Week Seventeen
 
Sunday, March 23, 2003
 
Weight:      7 lbs. 7.5 oz. (3384 grams)
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (66 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
I gave Bailey another bottle today.  She drank all 66 cc.  It is likely that she will be started on two bottles a day some time soon.  Perhaps she will be on several bottles a day by the end of the week.
 
I forgot to mention that as of Monday last week, Bailey became the matriarch of the NICU.  Last weekend, many long time babies went home making Bailey the baby with the most time in the NICU.  She is not the oldest baby in the NICU (there is a baby that was born on Nov. 22nd of last year who went to primary children's hospital for a month and then came back to UVRMC), but she has been in the NICU at UVRMC longer than any other baby.  This is a title that we will happily relinquish someday.
 
Bailey's cannula is on 1 liter of flow delivering 50% oxygen.
 
The picture below shows how observant Bailey is of her surroundings.  She is constantly craning her neck to see what is going on in the NICU.  I am surprised at how strong her neck is.  She can almost hold her head up all by herself.
 
 
 
Monday, March 24, 2003
 
Weight:      No weight taken
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (66 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Bailey took two full bottles today.  I gave her on at 4:30 PM and Stacey gave her one at 10:30 PM.  Although we had to continually stop to wake her up, she did quite well.  It was funny to watch.  She would be wide awake, but the minute we but that bottle in her mouth her eyes would roll back, her arms would go limp and she would start to fall asleep.
 
Bailey's cannula is set at .75 liters per minute providing 70% oxygen.  The TCM is once again only being used for spot checking and is not connected to her on a continuous basis.  Also, because Bailey is still being given a diuretic the nurses are again weighing her diapers.  I guess they started doing this a while ago.
 
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
 
Weight:      7 lbs. 8.5 oz. (3415 grams)
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (68 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Bailey took 2 more bottles today.  She took all 68 cc from each of the two bottles, but spit up about half her feeding from the first bottle.  Actually she had a huge blowout out of each end while she was feeding.  Let's just say that I had to change her outfit.
 
While Stacey was holding Bailey today, Bailey's eyes fixed on Stacey.  Stacey smiled big at Bailey and Bailey smiled back with crinkled eyes.  It was a precious moment that I wish I could have witnessed.
 
Bailey's cannula was at .75 liters per minute delivering 55% oxygen.  Bailey's CO2 levels were 61 when they were spot checked today.
 
I was made a job offer today by a local company called Dynix.  It is a good company with lots of room for us to grow in so we think we will accept it.
 
This is a fresh out of the bath picture.  To get an idea of how big she is, compare the sticker on her back in this picture to the sticker on her back on Dec. 10th (Week 2).  The stickers are the same size.  The only thing that is different is her.
 
 
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
 
Weight:      No weight taken
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (68 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Bailey took 3 bottles today.  The first one was given at 1:30 PM by Bailey's nurse.  She drank the entire feeding.  I gave her the second bottle at 4:30 PM and she drank 48 cc.  The remainder was gavaged.  Stacey gave her the third bottle at 7:45 PM but she only drank 25 cc.  She kept falling asleep.  It's hard not to laugh at Bailey when she turns to putty and will fall asleep no matter what position you but her in.  The remainder of Bailey's feeding was gavaged.
 
Bailey's cannula was at .75 liters per minute delivering 57% oxygen.
 
I accepted the job offer and will begin on Friday morning at 8:30 PM.  Thank you to everyone who prayed for us to find work.  Stacey is excited to quite her job and become a fulltime mom when Bailey comes home.
 
 
Thursday, March 27, 2003
 
Weight:      7 lbs. 10 oz. (3460 grams)
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (68 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Bailey is still supposed to get three bottle feedings (in addition to her gavaged feedings) every day, but today she was only given two bottles.  The first one was given by the nurse at about 3:00 PM and the second one was given at 8:00 PM by Stacey.  She drank the entire feeding both times.
 
Bailey has gotten quite good at holding her binky in her mouth.  This is nice because it allows us more freedom when holding her.  Bailey has also taken to making all sorts of noises as a way of interacting with us.  She is getting more fun every day.
 
 
Friday, March 28, 2003
 
Weight:      No weight taken
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (68 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Bailey took another three bottles today.  She drank all of the first one, almost all of the second one, and all but 20 cc of the third one.  The remainder of the third bottle was gavaged.  She has been taking three bottles a day for a while now.  We are starting to wonder when one our two more of the feedings that are currently being gavaged will be changed to bottle feedings.  We also don't want to rush anything so I guess we will just wait patiently.
 
Bailey's cannula was set at .75 liters per minute delivering 60% oxygen today.
 
 
Saturday, March 29, 2003
 
Weight:      7 lbs. 15 oz. (3610 grams)
Feedings:  Gavage & Bottle feedings (68 cc 1/4 Breast milk 3/4 formula)
 
Not much of a change in Bailey today.  She took another three bottles today.  She drank all of the first, half of the second and all but 10 cc of the third.  As always, whatever she didn't drink was gavaged.
 
Bailey's cannula was set at .90 liters per minute delivering 60% oxygen.  Bailey received a TCM spot check today that showed her CO2 levels were 63.  While this number isn't terribly high, it is a little high for comfort.  We would like to see this number come down.