Tonight when we arrived at the NICU, Sophie was still sunbathing under her blue light – the “bili light.” This is essentially phototherapy used to treat jaundice. Jaundice is very common in preemies (and even full-term newborns get it) and is an excess of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin gets processed by the liver, but because their livers are immature, they need a little help!
Henry was relaxing in his favorite pose, although he did open his eyes for a moment when we came to say hello. He had gained another 10 grams and was tolerating a bigger feeding — they’re trying to fatten him up so he can catch up to his brother, Jack. They are identical twins, after all!
Jack was taking a break from his bili light to freshen up. First, his nurse, Easter, weighed him on the scale, then she gave him a refreshing sponge bath. He was a little cranky about the whole thing, but I think he’s a bit of a cranky old man about everything.