January 15, 2008

What a difference 12 hours on your tummy makes!  Zoë’s x-ray this morning showed much improvement.  Her lungs still look opaque, but not as opaque as yesterday.  They have also reduced the number of breaths per minute.
Feeds have been increased to 4mL of breastmilk per hour and will most likely go up to 5 today or tomorrow.  YIKES!  That’s going to be hard for me to keep up with.  She’s getting all of her nutrition from breastmilk now.  They add some calories to it, but she isn’t getting the bag of nutrients and the bag of fat (I kid you not, it looked like a bag of Crisco hanging on the IV pole) in addition to the milk.   Since we saw her last night, she’s put on an ounce.  I believe the goal is around an ounce a day, so we are right on track.

Her nurse thinks she might have a little bit of reflux.  Being on her tummy puts her butt higher than her head, so they’ve tilted her bed to correct for that and the nurse is going to talk to the doctor about it this morning to see if it warrants some medicine.  Poor baby, I know exactly how you feel.  After all, you gave me heartburn for almost 6 months!

That’s all I have right now and it’s time to pump….again.  More photos posted.  You’d think you couldn’t take that many photos of someone who can’t move that much.  You’d be wrong!

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    Erin said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 11:17 am

    this is all such great news. I love reading these updates and seeing those amazing pictures! She is so gorgeous!!

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    Lori said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

    Allison and Shannon,
    Thank you for sharing about your sweet little girl. I’m so happy to hear things are going well. Keep up with the pics!!

  3. 3

    Lisa Lothian said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait to kiss her chubby cheeks! Keep us posted. much love-

  4. 4

    drea said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 12:11 am

    I am so happy to hear that she is on breastmilk and pooping and doing well on the vent!

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    stacie said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 12:58 am

    Tummy time is the best. They absolutely love it. Yeah for a better x-ray, too! Every little improvement makes a world of difference!

    I pray that tomorrow is even better than today…

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    Stacie said,

    January 16, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    Yay for Sweet Zoe, growing, and tummy time!

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