Week Three
This week has the same disclaimer as week two.  I'm sorry that I wasn't more on top of things this week than last, but there were other things that were simply more important.  However, just as an FYI, nothing out of the ordinary happened this week.  She is stable right now.  This week mainly centered around getting her to take breast milk and put on some weight.
Sunday, December 15, 2002
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Weight:     1 lbs. 11 oz. (765 grams)
Feedings:   1 cc (20 cal)
BM Morn: 1 small Meconium
BM Eve:    1 small Meconium
I went to church this morning and Stacey stayed home.  She didn't feel like she had enough energy to get up early and go to church.  She wanted to conserve what little energy she had to visit Bailey at the hospital.  On my way home from church, I stopped by the hospital and visited with my daughter for about an hour.  Then I went home to be with and help my wife.
Today was the first day that Bailey received any of her mothers breast milk.  Until now, all of her nutrients came through her IV feedings.  It is a good thing that she has started to consume some of the milk we have frozen in our freezer at home and at the hospital.  Our freezer is overflowing with milk bottles.  Just as an FYI, breast milk is 20 calories per ounce (on once is equal to 30 cc).  This number will change as the nurses add thing to her milk.
Today was the last day Bailey was given Dopamine for her low blood pressure.  Her blood pressure has finally risen and stabilized.
Monday, December 16, 2002
Weight:     1 lbs. 13 oz. (827 grams)
Feedings:  1 cc (20 cal)
Ab Girth:  18.5 cm
BM Morn: 1 small Meconium
BM Eve:   1 small Meconium
We are excited that Bailey is approaching the two pound mark.  The nurses and doctors have told us that she is growing very nicely and that we should have no need for concern about her weight.
Tonight, after we bathed her, we changed her linens to ones that Stacey and I made.  The colors weren't my first choice (pink with a touch of pink) but I guess I'm going to have to get used to pink.  After all, she is a girl.  Due to the new linens we took several photos.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Weight:     1 lbs. 13 oz. (819 grams)
Feedings:  1 cc (20 cal)
Ab Girth:  19 cm
BM Morn: 1 smear Meconium
She looks bigger everyday, even whey she doesn't grow.  I guess I'm getting used to seeing her so small.  She had a good day today and even got up enough energy to wiggle around for us.  Baby's movements are so cute and precious.
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Weight:     1 lbs. 13 oz. (823 grams)
Feedings:  1 cc (20 cal)
BM Morn: 2 small Meconium
The nurse commented today that she had to BMs.  I asked if that meant that they could increase her feedings and the nurse told me no.  Right before Bailey is feed they suction her tummy to see if she has digested everything.  If she has anything left in her tummy it is called a residual.  Bailey's residuals are still a little too high to increase her feedings.  The size of each feeding also takes her weight into consideration.  It will be great when she no longer needs the IV feedings.
She hasn't gained any weight in three days.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
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Weight:     2 lbs. 1.5 oz. (943 grams)
Feedings:  1 cc
Bailey finally gained some weight today.  It was exciting to see her over the two pound mark.
Friday, December 20, 2002
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Weight:     2 lbs. 2.75 oz. (983 grams)
Feedings:  1.5 cc (20 cal)
Ab. Girth:  20 cm
BM Morn: 1 large green
BM Eve:   2 green
She gained a little weight today.  She is starting to show it.  Her little belly is getting rounder and rounder.  The girth of her abdomen is now 20 cm compared to 16.5 cm at birth.
Bailey's feedings were also increased for the first time today.  While .5 cc might not seam like much of an increase, it is a step forward.
Saturday, December 21, 2002
Weight:     2 lbs. 2.75 oz. (987 grams)
Feedings:  1.5 cc (20 cal)
Because Bailey is now roughly 1000 grams, she no longer sleeps under a tent.  We cover her with a blanket to help her sleep and maintain body temperature, but she is now able to be exposed to room air more frequently.  This makes it a little easier to interact with her.
Also, the Nitric study ended today.  This will be her last day on the Nitric Oxide.  We will not know if she really received the Nitric or a placebo until the study is completely finished.  I am a little anxious to know the results of the study to know if we did the right thing.  The results should be available within a year.