She also attempted to drink from a bottle yesterday. It was so much fun holding her and feeding her and not just holding a syringe at the tube that is down her throat. She got the bottle in her mouth and fell right to sleep. It's hard work being as cute as she is!!! She managed to get a little bit out though and we are proud of her. Babies don't learn the suck, swallow reflex until week 34 (gestationally) and since yesterday was the 34 week mark, the doctors said it was okay to try. Hopefully now that she has had a taste of the good life, she will want more. That is what we are praying. Being bottle fed is another milestone that will get her home sooner! Please pray that this reflex will kick in quickly. One of the nurses said that once she gets it she will just take off with it.
Oh how cute!
Please pray also for the swelling in my feet, legs and hands to go down. I would take a picture of it and show you how funny they look, but I value your friendship and don't want to gross anyone out. My doctor said it is just a side effect of the epidural and the IV's from when Anna Claire was born and that the only thing to do to help it is to keep your feet up. That's hard when you are traveling back and forth to visit with your daughter. I am drinking tons of water but it just doesn't seem to be getting any better. My emotions have been up and down too, which is totally normal given our situation and our story but I am taking it a day at a time, thanking
God for the beautiful blessing of Anna Claire and her life--that overall she is strong and healthy.
Thank you friends.