Sadie had her third, and very successful day learning how to nurse, she's officially over three pounds, and she no longer needs any oxygen support. She is also all the more happier knowing that she spent the weekend getting to know Gigi, her grandmother on her mother's side!
As for Zoe, she hit some major milestones as well. For starters, she came off the ventilator today (she did, however, get connected to CPAP, a less invasive but still pretty intense oxygen machine), she had her first mom and dad directed bath, got to be cuddled by both of her parents, got to show off her her face without any tubes or tape for the first time ever (even though it quickly got covered up again when she was connected to her new machine), and she got to breathe out loud and let her parents hear her cry--both for the very first time.
While giving birth to two baby girls is a pretty big deal, getting to hold BOTH of our daughters on the same day--after everything they've been through--is almost bigger. Today may have been one of the longest days at the hospital, but it was, honestly speaking, one of the best. Of course, we know that we still need to maintain our cautious optimism because they both have a long way to go but at least for a very short time today, it felt so good to see both of our little girls looking and acting just like babies.