We got a great surprise when we showed up to the NICU with my dad on Saturday. Jeannie, one of the nurse superstars, said to us, "So, it looks like we've got three holders." Huh? Say that again? Did you say THREE holders?? Up to this point, Casey and I have been the only "holders" - we were the only people allowed to hold any of the babies. Jeannie, however, had a little surprise for us - Brooklyn and Jack had grown big enough to be bundled and held. Apparently, when the babies' weight gets to 1500 grams (somewhere around 3 pounds, 6 ounces) they can maintain their body temperature well enough that they can be held without being skin to skin with their holder.
My dad, or "Bapa" as the grandkids know him, chose to relinquish his chance to be the third holder, however. My mom, "Nana," wasn't with us at the time and my dad wanted her to be the first to have the opportunity to hold one of these little bundles. So after church on Sunday, we made an unplanned visit to the NICU for the express purpose of getting Jack some well earned Nana time! My dad had to bow out again because the girls (Eliot and the two adopted little additions to the Jones family, Angel and Summer) couldn't come into the NICU and time was limited, but I imagine he'll get his fill of baby holding in the coming days, weeks, and months. To say the least, I think the visit went well and we are very happy to have new holders in the mix!
P.S. Check out the website when you get a chance...we've updated the front page and I think it turned out really cool!!