- Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz
- Tube Feedings: 20 cc every 3 hours on a pump over 60 minutes (5.4 oz every 24 hours). She is still having some residuals so slowly increasing the feeds.
- Breastfeeding: We were approved to get back to breastfeeding and so far she has done awesome! Yesterday at 5pm she took her entire feeding by breast and again this morning at 9am. We are allowed to ‘try’ to breastfeed one feeding every 12 hours, or close there to, since I’m normally not here at night. I’m honestly not concerned about her learning to eat since she is already doing so awesome. Granted, we are still using a nipple shield, but it’s still a month before she should be born, so I’m saying that’s pretty darn awesome! Hopefully she continues to gain weight as a sign she’s getting enough when breastfeeding. The only downside to all this, I’ll need to be at the hospital even more than I’m already here…
- Antibiotics: Will continue to treat meningitis until May 13th. Last time a repeat lumbar puncture was done 48 hours after antibiotics ended, so perhaps another would be scheduled for around May 16th, we shall see.
- Respiratory: Back to room air, no oxygen support, and doing awesome!
- Testing out a crib today, so far so good on her temperature!
Overall, lots of encouraging news this week! We got off oxygen, back to breathing completely on her own, starting back at learning to breastfeed, is back to gaining weight, and overall, she’s just looking and feeling a lot better after starting treatment for her second round of meningitis. Another MRI of her brain was done this week as well, looking for swelling or abscesses from the meningitis, but it looked completely normal. I was sooooo relieved! The ultrasound of her abdomen came back completely normal as well. We are having to use glycerin again for bowel movements, but hopefully once her feedings increase and she is a bit older she’ll be a little more regular on her own.
Nora is starting to act more like a baby, and less like a fetus, and by that I mean she actually has periods of wakefulness. Granted, she still sleeps most of the day and night, but the first few weeks of her life were almost completely spent sleeping, and now she has fussy times and happy times in between the naps. That said I’m having a hard time knowing how to comfort her. Does that come with time as a new mom? I feel like it’s more difficult here when she is trapped in a glass box all day. Even the soon to be crib is difficult and takes time to get her in and out, so grabbing her every time she fusses isn’t as feasible as I picture if we were home. And honestly, what do you do with a baby all day in one room with limited access to ‘baby stuff’?
And the last bit of great information this week… We got moved to a much nicer room! Still in bay 3, but at the end of a hall, so we now have a big window, a couch, TV, and private bath. Not sure how we got so lucky, but I’ll take it!
Below is a picture of Nora I took yesterday, and then a picture of Eric as a baby. Do we see Eric in Nora? I need to get a digital copy of me as a baby too to compare…