Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2/23 Update

It's hard to believe our sweet baby girl is 5 days old today! Without a doubt, this has been the fastest 5 days of my life. We are getting so many requests for updates that now that I am settled into a hotel across from the hospital to be close to her I decided it would be easier just to keep everyone updated through the blog.

We continue to be amazed and so grateful each day for Emma Claire's progress. I got to hold her for probably an hour or more this afternoon - skin to skin. Words cannot describe how awesome it is to have her snuggling right there on my chest. She’s starting to be more alert so we are getting to see her eyes more and more. The nasal cannula came out today so she is now breathing on her own. They were also able to double her feeds so she is up to 12ml through her tube every 3 hours. Her breathing is still too fast to bottle feed or nurse and her bilirubin is still high but we know both will improve in the coming days. She is a strong girl - she's constantly kicking her feet in the air, sucking on her paci like you wouldn't believe, and pushing up on her knees while on her belly.

Each day we get to spend more and more time with her and I think I can speak for Kyle and say each day we fall more and more in love with her. She really is perfect!

We can't say thank you enough to everyone for your prayers, kind words, and support. The outpouring of love and support has meant so much to the both of us. We can't wait for you to meet our sweet girl!

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