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 :)