Well I hardly even want to write this post, but here goes. First of all Willow is totally 100% healthy, and that is the most important thing to remember. But, we are probably looking at another week here in the NICU. Willow has continued to have bradys with her feedings, and is rarely taking a full feeding from the bottle/breast. We talked to her doctor again today and she is still thinking that this is all related to Willow getting over stimulated and pooping out. So now we are nippling only when awake, and at least every other feeding is going through the NG tube.
None of this is something they haven't seen before here in the NICU. In fact it's fairly common, especially for 26 weekers. We wouldn't even be all that disappointed, considering she's otherwise healthy, except we were expecting to be home two days ago, and now we aren't really sure when Willow will be home. I just have to keep reminding myself and Lindsay that eventually we will be home and we'll be so occupied with Willow that this will all fade into our distant memory.
Willow, contemplating how long she should stay in the NICU
We are going to check back into the Beacon House tonight. We aren't going to be rooming in anymore, another mom needs the room, so we figure it would be good to get back off the hospital campus. I think, however, that when Willow is ready to go home again we won't even need to room in again. We pretty much have down how and when to give her meds and how to deal with all her cares. So hopefully when Willow's ready we'll just spring right on home.
Tonight we're going to go out to Lauren's mom's camp which is about 30 minutes from here. For all you non-yoopers a "camp" is the same as a cabin or cottage, that's just what they call them up here. It'll be good to get out of the hospital for a little while and get some fresh air. Also Nate said there will be beer out there, and I could really use one right now.
Willow getting read her favorite book, "Are you My Mother". Look at the pretty pictures. No need for anyone to send sorrys or anything like that in the comments. We know you all feel for us and instead keep channeling postive thoughts for a healthy baby to come home soon.
She's starting to really like her paci. I'm not sure if that's good or not, oh well it makes her happy.
This blog follows the adventures of Lindsay, Josh and Willow Jenson. It started in 2008 as my pregnancy blog, then when our daughter was born 14 weeks early in February 2009 it morphed into a medical blog as she spent her first 105 days in the NICU. Now, thankfully, it's basically a run-of-the-mill new parent blog.