Made of Gray


Bounce Back Baby

201 Days in the NICUHolly D Gray8 Comments

Wow, Caleigh is just beating all the odds this week! Eric and I called to check on Caleigh yesterday before coming to visit, and the nurse told us that the doctor went ahead and just moved her back to the Cpap machine instead of the conventional vent. We were just thrilled! She was doing so well that they didn't see any reason to leave that yucky old tube in her throat. She still doesn't like the prongs in her nose, and she'll let you know all about it when she starts fussing, but this is a huge step. Growing by leaps and bounds. She weighs 3lbs 6.6oz and she is 16 inches long today. The docs think that while the vent was doing all the work and Caleigh was sleeping after surgery; her little body didn't have to work so hard and it took that time to do some important growing. Practically all her swelling is gone and she should start getting heavier from here on out. I changed Caleigh's diaper today and there was a tiny smear of mucus in it which is a great sign of things starting to work!!! I really need to invent a poo dance :-) The doctors probably won't start pedialyte again for another 4 or 5 days, but they think things are looking great.

Caleigh holding mommy again! Yep, I got to hold our baby girl today!

It had been over a week since I held her last and I was getting awfully cranky not being able too.

I'm doing a lot better. I'm on my 4th day of iron supplements and I feel like I could run a marathon again! Just kidding maybe just a 5k :-) but I do have more energy!

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Mommy's Milk

201 Days in the NICUHolly D Gray4 Comments

So yesterday was a big day and today was pretty big too! Caleigh started tube feedings of breastmilk. They are called continuous feeds because she gets 2ml every hour 24 hrs a day. She seems to be doing ok, but she is extremely uncomfortable. Because she is continuously fed; there is no time to burp or release the air. So she gets a lot of air in her tummy and it made her cry a lot today. It breaks my heart to see her in pain, but we knew all along that the feeding process would be long and frustrating. Hopefully it gets better soon. The nurses can pull out the air through the tube to release a lot of pressure and that seems to help.

Caleigh was also misbehaving with her breathing this morning so the doctor put her back on the Cpap. This one has nasal prongs and she does not like it one bit! Lots of frowning going on today ;-( The Cpap will keep her air sacs open by pushing air into her lungs. It's room air though, so she isn't needing oxygen assistance.

Also, I wanted all you prayer warriors out there to pray for a set of twins that are in the NICU with Caleigh. Jenny and Emma were born at 24 weeks and each were about a pound and a half. Emma is doing well, but having trouble gaining weight. And Jenny is having a fluid problem and the doctors don't know why she is swelling so bad. She is on the ventilator because she is too fragile and they almost lost her earlier this week. Jenny and Emma have 3 other siblings at home waiting for them. They have been in the NICU for about a month and a half. If everyone could add them to their prayers, we would really appreciate it.

Again, thanks for all of the comments and wonderful prayers. When I hold Caleigh, I talk to her and tell her about all the people that love her and pray for her daily. It makes a huge impact. Thanks again!


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