Jan. 21, 2008

Short post today. We got a late start this morning, so our visit with Zoë was short and sweet. She’d had a good night and kept opening her eyes to peek at us. We rubbed her back and talked to her for a few minutes before we had to head home to get to work. Tonight we got there as she was having her heel pricked for her blood gas test. A bath earlier in the day, a heel stick, and a nearby baby crying (Zoë doesn’t like the other babies to cry, it upsets her) had her a bit agitated. However, her O2 level was lower than it had been, and her blood gases came back so good that the respiratory tech turned her pressure down a notch. We read her a bedtime story and rubbed her back to try to calm her down, but she was just wound a bit to tight and kept squirming. She not only managed to pull herself forward a few centimeters, she picked her head up and pushed up on her arms! This burns waaaay too many calories, sends her heart rate sky high, and compromises her ability to use oxygen well. I have the feeling that she may have gotten some sedative after we left. We didn’t do kangaroo care tonight. It probably would have calmed her down, but I was afraid that getting her settled both on me then back in her bed afterwards might have undone the good of the cuddle. Hopefully tomorrow will be a calmer day and we can have a nice snuggle.

Zoë does seem to like when her Daddy wraps his hand around her torso and arms and talks to her. I think it keeps her nice and warm and his deeper voice is soothing to her.

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    Babyamore (Trish) said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 12:17 am

    do they use zaki wraps over there I read about them on the internet ?
    Zoe is interacting with her environment and you guys beautifully – go, grow Zoe.

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    A.M.S. said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    Are those the bean filled hands? If not, they don’t use them. She’s been semi-swaddled once or twice with a blanket just wrapped around her torso, leaving her legs free, and they tuck the beanie baby Blue Jay against her sometimes. She is lying on a synthetic sheepskin that they fit snugly against her with a gel-filled pad underneath that that mushes to her shape.

    All in all, they have lots of ways to “help her feel her boundaries” but I think nothing compares to having Daddy’s hand wrapped around you.

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    Stacie said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

    Such a sweetie. I hope you get kangaroo care at your next visit.

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    katie said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    we love you babygirl…youre doing great…

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