Niklas had another rough day today. His lungs stayed about the same, which is better than backwards progress. I will say that this guy is a fighter, his blood gasses and oxygenation were so good today, that if he didn't have lung problems he would be on room air with little or no help. The nurses were actually joking about how good his lungs are working, despite the injuries that they have sustained. The one piece of bad news regarding Niklas is that he now has a Level II IVH on both sides of the brain and the original side is seeing a little bit of swelling in the ventricles. It is still nothing too bad as long as it doesn't get much worse, and even if it does get worse many kids end up being just fine. Its just a very unknown part of the body to be dealing with. I am still pretty confident that he is going to pull out of this, its just discouraging to see him have so much trouble while his brother and sister are doing so well. I never thought that I would know so much about neonatal care. It really makes me glad I am a computer programmer. Computers are predictable, there is always a root cause for problems, problems are usually fixable.
On another good note Gabbie and Lukas are doing very very well. Their oxygen requirements keep going down and they are eating and pooping like champions. Greta got to do "Kangaroo Care" with both of them today which is where the baby lays skin to skin on your chest for about an hour or so. I have got to do this a couple of times, and I must admit that it really makes all of this worth it. Greta and I are both doing pretty well with this, as she gets to go interact with the babies during the day, and I get to lose myself being a geek at work. Thanks again to everyone for all of the support!