We are on cloud nine right now! Aimee and I both are in just disbelief and just plain going crazy with excitement because of how our day went today. Hold on tight because what you are about to hear is going to blow your socks off!
When the day started (Early AM), Kayleigh was removed from her Nitric Oxide because they finally weaned her down over night. Over the next couple hours, she continued to do really well and the doctors decided to take her off the vent. Woo hoo! We were so happy to call up there to find out she was doing so well. We couldn't wait to get up there and hold her and spend some time with her. We just knew that things were starting to look up and we were right.
When we got up there, they had already dropped her flow from 6 liters, to 5, to 4, and then to 3 so they could give her a bottle!!! YES A BOTTLE!!!! We got there at the right time because we were able to feed her 6mls of BREAST MILK ONLY!!!!!!!! Just like we have wanted to do for a while now. Kayleigh did an awesome job feeding and took the whole amount with no desats, bradys or aspirates.
But wait...There is even more!!!! Kayleigh POOPED!!!! She had the biggest poop while feeding that I have ever thought possible. WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! She had tons of thick (very thick) solid poop and even the contrast from the Upper GI test was visible. Before we started her feedings, she was irritated by the slightest touch, but after her explosion, she was so calm and relaxed like everything was back to normal. All this stress and the girl just needed to poop. I mean, I don't want to be too descriptive, but I would have had a heart attack if I tried crapping out something that big with just a teeny little butthole like hers.
We just called up there to find out she has tolerated two more feedings from the bottle. The feeding right after ours, the nurse used a fast flow nipple on the bottle and it worked so much better than the slow flow we used. I guess the night nurse didn't know the fast flow worked better because she didn't take all of this the third time and had to finish giving it to her through her tube.
We also got some other great news tonight. Kayleigh is 2 GRAMS SHY of the 3 pound mark. Can you believe it???? She has nearly tripled in size since she was born. She weighed in at 1359 grams (2 pounds 15.9 oz). And last but not least, through all the drama this week, I failed to mention that Kayleigh is 3 months old as of the 23rd.
Oh what an unbelievable day it was. I am so amazed by the grace of God and I thank you all for your prayers. God was certainly listening and answered so many prayers because today was a turn of events in so many different areas. Please continue to pray that she will keep moving forward and that this possible pulmonary hypertension won't surface again. We are just blown away with excitement as today felt like one of the happiest days of our lives. Thank you everyone for your support. It truly is an amazing feeling to have people who care so much. We are so blessed.
Off the topic, Aimee and I both have been dieting and doing really well. Aimee has lost almost 5 pounds and I have lost 7 pounds. Aimee has updated her blog, so click here to check it out.
The Freemans :)