"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

Monday, October 18, 2010

16 days old and another great day!

She was grabbing onto the cord. Just like her older sister, she likes to hold onto stuff when she sleeps <3

16 days old/days in the NICU
Weight: 3 lbs 1.5 oz 

Day 1 on the high flow nasal cannula went very well! Ella is much more comfortable and it made K-care much easier this morning! Ella is now on 4.5 ml an hour of breast milk, so 3.5 ounces a day. Hurray!! They'll be starting to put human milk fortifier in her feedings soon.  Human milk fortifiers are powders added to breast milk to increase the amount of calories. Human milk fortifiers are used with premature and small babies to help them to gain weight faster and catch up to their peers. They'll increase it again tomorrow, so that's great. She's really doing a good job digesting her food. Ella is just slowly getting better and better. It's so great! They didn't even do an x-ray last night because she's getting so much better, they don't feel they need to do them regularly anymore. She also got another IV taken out so now she just has one IV in one of her hands. 

Today I did K-care with Ella. From now on, we'll be able to do it everyday and soon we'll even be able to do it twice a day!! It was really nice with the cannula. Not so freaky!! 

I also had a 2 week check up today which I had to have because of my severe preeclampsia. They lowered my blood pressure medication, thank GOD, because I'm on too high of a dosage and I get super dizzy and light headed about 1-2 hours after taking it. He also said there is a good possibility that eventually I will end up off it completely and NOT have chronic hypertension (fingers crossed). I also lost almost 30 lbs of water retention so far and still have a bit of swelling left in my legs and fingers. I can't BELIEVE how much swelling I had with Ella!! 


  1. beautiful mama! and yaaaay to this whole post!

  2. yay! i'm so happy that she's doing so good! she's getting SO close to getting home :D
    I bet big sister is excited!! has she gotten to see her again?

  3. Carmen she can't see her. They have RSV rules at the hospital right now and shes under 2. Once she turns 2, she'll be allowed ONE 15 minute visit with Ella and we want to wait until Ella can spend that time out of the incubator. She can do K-care so I'm thinking we'll be able to bring her at the beginning of Nov (her birthday is on the 29th of this month).