9/11 NICU Day 19


Today was such a good day. Olivia and I snuggled for almost two hours in the morning. I read to her, sang a little, and talked to her. She pretty much slept the whole time, but when I put her back in her incubator for care time..she was wide awake! I took a video but can’t figure out how I posted the last video so unfortunately it isn’t working. It looked almost like she was trying to smile! Maybe just a reflex but I like to be blindly optimistic. 

In other news, Olivia is up to 1 lb 11 ounces. Due to her reflux she is on continuous feeds and almost at her goal feed amount. The doctors also changed the type of feeding tube to combat the reflux. Her tube is an OD tube (oral duodenal so it goes a little past her stomach). The continuous feeds and new tube seem to have helped. Her brady and desat episodes decreased significantly today from yesterday. She is still doing well on her bubble cpap and for most of the day stayed at 21% (room air). Also her PICC line was removed this morning. It’s so nice seeing less wires, lines and tubes. 

To top off the day, Kevin also got to hold Olivia when we returned in the evening. I think we both agree this is our favorite part about visiting. The nurse was very encouraging stating that skin to skin contact (kangaroo care) works wonders in these preemie babies. Because Olivia is doing so well Kevin and I may be able to hold her twice in a day! 

Being super tired or having not brushed my hair and feeling frumpy doesn’t matter when I get to hold my sweet baby. I’ve been praying all evening for more days like today. So far the good days have definitely outweighed the bad ones. 

Praising and thanking God. I’m continually trying to remember that, and remembering to not be anxious. He is a good God. He’s a healer, creator, miracle worker & protector. He listens and knows us. How absolutely incredible is that. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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