Sunday, July 13, 2003 through
Saturday, July 19, 2003
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Weight: 11 pounds 6 ounces
Oxygen: 1/8 of a liter per minute
Feedings: Bottle feeding 20 calorie formula
Length: 23.5 inches
Not much happened this last week.
Bailey is still on an 1/8th of a liter per minute. She gained two
ounces but didn't grow any. She is still drinking 20 calorie
formula but while attending the follow-up clinic at the hospital the
neonatologist said that we needed to put Bailey back on 22 calorie
formula. Bailey is only in the in the 5th percentile for weight
for a four month old (her adjusted age). We will continue to
finish the supply of 20 calorie formula that we have and go back to the
much more expensive 22 calorie (that Costco doesn't carry) formula
sometime next week.
Bailey attended the follow-up clinic on
Friday. The follow-up clinic is held every month at the hospital.
Bailey is expected to attend at least one clinic every 6 months for the
first two years of her life. After that she is expected to attend
once a year for as long as we want her to. Everyone at the clinic
gave her A+ marks on her tests. She is really doing well.
She will go back in September to get her eyes checked at another
While at the clinic Bailey had her
first major blowout all over Stacey's lap. I was not able to
attend the clinic because I was at work, but Stacey told me that she was
holding Bailey on her lap when she went #2. Then she went again.
Stacey said it didn't feel like much so she decided she would wait until
Bailey was all done before she changed her diaper. A few minutes
later Bailey went a third time blowing out the sides of her diaper and
filling Stacey's lap and covering her arms and hands. If it wasn't
for some help from Bailey's occupational therapist (who ran to get some
paper towels) Stacey would have been in a world of hurt. I thought
it was quite funny. I only wish I could have been there to take
After the clinic Stacey took Bailey up
to the NICU to see some old friends. Bailey was a total ham and
had everyone cracking up. Stacey told me that she was playfully
yelling and as soon as someone would look at her and laugh she would do
it again even louder.
Below are some pictures that we took
during the week of Bailey and us. She is doing so well. The
only concern we have right now is with her congestion. I'm worried
that she is getting sicker (or that she will get sick) if it doesn't go
Sunday, July 20, 2003 through
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Weight: 11 pounds 6 ounces
Oxygen: 1/16 of a liter per minute
Feedings: Bottle feeding 22 calorie formula
Length: 23.5 inches
Bailey's congestion got worse over the
weekend. On Sunday, my heart sank as I was holding Bailey. I
could feel that the congestion had gotten down into Bailey's lungs.
I felt like I needed to have someone in the NICU come by and suction her
lungs out. On Monday, her lungs didn't improve any so Stacey made
a doctors appointment for Tuesday morning. At the doctor's
appointment Bailey's doctor told Stacey that Bailey had a slight cold
and that the congestion hadn't made it's way down into her lungs.
I was quite relieved to hear the news.
On Sunday, I finally got my payback for
thinking it was funny that Bailey pooped on her mom last week.
While Stacey was at a neighbor's apartment, I was playing with Bailey on
my lap on the couch when I felt something wet in my lap. Let's
just say I had to change my clothes. I also stuck Bailey in the
kitchen sink for a quick bath after using about 7 baby wipes to do an
initial clean up.
Stacey took Bailey to a play group on
Monday that is run by Bailey's occupational therapist. Bailey had
a really good time and loved to look at all the other babies. She
tried to talk to them the same way that she yells at herself in the
mirror. Bailey liked all the games that they played. The
games were all geared towards helping the premature babies interact with
their surroundings without getting over stimulated. For example,
one of the games that they played was to stick each of the babies' bare
feet in a bowl of bird seed. Most babies cried. Bailey
thought it was funny.
On Wednesday, Bailey's nurse came by
the house. Bailey didn't grow any this week or gain any weight.
However, her oxygen saturation was in the high 90's so we were able to
bring her back down to 1/16th of a liter per minute. This was
really good news.
The first two pictures below are of
Bailey's cute little face. The third picture is an example of how
Bailey is starting to get stronger and how she is becoming slightly
mobile. She squirmed so much one night that she got herself
completely free of her blanket that we always wrap her in at night (like
a burrito), kicked off one of her socks in the process, and wiggled her
head up into the stuffed animals in her crib. The fourth and fifth
pictures are proof of the size of Bailey's blow outs. This one
didn't have any casualties other than the cloth diaper she is lying on
in the pictures. The last picture is of Bailey's wide eyes.
One of the games we like to play with Bailey is to take her into the
bathroom and shut off all the lights. Because the lights are out,
Bailey's eyes grow wide to take in more light. Then we turn the
lights on and for a split second you can see her wide eyes. It
makes her mother and me laugh. We actually caught her eyes in the
'wide' state in the picture shown here.
Sunday, July 27, 2003 through
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Weight: 11 pounds 9.5 ounces
Oxygen: 1/32 of a liter per minute
Feedings: 22 cal formula and solids
Length: 23.75 inches
This week's publication is a little
early and next week's will be a little late. We will be on vacation
next week and I won't be able to publish on Sunday like I usually do.
Bailey is back down to 1/32 of a liter.
The nurse came by on Wednesday and Bailey's saturation was in the high
90's again. Perhaps she will be ready for another saturation study
when we get back from vacation. Bailey also gained 3.5 ounces this
last week and grew 1/4 of an inch.
Bailey had her first solid food this
week. We were eating dinner and noticed that she was really
interested in what we were eating. We thought about it for a
minute and then decided to see if she would eat some stage 1 baby
applesauce. She loved it. Click
here (3.5 MB) to see a short video of it. Also, see the third picture
On Tuesday, Stacey and Bailey paid a
visit to Stacey's sister in Salt Lake. They took the opportunity
to do a little sun bathing. Bailey tried out her new sunglasses
that her mom bought her for our vacation to Lake Shasta next week.
