It didn't last.
The boys were little models for the annual Baylor nursing report and so their room had a marketing person, a photographer, a director, the nurse who was modeling for photos, a lighting person, and, of course, their nurse all bustling about. They took a number of pictures of the nurse fussing over Pop, although oddly none with both boys, to use in the NICU section of the report. Before the nurse arrived they took a few with me standing in to test the lighting and said they will email them to me. All the excitement put their 11:00 feed about 30 minutes behind schedule, but they were both so patient and cooperative!
They ate, laid back down, and right about the time they fell asleep the hearing screen team arrived. Both boys passed their newborn hearing screens and can check off one more box on the list of things that need done before they can go home.
At the (slightly late) 11:00 feed we started a 24 hour breast feeding marathon to see what sort of weight they are gaining just from me. I was under the impression this 24 hours would be solely breast feeding, but they changed their minds this morning and the boys are still getting fortified bottles (breast milk mixed with formula for extra calories) after breast feeding if they want them. Realistically, I can't breast feed and then give 1/2 a breast milk bottle afterwards once we are home. I will either be able to pump or feed, but with them eating every 3 hours and the feeds taking 45-60 minutes for the two of them, I can't then pump or I'd never sleep! Sadly, this means I am gaining NO confidence in my ability to feed the boys from this experience. It's just making me nervous about how I will do this alone.
The nurses are really pushing the boys now and trying to get them home. Yesterday they started "sink or swim" and lost their gavage tubes so the boys have to work for all their feeds now. So far, they are really doing great and could be home as early as Sunday (two days earlier than we were told at our check in on Tuesday!).
Continued progress on feeds, vaccinations, circumcisions, and car seat tests left to go!