Sunday, November 01, 2009

One week old - NICU update

All three girls are now receiving gut stim "practice feedings" of 3 mls of breast milk three times a day. They're lovin' it! I can't believe they are already a week old.

She had been struggling the most, but is progressing wonderfully. Emma has moved to an isolette, just like her sisters, and has finally been taken off the ventilator. She is sporting a nasal cannula and breathing room air. While I was pumping, my husband was able to witness the gut stim in process. He reports that she was fussy, but the moment the breast milk hit her tummy she settled down. He took her temperature, a perfect 36.8 C, and was able to touch her head as the nurse unhooked her from all of the monitors. I held her for the first time today and it was just amazing to see her little face. She was wide awake, staring at me and her dad and seemed to really enjoy being swaddled and snuggled. After about 30 minutes, she was wiped out and needed to return to her isolette and the bilirubin lights.

She is no longer jaundiced and the bilirubin lights have been switched off. Her isolette is now covered with a pretty blanket to mimic the muffled, darker environment of the womb. For the second day in a row, her heart murmur couldn't be heard, so it seems as if the three doses of meds worked its magic.

Her nasal cannula has been removed and she is breathing room air. Ada is still under the bilirubin lights for jaundice, but doing terrific in every other respect. Her heart murmur can still be heard, but we hope it will resolve on its own. I had a chance to hold her for the 2nd time today. She was wide awake and stared at me. Like Emma, her eyes turned toward her dad whenever he spoke. It was lovely seeing her more comfortable, and receiving no breathing assistance whatsoever. Real progress!


Kate said...

Thanks for the update - your girls all sound wonderful! Hope the PDAs resolve with meds (if necessary).

Carrie said...

How wonderful! We Are finding the nicu to be so full of small victories to celebrate, just like you!

My guys say hi from their cozy room too!


Anonymous said...

It really sounds like they are coming along well. It must be so hard to not get to hold them all the time.
Hope to hear more updates soon.

Anonymous said...

OMG-They are doing awesome!! Yeah!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I'm so glad that the girls are doing so well!

What a blessing to get to hold them and watch them get stronger every day.

Anonymous said...

All sounds wonderful. One of the next big milestones for your babes will be (in a few weeks) to synchronize their sucking and swallowing - let's hope they're naturals. Sounds like they are doing superbly, though, and what dedicated parents. I bet you are happy to be discharged at last... that was a good long hospital stay. Hope you are feeling well. Hugs, S

SassyIfLady said...

That's wonderful news. I hope they continue to progress. Take care!

mekate said...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I will now read backwards and just want to say, gosh darn, one week old, holy moly. Congratulations!


Michele said...

Yay! Great news!

Anonymous said...

congratulations- I know you must be so happy. Your girls sound like they're doing very well. Please let me know if you need anything

mekate said...

thinking of you and sending love,
hope everyone is doing wonderfully.