34w2d – Day of Life 37

This post is a bit random, so I apologize 😉

First, the facts:

  • Weight: 2,065 grams (4 lbs. 9 oz.)
  • Tube Feedings: 56cc every 4 hours over 30 mins (1.9 oz. every 4 hours)
  • Breastfeeding: Nora nursed for 7-8 mins this morning with a nipple shield and therefore only had to take half her 10AM feeding through her tube!  While we’re on this topic, can I just complain for a minute?  They want me to estimate how long she nurses, as in, how long she is actually sucking/taking in milk.  How is that possible??  I’m new to this so obviously have a lot to focus on while feeding her, and counting just the time she is sucking doesn’t seem to be high on my priority list.  I mean, what baby sucks continuously?
  • Meningitis Status: Culture came back negative/no growth!  Antibiotics are complete and PICC line was removed Monday!
  • Respiratory: Room air, no oxygen support
  • Temperature: Nora’s bed is still set to 29.2 C.  I asked the nurse about this again today, wondering why she still isn’t in a crib.  The nurse said there is no reason why she can’t be in a crib now, but they don’t really see the point in making her use calories to keep her temp up when instead she can use them to grow and gain weight.  I guess I see their point…
  • Location: This morning in rounds I was told there should be a room available tomorrow (Thursday) for us in Bay 4!!!  It’s my understanding Bay 4 and 5 are similar, just in different locations in the hospital.  I asked for a tour of Bay 4 to get an idea of what to expect…  There are just 6 rooms which form a U around the nurses station.  The rooms are what you would expect of a typical hospital room, bed, TV, private bathroom…  Like a hotel I guess.  But way more expensive!  I’m really hoping we actually get moved tomorrow, now that they got me all excited!

Remember coworker N?  Yeah, ran into him the other day…  Can you believe he had the nerve to tell me that his wife is ‘just so totally over being pregnant and would do anything to be induced right now’…?  Yeah, she is due May 1st.  He obviously doesn’t have any idea what I would give to have made it to my due date…  And if that wasn’t bad enough, he wanted to know the lactation consultant’s names and if they gave me any tips.  What a freak.

And in other news, my boss just up and quit a few weeks ago and it now looks like N might end up a manager.  Dear God, help us.  He is in no way qualified for such work.  I thank the Lord that this coming Friday is my last official day.  I’ll be cleaning out my desk in the morning… hopefully just a few hours of work 🙂  I will sincerely miss a few lovely ladies, but I’ll do my darndest to keep in touch with them!

Since Nora got her PICC line out Monday she was allowed her first tub bath Tuesday!  And let me just say, I’m truly touched Eric wants to take part in all her ‘firsts’.  I mean, he really has surprised me.  He didn’t want to miss her first tub bath so we paged him when we were ready and he somehow snuck out of surgery.  Check out the cute pictures below.  And those are yawns in the pictures.

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Well, I’m fairly certain I have much more to share, but look at that, it’s time to pump again!  So for now, I’ll leave you with a picture of my view from the rocker in Nora’s room in Bay 3.  Hopefully this is the last day of this view!

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10 thoughts on “34w2d – Day of Life 37

  1. I’m so glad to hear things are progressing! She’s just 3oz shy of Mackenzie’s discharge weight (4lb 12oz). It’s amazing how fast they grow! I hope you are able to go home with her very soon!

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  2. So glad to hear that things are going well for your family. The move to bay 4 is one step closer to going home! Love the pictures of her first bath, that is precious. She didn’t look to bothered by it, I remember my boys SCREAMED during the first bath! I am glad Eric was able to be there for that!

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  3. So glad she is doing so well!!!! I have to Really watch/listen to my baby feed too. It took me a long time to realize what his swallow sound was. You will get the hang of it too!!

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  4. Yay!!!! No more meningitis! Thank you for the update, been checking often to hear that great news. Nora is such a fighter.

    Love the yawning while having a bath. She is looking so good.

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  5. This post is full of wonderful news! No infection, PICC removed, room air, temperature needs decreased…go Nora! Bay 4 sounds nice. Nora will likely have more “freedom” as she feeds and grows.
    Um…N is a jerk! Let’s hope he’s so stupid and caught up in his how world that words just fly out his mouth without thinking. Don’t let him bother you because soon enough be will no longer be your problem.
    Thanks for the update…give Nora a gently squeeze from me!

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