Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I heart hand sanitizer.

I used to despise hand sanitizer. The smell, the feel of it all over my hands and I pretty much didn't believe that it was actually killing germs....

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! :)




20 comments:

Stephanie said...

She sure looks nice and healthy in those pictures! Is that a KC Chiefs shirt I see?? :) And such exciting news about being moved up to another nursery, every bit of good news has to be such a relief for you.

Jenny said...

awww love her bow! She's so cute! I hear you on working with kids but feeling lost around newborns! But, it just comes naturally...you'll be so in tune with her before you know it that it won't matter.
At least while you're at home in between visits you can maybe do some research on preparing to care for a preemie/newborn??

Mrs. H said...

She is so darn cute!!! Praying that things keep progressing well.

Marissa said...

You'll get faster with the diapers. It also helps to realize that many of the wires--the 3 for the EEG leads and the pulse ox--they don't hurt when they get pulled.

I hope she comes home soon.

Babydreams2011 said...

Sarah- Shoot me an email when you get a free moment (I know you don't have many!) I have some tips to increase your milk supply! :)

Baby Samantha is ADORABLE!!!

Rebecca said...

She is so cute!

Liz said...

Oh my goodness she is so beautiful! I love the bow! Could your OB maybe give you something to help with milk production?

thatmoxiegirl said...

She is beautiful!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

she is adorable!!!

Kate said...

Hi Sarah. Has your doctor considered putting you on reglan to help with your milk production? It isn't recommended for long-term use (years), but it does help with that. Just wondering. :)

Kate said...

Hi Sarah. Has your doctor considered putting you on reglan to help with your milk production? It isn't recommended for long-term use (years), but it does help with that. Just wondering. :)

J said...

She's adorable! Sounds like she's doing great!

a miracle 4 us said...

She looks wonderful and cute!!! Saying prayers for a healthy growing baby girl :)

Kelly said...

She is so beautiful!!! I am so glad to hear she is doing well and is making progress! Way to go Samantha!

Good Timing said...

Im always so excited when you update! Love reading your posts about your new baby girl and to hear things are going so well! Keep the good news and the pics coming. Hope you are doing okay. I think of you lots!

kkasun said...

What a cutie! Her face is so filled in for being a preemie!!!!
I hope that she gets home soon!
I bet that it will be natural to you once the gets all the wires out and is a bit bigger!!!!

Faith said...

Don't worry - you'll know just what to do with her once she is home:). And I agree with Kate - ask your dr about reglan or domperidone. Here is a link to info on domperidone (which CAN be used long term, I have been on it for a year - but you prob wouldn't have to, just to get you going until Samantha can nurse)...

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-DGS

Good luck and keep those ADORABLE pictures coming:).

Seriously said...

What a cutie!!!

Matt and Krista said...

What a beautiful baby girl! It's amazing how fast you'll catch on to being a Mama...it really is intuitive!!

Kristen said...

She is just SO absolutely perfect! She's doing great and I just know she's gonna be busting outta there soon! Like I said, she's a fighter! Can't wait til Tuesday!!!!!! Love you!! xoxo