2002-12-30

Number Five

I changed the first and only diaper I can remember ever changing today. Hailey filled it with poop and I cleaned it up. It wasn’t the first dirty diaper to change though. Sanna changed the first dirty diaper around the 5:30 p.m. feeding. Dirty diapers are a good thing, they mean Hailey’s digestive system is working. I’m sure all of us will get tired of them one day soon.

Brianna got to perform kangaroo care today. That means she undoes her shirt and the baby gets placed right against her skin. Brianna and little Hailey were happy about this. Hailey, the Drama Queen, screamed when the nurse picked her up but quieted down as soon as she got into Brianna’s arms.

Hailey was receiving a little oxygen while we were there. Her heart rate also had several drops. The nurses say that this is common with preemies because they sometimes forget to breath or have a heart beat. They use a stimulate in their IVs to help prevent this. Each time it picked right back up so they were not too worried.

Hailey is eating 10 mL at a time now. Tonight Brianna supplied all the food. When we arrived at 8:00 p.m. the nurse checked to see how much milk was still in Hailey’s stomach. There was 6 mL left from the 5:30 p.m. feeding but she put it back in because it was still a little early. Hailey wasn’t to be feed until 8:30 p.m. I didn’t think Hailey would digest that much milk in 30 minutes but the nurse said it could happen. After 30 minutes of the kangaroo care the nurse checked Hailey’s stomach before feeding her again and all 6 mL had been digested. Way to go Hailey, prove Dad wrong.

There are some Day Five pictures in the gallery.

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