Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Early Bird - Day 17


Here we are at Day 17...sorry its been so long since I posted. Its been more of the same the last week or so. Early Bird has 8 feedings a day and its "doctor's orders" that she "nipple 8 out of 8" so that means...at the appropriate feeding time (every 3 hours) the nurse/parent gives her a bottle (almost all the time containing breastmilk - woo-hoo, my milk has come all the way in.) and then its a numbers game...Early Bird drinks as much of the bottle as she wants (or can possibly stay awake for) and then the rest goes into her tummy through her feeding tube. And until she gets 75% of her total daily calories from those bottle feedings (not what goes in the tube) she can't bust out of the joint.

Its hard for premature babies to get the hang of "suck, swallow, breath". And that's what drinking a bottle is all about. In the womb, babies are developing that reflex right around 35-36 wks, while floating in a bath of amniotic fluid...but with EB having entered the world around 34 wks...she has to learn this skill in a different way (every 3 hours with a latex nipple and breastmilk) and at a different time (NOW!).

But the good news is...
Day 14 - 64% of her feedings from the bottle/breast
Day 15 - 72% of her feedings from the bottle/breast
Day 16 - 82% of her feedings from the bottle/breast

The end is in sight...they pulled out her feeding tube yesterday at the 6pm feeding and she's been keeping her numbers up. They are going to keep watching her for another 24-48 hours and if all goes well...she's going to be pushed out of the NICU nest and ready to fly on her own (at home with us). :)

7 comments:

Looseyfur said...

And that, my friend, is wonderful news. Outstanding. I'm so happy for you. I know it's been less than 3 weeks since you gave birth and that you've been going strong for Early Bird, Mealyworm and Bug. But you've been through so much lately. So please let me know if you need anything... dinner again once she gets home, a walk when it gets warm, whatever. Seriously.

~rachel~ said...

Such good news!! So glad she's ddoing good eating!! Yeah hope you get her home soon!

The Fearless Freak said...

Such wonderful news! And I second Loosey, if you guys need ANYTHING, please let us know. We are always happy to help :)

Katherine said...

Tears in my eyes happy for you! Please let us know what we can do to help. Can't wait to have you all together just down the street.

Quigs78 said...

Woohoo!! Awesome news!

Same here - if you need ANYTHING while you're getting EB settled at home, don't hesitate to ask!

libbygirl said...

Can't wait to meet EB. So glad to hear that things are going well.

Harley Quinn said...

Today is the day Miss E.B. Can't wait to see you again. Congrats on your homecoming!!