Nick and I are still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that we have babies. Daughters. Two of them. Actual human beings. We keep saying it’s going to feel more real when they actually come home, but everyday there are little things that make them more “official.”

1. They got mail. From the gub’ment.

2. They’re bigger than money.

3. They can get discounts at the gym if they go more than 12 times a month.

In other news, Nora and Bryn continue to amaze the neonatologists and nurses, and all of them get a kick out of telling us what a “boring” night they had, and calling to tell us they have “nothing to report–they’re perfect.” Is it possible to have perfect little 2lb nuggets? We’re starting to believe it. =)

Nora is all smiles in her CUSTOM MADE linens–no more pink! Thanks, Grama Hansen!

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Bryn is lovin’ the green, too. Almost as much as she loves lunch time.

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Momma’s turn for some double kangaroo action!

Both girls gained a little weight last night, putting them both above their birth weights! Bryn is at 1lb 9oz and Nora at 2lbs 2oz. We get so used to seeing them, we forget how tiny they really are until we type it here in this blog. Then we’re like, “Holy. Shit. We have a baby that’s less than 2lbs.” It kind of scares the crap out of us. But then we just remind ourselves how well they’re doing despite their tiny-ness and we breathe a little easier. (A little).

As teachers, Nick and I are very goal-oriented and we always like seeing the girls’ “daily plan” written up on their boards each day when we visit. It reminds us to take one day and one challenge at a time. Their little objective lists have gotten shorter each day with things like “increase feeds” and “decrease oxygen flow” getting booted off the lists as the girls kick butt and take names. Today, these were their goals:

Enjoy it now, ladies. That most likely won’t be on your bucket list in a couple decades.

As their to-do lists have shortened, large pieces of equipment have also been removed from their rooms. Without the big IV towers, bili-lights and breathing equipment, we have room to host large dance parties.

That’s right, folks. The girls are ready for visitors!! We can’t wait for them to meet you!

Now for the fine print:

  • Get a sitter (and go out for happy hour after)! No kids are allowed in the NICU at Children’s.
  • Take a number. The girls can only have a limited # of visitors per day and at a time
  • No touchin’. Only mom and dad can hold/touch the babes still
  • Fi-Fo. Foam in, foam out. Foam in at the welcome desk, wash your hands in the automatic hand-washer in the NICU (it feels pretty awesome), foam before you enter the girls’ rooms (and in between rooms), and foam out before you leave. Nick and I haven’t showered in 2 weeks. You probably won’t need one for at least a few days after.

Also, don’t be offended by the intense security at Children’s. It’s not just you–they treat everyone like a baby snatcher. =) You’ll need to check in at the main desk, show them your license, get your photo taken, get a badge, phone-in when you arrive at the NICU, check in at the NICU desk, and then undergo a polygraph, retina scan and body cavity check. I kid! I kid! There’s no retina scan. =)

So give Nick or me a call if you’re still interested after all that. =)

PEACE OUT!

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Nick & Sara

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