Thursday, March 15, 2012

Update on little Miss Samantha

Sorry everyone! I know I've been MIA but for good reason :) Just wanted to give a quick update on my girl. Today is her one week birthday! And she's doing pretty well. I know that the way life in the NICU is one of things could change at any moment, but at the moment we are very happy where she is at. Here is a quick rundown:


  • She is off her c cap again! And has been off it and doing okay for a few days now. Still on room air! 
  • They took her feeding tube out and she's been bottle feeding! For awhile now she hasnt kept much down but last night and today she has :) I even got to hold her and bottle feed her today myself, which made me SO happy :) 
  • She is loving her isolette. Seems really peaceful in there as opposed to the open bed she was in before. 
  • She also loves her paci! 
  • I've gotten to put her in a few preemie outfits which is fun :) So tiny and cute.
  • I've been pumping but its not going so well. I just get a very little bit at a time, but I always try to bring at least some back to the hospital with me. Hopefully it gets easier and my milk starts to REALLY in now that the baby is starting to actually eat.
  • I've done kangaroo care a few times which I love. That's where the baby and I lay skin to skin. Her on my bare chest. My husband did it as well and he loved it. 
  • I'm not healing so well. Still have a lot of pain and I'm still the pain meds. 
  • We are SO tired. Emotionally and physically exhausted. The NICU like sucks the life out of you. 
  • There are a few "scary" things that they have found with our sweet girl. One is a very small brain bleed. a Grade one. Which to the doctors isnt too big of a deal, but the are going to monitor it with ultrasounds to make sure it is shrinking. So please pray for her :) They are doing another u/s ont he 20th I believe. Also, they found something elevated in her kidneys, but also they are not too concerned about it right now, just going to monitor it. So yeah, those things freak us out! But we are just praying she will be fine! :) 

That's all for now! I feel like I dont have much time to blog lately or when I do sit down my brain is mush. I still want to post her birth story! So stay tune for that :) It's a crazy story that's for sure. I promise to catch up with all of your blogs soon, I apologize for being a bad blog friend lately!!! 

23 comments:

Ashley said...

Don't worry about being a bad bloggy friend. You have many more important things on your plate right now. :) I'm happy to hear things are going. I will be praying the little issues resolve themselves and that she will be home soon!

kkasun said...

Thanks for the updates!!!!
I am glad she is doing well and I am thinking of her and you all the time!!!!
Can't wait until you get her home!!!
And your milk will come in. It took me 6 days and I delivered at 39 weeks.
Also, it goes from almost nothing to leaking boobs sooo fast. You will wake up one morning leaking!!!

Bridget said...

So glad to hear an update! Try to eat oatmeal to increase your supply, it helped for me. Good luck sweetie we are praying for you!

Kristen said...

What a difference a week has made! She's doing great! I love that you guys have gotten to do kangaroo care and that she is bottle feeding and holding it down now!! I knew she was a fighter :)

Chon said...

I am so glad she is doing well and I hope that everything else will go smoothly. You have both been through so much!

Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs your way!

Samantha said...

Thanks for the update! I can't believe you'd be worried about being a bad blogger, we all know that you are dealing with so much right now. That said, it's so nice to hear that Samantha is doing so well. I hope the good progress keeps coming and she's home ASAP.

I had trouble with my milk too. I took boatloads of fenugreek, and eventually got a prescription for domperidone which finally helped. I also noticed that for me eating avocado helped!

Stephanie said...

We all sure have been thinking of you and sweet Samantha and are glad to hear all the positive news- but totally understand your number one priority is her right now and not blogging. Sending prayers your way!

thatmoxiegirl said...

Just keep pumping. ;) you're doing a great job. Samatha's tummy is like the size of a dime, so she doesn't need much. You're doing awesome! Do you have your own electric pump? Also, just take it easy with your c-section healing. Take all your pain meds. You will feel pain at your incision for a while. It is okay. (I know. I had two.) If you ever need to talk or chat, please don't hesitate. You have a lot of hormones and difficult situations going on. Don't worry. You are doing an amazing job! And hey, you're someone's mom!!! Congrats!

Carlia said...

i've been thinking about you. so glad to get an update! samantha is a fighter. i'm so happy to hear that she's improving so quickly. i'm sure those other physical concerns will sort themselves out with time as she continues to develop. your little family is in my thoughts and prayers! hugs!

cgd said...

praying so hard for your sweet baby girl. hoping she is home safe in your arms very soon
so much love for you all

Erica said...

Glad to hear she is doing so well. As hard as it is, try to rest! Dont worry about being a bad bloggy friend , you are not!!! You are now in the role of MOMMY!!!!

Diana said...

Sarah.. I've been MIA for the longest time but of course I wanted to come to your blog and say.. CONGRATULATIONS ON UR PRINCESS! i know she came early and I can't wait to hear how it all happened but I will be praying for you all. Hang in there ok sweetie. You have sooooooo many people out here praying for you. big hugs to you. Again.. so happy you are seeing your princess right now.

SHE'S HERE!! SHE'S HERE!!! =)

Amber said...

You are NOT a bad friend right now! There were many months that I was too busy with a sleepless baby to blog. You have a much better reason. I'm glad she's doing okay and hope that things get even better soon.

Gaffney said...

Apology not accepted! You have nothing to say sorry for. You are a Mommy to a sweet little Miss that needs you more than we do. Go on, get a tiny bit of rest, take a moment to hug your husband. So much going on for your family right now. So grateful to be on the fringe and watching a miracle unfold. Sending love and prayers always.

Faith said...

You should NOT be worried about blogging, hun! We know you are being kept very busy taking care of sweet Samantha. I can't imagine how exhausted you are, I am thinking of you. I sure do appreciate the update, though! Take GOOD care of yourself - Samantha needs you healthy, too, ok? And keep up that pumping - your milk WILL come in. When will they let her nurse instead of bottle feed? HUGS to you guys!

Liz said...

So happy to hear things are going well for Samantha. I will keep praying for her! Take care.

Natalie and Lee said...

Praying for that angel and praying for your healing and strength....

:)

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Unknown said...

Glad to hear that she is doing well. I know my mom stopped by yesterday to meet Samantha. I'll say that I am only slightly jealous. :) Sending good thoughts and prayers for Samantha!

Love, Allison

Liz Self said...

I know you don't know me, but I've been following your blog. I just wanted to say not to worry about the milk supply -- a lot of people here have given reasons why it may be slower and things that can help. My experience with one who had NICU time and one who didn't is that it's very much a supply and demand issue. My first was in the NICU, so I only pumped every 3-4 hours. My second was not and asked to nurse CONSTANTLY, which means I was nursing on and off every hour or so for the first 2-3 days -- and my milk came in much more plentifully. If you really want to get your supply going, just make sure you don't go too long between pumping. And good luck -- it's a long road, but once you're settled, it's much easier.

Jenny said...

Continuing to keep you all in my thoughts. Give that swetie pie a kiss from Abbey :)

Lauren said...

Aww yay love this update! So happy she's doing better keeping food down too. There's not much better in the world than holding your new sweet baby skin to skin <3

Rebecca said...

Keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.