Eleven

Hailey has been in NICU for eleven long days now. I think she is a
very different baby than the one they admitted on Christmas
morning. She seems very healthy and strong. She now weighs 3 lbs. 8.25
oz. and is eating over 20 mL of milk every three hours. She can lift
her head and inch her way to the top of her isolette.

She breaths on her own, but still requires the nasal cannula to help
prevent apnea and braycardia (A’s and B’s as the nurses call
them. Apnea is a pause in breathing, braycardia is slowing of the
heart rate). For the most part Hailey’s A’s and B’s seem to center
around her feeding cycle. This means they are most likely digestive
related and not a cause of great concern.

Hailey still needs an IV and finding a suitable site is still causing
problems. She has had IVs in her feet, her hands, and two in her
head. The current IV is located in her forearm and requires a type of
brace to prevent her from disturbing it. Her greatest pain comes when
they need to start a new IV. They make the parents leave for the
procedure and it can take over 20 minutes. You can hear Hailey cry all
the way into the NICU waiting room. I’m told the pain in the pit of my
stomach that I feel when I hear her cry in distress is called
parenthood. It is not a pleasant feeling.

I have now changed seven diapers to Brianna’s two.

Today we had the baby shower that we planned to have while Brianna was
still pregnant. After the Thanksgiving visit to the hospital, Tina
moved the date forward. She didn’t move it quite forward enough
because Brianna managed to have the baby before Tina could host the
shower. Hailey got many great gifts from many great people. I captured
this shower on video and think it will be great fun to one day show
Hailey all the love and concern people have for her.