From the Source: 1890g

4lbs 2.5oz!

She’s really starting to grow now! That 5 pound mark isn’t far off. Yesterday we got a little more information out of the nurses as to when they might ship her home.

The story is this…. they want to weane her off of the Oxygen. That’s the big thing for now. As with many medical treatments, (like asthma puffers and morphine), the body will get used to, and come to expect a certain amount of oxygen. Basically, it would make the lungs “lazier” than they should be and lead to problems for Jades breathing down the road.

So, they’re slowly decreasing the amount of oxygen she’s getting. As I said last time, she has times when she doesn’t seem to need the oxygen at all.. but there are others when she does need it. Hopefully as she grows more she’ll continue to need the O2 less and less.

So that’s criteria #1: no more O2

#2: Once she’s off the O2, she has to stay off of it and be 100% healthy for at least a week before they will let her go.

#3: Because she was born so tiny (only 1lbs 12oz remember!) they want to keep her until she’s at least 5lbs… which is a little more than the 2000g that they said before. This is just purely for developmental purposes… to make sure she’s ready to fend for herself and there aren’t any health problems that might pop up.

So that’s about it really.. the other thing they’d really like to see is Jade taking full meals from nursing/breast feeding we’re working on that now. She gobbles down the milk from a bottle very easily… but she still gets too tired if she does it at every meal, or is bathed before hand… and then she needs the tube into her stomach instead (“Gavage”).

All the feeding type things should improve as she grows and gains strength. Until then we’ll keep playing it by ear and making sure we recognize when she’s too tired to try breastfeeding or even too tired to eat from the bottle.

So given all of that, we think the soonest she’ll be home will be in about 3 weeks.

Finally… on the breastfeeding note. Things have been going progressively better. After trying again a few days ago, the nurses wanted Theresa to come in at every feeding time during the day (no night visits, yet 🙂 ) so that she could try nursing everytime. Yesterday they think Jade took about 14ml from nursing… which is already almost half what she normally takes by bottle.

Nursing is, of course, much more difficult for Jade than the bottle… she has to work a lot harder, so hopefully she’ll continue to gain strength and eventually take her entire feeding (about 45ml!) from nursing.

Talk to you all again soon!
Chris

Big Girl, Big Update: 1806g

Hi everyone.

Hope you all had a great Canada day! We’ve been enjoying the sun here lately. We’ve also been putting in new laminate flooring! Our townhouse is looking great…

Anyway! About Jade! The little monster is doing great! She’s just over 4lbs now. About 4lbs 2oz. She’s had a few milestones lately.

She’s been feeding from a bottle much more often now, yesterday she took all her feeds except one from the bottle. She gets 44ml every 4 hours now. So she’s really hungry when it’s her turn to feed.
Last night, Theresa tried breast feeding her for the first time in quite awhile and Jade latched right on! She didn’t get too much milk, I don’t think she realised how hard she had to work or it.. but she got some, it was a great first effort! So now everytime we go in for her feeding Theresa is going to try putting her to her breast and see if we can get her used to that.

She’s really looking like a pudgy little baby now. She’s totally adorable. She’s also the only girl in the nursery right now. All the nurses love her. We keep her crib stocked up with lots of homemade blankets and sleepers that we bring in. She’s the best dressed in the place!

She’s doing better with her oxygen and breathing too. The doctor said on Thursday that he would like them to start “wheening” her off of the oxygen. So now they’re only turning up her oxygen when she can’t recover her saturation (% of Oxygen in her blood) to normal levels when they dip to below 88%. Usually that’s when she’s feeding.

This week has also been all about bathing. We bathed her ourselves for the first time this week. Theresa did it earlier in the week and I did it yesterday. It’s pretty entertaining. Jade isn’t really very impressed with the whole naked, cold, water thing… but yesterday she wasn’t too bad, she only cried a little. She also REALLY likes her hair being rubbed and washed. She coos.

Last night after we were feeding her, her nose prongs (that deliver oxygen) kept coming out, or Jade would pull them out. We just let her play with them for awhile because we noticed that her O2 saturation didn’t change when they were in or out! Which could mean that she really doesn’t need the oxygen nearly as much now! The nurse was impressed I think! Great stuff!

I think that’s it. Hope you enjoy the new pictures. I’ll try to take some more tonight. I also have some video of our new flooring that I’ll put up there in the next few days.

Thank you all for keeping tabs on our little girl! She has no idea how many people are thinking of her!

Chris