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.