So, we were all, surprisingly enough, home for Christmas. Olivia came home from the hospital the afternoon of Christmas Eve and I have to say, I was not very optomistic about how the next few days would go.
I'll explain: when the dr.s had to take Olivia off of all of her food, they also had to take her off any medications that went directly into her stomach, which is all of them. A few they could actually give through her IV, but NONE of the seizure medications she is currently on could be transferred over. Thats why the hospital stay was so bad. Olivia basically underwent withdrawals cold turkey from several habit-forming medications. They could give her an antivonvulsant through her IV that she had been on previously, which is what they decided to do. We spent two months last spring weening her off of this drug because the side effects are terrible. It makes her brain really foggy and makes her motor skills really unorganized. We had no choice, coming home, than to be on this medication and then spend another few months weening off of it again. Thats what we are doing. BUT, I will have to say that Olivia is much more herself than I ever expected. She is a little floppier tone-wise, but is still the independent, opinionated girl we know and love.
And now we have two of them. Getting to know Gabby over the past couple of weeks has been really fun. She is definitely her own person, but both girls are divas.
Gabs will only spit up on clean clothes (either yours or hers--whichever) and honestly, will only poop in a clean diaper. We are going through them like mad crazy. I've never seen anything like it. She literally waits until we put a clean one on her and then two minutes later christens it with poop. Unbelievable. Good thing shes cute.
She's still teeny tiny, but gaining about an ounce a day. She is also the most orally motivated child I've ever seen. She'll eat until she falls asleep and then spits up all the extra. If she is going to be awake for a while then she wants her pacifier too.
Brian has off of work (thankfully) until Monday. I don't know what I would do without him. I have been pretty nervous about taking care of both girls next week, but am feeling better about things as the days wear on. He is even doing hair!
Having two people really does make the outings go A LOT smoother, but I guess I'll have to get used to lugging them both around together by myself.
So, things are busy, but going well on the whole. We are so blessed with a wonderful family and I can't wait to spend more time with these girls!