Thinking Outside the Box:1622g

Alright, sorry I haven’t been able to update the webpage lately. This week seems to have been busier than most. And plus I didn’t have a camera with which to take pictures…

But that all changed last night!
You can go see the new pictures right now!

I also shot a little video, so look for that in the drop down menu on the side as well!

Jade is now 3lbs 9.5oz!

In all it’s been a pretty exciting week. They took her off the forced air/humidifier on Wednesday. That means she’s not getting a big wind pushed down her lungs. She’s still on oxygen, but it’s only being fed in a trickle… she has to suck it all in herself. And she’s doing very well at that I might add!!

The other big change this week is she’s left her little glass palace for the open beauty of a plastic basonet! She’s keeping herself warm enough (with little sleepers of course) that they could take the isolette away and just bundle her up. It makes visiting SO MUCH NICER because we are much more free to pick her up and cuddle her and put her back. It doesn’t feel like such a “seperation”.

She’s now eating 26ml every meal… they tried the bottle a few times, but there seems to be a little miscommunication between the nurses and they haven’t been feeding her once a day with bottle like they said they would. Theresa’s going to go in today before her 2PM feeding and convince them to let her bottle feed Jade. She’s quite happy sucking it all down all by herself. So we’re really anxious to give that a shot.

Jade has also been “making all the right moves” when it comes to breastfeeding. She hasn’t quite latched on yet… but she definitely wants to… so we’re just giving it a few more days/weeks and hopefully she’ll just “know” soon enough.

Jades’ bedroom is looking GREAT. The new movie has a bit of that in it as well. Jade is going to love it. And she’s REALLY going to love Grandpa Jensens’ crib. By all accounts it looks like it’s going to be spectacular! Fit for a Princess!

That’s it for now I guess. I’ll be taking more photos tonight, so don’t get discouraged!

Talk to you soon!

Chris and Theresa.

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’: 1390g

Well. Was I ever a Happy Father for Fathers Day yesterday. I got back from Vancouver and visited Jade with Theresa.

She’s now about 3 lbs 4oz.

She’s looking more and more like a cute little chubby baby. She grew an amazing 80g in one day on Saturday! She lost 8g yesterday I believe so that’s good… don’t want to grow too fast.

She’s being fed from a bottle twice a day now. She’s not needing quite as much oxygen, or as high an air flow as she did before her last transfusion (sp?) so we’re hoping that’s a sign of good progress.

I got a funny email from my Aunt Viv on Friday about her grandchild and a certain messy mishap with diaper contents being spread willy nilly. Well, I think Jade took the cue because on Saturday she tricked the nurse into taking off her diaper then made a bit of a major mess. Luckily the nurse thought it was just as funny as we did. Theresa and I will be waiting for the same to happen to us.

In other news… we got a whole bunch of laminate flooring last week. I managed to put 450 sqft of flooring into my little Echo hatchback plus me, Theresa and my Mom! It was quite the feat. I wouldn’t subject the poor schocks to it again, but it sure was nice to get it all back at once. I’ll probably starting putting down the laminate in the dining room, living room and upstairs bath next week.

In not-so-good-news. I don’t have my camera with me right now because it was lost in the wildness of my friends Stag party on the weekend. We had a great time, but unfortunately, we lost track of my bag with my clothes and camera. So I won’t be getting it back until Canada day probably. Until then I’ll try to borrow a camera so that I can take pictures and keep everyone updated.

Have a great week!

Chris

Bottle Baby!:1380g

Big News today!

#1: As of yesterday she passed the 3 pound mark! YAY!

She’s looking more and more like a chubby little baby! Her cheeks are starting to get round and she has a pudgy little belly. Her arms are really starting to fill in, but that’s not all!

#2: On Tuesday she received her first feeding from a BOTTLE and yesterday Theresa got to feed her with a bottle too!!

We have kept both bottles as momentos. When I get to feed her for the first time we’ll keep that bottle too. So now, Theresas’ job is starting to grow, now not only does she have to keep the milk supply topped up (and she’s doing very well right now!) but she’s also going to visit Jade every afternoon for her 2PM feeding so that she can feed her by bottle! T was very excited of course. I can hardly wait to get a chance to feed her too.

Right now she can only really handle being bottle fed once a day, any more and it’s too tiring for her and her vitals start to dip and beep. But as she gets stronger and gains more weight they’ll feed her by bottle more and more and that will mean no more nasty tube down her nose and into her belly!

On Monday they put Jade onto Ts’ breast to see if she would breast feed. They didn’t really expect her too because she’s still very young, but she did lick them and recognize them (and then fell asleep, which is good too) so the nurses are quite confident that in a week or two Jade will latch on and start to feed from mommas breast.

What else to say? Well, not too much i don’t think. Jade is really doing quite well, she’s still getting the odd Apnea here and there.. usually just after she feeds but they’re all pretty minor. Most of her time is spent sleeping.

It’s hard for T and I sometimes when we go to see her because she’s often just been fed and is sleeping. So we don’t want to take her out and hold her because it would disturb her sleep. It’s hard to look through that plastic case at our little daughter and not be able to cuddle her! But we’re OK and things are definitely progressing well.

Have a great weekend!

Chris