Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ella's First Bottle

On the twin's 5 week birthday, both girls got their first shot at taking a bottle. This is a pretty big moment, b/c taking their feeds from a bottle is the final hurdle before these girls come home (assuming that they keep moving forward on all other fronts, breathing, growing etc). The nurses warned us that some babies take to it very quickly and others can struggle w/ it and take their time. At Noon on Monday, March 9, Ella attempted her first bottle, seen here, looks tasty, doesn't it?
Here is Ella trying to figure out what all the fuss is about w/ her developmental therapist. They allow 20 min for the feeding, and whatever is left, they feed through the gavage (feeding) tube. When it was all said and done, Ella took 13 mls on her first shot at the suck, swallow, breath routine. Afterwords, our nurse said they would have been happy w/ 10 mls... Ella you rock!We learned this AM that during one of her feedings during the night that Ella took here whole bottle from the nipple... She definitely gets her love for food from her Dad.

-tinny out

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