Sunday, March 8, 2009

Peddling Fast

After a rough couple of days, Alex is definitely feeling much better. What a relief and blessing (big sigh). We stayed with Alex well after midnight last night trying to calm her down and get her to sleep. She had other plans and sleeping was not one of them. She was extremely cranky and J and I basically had to take turns consoling her and cuddling with her. Did I mention she might have been hungry? She was getting about 1/3 of an ounce every hour. If you just look at our baby you can tell that that amount would not even come close to satisfying her. The docs are extra cautious with feedings when kiddos are on CPAP due to it inadvertently pushing air into their bellies and risk of aspiration, yadda yadda. We don't have to worry too much about CPAP anymore since she came off of it this afternoon and is on high flow air again. It looks like she is on regular oxygen, however, it's coming out at a much higher rate to help keep her lungs from collapsing.

Luckily, she's been able to tolerate the small increases of formula and as of this afternoon she is up to full feeds, which means she is continuously getting about 1 ounce every hour straight into her belly. Tomorrow they will switch her to a more normal schedule of taking about 4 ounces every 3 hours. OT will also work with transitioning her to bottle feedings again.

Other than that, we're just enjoying spending time with her and seeing her smile again. We feel so much closer to taking our baby girl home :)


Anonymous said...

Love that first picture of her.

So glad to read this good news.


Kathryn said...

She looks awesome. The best photos yet. So glad that she is making some really great progress.
The Salazars

Anonymous said...

A great improvement. Love those improvements and those smiles.
Nana Carol

Anonymous said...

So happy to see her smiling again great improvement Alex. Love Mrs.Leah

veronica said...

We are so thankful that she is doing better. Have I ever mentioned how beautiful and strong she is? (those eyelashes are stunning!) May God keep you all safe.


Anonymous said...

How comforting to see her looking like her old self, I'm so happy for the three of you. Cyn GW

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see your happy face Ms. Hope. Sure have missed it lately. Once you decided to get on the bike, you seemed to think you should peddle up the mountains... way to go girl!!!
Love and kisses to you and your mommy and daddy.
Aunt Lisa

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the good news! Hopefully you will be able to take ur lil Angel home soon! ;) She looks really good! Jenene

Aunt Nadine said...

She looks amazing! So happy to see her beautiful smile!


Aunt Nadine

Anonymous said...

Great pic! She looks like you Nicole when you were younger. She always makes up for any small set backs by going forward full force eventually! Glad you are all feeling up!
~Auntie Natalie

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos and such great news!

Love ya,

The Womacks