Thursday, March 3, 2016

More Firsts - March 2nd, 2016

This morning we were informed that you would get your PICC line in tomorrow and the other line in your belly button out tomorrow. You still have your lamp for jaundice on you, but they think that may come off tomorrow as well. You still have the ventilator which will most likely stay in for a week. They said your heart rate hasn't dropped much since they put the ventilator back in. That makes me feel comfortable with the decision to put the ventilator back in.
This afternoon I learned so much from the developmental specialist. In addition to changing your diaper, taking your temperature, and doing colostrum care, I can now hold you while the nurse does the things I can't. By hold I mean place my hands over you so that you have boundaries and are more comfortable. She told me that the goal is to get you used to my voice, smell, and touch to promote a positive environment. She also said the most important thing for us to remember is that when you come home, your developmental milestones will be different than full-term newborns. Your milestones will be as if you were born on your due date. For example, when you are 6 months, your milestones will be that of a 3 month old since you were born 3 months early. She said it takes about 3 years to catch up to other toddlers. The nurse also told me that we may be able to do Kangaroo Care before the end of the week!
When we went at 9 pm, our favorite nurse was there. I took your temperature and changed your diaper. She then asked us if we had time to stay - she said that I could hold you! Of course I stayed and having you on my chest was the most amazing feeling in the world. I couldn't stop kissing you. You were so cuddly and warm and looked so comfortable in my arms. I absolutely loved every second of it. I can't wait to do it again. I could of slept with you there all night. Daddy read you a book while you were in Mommy's arms and you just loved it! So sad to put you back, but I will hold you the next chance I get! We lobe you buddy! You are amazing and a great fighter!