Abby Update: 47 Days Old

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Gestation: 35 weeks, 2 days
Weight: 4 pounds, 7 ounces
Feedings: 40 milliliters every 3 hours by gravity or bottle

Total feeds by mouth
Friday: 27%
Saturday: 46%
Sunday: 31%

We were happy to hear that Abby had gained weight by the time she was weighed on Saturday. She has been receiving milk fortified with Nutramigen and, so far, seems to be handling it ok. She is back to spitting up a little and having a little residual, but nothing compared to the issues she was having on the other formula fortifier. Today we had a long chat with the doctor about different ways to fortify and what exactly Abby needs from the fortifier. Primarily Abby needs it for calcium, phosphorus, and the extra calories. We’re waiting to hear if there is any other way to supplement the calcium and phosphorus so that once we transition Abby off of bottles, she can still be getting those to help her bones grow strong. It doesn’t really matter (according to the doctor) if I’m getting a lot of calcium and phosphorus, because term babies don’t need it so it just isn’t in a mom’s milk in the amounts a preemie needs.

We also asked the doctor what all is keeping Abby from coming home. It’s just eating. As soon as she can take all of her milk by mouth, she’s home free (unless there are any unexpected problems). At first, we thought this would be a quick and easy ordeal. However, Abby is slower to pick up on bottle feeding than Lydia was. Day after day we would come home so disappointed that I finally gave up any come-home goals. If she’s home by Christmas, I’ll be happy. If she’s home by Thanksgiving, I’ll be very happy. I’m not allowing myself to think any further than that.

When Dan and I find something funny, ironic, or so overwhelming that we need some comic relief, we talk about our made-up sit com called “Life in the NICU”. Season One revolved around our neighbor Baby and his family on the NICU side. Often, the curtains around our bedsides would be closed, but they don’t block out sound and neighbor Baby’s family was quite comical. As a twist near the end of Season One, we were transferred to Special Care and found ourselves neighbors with the same Baby. He’s been home for a while now, so Season One came to an end.

Well “Life in the NICU” surprised us with a Season Two premiere this weekend! Early episodes revolved around one nurse, in particular, who we’ve had for the past few days. Every time we came in to the hospital, we would ask how her feeds went while we were gone and she would always say the same thing, “She was looking a little sleepy, so I tubed her” (fed her through her feeding tube, that is). Over and over we’d hear the same thing. However, whenever we fed her or a different nurse had her, she would eat well even though she did look sleepy. The latest episode finally ended when Dan about lost it hearing her say “She was looking a little sleepy, so I tubed her”. He explained that she always looks sleepy, but still eats for us (and everyone else who tries to feed her). At the last feed our nurse gave her a bottle, even though she looked sleepy, and Abby didn’t take any of it.

So, last night was when I gave up my goals and surrendered to just living this lifestyle for a while longer. In light of my recent change of mind, I thought I would share a typical Monday schedule for our family:

7ish AM: Rise ‘n Shine
wake up, brush teeth, pump, get breakfast ready

7:45 AM: Breakfast

8:15 AM: Clean Up
put away clean dishes, load dishwasher, take a break to play with Lydia, pack Dan’s lunch

8:45 AM: Bath time for Lydia

9:10 AM: Morning chores
fold and put away laundry, reload washer, get dressed, pump, transfer yesterday’s milk from kitchen freezer to chest freezer, start afternoon blog post

10:30 AM: Get Ready and Go
pack up everything to bring to hospital (pump, purse, diaper bag), get everyone ready (socks, shoes, coats), head out

11:00 AM: Abby’s late morning feeding
get update from nurse, change diaper, take temp, switch pulse ox, do foot exercises, nurse, walk around with Lydia while Dan holds Abby and feeds her a bottle if she’s still awake, pump, say goodbye, head home

1:30 PM: Lunch (Dan goes to work)
eat (leftovers), clean up, update blog

3:30 PM: Afternoon chores
pump, start dinner, get Lydia up from her nap

5:30 PM: Dinner
eat, Bible Time, clean up, pump

6:30 PM: Bedtime routine
get Lydia ready for bed, play and read until 7ish

7:00 PM: Babysitters arrive, head to hospital

8:00 PM: Evening Feeding

10:30 PM: Home from hospital, sleep

Praise the Lord
We are thanking God for:
-weight gain!
-Abby seems to be digesting the Nutramigen well enough

Please Pray:
-that Abby will learn to eat soon
-that Abby will have the energy and motivation to eat at every feeding
-for our patience as we approach our ninth week in the NICU

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3 thoughts on “Abby Update: 47 Days Old

  1. Did you stop to catch your breath at some point?! It is quite a schedule you and Dan have….and I trust all the prayers going up for you are getting you through. Through it all, you are a great blessing to many, and we pray that soon Abby will be able to go home with you! Thank you for sharing. Love you much.

  2. Prayers are with Abby and Family everyday. Soon your little one will be coming home and your family will all be together! Be strong God is with all of you! Abby has come a long way!

  3. Pingback: Gathering the Edelweiss of God | MI Taylor Family

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