Overall, today was a good day. Starting on Saturday night, Niklas was started on a round steroids to hasten his lung development and to give him relief from his PIE (respiratory condition). He has been doing very well with his breathing, blood gasses etc. He moved from the oscillating ventilator to the conventional ventilator and his x-rays are looking excellent. The effects of the steriods are temporary, so we are really praying that he doesn't make backwards progress (at least not too much) when the effects wear off. Niklas also received another brain scan today, and the way that I understand it there was a little bit more swelling, but not enough to warrant an intervention. We were told to expect this on the next few scans before things start to improve. It's really hard to wait for the next scan, and then not see improvement, but that is the way these things work.
Lukas and Gabbie have been progressing very nicely, they are spending more and more time on the nasal cannula and are tolerating it well. All 3 of the babies are eating, with Gabbie tolerating the most food at this point. On Sunday, we got to wrap Lukas and Gabbie in the same blanket and hold them for well over an hour. I think the roller coaster adage really still applies here, Greta and I are extremely happy with all of the progress of the past few days, but its hard to get excited when we have such a long way to go.