Monday, November 22, 2010

2 weeks down

In two weeks our little Matea went from this
to this
During that time we got to hold her for the first time,

With preemies they recommend something called Kangaroo Care or skin to skin. This helps the baby regulate their temp better, helps with respiratory and heart rate problems, and is a great bonding experience.

Got the IV moved from one hand to the other and then to the head
Lost the IV and Canula (the thing in the nose giving extra oxygen)
And showed signs of wanting to be bottle fed.
This last one is going to take some time to get down. It's hard work learning to breath, suck, and swallow. She will take a few sucks, stop to breath and relax and then suck some more. She usually only gets a little bit down and the rest is tube fed to her.

Matea is doing pretty awesome. They gave her back the canula for just a few days because lately she's been taking shallow breaths or forgetting to breath. This is pretty normal and she doesn't have a ton of episodes so it was mostly out of precaution. They also started her on a small dose of caffeine, this will help the part of the brain that senses how much oxygen is in the body work better. All the nurses can't believe how little help she needs. Each day she is gaining weight and looking great.

Now for some cute photos

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Karen said...

Oh wow--love the new photos!!
She looks so good--
and you and Jacob look like parent pros!!!
Keep up the good work all of you!!

Jordan Brent Barton and Katy Ann Barton said...

She is soooo beautiful!!! and morgan you look so great! jacob looks ok too :) I can't wait to see you for christmas!

Joanna said...

She is so incredibly precious. I'm so glad she's such a strong little girl!

JimiBloggerT said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog because of the random button thing and just wanted to say your photo's and everything really put a smile on my face!
Congrats on your daughter and good luck for the future :)

Best wishes, James