Thursday, November 27, 2014

NICU Day 68

Baby Girl had a great day today.  I talked with the doctor about my suspicions that the new human milk fortifier was causing her issues in the rear.  The doctor said we could change to a formula called neosure now, rather than waiting until we go home to decide to keep the liquid fortifier or change to the powder.  So we made that change and I'm hoping to see her rear heal very soon.

Baby Girl is at 4 unfortified feeds a day.   Her weight gain was very small today, but only half her feeds were at the new 49 ml volume.  We'll see what the doctors say today regarding her very modest weight gain.

Baby Girl was having a LOT Of alarms overnight and into the morning.  She started alarming a LOT after the first time I fed her.  The nurse and I were very perplexed by the numbers compared to how she looked.  After holding her upright and checking her probe, we finally changed the probe, even though it looked fine.  Her sats immediately improved and looked a lot better, so we believe it may have been defective.  We'll see which of the alarms they hold against her of the 11 that she had that morning.

I left the hospital and came home to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal with The Husband's parents.  We forewent a large gathering to help ensure we stayed healthy this holiday season.  I REALLY missed baby girl this evening.  I hope she comes home soon.  I did some Black Friday online shopping at Carters and found a fantastic clothing collection in Navy and Grey for baby girl.  I bought quite and found an additional 30% of coupon code!



Weight: 2320 grams 5 grams (5 lbs 1 oz)
Milk: 1045 (34.8 oz)
Feeds: 49 ml fortified to 24 calories pushed over 30 min
Nursed: once for more than 30 minutes
Iron supplement 1 ml
Tri-Vi-Sol .5 ml twice a day
Day Nurse: Kelly
Night Nurse: Natalie

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NICU Day 67

Baby Girl had a good day. I tried to feed her twice, but she was too tired the second time. Lesson learned, wait until she is angry to try and feed her.

She seemed to have a lot of alarms, possibly because they had oxygen on her butt to help heal it, which kept her on her stomach a lot. Poor baby.  The contraption they used was very amusing, I took pictures.  Note the Styrofoam cup with the oxygen tube coming out of it in the vicinity of her nether regions.  We are high tech!



Weight: 2315 grams 35 grams (5 lbs 1 oz)
Milk: 1045 (34.8 oz)
Feeds: 45 ml fortified to 24 calories pushed over 30 min
Nursed: once for more than 30 minutes
Iron supplement 1 ml
Tri-Vi-Sol .5 ml twice a day
Day Nurse: Sarah
Night Nurse: Natalie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NICU Day 66

Baby Girl is back off nasal cannula and was free to start nursing again. I fed her at the 5:30 and 8:30 feedings this evening, it went very well!  She did lose a bit of weight, we'll see what the doctor says tomorrow on that one.  I assume we need to bump up the amount she's eating.  I really miss my Baby Weigh scale from Medela, it told me exactly how much Charlie ate when he breastfed.  It is a crutch and I shouldn't use it again (unless medically needed again)... but I miss it anyway.

Baby Girl's butt is still broken down and looking very painful, I still blame the new fortifier.  We're doing as much air time as we can in the hopes that it will heal up.  We may need to go to blowing oxygen on it, but she really hates that, so I'm hoping it will get better without that.

After her last feeding, we cuddled for a bit and her O2 sats were at 100% without any respiratory support for the first time I've seen... These monitors can make you crazy, but it will be hard to leave them behind.




Weight: 2270 grams -25 grams (5 lbs)
Milk: 1045 (34.8 oz)
Feeds: 45 ml fortified to 24 calories pushed over 30 min
Nursed: twice for more than 30 minutes each time
Iron supplement 1 ml
Tri-Vi-Sol .5 ml twice a day
Day Nurse: Rhonda (Congratulations on your new job, but you will be missed!)
Night Nurse: Natalie