Who knew we could be so excited about the smallest poo? We literally jumped for JOY! Actually, she had the tiniest skid mark early in the day that we were so impressed with and then she showed off later that night with an unexpected dirty diaper!
It was daddy’s turn up for a diaper change so he took it on like a champ; however, he didn’t know what Grey had in store for him. Grey is definitely a “touch me not” baby at the moment. If you touch her she gets really feisty and her O2 levels start to decrease. They try to keep touching and stimulation at a minimum which means we hardly get to touch her. Diaper changes are set for every 4 hours so we try to be in the room for a chance to give her a little love through touch. Ryan was feeling confident since he has changed her a few times. He started to do his thing and then literally yelled, ” she pooed!!!!,” We all started cheering! It was such an joyous occasion for the tiniest poo! Well done, Grey! I thought I might post a pic but then she might really hate me when she gets older!
So on a more serious note, this “movement” is such a great thing because it means she is tolerating her feeds and her GI tract is working. They have increased her feedings to 5 mls every 3 hours. Pray she continues to tolerate the feedings because growing is so important for her. The doctors continue to say “even more serious than her gestational age at 25 weeks, it’s her size..she is just so small.” So we all need to chant “GROW GREY GROW!”
Grey continues to struggle with the vent! Her gases continue to be unstable. She seems to be oxygenating well but not ventilating. She is hanging on to too much CO2 and her Ph is staying around 7.18 which they would be happy if it was 7.2! They explain this is very normal for preemies and she is “acting her age.” For the first 6 days of her life she was a rockstar and tolerating the vent like a champ. We were definitely spoiled but have high hopes she will be ventilating better soon. From the chest xrays, the doctors have noticed that she has fluid on her lungs so they did give her a diuretic called Lasix that will hopefully pull some of the fluid off.
They are taking her umbilical artery line out tomorrow. They still technically need it but after 7 days the risk of infections increases tremendously, so it is better for them to pull it. Selfishly, I’m so so excited for them to take it out because this means I might be able to do Kangaroo care, which I have been dying to do. For those of you who may not know what Kangaroo care is, it means skin to skin with baby on mothers chest. I dream about this day because I’m dying to hold her. There are a lot of factors that come into play but that line being in is the main obstacle preventing us from holding her.
The past 8 days have been the longest yet fastest days of our lives. We are thrilled with Grey’s progress so far. We can’t believe how many people have reached out to us for encouragement through their own stories. It means so much to us to hear from friends, family and complete strangers. Ryan and I both went to Taylor University and we are so thankful for that family who has connected with us and shared our story. I feel like I’m continuously thanking everyone but I truly mean it and we love having so many people praying for Grey.