First BM! Hooray!

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.



Baby Grey

13 thoughts on “First BM! Hooray!

  1. Keeping all of you in my thoughts, prayers and heart. Heard about Baby Grey today in church. Everyone prayed for her. The power of prayer is amazing. God bless.

  2. So happy to hear that your baby girl is doing well. We’re going through an almost identical journey with you right now- wife diagnosed with HELLP at 25 weeks+2 days, emergency C-section within 48 hrs of getting the news, and our daughter has been in the NICU for 15 days now. We can completely relate to the smallest things being such a big deal and we’re praising God for Grey hitting this milestone.

    We’re in Louisville and our daughter, Haddie, is at UofL Hospital. If you or your husband would like to connect with us, feel free to email me. We’re praying for your daughter and your sweet family.

    Derek and Leslie Jones

  3. Hi there,
    Ashley Rubenstein (madgers) as I knew her as a kid growing up reached out to me about what you are going through. I remember so vividly your exact adventure and rollercoaster ride. My son Max was born as 24 weeks so I can sympathize with all of your emotions and fears. The first time he pooped I remember screaming as well!! It’s a huge deal!!! Every little thing is at this point. I want to encourage you that all the ups and downs we went through I now have a perfectly healthy, no surgery, no eye, ear or heart issues, crazy 2 year old!! God is good and he answers prayer and still does miracles today: I have one of my very own! I will continue to pray for you and your sweet little baby. God will see you through this, and though its the hardest thing you will ever go through, you will be so blessed in the end!

  4. How did I miss this big news today? It was such a crazy day. I am so happy to read this news. I’m taking a day off…maybe. You all are doing awesome.

  5. Hey Allie and Ryan,
    My whole fam has been praying for Grey and will continue to do so. She is so precious and such a trooper!! Love you guys,

  6. Way to go Grey! I love hearing how this little one is progressing and even more love your excitement to hold your baby girl! Praying that day comes very soon!!! You are so loved, baby Grey!

  7. We are thinking about you all and Grey! She’s so strong! Keeping her in our prayers! Can’t wait to see her GROW GROW GROW! 🙂

  8. Hooray for a dirty diaper!! And bravo to Ryan for taking it on! 🙂 Tyler talked about you all at church tonight. We stopped as a congregation and prayed for all of you. So, of course, there will be three more times that the NECC prays for your family collectively. What a powerful thing!!

  9. Thinking of you, Ryan, and of course grey!!! Love the blog and the updates-definitely helps to know what and how to pray

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