March for Babies

Sunday, March 05, 2006

How's Things?

Pretty good actually.
 
Azure no longer has the IVs in her belly so she was able to wear a shirt for the first time on Friday.  She has been sleeping peacefully most of the time for the past three days which is great.  She is maintaining her blood pressure and blood sugar and no longer needs the humidity in the isolette.  She was back up to her birth weight yesterday which is a big accomplishment.  She had a dirty diaper yesterday which they have been waiting for.  They are hoping that her bowels will show signs of maturing so they might start tube feeding soon.  If she can get milk it should really help her grow and mature and give her some antibodies to ward off evil spirits...and infections.  The steroids they are giving her for her lungs are working really well.  She was down to 29% oxygen last night which is amazing.  They turn it up when they are going to mess with her since she gets over stimulated and her oxygen saturation drops but when she is just resting on her own they can turn it down and she does just fine.  Poor thing keeps getting the hiccups though, those bother her.
T and I are exhausted above all else.  We are almost finished painting the office at home so we can move the furniture into the correct rooms and I can start assembling a nursery in the former guest room.  No rush I understand but I just want to be able to go into that room and know that it is Azure's room and that she will eventually reside there.  I want to sit in my recliner in there and pump and think that someday I will be able to nurse her there in that very spot. It is all about hope for the future.   
We went out for dinner last night since we both needed a change of scenery and a change of pace.  It was fabulous Italian food and I had 1-1/2 glasses of red wine.  It was the first alcohol that has crossed my lips since September.  The whole dinner experience was amazing.  Just being out in public and holding hands and feeling like there is some normalcy in the world did a lot to restore my sense of balance.
Now however, there are dishes to be done, painting to finish and that dog poop out back is not going to pick itself up, oh yeah, and I would like to get to the hospital at some point today.
Thank you all for your continued good wishes.  They are working!!!
 

10 comments:

daysgoby said...

I'm so glad things are going smoothly - Yay for Azure not being a nekkid baby! It makes a huge difference to your spirits when your baby gets to do more normal baby things, doesn't it? And amazing how her wearing a tshirt can brighten your whole day!

Thinking of you and hoping that rocking chair gets lots of use...SOON!

amanda said...

Oh, I'm so glad to hear this, and I'm so glad Azure is doing well. Good luck getting the nursery all set up.

Christine said...

Excellent news! And I'm glad you got out and got some wine and some down time.

They really should make dog poop that picks up itself.

Stacy said...

I think of you all every day and what you are going through. I hope that Azure continues to improve.

ThreeBees said...

Such great news Blue! Hope everything continues to get better and better for Azure.

thalia said...

She's doing amazingly well, blue, it's all good news. Keep it up - all of you!

Frances said...

I'm here from Wessel, wishing you good thoughts. As a former NICU mom, I can kind of relate and know this is a truly bittersweet time for you. I hope Azure gets better with each passing day, and know that soon you'll be in that recliner having joyful mommy moments. Lots of hugs.

lagiulia said...

Glad to hear that things are coming along. I used to pump in the nursery too in the weeks they were in the NICU. Hope that things continue to be okay. Thinking of you and your little one.

VHMPrincess said...

Thanks for sharing the excellent news!!! We'll keep wishing for good things for the 3 of you!

Em said...

OMG! I've only just realised you had your baby! I am so glad that you and Azure are doing good.