Nora is 3 weeks old already! And I’ve made it through 21 days in the NICU. I know, not nearly as many as some families, but I’m celebrating small victories. I realize the doctors have to tell me Nora will be in the NICU until her due date, but I’ve heard talk she could be home sooner. My own personal goal for her is May 15th, which is only 38 more days!
Nora is very close to 3 lbs. 9 oz. now, hard to believe she is growing so quickly! She was busy today, pulling out her feeding tube, twice! Poor girl hates it, but for the time being, it’s still essential. I was told we might be able to try breastfeeding soon, but no mention of it was made today. Her oxygen is now at 1/4 of a liter. I’m told some doctors will go down to 1/8 next, while others will just remove the oxygen all together. Wow, are we really ready for that soon?? We shall see I guess!
I’m feeling good, but if you can believe it I’m back on another round of antibiotics. My OB/GYN called me this morning to let me know the tissue from my D&C grew e coli. Yeah. I know at this point it doesn’t really help to speculate how Nora got sick, but it sure makes me wonder now. Looking back, I told my (awful) nurse twice that I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid, but again, I was told they didn’t want to check me. Is it possible I got the infection while I was in the hospital while we waited for the steroids to work? If I did pass the e coli to Nora, would it have been prevented if I’d had a c-section? I don’t know, maybe I’ll never know, and maybe I shouldn’t even worry about it at this point. I’m going to try to focus on the positive, Nora is doing really well, and I am too. Thankfully I can still pump and feed the milk to Nora while on the oral antibiotics for the next 10 days. All will be well.
I told myself I was going to write out thank-you notes tonight, we shall see if that happens! I need to pump again at 7 pm, so any minute, and gosh, bed sounds nice. And oh, the laundry… And the dishes… And Kona wants attention…
I honestly can’t wait for the day Nora comes home and her and I can just cuddle at home all day!
Oh, and I’ve been adding more pictures to Nora’s scrapbook, the link is http://stefanie.smugmug.com/Nora-Mae if you’re interested!