We all went to battle - I mean - the pediatrician today for another check-up. We braved the weather, the coughs and colds of the new school year and the tantrums of our little ones to get there! It went very well. Brent was able to take a day off of work to help out so It was MUCH easier than last time.
Mary Louise is 6 pounds 3 ounces and David is 4 pounds 15 ounces (ALMOST TO 5 POUNDS!!!). The doctor was very pleased with their weight gain and said (and I quote), "they both look really good!!" (Ok, I may have added an exclamation point - for my own benefit).
They start their Synergist injections next month. It is an antibody injection that we are hoping will help to protect them again RSV. They will thankfully be given at home by the home health nurse every 25 days during the season - until either March or April. The doctor recommended that we get flu shots but as the babies are being isolated from people and are breastfed, he doesn't feel they need the flu shots. They are not recommended for babies under 6 months of age anyhow, and from what I've read and heard, can compromise the immune system for a time after administered. He recommended that we continue to isolate them as much as possible and practice meticulous hand washing, keep them away from fumes and cigarette smoke and he expects that they will do well. (YAY! they are expected to do WELL!!)
Mary Louise had her thyroid checked (she has hypothyroidism of prematurity) and we should get the results tomorrow. The hope is that her thyroid has started to function normally and that we will be able to stop her Synthroid dose.
We had a wonderful time at the state park just down the road from our house yesterday. We went yesterday evening and sat on a blanket by the water. The babies had tummy time and seemed to enjoy the change of scene - I know I did. We stayed for about an hour as it was really nice out before coming home and rocking our little ones to sleep. They slept quite consistently between feedings last night as well.
In other news, Mary Louise is officially wearing new born clothes!! At 4 months, she has out grown the majority of her preemie outfits and is just barely in New Born sized clothing! Way to go Mary Louise!!!
More news soon as Mary Louise has her hearing rechecked and her Cardiologist appointment on Tuesday.