Well, the tables have turned, and it looks like Sophia will get to come home before Annabel. She has taken all of her feedings for 24 hours now, and is now an "ad lib" feeder...she has to wake up and eat on her own every 4 hours now and continue to gain weight. If today goes well, her feeding tube will come out tonight!! They told us today that if all continues well, she will be discharged on Saturday or Sunday (Monday at the latest). Of course, we are so thrilled with this news and proud of our little girl (who is back up to her birth weight)! Sophia is such a little feisty fighter!
|Sophia tuckered out after a feeding on Tuesday night.|
And then the inevitable hiccups arrive. Who ever thought a mom would cry over their baby having the hiccups? Sweet little girl is all cuddled up in my arms trying to sleep and recover from her feeding sprint and she always--every single time--gets the hiccups, and there's nothing we can do to help her. There's nothing David, I, my mom, or the nurses can do to "teach" her to slow down and finish her entire bottle in one feeding. We just have to wait for what the NICU nurses call "the food fairy" to arrive. And in the meantime, it kills me to see my otherwise healthy little girl laying in an isolet in a hospital just waiting for the next feeding time to come around to see if she can eat her entire bottle. Everyone keeps telling us that soon this will be a distant memory for all of us and just a blip on the radar, and I completely believe that, but for right now, I wish there was something I could do to make life a little bit easier for my Annabel.
|AnnieB all tuckered out after a feeding|