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Sunday, December 12, 2010

10w1d old--so close I can almost taste it!!

69 days old/days in NICU
Weight: 5 lbs 14 oz (+2 oz)

Countdown to D-day: 4 days

We're going in the right direction, that's for sure!!! Ella has her NG tube out--it came out yesterday and she's taking ALL feedings by mouth. She wakes up for all her feedings and eats more then she is "required" to eat (they have a certain amount she needs to eat based on her weight). She's on 1/4 liter of oxygen and needing about 65-70% O2. That sounds like a lot but keep in mind how much she's come down! If she comes home on oxygen, she'll come home on 100% so now it's just a matter of finding out if she can go down to 1/8 liter or if she needs to stay at 1/4 liter. They are working on fine tuning that!


ETA: I JUST TALKED TO ELLA'S DOCTOR. HE'S BRINGING HER DOWN TO 1/8 A LITER AND THAT'S WHAT SHE'LL COME HOME ON. 

The doctor ordered her carseat test this weekend!!!!!!!! So that'll be done next week. At this point, I see NO reason why we won't be home by late next week or possibly the weekend. She has some medications she's on that they'd like to be able to get her weaned off of. Her neonatologist wants her to get off the diuretics so we can take her off the sodium and the potassium. We're SO close!! My due date is in FOUR days! 

Yesterday, we got a storm to remember. This one will be talked about for YEARS to come. I heard it was somewhere around 2 feet of snow. I tried to get to the hospital yesterday morning but I started driving and visibility was almost nothing so I had to turn around and go home after just a few blocks. I stayed home all day with Olivia and Shane ended up going to work then coming right back home because they took the plows off. If he had listened to me in the first place...I TOLD him not to go in!! Anyways, I got LOTS of cooking done for our freezer for when Ella comes home! Double batch of meatballs for whatever we want to use them for, stir fry, chicken caccitore and I also got some cleaning done! I still have some more cleaning to do before she gets home...hopefully I can get that done tomorrow! Today, my mom is coming over early and Shane and I will go to the hospital. He's dropping me off so he can take my car to work (4 wheel drive on mine) and I'm staying all night and into tomorrow. Ella's on demand feeding now so she can breastfeed and bottle whenever she wants!! 

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