Kathryn started back on gut priming yesterday. They are giving her 1 ml every 6 hours (that is NOT a lot of food)!! When we visited last night at 8 pm, she had received two of those and was tolerating them well with little to no residual. They will go really slow though to make sure not to stress her digestive system and hopefully avoid NEC. They also performed her first eye test (that I am aware of) on the 14th. Last night we were told that it looked as if the results were normal - so far no signs of ROP (retinopathy of prematurity)! (Look that one up, I can't really begin to explain it well!) She also has been producing a lot more poops - again sorry for the gross details, but these are minor victories folks!! She had a total of 4 yesterday alone and they were sizable enough that the nurses were surprised that she could produce that much!! Her last weigh in showed 2 lbs, 1.7 ozs. Even though she is going backwards a little, it's because she is losing some of that excess fluid, which is a good sign. They have also moved her labs to once a day - mornings only. That is definitely an improvement over every 3 hours where she was a few weeks ago! She is moving around a little more now and opens her eyes during a lot of our visits. She looks around and you swear that she is looking straight at you. Her hair is still looking blond (and she may even have more hair now), but her eyebrows have tinges of red like Madelyn, so she may be a strawberry blond, or who knows, she may change at the last minute and be a brunette like her mom!! There is just no way to tell yet.
I received a comment on our site from a family in Atlanta. The Hess family had a very similar NICU experience and Lauren was kind enough to share her story and blog with us. It sure gives you hope to see babies come home. The Hess family also had to hug goodbyes to dear sweet Cooper. Please pray healing for this family as I can not begin to imagine their joy and their sadness each day as they watch Carson at home and think of their angel Cooper. I have added their blog to our list of friends here on our website (new feature). Hopefully they do not mind. I am sure that they would love your prayers as we do!!
Here are a few pictures from our house!!
I forgot that we went Friday night to the Hoover High School football game. Here is a picture of Madelyn and Nini.
Also, yesterday at the shower for Uncle Beau and Aunt Brittany, we were able to get a picture of Brittany, her mom, and her sister - and of course, Madelyn jumped in the picture!! (Brittany is in the front right by Madelyn.)
This last one is a side view of Reed in Aunt Britt's tummy.