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11/28/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 12

November 28, 2010

Isaac — 575 grams

Molly — 648 grams

(Editor’s note: if you see a term you don’t understand, check the Glossary.)

This is a pretty accurate depiction of the color of Isaac's head and skin. He was very dark, partly due to the bruising that took place in utero (his amniotic sac leaked and had low fluid levels, so he got pretty banged up on my pelvic bones) and partly due to the beating he took during a precipitous delivery. Molly's delivery was a bit more controlled and, consequently, less traumatic for her. My brother-in-law took to calling them the Little Raisinetts because of their dark, wrinkled skin.

 

Isaac

Happy Thanksgiving, little pal. Daddy and I are so thankful for you and Molly.  This year, it’s just the four of us celebrating you guys and the holiday. Things are going pretty well for you right now. They say your x-ray from last night looks fine, but they seem to have misplaced it, so I haven’t seen it. They also started you on a new medication — aminophylline — to help you breathe better. This is the same thing they give to people with asthma. It dilates your bronchial tubes and lets your lungs fill more completely.  Happy Thanksgiving, Little Pilgrim. I love you.

Molly

Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s your first holiday. I know this isn’t such a fun way to spend it. You got to try something new last night. Mardy was able to turn you over on to your stomach for the first time because they took the lines out of your navel. You seem to really like that. (Editor’s Note: In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that infants sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over on their own. This is thought to help prevent SIDS — Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — Preemies are thought to be at high risk for SIDS. For more information, see the AAP Back to Sleep Campaign.)

And guess what?  The doctors changed their minds again and decided to start you on Indocin after all.  They are just going to keep a close watch on your kidney function and creatinin levels. I hope this helps close your PDA. They think that will really help you. Happy Thanksgiving, little Molly. I’ve never been so thankful for anything as I am for you and Isaac. A new thing:  you tuck your legs up under your body.  I’m amazed you can support yourself on those little legs.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2010 12:27 am

    Awe, I wouldn’t call them Raisinetts, they look like delicate little birds. So amazing, these two.

  2. November 28, 2010 9:51 am

    This story is absolutely stunning — they are precious, and I am so glad you’re doing this and I can follow their/your story 🙂

  3. Kenn permalink
    November 28, 2010 4:47 pm

    I am happy to read about us again! I am so glad you keep this diary and we took pictures.

    • November 28, 2010 8:32 pm

      You were the star photographer back in the days of actual film. Thanks for keeping those visual records.

  4. November 28, 2010 5:53 pm

    One word- AMAZING!!!!

    I wish I started a journal like this for my Molly and Luke!

    • November 28, 2010 8:31 pm

      Never too late to keep a journal for your kids. I wish I had kept mine beyond their NICU stay.

  5. December 2, 2010 6:55 am

    Babies still sleep on their tummys while in the NICU until they go off the monitors. There is no risk of SIDS while their heart and respiratory rates are being continuously monitored. Tummy-sleeping helps preemies feel safe and contained; it helps control their startles. Peter slept on his tummy even while he still had umbilical lines. When the nurses wanted to “challenge” him, they put him on his back, but it was more difficult for him to breathe that way.

    • December 2, 2010 8:05 am

      Thanks for the update, Kristin. I don’t want to mislead anyone with outdated information, since these journals were kept by me (a layperson) 19 years ago. Of course, babies on the NICU are on all kinds of monitors that track their breathing and other vitals, as well as being personally monitored by trained staff. I know both my preemies saturated better and were more comfortable when they could be on their tummies. The other thing that helped my son in particular was swaddling. He loved being wrapped up tight. Thanks again for your comments and I hope Peter is doing well.

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