Malorie had a strong day today in support of her little brother. She yanked out her own NG tube this morning, and the nurses decided not to replace it unless she doesn't take a feeding. I am happy to report that she has taken all of her feedings today, three feedings via nursing and one from a bottle, and is still sans tube. She gained about an ounce since yesterday, and should she not regress, is one step closer to coming home. She also disgraced me by allowing herself to be dressed in this garish St. Louis Cardinals bib. She has been spending way too much time with her mother. Notice my face, breaking contact with the camera lens. I learned that passive resistance technique from a P.O.W. documentary I watched on PBS. After the bib came off, I sang her "Go Cubs Go" to reverse the brainwashing that had just occurred.
Micah celebrated being free from the stigma of swine flu by pooping all over himself, and then peeing on me while I was trying to change his diaper. The kid is just plain great - can't talk, chase women or drive and yet still finds ways to embarrass me in public. He was able to make his first attempt at nursing tonight, and was awesome at it from the start. They have relaxed the "no touching" rule for Rachel, provided she goes home and showers after contact, so we will make Micah's breast feeding the last of the day. Micah and Malorie also got pictures of their siblings in their cribs today, and Micah is fascinated by looking at his big sis.
Rachel, while secluded from me over the last few days, has developed such a strong bond with the nurses caring for Malorie that they brought my girl a present today. Julie and Mary bought six onesies for Malorie to wear, and were wonderful enough to include six outfits for Micah as well, even though they have never been assigned to care for him. Again, it is a testament to what wonderful people work in Wolfson's NICU.
We are thankful for a day where no crazy new maladies popped up, and that our kids are working hard to come home. Now, I am exhausted from several consecutive long days and restless nights. I'm done thinking about H1N1 for the night. In fact, I would declare a swine free childhood for my kids if it weren't for Charlotte's Web, Miss Piggy and bacon.