Caleigh drinking from a bottle & posing for the camera
The past few days have been filled with Eric and I trying to make a very hungry baby happy without giving her milk. It's been quite difficult as I'm sure you can imagine. Caleigh has never really thrown a fit before, but take away the milk and she can throw down with the best of the the crying babies in the NICU.
This morning the docs started Caleigh on 5ml of breastmilk every three hours. This is less than a teaspoon and so we start over again. Mommy talked the doctor into taking away the nasal canula (which she didn't really need anymore for oxygen) and putting her feeding tube down her nose (NG Tube) instead of her mouth. Now she can bottle feed and breast feed much easier. They also moved Caleigh into a big girl bed again. It's a large metal crib type of bed. I'll post a pic of it soon. She gets to wear clothes and be swaddled which she likes. Caleigh weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces today. At an adjusted 37 weeks she seems to be right on target where the doctors want her.
Tonight she was having trouble taking the bottle, but she did well this morning. She gets 2 bottle feedings a day, any amount of none nutritive breastfeeding, and the rest through her tube. I think she still doesn't feel good because she is grunting and pushing a lot. More than a normal baby at least. Her tummy is getting a little hard again. So we will just have to watch it. She has been getting x-rays every morning and blood work every other day. The docs have also started her on Reglan for reflux. It's a rollercoaster of a waiting game! Call it mommies intuition, I don't know.
Just a few updates:
Twins Jenny & Emma are doing well. Jenny has had to a have a few eye surgeries and will probably have to have more. Her swelling problem is gone and they still don't know why it happened. Emma is doing really good and both girls are on the nasal canula, which is a great step towards breathing on their own.
I would like to mention another baby in the NICU that I have been praying and thinking about. His name is Jack and he was born at 24 wks. If premature babies get it ... he has had it. His parents have been by his side for more than 4 months. He has recently had a troubling turn. Please add his family to your prayers as they go through this hard time.
And for some exciting news ...... my pal Nicole and her fiance Austin from the yahoo Gastro forum welcomed their baby boy, Austin Izais James Needham on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 8:06 am, just 3 weeks early. He weighed 4 pounds and 14 ounces and was 17 1/2 inches long! He will be having his first and hopefully last surgery to close his belly tomorrow morning. Our due dates were just one day apart! I wish them all the best in the exciting adventures of parenthood!
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