She continues to improve everyday. She has been taken off of the oxygen and is breathing on her own at this point. They have also started to give her small amounts of formula through her belly button IV and she is pooping! A big milestone for such a little girl. Her weight is stable but the goal, obviously, is for her to digest the food they are giving her in order for there to be a weight gain. Until yesterday, she was on fluids and her tummy had not yet experienced "digestion." The doctors have reassured us that it might take a few times for her body to recognize that her tummy is full and to go ahead and start the digestion process.
As soon as I can provide it, they will be able to put breast milk through the IV as well. I am working on it, but we have been told that it can take a bit longer for mothers of preemies to get their milk. I am trying to not get discouraged and am seeing bits of progress everyday.
Before being discharged yesterday, we found out that we were going to be able to start holding her for 20 minutes a day. Can I just tell you that it was the most amazing thing I have experienced, other than holding her when she was born. My arms have ached for her for the past several days and to get to hold her, even if just for a few minutes, melted this Mommy's heart. I couldn't stop looking at her and telling her beautiful she is and how much we love her.
Mike has started calling her "Small Pants" and tells her about all of the dates he has planned for them...opening day of the 2009 Baseball season, the PGA tournament, trips to Lowes. It's so sweet. He is a Daddy and I love it!
We are trying to spend as much time as we can with her at the hospital and are so thankful for the nurses and doctors who are there to take care of her. They love her as much as we do!
Your prayers mean so much and they are working!
Some of you have asked through email and the blog about our registry. We are registered at Target--you are sweet to ask and want to give. We appreciate it!