2003-01-11

Eighteen

They have rearranged Bay 1. Our little family of preemies has changed. the NICU needed the room so they moved our favorite grandmother to the isolation room and moved her other twin close by in bay 3. The doctor’s twins moved to Seton-Northwest to be closer to their home. All the faces are new and it just doesn’t seem the same.

Hailey’s weight only went up 0.2 oz. so she is now at 3 lbs. 11.9 oz. They feel she isn’t gaining weight fast enough because she was using all her energy to maintain her body temperature, something she was very good at doing. Now the incubator has been turned back to servo-mode, meaning that a thermocouple on Hailey’s skin will help the heater maintain Hailey’s body temperature. The nurse practitioner has started introducing baby formula to supplant the breast milk. Formula has higher and more controlled calories.

Hailey has started spitting up a lot so they will use a syringe pump to space her feedings over a 1.5 hour period. For the engineer’s in the crowd. That is 38 mL every 3 hours. With a flow rate of 38 mL per 90 minutes.

I wouldn’t normally mention this, because it means I am losing, but Brianna has changed more diapers than me now.

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