Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NICU Day 9

Today was my first day back at work.  It went well, though I'm not sure how I'm going to balance work, home and hospital.  I got to the hospital just before 5pm and didn't leave until right at 8.

Today's hospital visit was pretty intense.  I got to change her diaper and take her temperature as well as the Kangaroo Care for about an hour.  Previously, I'd been treating Kanagroo care as something that was done on me, where I'd hold still, they'd place her on me and then I'd just hold REALLY still while they adjusted her as needed.  Today, they had me re-positioning her myself.  She's very tiny and I find touching her and manipulating her daunting.  I clearly stated my concerns with being left alone with Baby Girl and Rhonda was really awesome about it.  She was careful to make sure I knew I could get help, they made sure I had a call button I could push and she made sure I wasn't left alone when the alarms went off.  Baby Girl had a couple brady spells and some apnea spells during our time together, but overall, they said it went very well.  Also, she had a really big poop... which may have been at least some of her bradys etc.

Height: 13 inches (33 cm)
Weight: up 10 grams!
Pump Total: 611ml - 20.36 oz
feedings bumped to 7 ml
CPAP 5 - 21% - 27%
Kangaroo Care - 1 hour
Dr Carr called with an update
Phototherapy is on
Day Nurse: Rhonda
Night Nurse: Megan


  1. Christine-you are doing wonderful. A mom with as much love as you have will be gently when handling her and no harm will come. Sounds like she is doing really well! Becky

  2. Getting a good nurse can make such a big difference :) I'm so glad she was responsive to your worries and needs.

    And YAY POOP!! It is good to see her eating more and her digestive system working :) It sounds as though she is doing great :)

  3. I'm glad you spoke to your nurse about your concerns during kangaroo care. Your tension there can't be awesome for either of you. I'm also glad that they are having you handle her more. I mean, I'm sure it is nerve-wracking, but the only way to make it less nerve-wracking is to practice and get used to it. *hugs* Keep on keeping on, lovely. You can do it. ~Anna