Monday, October 20, 2014

NICU Day 29

Baby Girl had a head ultrasound today and it came back "normal"!  This means we continue to steer clear of bleeding in the brain, which is fantastic.  She continues to maintain on her respiratory situation and her recent weight gains have caused them to increase her protein to .4ml every feeding.  I miss her SO MUCH, but I can't begin to imagine risking giving her a virus just so I can see her.


Weight: 1040 grams (up 20 grams) - 2 lb 4oz
Milk: 1093 (36.43 oz)
Feeds: 20 ml pushed over 30 min, Iron supplement and 1ml Tri-Vi-Sol, .4 ml protein x 8/day (every feeding) - Iron, Protein and Caffeine doses were adjusted for weight today.
NIPPV Remains at 20, 23%-36% oxygen.
A ton of labs in the morning
Day Nurse: Mary
Night Nurse: Kim

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NICU Day 28

I'm really done with not being able to go to the hospital.  I feel like I should wait the full 7 days because it is safest.  C keeps coughing on everything and producing rivers of snot.  He sleeps in bed with us because I want to be sure he's breathing OK.  He's handled colds much better since his mitral valve was repaired, but I'm still leery, especially with EV-D68 running around.

I find that I really miss being pregnant.  I had a lot of expectations for how October, November and December would be for me.  I expected a certain level of discomfort, a lot of work to manage my blood sugars and getting big as a house.  I was looking forward to Baby Girl being big enough that I could let C feel her kick.  We were going to do a 3D ultrasound and have a copy of it on DVD.  We were going to have a recording of her heartbeat installed in a bear for C.  I was going to actually get my prenatal pictures done this time.  I miss feeling her kick and the bonding we would have done in these last few months of my pregnancy.  I'm sad I couldn't share her with my husband and son.  Every day, in a thousand ways, I'm reminded that the world has not matched my expectations for this pregnancy.

Sunday Measurements:
Length: 34.5 cm (no gain) - 13.58 inches
Head Circumference: 24.5 cm (+1cm) - 9.64 inches

Weight: 1020 grams (up 40 grams) - 2 lb 4oz
Milk: 983 ml (32.76 oz)
Feeds: 20 ml pushed over 30 min, Iron supplement and 1ml Tri-Vi-Sol, .7 ml protein x 4/day (every other feeding) - Iron and Caffeine doses were adjusted for weight today.
NIPPV Remains at 20, 24%-31% oxygen.
Day Nurse: Mary
Night Nurse: Kim

Saturday, October 18, 2014

NICU Day 27

Baby Girl reached 1000 grams!  So Excited!! She also reached 29 weeks gestation today.

I'm tired of being sick.  I want to go see Baby Girl.  C continues to be full of virus and grossness.  I'm hoping my comparatively minor symptoms resolve soon.  Husband went to the hospital today and dropped off more milk for Baby Girl.  He wore a mask and did take a picture for me.  I very much miss seeing my Baby Girl.

Weight: 1000 grams (up 40 grams) - 2.2 lb *ONE KILOGRAM!!!!!*
Milk: 1045 ml (34.8 oz)
Feeds: 20 ml pushed over 30 min, Iron supplement and 1ml Tri-Vi-Sol, .7 ml protein x 4/day (every other feeding)
NIPPV Remains at 20, 24%-31% oxygen.
Day Nurse: Lindsay
Night Nurse: Lindsey