Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 7 in the NICU

Day what? No way has it already been a week that we brought these precious babies into our world. Wow! Tomorrow will mark one week since they were born. Here's the update on Scarlet. She's still very adorable. She is off of all oxygen and has been for a few days now. She is doing great on room air. She still has an IV in her umbilicus that helps with her nutrition and other things. She just has a little feeding tube in her nose right now because she is still too tiny to suck strong enough to eat from a bottle or from me. She absolutely LOVES her daddy. When she hears his voice she will open her eyes and take a look at him. I swear sometimes she will even smile at him. She has been on and off the bililights, currently back on them because her bilirubin keeps going up and down. Her feedings are being advanced everyday and she is tolerating them well. She gets my milk every 3 hours. Today she was getting 11 mL and tomorrow it will go up to 14 mL. We have also been doing a little skin-to-skin holding. She loves it. Tonight we went in and she was very upset at her nurse for changing her diaper. We picked her up and held her next to our skin and immediatey her heart rate dropped as well as her respiratory rate. She calmed right down for us. Overall she is doing fantastic and we couldn't be more proud of our little fighter.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Ashley! Scarlet is more beautiful that I could have ever imagined! I love the picture of you holding her against your chest. It feels so peaceful and you both look so content!! I love her.
Tina

The Serre's said...

She is so gorgeous! Isalena would love to come meet her when you get home!

Brett and Collette Merrill said...

She is beautiful! Congratulations. P.S., it is nice to see that you are a Regina Spektor fan.

Jacob, Amber, and Baby Kyla said...

She is so precious! I love her little hand in the first picture up by her face.

Neysa said...

Oh Ash...the funeral looked beautiful. That song was beautiful too. He did a great job. Thank you for sharing that with us. Little Scarlet is just a DOLL...SO CUTE and TINY....LOVE IT. Glad she is improving every day and you just look great as ever for just having 2 babies. I look like a big fat blob after having just one baby...no fair you look that great. Hope all is well Ashley. Can't WAIT to hear when Scarlet is coming home. You BETTER keep us posted....I am pretty sure you will.

Tiffany said...

I can't believe it's been a week either! What a strong little girl you have! Can't wait for her to come home!
I'm glad things went well yesterday. I wish I could have been there!
Keeping you guys in our prayers!

Me said...

Wow she is doing so good! 2 of my 3 babies were in the NICu. Sounds like she just has to fatten up as soon as she can drink with out getting too tired. She truly is a fighter! and a beautiful one at that!

Diana said...

OHMYGOSH... she is such a stinkin cutie! I love how babies totally know their parents from day one. How precious is she?!?!

Hope she gets to come home super soon!

Heidi and Michael said...

You're darn right she's adorable! What a beautiful baby girl!

Chris and Christina said...

she looks so great in your guys' arms!! so natural and so wonderful :) congrats!

Troy and Mandy said...

I am so glad to hear Scarlet is doing well!