Friday, December 12, 2008

Hungry Breath Holding Hippo

It has been a very long week- working and caring for a baby in the NICU is hard work! Today I'm preparing for our weekend, my baby shower and grandpa and grandma's visit. They fly in tomorrow morning and I know they can hardly wait to meet their new granddaughter. Grace is doing extremely well, we're still in a holding pattern. Grace was put back onto caffeine last night. Apparently premature babies sometimes "forget" to breathe, and they'll hold their breath. Caffeine stimulates a part of their brain that reminds them to breathe. Grace started her life on caffeine, but they took her off of it 3 days ago. Yesterday she held her breath twice (this is not dangerous or abnormal) so they've put her back on. She's up to 3cc's of breast milk and doing really well. She gained another ounce!!! She's officially @ 3 lbs, 3 oz. We did the math, 2 kilos is 4 lbs, 4 oz, so if she continues to gain an ounce a day, we'll be looking @ her surgery around the New Year. The adoption is going smoothly- it always has it's ups and downs, but we're definitely on the up.

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