Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NICU Day 3

Baby girl continues to hold her own.  She had an hour today where she needed 29% oxygen support.  Otherwise, this was a very quiet night and day for her.  Her Bilirubin dropped enough that they took her back off phototherapy for a bit and she seemed to enjoy resting in the dark and quiet.

Things were a bit rougher for me.  I was discharged around 2 and had to leave the hospital without my baby.  Leaving was very tough.  I've been on an emotional roller coaster ever since.  There was a slightly surreal moment as we were getting ready to leave.  We were standing in her room talking to the nurse and someone just outside the door came to an abrupt stop.  I looked up and there stood our son's cardiologist.  I think we gave him a moment of severe cognitive dissonance.  He just couldn't place why we were there, it was outside his expectations.  He recovered quickly and we exchanged pleasantries, but it was strange for both of us.

We left late enough that we had just enough time to stop by Whole Foods to lay in my supply of oatmeal (galactagogue!) before going to pick up C.  C got into the car and was already talking about how he had to sleep at the hospital the other night and now the baby is out.  He asked where the baby is and I explained that she's sick and has to stay with the doctors.  He seemed OK with this, it does make sense in his world, we see a lot of doctors.  He then asked what her name was, we told him again and he had a little melt down over thinking it should change to a different name, I don't know why and he couldn't explain it, but eventually he settled down.

The Husband and C both seem to have a cold.  This has given me something new to obsess over.  Husband didn't touch baby girl and he wore a mask when he was in the room last time.  The symptoms really just started this afternoon.  But I'm still VERY concerned, desperately hoping not to get sick and planning to sleep on the couch.

Spoke with Darrin at about 1am and Baby girl is doing fine.  She'll desat and they bump her O2 up to 24-25% then they wean her back down onto room air again.

Day Nurse: Cassie
Night Nurse: Darrin
Height: 12 3/4 inches (32.385)
Weight: 1.47 lbs (670 Grams - down 20)
Pump Total: 148.5 ml in 8 pumps - 4.95 oz
Feeding rate: 2 milliliters every 6 hours.


  1. I'm so glad to hear she is doing well and that she has been able to get some rest without the lights. And {{soft hugs}} to you on having to go home without her :( I hope the nurse is able to call you very soon and give you a great update to go to sleep on.

    1. Thank you! I eventually called and told them I'd call next pump session and I was able to speak to her at midnight. I updated the post :)

    2. I'm so glad :) I was thinking about her today but hadn't had a chance to log in and see if you had any updates :) I'm amazed at the fact that she is able to spend so much time on room air at her gestational age--I'm accustomed to seeing parents talk about much more support.

  2. So sorry that you are home without her. I can only imagine how hard it must be for all of you. Hope hubby and C are feeling well soon.

  3. I am thinking of you all SO MUCH.