Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Psalm 136

Morgan Kate had an awesome day! It is such a huge relief for Travis and I when she does so well. We constantly thank God for being so good. Over night she only had two heart rate drops and she was able to self-correct both times. Today she only had one heart rate drop that required stimulation (rubbing her back, flicking her foot, etc.). She was on about 28% oxygen through the night and most of today. She is still "swinging" on her oxygen, but it's a lot better that it used to be. She does really well when she is on her stomach. I know many of you are thinking, "Her stomach?? Babies shouldn't be on their stomachs" (or at least that is what my grandmothers thought). Well, it's actually easier for preemies to breathe when they are on their tummies. There chests are not fully developed and it's harder for them to breathe when they are on their backs and requires a lot more work. Morgan Kate LOVES her tummy and all her numbers are really good when she is in that position. However, she sometimes gets so comfortable in that position that she forgets to breathe. Please pray that Morgan Kate continues to grow and do well. 

Not only did she have a great day, but she had some pretty awesome visitors as well. Kaky, Mrs. Jackie and Owens came to check in on her and see how she was doing. Mrs. Jackie was actually at the hospital the minute that Morgan Kate began to make her grand entrance. Thanks for coming and visiting! 

It's definitely difficult to "live" at the hospital, but the staff at Baptist are so nice and caring, especially the NICU staff and the High-Risk staff (where I was during my stay). We are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. We were joking with one of our favorite night nurses just tonight and told her that when we leave the NICU (We can hardly wait!) we are probably going to have separation anxiety. Ha!

The NICU parents (we mentioned the other day) that were supposed to take their little girl home sometime this week will not be doing so. The little girl has been experiencing quite a few heart rate drops and they want to keep her a little longer. The dad said he is perfectly okay with this. Of course he misses his little girl and wants her home, but he knows that she is in the best care and that the doctors, nurses and RT's at Baptist know his daughter better than anyone. Please pray that they will be able to take their baby home very soon.


KTL said...

I am so glad Morgan Kate had such a great night and day!! That is wonderful! She's a tough little cookie, just like her parents. Before we know it she's going to be chasing Cash and Lola around:) Stay stong...prayers, love and support surround the three of you! Thanks so much Heather for the blog, it's comforting to be able to keep up with her through your daily updates. Love you guys bunches, Kelly Jean

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather,

Lilly Belle had her first look at Morgan Kate tonight. Of course, she thinks she is beautiful! I am so proud of weight gain! We love you! Aunt Terry