i guess wordless isn't really my thing. :)
last night wren was up only 5 grams, so she's still at 4lbs 7oz. she's been taking about 2 feedings a day from me, and is a rockstar with breastfeeding. her heart-rate drops are almost completely non-existant now, and her desats are minimal. we're super lucky! i think i'm going to try and do more than 2 feedings a day soon. (she's still too tuckered out to feed twice in a row though.)you probably noticed in the picture that she had her og (oral) tube back down again. since she's on cpap she has to have the tube in her mouth. it's really a bummer too, because everytime i feed her it has to come out. it'll be much easier when it's an ng again. (nose)they use the size 8 (larger) tube in her mouth because they have to vent her stomach when she's on cpap. the machine blows a certain amount of air into her belly. after a gavage feeding, they simply open the syringe to air, and up comes the air in her stomach.
she's sprinting 6 on 6 off now! she tolerated it well yesterday, and hopefully will keep up the good work! we can't wait to have her back on cannula...in order to get her off of cannula... and get her home! her due date is quickly approaching, and it doesn't look like she's going to be coming home by or around that time after all. (maybe 2 weeks after?) luckily she's got the temperature thing down. and the feeding thing is going well... she's still having cyclical desats though, and can't seem to totally get off that cpap. i just keep telling myself she's the boss... i wish the boss would hurry up and decided to breathe!
her diaper rash is totally cleared up! we're still applying what katie endearingly calls "wren's crack spackle" at every nappy change though... since it seems she has a tendency for rashes. her poo is still runny at times, and seems more green than yellow now. i'm not sure why that is... i haven't had any green veggies in excess, or out of the ordinary. anyone have suggestions about green runny poo?
the poo is a little seedy, (for those who haven't seen breastmilk poo- seedy and yellow are good things), but still mostly runny. they asked me yesterday if i was still just pumping hind milk. i am, but i'm also feeding her twice a day, and they're also using frozen (which isn't just hindmilk). i think they were worried that it could be a fattyness overload, which could upsetting her stomach. foremilk is what you get in the first letdown, it's what's been made and stored. hindmilk is the milk that is made after the letdown, and the body grabs lots of fats to create it quickly. she's been off the hmf (fortifier) for 3 days now. so if it was that, her poo should be better today.
we're going to start trying to board at the hospital soon. they've been full so far. it would really be easier since i'm feeding her now. but especially convenient since i can't feed her twice in a row! that means i'm up there for at least 6 hours at a time, or, more likely, making multiple trips. (remember, it's 50 miles roundtrip.) i love the baby girl dearly, but i can only sit upright in a chair holding her for so long.. that time, before the disks in my back are crushed, and my tush is asleep, is about 4 hours. by the time the 6 hour mark comes i really need to defrag from all the beeping and hustle and bustle of the nicu.
i had to cancel my cowmooflage carseat! i know, it's a tragedy. but it still hadn't come in, and so i got online to check on the shipping status. target said it would be here... by september 20th! i really hope i have need for the carseat before that time! (though i may not.) i think we're just going to go to one of the stores here and see what they have. i'm actually considering a convertable. (one that grows with them) i know, mandy and eric, after all the selling i tried to do to get you to get the infant! haha... i just figure i'll be wearing her frequently, and that i don't want to lug around the infant carrier, so why not get the carseat that's really a car seat?