After 8 days at Baylor NICU Sophia finally came home! All the nurses and doctors at Baylor were great - we can't wait to see them next year at the NICU reunion. It was nice having 24-hour day care, and possibly more expensive than regular day care, but I guess we are on our own now. Second best news today was that our internet is now fixed so there should be more frequent updates. Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sophia got moved this afternoon to the "not as bad" NICU. She has to keep her temperature up (her heat lamp comes on if she gets too cold) and they will ween her of the fluids IV the more breastmilk/formula she eats. No ETA on when she can home, but she is getting closer! Sophia says "Thank You" to aunt Caroline for the mittens.
Sophia decided she wanted to be born on a Sunday no matter how much I wanted her out!! So, she came into the world after about 13 hrs of labor and 40 minutes of pushing early Sunday morning. We had some complications that caused our midwife to send her to Baylor's NICU. She expelled some of her merconium towards the end of labor, had the cord wrapped around her neck and the big thing was that she lost blood in the womb somehow and thus had severe anemia and a slightly enlarged heart. After a blood transfusion she 'pinked up' and is doing so much better. Her hemoglobin started at 4 and last night was a 9. They are looking for a steady 9, 10 or 11.
We were able to hold her yesterday and to start feeding her. I'm pumping and was able to give her about 17cc's of colostrum yesterday. They want about 10cc's at each feeding before they will take her off the supplement. She's doing so well that they already took one of the tubes out of her.
We're doing good except extremely tired. Since we are at NICU most of the day we are away from our phones and email but it's a nice break since we are sleep deprived and anxious. Thank you for all the calls and emails and we will call you back eventually. Now that our internet is up it's easy for us to send updates even when we are half asleep (smile). And thank you for all the prayers. They were heard and God was with Sophia throughout this whole thing!
Here are some pictures.
Chris and Kelly