Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Panda - Day 3

Yeah, we made it to the NICU in time for her feeding and I had enough breastmilk for a full feeding! Woo-hoo. It was a banner moment. :) She doesn't have any tubes in her nose this morning! They took out the forced oxygen and she's totally breathing and maintaining her oxygen levels on her own. Yeah. Unfortunately, she has to have her IV moved...again. Awful. I might get to feed her with a bottle at the next feeding. :) More later.

12:45 pm
Great News...they decided to keep her IV out and increase her feedings. So as long as her "residuals" (the stuff that doesn't get digested in her stomach) stay low, no more IV fluids. :) This is awesome news. And I got to feed her Bmilk with a bottle. :) She gobbled 22 mL down and then fell into such a deep sleep the rest went into her feeding tube. Which, by the way, they moved from her mouth to her nose, yeah! It annoyed her laying on her tongue and she'd gag on it occassionally. Not fun. And now...she is wearing clothes! She actually has on some of the NICU wardrobe...a cute pink sleeper. Yeah.

10:30pm
T-Dad and I just got back from the NICU. Fortunately, my sister flew in from PA on Sunday night to help us out. Its been so awesome to have her here and offering moral support, kid help, household help, "drink your water" help, etc. Now on to the important Panda News...
T-Dad feed her a bottle of bmilk, 34 mL, at the 2:00 pm feeding and she drank the whole bottle in 12 minutes! He says it was amazing. She is doing so well. Tonight, I fed her another bottle of bmilk and she drank all 34 mL. Unfortunately, her billirubin is high so she is having to wear a special blanket that has fiber optic UV lights to get rid of the billi rubin. Hopefully when I check in on her later..her billirupin counts will be down. Other than that she is doing really well. And she's opening her eyes more and more. They are still "newborn" blue.

11 comments:

Katherine said...

That is great news!! And just remember, if she can object to the nurses messing with her, she is a fighter who will be just fine.

Harley Quinn said...

YAY for breastmilk. Go you!! I'm so happy to hear that no oxygen tubes. She is SO telling you she wants outta there. =)

Little Miss Determined!!

Looseyfur said...

Hooray! I think it's awesome that she's off the oxygen. That's a huge check mark in the three things she needs to do to go home!

~rachel~ said...

Yeah, glad to hear she's doing well! And you're getting to feed her! I'm guessing you're getting to spend some quality time w/ the pump!! :)

Katherine said...

She is making such good and fast progress! Yeah!!

Quigs78 said...

Awesome!! She's such a little trooper - she wants to be home as much as you want her to be there, so she's working her little tail off to get there!

Let us know if you need anything! :)

The Fearless Freak said...

Fantastic! I'm so glad to hear that she is doing so well! :)

lisa said...

Miranda...what a wonderful name. You are so brave and so strong. I'm thinking good thoughts and sending you all positive energy. And like Harley said, Yea for breastmilk :)

Lindsay said...

Congratulations on Miranda--it sounds like despite the premie challenges, she is doing amazing.

I would love to do anything I can to help. We're just around the corner from you all. So if you need food, someone to take the kids for a few hours, or anything at all, please just let me know.

Again, Congrats on both the new addition and all the milestones you all have reached in the last few days . . . and feel welcome to ask for help whenever you could use it :-)

~rachel~ said...

Yeah glad to hear she's doing so well!! Those blankets work great- Rowan was jaundice and after maybe 2 days with the glow worm blanket his levels were back to normal.

Harley Quinn said...

I love the new nickname. Panda. Adorable.