funny!
Arthur: We’re happy that Mommy spends all day, every day with us but she seems awfully tired and sad when she goes home. We’ll remind her tomorrow that the time we spend here at the hospital will be just a small part of our whole lives. There will be lots of time for us to make Mommy wish she didn’t have to spend every minute with us!
Roland: We also love that Daddy comes to see us and hold us every day after work. Mommy told us that he also takes care of everything at the house to give her more time to rest. We’re so glad he’s our Daddy!
Arthur & Roland: All this writing has worn us out! We had to take several naps in between paragraphs. We’re happy and excited about starting our second week of life tomorrow. Good night!