Azure is three weeks old today and she has had quite a week! Three major accomplishments in the past few days.
#1) Last night she weighed in at a whopping 2 lb. 2.6 oz.!
#2) We have started tube feeding the breast milk. They actually call this stage "gut priming" but T absolutely hates that term so we are calling it "feeding" instead. She started out getting .5 cc every twelve hours and we have now increased that to .5 cc every three hours. This is a long slow process but it has begun so we are that much farther ahead than we were last week.
#3) Saving the best for last...I got to hold her last night. We "snuck in a hold" while they had her out of the isolette to weigh her. The nurses decided that it was about time. The contact is good for her (and us) as long as we can keep her temperature up and the nurse held the ventilator tubes for us so that was comfortable for her. I leaned down to kiss her forehead and almost in response she reached her hand up and touched my face. You could not have scripted it better. T held her hand for a minute and took our picture but we couldn't have her out for too long or her temperature would drop too low. The nurse said we could try again soon and they will wrap her all up and let me sit and rock her for a while.