We took our girls to Dallas yesterday to meet with the Pediatric Gastroenterologist. First of all, let me say, this doctor was amazing! Probably the sweetest pediatric specialist I've ever come in contact with. He was patient, thorough, and really easy to talk to. I'm usually a nervous wreck when I have to talk to doctors, I don't know why but they really intimidate me, but I didn't feel nervous around this doctor.
So, this is what we found out.... He told us pretty much the same thing we've been hearing for the past year, they are premature and it's just going to take time. He thinks the problem may be volume intake so he made adjustments to how much the girls are taking each feed. With Mia, she's getting a smaller volume each feed, but we will make up the lost calories at night. He said Tessa is growing great (she's now 19lb 1oz!!!), so he is leaving her volume as is and prescribed a medicine to help make her hungry. Gracie is doing the best when it comes to taking a bottle, so he lowered her volume just a little to, hopefully, make her hungry. It must have worked, because she took her whole noon feed through the bottle and didn't have to use the g-tube!!!! (I love progress!!!) Finally, Rayleigh, he is leaving her volume the same and putting her on the same medicine as Tessa. He also wants us to start seeing a Dietician for the babies.
I am hopeful these changes will work and the girls will stop vomiting so much and start wanting to take their bottles. The doctor told us we're not running a marathon, we're running a triathlon. This is (probably) going to be a very long process. I really hated to hear that part, but that's just the way life goes with premature babies (or so is true for ours). All-in-all, it was a great visit and we're going to use this new plan until June and then we'll go back for a follow-up and he'll reevaluate.
We want to thank all our family, friends, and everyone who is following us for the love, prayers, and support. Prayers really work, and if you ever doubt that, just take a look at my 6 kiddos. I had so many people praying for both my pregnancies (Brady & the quints) and now I get to spend my days loving on these precious little angels. Please keep those prayers coming!!!
**Oh, and another firsts for the girls, after the appointment, we took them to eat at a restaurant for the first time!! They did so good! Rayleigh actually feel asleep at the table, Gracie watched movies on Steven's iPhone, Tessa ate rice off Daddy's plate, and Mia entertained the people at the table beside us. :) Of course, we had people staring at us and I could hear them calling the girls quads. I didn't want to shock them even more with the fact that they're actually quints plus there's a big brother! ;)