Friday, January 04, 2008
Look, Ma, no tubes on my face!!
Well, so far so good...Makayla's doing great off the nasal canula. Her respirations have been staying steady all day, even when she was nursing. And since they d/c'd her tube feedings, she finally has a face free of tubes!!
Sweet, tiny Mackenzie - laid her head down on my breast and went to sleep after she finished nursing this afternoon. Can you see how tiny her little head and little hand are? It's so amazing every time I hold her - I just can't believe how little she is. She's like a little china doll.
She has continued to have pauses in her breathing, and she has slight desats during them (where her oxygen level falls), so the nurse practitioner was going to write an order to start caffeine. The nurse who's caring for her today said she will likely have to go home on an apnea monitor, since this is happening - but let's keep praying that she grows out of it before she comes home, so we don't have to deal with that!
Makayla snuggling up to mom after nursing. The nurse said she may actually get to be moved to an open bassinet tomorrow, depending on how she does tonight - and skip the incubator phase.
Both girls actually lost weight from yesterday, but this is likely due to them increasing their nipple feeds - sucking expends calories, so it will take them a little time to get used to that. Mackenzie weighed 1347 grams (2 lbs, 15 oz) when she was born, and today weighs 1418 gms (3 lbs, 2 oz). Makayla weighed 2438 grams (5 lbs, 6 oz) at birth, and today weighs 2255 gms (5 lbs even).