Well now since our sweet girl is living at the NICU, I LOVE HAND SANITIZER. Can't get enough of it. The doctors and nurses there say it's actually a little better than washing your hands. But we do both anyways when we arrive there. Yes, maybe I'm becoming a germ freak now, but I don't really care. Keeping my baby healthy is my priority now!!
Baby girl is doing well. She was doing great with bottle feeds but has started to slow down a little. So they had to put a feeding tube back in and are alternating tube feeds and bottle feeds. She is up to 3lbs 14 oz now after getting down to 3lbs 5oz. They have lowered the heat in her isolette and have taken her picc line out. Overall, she is doing pretty well considering. I get to hold her and feed her a bottle sometimes. I am just SO in love. I could stare at her little face all day long. And her Dad, well he's just head over heels for her...
They might be moving her to another nursery soon, which is a step up. But she will most likely still be in the NICU for at least another two weeks or so. Things can change so fast. So there is always the possibility she could come home earlier or be there much longer. The NICU is such a tough place, you see all these parents with heavy hearts just getting through each day. Yesterday I saw a couple who's baby must have been just discharged because they were practically running out of there with there preemie baby in a car seat.
We can't wait to bring her home! But I have to say Im terrified too. I work with kids, but honestly I don't have much experience with infants (let alone preemies!). So I'm a little nervous. I just want her to be okay. I guess my main concern is her breathing. Yesterday I was changing her diaper in the isolette and dressing her and it took me forever and the help of my husband and my mom! Usually, I'm a super fast diaper changer (from doing it at work all day long) but I'm so scared with her and all the wires and she's so delicate! It's scary!
Yesterday, I had to go see the doctor because I just haven't been feeling well, still having pain and was pretty sure I had a UTI. So I went and they said my incision looked good but gave me an antibiotic for the UTI. And I'm to continue with the high dose ibuprofen for a few days. I think I'm slowly feeling better but trying to take it easy. Friday I go back and see my OB for the two week check up and then hopefully I can drive again.
Still not producing much milk, which is a bit frustrating. I bring what I do get into the NICU everyday and they give it to her, but I'm really not filling up bottles yet. Patience, I guess.
I will leave you with a picture of our sweet girl. The bow probably weighs more than she does! :)