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5 ml

201 Days in the NICUHolly D Gray4 Comments

Caleigh made it to 5 ml an hour this morning. She seems to be doing well so far. There will definitely be a waiting period to make sure she is tolerating the increase. Her fussiness has calmed down a bit which is a welcome site lately.

Saturday night the nurses said that Caleigh didn't sleep a wink and was upset the whole night. So on Sunday, I roomed in with her all night long. She fell asleep around 11pm and then woke up at 2:30am went back to sleep about 20 minutes after that and then slept until 7:30am! 7 1/2 hours of sleep! I think the difference was the dark quiet room. As soon as she fell asleep I put her in her crib and then when she woke up at 2:30 I rocked her back to sleep and then put her back in her crib. So the fact that she loves being held isn't the problem. She is a restless sleeper mainly from her gas pains. So when you add the lights and typical noises of the NICU it just doesn't equal a good nights rest. It was a great experiment and a look into what might be in store when we get to bring Caleigh home. I didn't get much sleep, maybe an hour or so, but that's what mamas do.

I had a thought this morning with the weather getting warmer by the day....
I remember when I was pregnant how excited I was about all the firsts that were to come and one of the more exciting was taking our baby swimming for the first time. Whether it be a tiny pool in the back yard or infant swimming lessons, it was something that I dreamed of. Silly to some, I'm sure. I thought about that this morning and was heartbroken because Caleigh can't get in the water due to her central line and g-button troubles. She of course doesn't know the difference and her first time will still be her first time. All of these firsts seem to be on hold and always have rules & restrictions before we can even attempt them.

Just a thought....

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