First of all, we had a good day at the NICU
That’s right, my baby actually does have a face under all those tubes. The only thing left on her face is her gavage tube, which probably will have to stay in for a few weeks. Currently Leapster can breathe on her own, suck, and swallow, but she can’t handle all three at once, so we can’t attempt nipple feeding (that’s seriously what they call it!), which can be either by breast or by bottle (but they recommend bottle first since it’s easier for them).
In other news, without the hat on, my kid totally looks like The Leader.
Since she was born so early, the sutures in her skull haven’t fully opened yet, so she’s got a long pointy head and weird ridges at the top of her forehead. We might have to put her in a special bed to shape her head if it doesn’t correct itself. This was not something they warned us about, so I was a little taken aback when I saw her head. Also, she has a full head of brownish-blonde peach fuzz, which shocked me since I figured she hadn’t been in there nearly long enough for so much hair to grow. I’ll have to get a picture without a hat soon, but she got too cold and it was causing her oxygen saturation to drop a little, so she needed her head covered.
And yes, I think I did just compare my baby to a supervillain. I’m sure I’m going to get yelled at later, but his head looks like that cause it’s full of super smarts, so maybe that’s a good thing.
Anyways, the next big step for her is going to be having her umbilical vein catheter (it’s an IV in the cord stump) removed. They have to take it out by day 7, so she’s having it out tomorrow. The original plan was a PICC line to replace it, but that’s starting to look unnecessary, so we are going to try to go without the PICC line and just use a small IV somewhere (hand or foot maybe?). She also needs an ultrasound of her head tomorrow to make sure her brain isn’t bleeding (it’s a standard test in preemies on day 7 of life). I fully expect good news.
As for me, I’m healing, but it turns out that percoset will make you sleep. And I have a dissertation to write, so this is sort of a problem. I was late on a dose, though, and felt like my insides were going to rupture out of me, so this is just going to be slow going. I also have a rash over half of my abdomen from the dressing they put over the incision for the first 2 days. I am horribly allergic to medical tape, which I always forget to mention. Anyways, the next part of Leapster’s birth story should be up in a day or so, but I wanted to share her good news. The ups and downs with NICU babies are crazy. Yesterday I left practically in tears (bitchy nurse day) and today I left feeling great. Oh, and I will be seeing a counselor starting in a few weeks. No shame in saying you need some professional help once in a while.