We have realized that it is really difficult for people to picture the physical arrangements here in Peoria at St. Francis Hospital, so thought we could help you to visualize where Kendra, Clayton, Keagan and CJ are spending their time! The NICU is divided into neighborhoods, which are basically the different areas within the NICU. Each baby has their own private room. The first two weeks Keagan and CJ were in different "neighborhoods" in the NICU. Last weekend, a room next door to Keagan's opened up and they were able to move CJ into a big, beautiful, corner room with a window! It makes such a difference to be able to see the outside world! Each neighborhood has a different name...and theirs is the Butterfly neighborhood.
On one wall of the room is the incubator and all the monitor, supplies, etc. This is Keagan's room-you can tell by the PINK!
There is a wall of cabinets similar to dorm style living, where Kendra and Clayton can keep personal belongings/snacks, etc.
Update on the babies:
Keagan-She is a beautiful little peanut! She is almost pushing 2 pounds! Her fluid retention has greatly subsided, so it is a good weight gain, not just fluid. She is still on the CPAP breathing apparatus and doing well with her oxygenation level. Her nurses are having fun finding some little outfits to dress her up in now that she isn't having to be "naked" under the bili lights. There is a "lending closet" for some preemie clothes so the parents don't have to go out and buy preemie clothes. She has a couple of darling outfits with little ruffles on the tushy, that are enormous on her, but make her look like a little doll. She is also enjoying the fairly new kangaroo holding with Mommy - it relaxes her (and Mommy).
So, that about wraps it up for now. Hope you are all well and enjoying some spring-like weather, wherever you may be. As always, thanks for the prayers for CJ and Keagan and their mommy and daddy too. It is so helpful in getting everyone through these days, knowing there is such a wonderful support system out there cheering them on from the sidelines!!