Baby sponge bath – on July 15th, Joy was now allowed a real sponge bath, instead of just using soapy wipes.
Joy finally began to cry. This was as she was getting the tape changed that held her cpap mask in place.
Joy was finally controlling her temperature enough so the temperature control in her isolette could be turned off . . . and she could now wear a onesie.
Joy’s nurse Colby was so amazing and made it seem like holding your baby on your chest, tucked into your shirt, with tubes and wires attached to her, and machines beeping like crazy, was natural.
This was one of the best days in the month since Joy’s birth. She is just over a month old and I got to hold her for the first time. It was short, but amazing.
When we look at Joy’s preemie hands, we remark about how much they’ve grown. Yet . . . they’re still so very tiny.
Today Joy was 3 weeks old and we have still not been able to hold her or even just pick her up. She just lays in her isolette, which is just what it implies: isolating (for both of us).
This is how Joy spent her first Memorial Day at two weeks old.
NICU doctors determine when each baby should start on oral feedings (breast milk or formula), which are administered through a feeding tube. The feeding tube for baby runs from either the nose or the mouth to the stomach. Joy’s feeding tube was turned on and off every three hours. According to my preemie encyclopedia, it’s … Read More…
When Joy was finally able to wear clothes, I had to look for micro preemie clothes. I purchased a pack of plain white preemie onesies and each of the boys decorated one for Joy. We used fabric markers and puffy paint. They wrote silly things like, “I have cute brothers.” Joy wore her works of … Read More…