What an exciting day! When Ann and I arrived at the NICU this afternoon, Henry’s nurse Esther was ready to set us up for some Kangaroo Care. She couldn’t believe we’d never held him yet! Because he’d never been held, it took a while to sort out all of his monitors and wires, but once he snuggled in, he stayed cozy for a good hour or more. He is a brow furrower, just like his mother!
Jack was sleeping quite soundly, so we didn’t want to disturb him. He did get some time holding Ann’s finger, while he slept. Happy to hear his grandmother was there again!
Sophie, on the other hand was wide awake and very wriggly when we arrived. She had her eyes wide open and seemed eager to play. We didn’t manage to get any pictures of her bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, because as soon as her feed began, she fell fast asleep.
Other Excitement – Music Therapy and Umbilical Cord Stumps!
During our afternoon visits, the music therapists came to talk to us, and we were very excited about the prospect of so much music in our little trio’s lives so early on. Will and I have been singing them their own lullabies, and the music therapists plan to incorporate those lullabies into their sessions with the trips. There is also a studio where we could record ourselves singing the lullabies and then arrange to have the nurses play the recordings in their isolettes via an iPod. They shared some of the instruments they use to mimic the sounds of the womb, and they even started working on a lullaby version of “My Girl” — Will’s song for Sophie.
Henry’s songs: “Amazing Grace” (mine) and “Away From the Roll of the Sea” (Will’s)
Jack’s songs: “You Are My Sunshine” (mine) and “Chasing Cars” (Will’s)
Sophie’s songs: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (mine) and “My Girl” (Will’s)
On other news, Jack’s umbilical stump fell off. Feels a bit like a milestone, so we’ll count it as one.
Photos from yesterday: I found a way to label them earlier this morning (though it remains to be seen whether or not I will remember the process tomorrow!) so I couldn’t resist tacking them on here. Their names are in the top left corner.