Saturday, July 7, 2012

NICU day #6

Hello from the NICU!

K is still not eating as well as they would like her to, hence the feeding tube in her nose (which she HATES and pulled out last night), but this is more of a premie thing than anything else. She takes about 10-15 ml a feed, and then she passes out.

But beyond the eating, she's showing huge signs of improvement. If she continues the way she's going over the next 24-48 hours, they will most likely begin decreasing her morphine levels. This will take several weeks as it's a gradual process, but it means that she's on track to be released within the 6 week time frame they gave us.

I moved into her room yesterday afternoon. I will stay full time and Joey will come out on the weekends. The NICU nurses are incredible, which is making up for the times that the hospital staff has been less than understanding about the adoption situation and everything that comes with it.

Thank you all for your congratulations, and please continue to send thoughts and prayers for K - that she continues to get better and that we can take her home soon.

29 comments:

Dawn said...

As always I'm praying for a speedy recovery! I hope she is home before you know it!

AnotherDreamer said...

Thinking of you all, still sending positive thoughts.

Rebecca said...

It's so wonderful that you're able to stay in the room with her -- we were only able to stay in the room with S when he was readmitted to Peds. It's so hard to leave them everyday! I'm so glad you get to be with her all the time!

The boys got very good at pulling out the NG tubes -- I wish they'd understand that it's much worse having them put back in than it is to have them just stay in!! Good luck with the feedings.

I hope she continues to do well and weans off the morphine easily. I'll be thinking of all of you -- long term NICU stays are unique, exhausting things. Hopefully yours will go as smoothly as possible. ((hugs))

Rebecca said...

Oh -- and, she's adorable!! :)

Miss Megan said...

She's adorable! Keep fighting baby K! Get healthy and strong so you can go home with your mommy and daddy very soon! They have waited so very long for you!!! =)

Emily said...

Baby K is beautiful, you both must be so proud! I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and hoping that your daughter's recovery goes smoothly. Hopefully she will be able to go home sooner than expected! :)

S said...

Thinking of you and of little K. I hope she continues to make steady progress.

KC said...

Glad she is progressing, and you are adjusting to the NICU. My boys had the same feeding tube and they hated it too. They eventually pulled it out multiple times per day and formed a rash under the tape that kept it secure. These little people are incredible and their strength is Amazing. Thinking of you and your gorgeous girl!

Tammy said...

Awww, poor sweetie! You all are CONSTANTLY in my thoughts. I'm so thankful she's progressing well and should be released within 6 weeks. And how wonderful that you have great nurses there. That makes such a big difference!

Erica said...

Precious lil girl you got there :)

Anonymous said...

All my prayers are with you and your family. KEEP STRONG

Emms said...

I am keeping baby K in my prayers! Congratulations, I am SO very happy for you!!!

rebecca said...

Our son was born premature and he spent 5 1/2wks in the NICU, I remember well how emotional those days were. Each day could be such a roller coaster, celebrating the small milestones and worrying about the next steps or set backs. All this to say, after all you've been through you can do this & it will all be worth it when you bring little K home with you. Sending lots of thoughts & love your way!

Meghan said...

Love the updates. Thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

Morphine? I take it T was taking some type of illegal drug? Hope baby K recovers quickly!

Stefanie Blakely said...

Hello, Gorgeous!! She's absolutely beautiful & I'm glad to hear she's doing well!

missohkay said...

[Waving back at baby K!] Glad she's improving and I hope it's getting easier on you too.

Maydelin said...

Hi, I'm new reading your blog!
I'm praying for this little girl!! everything is going to be Ok

It Is What It Is said...

Such a sweet thing. I know how rough the NiCU can be ( my nephew was born 11 weeks early) with it's non-linear ups/down-ness. Stay strong and continued good thoughts that Baby K gains strength on her journey home.

Bonnie and Jason said...

She is absolutely adorable! Congrats! Sending prayers your way.

Kandid Kelli said...

im so glad to hear how well she is doing. Shes got a great strong mama to look up to. Lucky lady!! xo

Best Wishes.

xo
-K

Secret Sloper said...

Hello beautiful girl! What an incredible feeling to finally be a mom! I'm so overjoyed for you. I wish you didn't have to spend these first weeks with K in the NICU. I'm hoping she keeps improving well every day and you are home with her soon, starting off the rest of your life together. I'm so happy the IF nightmare is finally reaching its end. The lessons, scars, and memories will never fade. But the pain will be replaced by so much joy.

"a" said...

she's precious! sending lots of prayers and love to your family!

hgavin said...

Aahh, she is precious. Congratulations on your baby girl. keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Sushigirl said...

Ah, she's lovely! I hope she puts on weight and gets out of the NICU and home as quickly as she can.

Alex said...

Thinking of you and K! How wonderful that you are able to stay with her full-time.

*Jelena* said...

She's such a beautiful baby. I'll be thinking of all of you, sending positive vibes.

manymanymoons said...

I have been in my own little world since our adooption and totally out of the loop. I am so so happy for you and just truly got chills when I saw your news. You deserve every bit of happiness coming your way and I know these 6 weeks are going to seem like a drop in the bucket once she's home. Please feel free to write if you need to vent about the craziness of the adoption process or compare notes. I will be sending so many good thoughts your way. I have loved going through this process with you and couldn't be happier that we both got the happy endings we so desperately wanted.

You are a mommy!!!!!!!!

Daryl said...

So glad she's doing a little better every day. I know the next few weeks will be tough, but it's great that you get to stay with baby K in the NICU. Sending positive thoughts for healing and strength your way!