10/16/08 - Chubby Cheeks

Look at those chubby cheeks. Those 40 grams last night really made a difference because even Aimee and I noticed it right away even tough we see her every single day. The bottom photo was towards the end of our visit and she was getting a little cranky. She was so funny with her little attitude.

She is doing so well though. She latched on to Aimee for a good feeding session and she then took some of her bottle, but quickly fell out from all the hard work. She was finally awake for my parents, so they got to see her in action. My parents just had bad timing before because she had always been sleeping or facing the wrong way in her isolette, which hindered their chance to see her so active.

She didn't gain any weight over the past night, but she pooped a few times so that may be a good reason why there was no weight gain. They did drop her flow down to .4 liters and she is satting high, which is awesome. She took all of her bottle at this night feeding and is tolerating the food really well. We have not heard of any aspirates, desats or bradys while feeding! Woohoo!

Our goal right now is to continue to do well over the next couple weeks, get the cardiac pulmonary cath, recover from that and then come home. She passes all the tests to come home except her ability to finish her feeding consecutively and stool more often. They want to see her feedings improve her growth, which so far we are doing pretty in that area over the past couple days. We can take her home on oxygen, so we are actually one foot out the door now. The doctors are actually talking more and more about her going home soon. I can't believe it!! We just have to take it a day at a time and hope that she continues to do well, so we don't have any setbacks.
Our prayer request is that she continues to improve her situation in all categories (feeding, growth, stools and saturation). So far so good!

Thank you all so much and God Bless,

The Freemans :)


Anonymous said...

Wow!! Kayleigh is doing awesome!! My husband and I share this story every night. I have cried more than once!! I am just so happy for your family!! I hope Kayleigh comes home soon!!

Anonymous said...

I love reading about your miracle and watching you rejoice with every small triumph. When our son was born premature, my husband titled all of our celebratory blog posts "little victories"(a song by Matt Nathanson) as they seemed like such minor advancements to most, but to us they were huge!

As for nursing, it was a struggle in the beginning, it just wore him out so fast. However, he just hit 5 months old and pretty much refuses to take the bottle when I am around. He has latched on better than my daughter ever did and she was a term baby. So keep up the good work Aimee!!!!

Kimberly (Anthony's Mom) said...

YAY for Kayleigh coming home soon!!! I really think she looks like Aimee in that first picture. Especially her mouth. I really think she will just thrive once she comes home and is around mommy and daddy all the time! Its amazing how love makes them grow and get healthy.

Also not sure if you read my blog the last few days. But you might re: Anthony's VSD's. Some REALLY good news =-)


Anonymous said...

Just adorable!

Anonymous said...

Woooo Hoooo!! For Kayleigh doing so great and "soon" to be coming home!! Keep up the great work Kayleigh, Aimee, and Adam!! God Bless You all!!!

mommy to 2 boys
1 who was a 31 weeker

Anonymous said...

This picture of Kayleigh is my favorite!!! She is just adorable.