Just a quick update...haven't been in to see the girls yet today, but I just got off the phone with their nurse.
They are going to take the nasal canula off Makayla this morning and see how she does. They are also nippling ALL feedings for her, provided her respiratory rate stays within an acceptable level, and I can breastfeed her whenever I'm there.
Mackenzie is nippling every other feeding, as I reported yesterday. One problem that has crept up is she is doing what's called "periodic breathing," which is common in preemies - basically she has episodes where she's not breathing like she should be. So far, her oxygen saturation isn't dropping too much when she does this, but the nurse said they are watching it closely and they may need to start her on some caffeine to help with this.
Since Anthony is home sick today, I won't be going to the hospital at my usual time. Will wait until Darrell is home from running errands and getting the car serviced, then go in...probably for their 2:00 or 5:00 feeding.