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12/4/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 18

December 4, 2010

Isaac — 624 grams

Molly — 692 grams

This was the first time I got to hold Isaac. It was the middle of the night, when all interesting things happen in a hospital. It took two of Ike's nurses, Mardy and Megan, to settle him on my lap with all his paraphernalia. They would have to turn off the monitors because the process would set off the alarms. The key was to keep them warm and breathing. There were still layers of pillows and blankets between me and my babies, but I finally got to hold them after 17 days.


Jill says they may start you on steroids today, which should help your lungs grow big and strong. You got a new line in your umbilical stump because the old one wasn’t working well. They changed it really fast — in ten minutes. [late that night] I got to hold you tonight for the first time! It was great. The steroids seem to be helping already. I got to hold you tonight! It was the most incredible feeling — you were so tiny and I held you on a pillow like a little prince.


You gained a bunch of weight today (22 grams). Still hanging out at pretty high O2 levels. They plan to increase your lipids to .2 ccs per hour. No word yet on your echo. [late that night] Molly, I got to hold you today for the first time, at midnight when you were getting weighed. It was the best Hanukkah present I ever got! Daddy brought me in to take pictures of you while you were out of your isolette being weighed and I got to hold both you and Isaac. It was wonderful.  They started you on steroids today. We hope it helps your lungs mature. It’s way late now — 12:30 a.m., so goodnight, little girl.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2010 6:35 pm

    I am so enjoying following your story, Susan. Hope you’re having a great day!!!! xoxox

    • December 6, 2010 2:54 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca. Your encouragement has meant more than you know.

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