Her eyes are very sensitive to the light and we don't want her to spend
a week having to keep her eyes closed at the lake because the sun is so
bright. Although I was skeptical that she wouldn't wear sunglasses,
we bought some anyway. She didn't mind them at all. See the
first two pictures below.
Bailey made her first trip to the eye
doctor on Tuesday. During this visit the doctor told us that Bailey's
eyes are sensitive to the light not because of her surgery, but because
she has light hair and blue eyes. The doctor also said that her
vision is great and that he won't need to see her for another year.
Because they had to dilate her eyes, she wore her sunglasses the entire
day - even into Costco. The doctor said that there is still
a possibility that she will need glasses in the future but as of right
now, he said her eyes look great.
The last three pictures are of me
tailoring Bailey's life jacket so that we could feel good about taking
her to the lake. The smallest that life jackets comes are infant
less than 30lbs. When your baby only weighs 11.5 pounds even those
life jackets don't fit (see picture 4 below). I took the jacket
apart (picture 5) and put it back together, with the addition of a head
float, and now it fits just right (picture 6). The arm holes are a
little small making it a tight fit, but I don't have time to fix them
before we leave. They will have to wait until we get back.
Friday, August 1, 2003 through
Sunday, August 9, 2003
I can't fill out any of the normal
statistics this week because Bailey did not receive a visit from her
nurse. We were on much needed vacation and weren't in Utah for the
Friday night I was laying on the couch
at my parent's house in California dreading the thought of attending my
10 year high school reunion alone just about to drift off to sleep at
about 10:00 PM when my wife and Bailey walked in and yelled SURPRISE!
Stacey had bought plane tickets and flown down to surprise me without me
knowing. It was a great surprise because I had no idea they were
coming and I was very happy to see both of them. The short of it
is, Bailey took her first ride in an airplane. Stacey said that
she was absolutely perfect for the flight (even though it was delayed 2
hours) and that she was the hit of the trip. Everyone sitting near
her on the airplane just loved her and thought she was the cutest baby
ever. The next morning Bailey and my dad spent some time together
playing in the front yard.
Stacey and I had a great time at my
high school reunion and my parents watched Bailey. They were even
successful at getting her to fall asleep (unlike the last time they
watched her). On Sunday morning, Bailey got to meet her Great
Grams Crane. My middle name (Bailey) is Great Grams' maiden name.
So, Bailey is not only named after me, but after my Grandmother Crane.
My Great-Granddaddy Bailey had no boys to pass on his family name.
I'm sure he is smiling somewhere because of Bailey's name. Because
of the name, Bailey's visit with her Great Grams was special (first
picture below). After her visit with Great Grams I took her over
to see my life long friend and his wife and mom (second picture below).
I wish I had had more time to spend with everyone, but I had to leave
with Stacey and Bailey to catch two separate planes. I was flying
to Oregon and Stacey and Bailey were flying back to Utah. Although
Stacey had bought tickets to California there was no way for them to fly
to Oregon because no airline serviced oxygen in or out of Medford.
I wished they were coming with me, but they were headed back to Utah to
get in a car with Stacey's sister and her 17 month old to drive to Oregon.
I didn't envy Stacey for doing that trip in a car with two babies but I
was glad that she was willing to make the trip.
I met Stacey and Bailey at Lake Shasta
in Northern California on Monday night. I drove straight there
from the Medford airport Sunday night when Stacey and her sister and the two
babies stayed the night in Winnemucca, NV (almost half way between UT and
OR). They drove the rest of the way to the lake on Monday morning.
Bailey was an instant hit with her cousin Anna (4 yrs) who became Bailey's
Although I didn't take the next two
pictures until the sixth (and therefore they are out of order) I think
they most appropriately go next. The first picture is of Bailey's
cute swim suit and no lifejacket. The second picture is of Bailey
with her custom lifejacket made by me. How many babies have custom
lifejackets sewn by their fathers?
While on the houseboat, Bailey took
baths in the sink.
Bailey had a really good time at the
lake as did both of her parents. Bailey really likes the water
although she doesn't like it to be cold. Lucky for us Shasta Lake
is not cold this time of year. Putting Bailey in the water usually
consisted of a quick dip so that she would get wet and then cool off
slightly in the air. Then we would put her back in the water that
felt much warmer on her skin. She loved her life jacket and could
float in it just like it was a raft. Below is a collection of
pictures from the lake with Bailey in the water. The second
picture is my favorite picture taken during our trip.
While we were on the houseboat, the
only way to get Bailey to take a nap was to nap with her. Below is
a collection of pictures of Bailey napping on the houseboat.
The next picture is of Bailey with her
cousins Anna and Bradly. The second picture below is of Bailey
with her first hairdo. I called it her pixy-tail because it wasn't
big enough to call a ponytail. This is almost my most favorite
picture from the trip.
This last picture is of Bailey's 17
month old cousin Jocelyn putting Bailey's binky back in her mouth when
it fell out.
Bailey was a really good baby the whole
trip. Stacey even said that she was an angel in the car (most of
the time). However, she did say there was a two hour stint where
the babies took turns crying in the car on the way to Winnemucca from
Bailey has gotten really good at
passing things back and forth in her hands. She likes to pull her
binky out of her mouth, play with it from hand to hand, and then try and
put it back in her mouth. It always gets back in her mouth but has
yet to point the right direction. However, she is aware that she
is doing it wrong and continues to try to do it right each time.
When Bailey is sitting up on our laps
she loves to grab her foot and put her toes in her mouth.
She isn't strong enough to pull them to her mouth when she is lying on
her back, but likes the foot-popsicle when she is propped up. In
this position she can use gravity to help her get her foot to her mouth.