Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday November 20th

Sorry I haven't been very good at keeping this blog updated.  It has been a crazy week at our house and I haven't had a second to get on the computer.

Thursday was a big day for Finley.  She moved to a crib, because she was able to hold her own body temperature for the entire morning.  She also got to start wearing clothes.  This was a big deal for her mommy who loves to shop.  I had her hospital dresser stocked with cute new outfits. She looks so happy in all of her snuggly new sleepers.

Finley continues to plug away on eating.  She is now botteling 6 or her 8 feedings a day.  She gets the other 2 through a feeding tube.  She has also started to breast feed and is doing great with that.  It is a challenge to make it up to the hospital during her feedings, but one of us tries to be there as often as we can. 

We are thankful for weekends and the fact that this next week is Thanksgiving.  It allows us to be up at the hospital more.  It is not easy having 2 kids at home and her in the hospital.  I am feeling like I am spreading myself thin no matter where I am. 

We hope for Finley to come home shortly after Thanksgiving.  She is a "feeder grower" baby in the Nicu and that is what she has to do to get to come home.  The doctor said she just needs to be more consistant with her feedings, and she has to gain some more weight.  So please keep her in your prayers.  We can't wait to bring the little princess home. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 16th

Well one week ago today my water broke and Ms. Finley decided to make her grand entrance about 8 hours later.  After one week we couldn't be more proud of her and her progress.

Finley has now gained weight the last 3 days so she should continue to climb.  She is now weighing in at 4 pounds.  They usually gain about a 1/2 of an ounce a day.  She is still bottling 4 times a day and is now up to 27 cc (30 is an ounce).  She has gotten to increase on that everyday to, so hopefully by the end of the week she will be at full volume.  She receives her other 4 feedings through her NG tube.  They don't want her to work to hard on eating so that is why she is only doing 4.  She also got her IV removed yesterday, because she is no longer receving fluids. 

We are thining that she will go into a crib any day now, but when they change her orders the changes are slow.  They don't want to disrupt her by changing too many things at once.  But it would be nice to see her dressed and in a crib.  It makes going home seem one step closer. 

I did visit with her nurse last night about requirements to go home.  She told me that they do have to be at least 36 weeks to get to go home, and they like them to be close to 5 pounds.  They have to be close to 5 pounds because that is what a standard car seat carries.  If they are less than that they have to have a special car seat.  So we are praying for her to come home right after Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving day would be 36 weeks.

Things are going pretty well at home.  We want to thank everyone for their help and support for our family during this time.  We are blessed to have such wonderful family and friends that have helped us in so many ways. 

Noah decided that this would be a great week to get sick, so that has been challenging.  We pray that he gets better soon, so we don't have to worry so much about bringing germs to Finley.  Sometimes I wonder about the timing of these things.  I just have to keep reminding myself to take things a day at a time.  That is all we can do at this point. 

Well I will post more pictures soon.  Hopefully of Finley dressed and in her crib.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Baby Finley

On Wednesday November 10th at 2:50 in the morning Ms. Finley Ann Nichols made her way into the world.  She was 6 weeks early, but ready to enter the world.  She came out crying and screaming. 

Finley is still in the NICU, but is doing extremly well.  She is on room air, eating some of her feedings through a bottle, and she has discontinued all medications.  Finley is still losing weight and will probably do so for a few more days.  As of now she is weighing in at 3lbs 13oz down only 1 ounce since she was born.  She will have to stay in her giraffe bed until she is up to 4 pounds.  At that time she can maintain her own body temperature and go into a crib.

We pray for things to continue to go well for her, and hopefully she can come home soon.  Joci is so excited to bring her home, and Noah doesn't really care.  He just misses his mommy.  It is a trying time for us going back and forth to visit her, and trying to maintain a "normal" life at home.  Shawn and I continue to plug along and take things one day at a time.  Please keep Finley in your prayers.  We know she can't wait to meet each and everyone of you. 

I will try to update this ever couple of days so that you can check in on her progress.  Here are some pictures of our newest little princess!