12/8 NICU Day 107

Olivia has been slowly improving over the last three days & taking anywhere between 51-58% of her feeds by mouth. I’ve been very encouraged by the increase in numbers. I’m not entirely sure why, other than it’s 2 days before her ‘due’ date…but the team of doctors are pulling out all the stops to optimize feeds. Sort of wondering why they didn’t do this earlier, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. The doctor during rounds today alluded to going home with a feeding tube if we start getting to the 43 week mark. With the changes to her feeding mixture to help decrease reflux and the continued oxygen, hopefully she will reach 100% of her feeds orally and we won’t have to have this conversation! Oh and I know people enjoy hearing her weight gain…she’s up to 7 lbs 4 ounces and 18.1 inches. Growing so quickly! Packing up and putting away her preemie clothes hit me hard last night. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond thankful she is growing…just wasn’t fully prepared for how quickly it happens and will continue to happen!

Olivia was happy to have extra visits from Kevin and I this week since for both of us, it was projected to be a pretty busy work week. She finished a whole bottle for Kevin on Tuesday when he visited. Today we’ve spent the day cuddling and reading books while I was able to be off work. I can’t wait to be able to spend the day doing this at home! 

I have to constantly be reminded and remind myself that the same God who parted the sea, rose Jesus from the grave, healed blind men , etc…is the same God and the same power that is present today. I have hope in who God is. That even though my prayers may not be answered in my time and in the way I demand, that God works for the good of those who love Him. Some days I have been completed deflated. But if I put my trust in God and not in man, or medicine, or the doctors…that is where I find peace and joy and hope. Continuing to pray for God’s divine intervention in Olivia’s health. That the doctors and medicines are purposefully chosen to benefit our baby. That His wisdom will guide the doctors and Kevin and my decisions in Olivia’s care. And that ultimately God allows us to take home our sweet baby as soon as possible-healthy and happy! 

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