First there was Max, who graduated into a crib 3 days ago, after being able to maintain his temperature:
Then, today Korin and I arrived at the NICU to discover something that reduced us both to weeping - Maxwell got a new bunkmate overnight...
Both boys are off of all interventions except the feeding tube. This is used when they wear out from drinking their bottles, or "nippling" as they call it.
Maxwell and Shoghi have both successfully latched on and nursed for 10-minute periods.
Criteria for coming home: 1) the ability to drink all the required volume of breastmilk or formula - that is, about 35ccs every three hours. 2) graduate from having any apnea "spells." Both of them are still having them, Maxwell with more frequency than Shoghi, but they bring their heartrates up themselves in just a few seconds. This is normal for their gestational age.
I'm thinking it's going to be about a week. Honestly, I'm getting pretty weary of this set-up, so I can't wait.