Friday, July 16, 2010

Juliet's First Week

Yesterday was Juliet's one week birthday. She is now 26 weeks since gestation. In the last week, she has had 11 x-rays, phototherapy, 2 Echocardiograms, 2 blood transfusions, a cranial sector scan (head ultrasound), and a needle aspiration of air on her lungs (pneumothorax).

She started getting breastmilk through a tube that goes into her nose and down to her stomach (NG tube). She's getting 1 mL (1/5 teaspoon!) every 3 hours. (Sometimes I get to hold the syringe while it goes in - takes about 10 seconds)

She's had 1 bath - I got to help! - they washed her hair with a little soft toothbrush. :) It's amazing how much hair she has already. I can't imagine if she made it to her due date - she would have been hairier than Mackenzie!

She continues to breathe with assistance from a ventilator. This is to help her along until her lungs are mature enough to do it alone. They constantly adjust the settings of the ventilator up and down to make sure they are giving her just the right amount of help - not too much and not too little.

Her weight today was 760 grams (1 lb. 11 oz.) - she has just started gaining weight back from her initial loss after birth.

She is quite a little trooper. She has taken each challenge in stride and continues to make progress toward getting off of the ventilator. She is so fiesty already! She definitely lets you know when she is mad at you! She LOVES lying on her tummy and LOVES being LEFT ALONE! She's a fighter and I am SO proud of her!

Tomorrow, Chris, Addison & Mackenzie are coming down for a visit! I am so excited - I miss them SO much! I'll try to get some more pictures!

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