Today we had to take Samantha for her follow up eye doctor appt at the hospital. The day we took her home from the NICU she had to have the same scary eye exam to check for retinopathy. All preemies are checked for it. But the exam is scary! They dilate her eyes and then pry them wide open with these metal clamps and then the doctor checks the blood vessels behind her eyes. And today she had to have the same exam again. I was NOT looking forward to it. The first exam at the NICU I wasn't there for it. On purpose. I just didn't think I could handle seeing it done and watching her scream. But this time I knew I had to put on my big girl mommy pants and be there for my daughter! And boy did she scream and cry through it today:( There were also clamp marks around her eyes afterwards! Ugh. I don't know how Im going to get through her shots in about two weeks.
Good news is her eyes look good. She doesn't have to go back for six months. Thank goodness.
The nights are still rough in our household. My poor girl for whatever reason pretty much cries from midnight to 5:30 am. Last night was especially hard. We have been working with the doctor changing the formulas and even adding a little bit of rice cereal to her 11pm bottle. She has reflux pretty bad, so we are thinking that's what's making her cry. The next step is to try some zantac on her. It's just so hard at night. Nothing soothes her! Occasionally she'll stop crying for a few minutes but then picks up again. I noticed she quiets a little when I'm walking with her but I'm so exhausted int he middle of the night I just cant walk with her for 5 hours straight! My mom bought us the Happiest Baby on the Block dvd, so I'm gonna check that out. But I've pretty much tried everything on there. The swaddling, the shhhhsh-ing, etc. But I'm going to watch it and hope that it helps somehow! :)
Here are a few more pics of my girl...