It is hard to believe that Morgan Kate was born five weeks ago today. It seems like it has been just a few days. My one week in the hospital felt like an eternity, but the time Morgan Kate has spent there has gone by rather quickly - thank goodness!
Morgan Kate had a good day today. She is continuing to grow and hit 2 pounds and 12 ounces tonight! We are hoping and praying that she will hit 3 pounds by next weekend. She is still tolerating her feeds and the new schedule seems to be suiting her perfectly. I wasn't able to hold her today because she was a little cold (her body temperature). Last night she was rather warm so they turned her bed down a little, then today she got a little cold. However, I am sure that by tomorrow morning she will be the perfect temperature and I will be able to hold her again.
Mothers of premature babies that are in the NICU at Baptist must have a culture of their breast milk done every three days until their baby reaches a certain weight. In order to provide your baby with the breast milk your culture must come back okay and you must get your cultures in on time or else their will be a lapse and your baby will have to be fed formula. There have been a few instances where Morgan Kate has had to have formula and she has done fine on it. However, I think tonight she finally reached the weight where we no longer have to do cultures. Yahoo! This is huge for us!!
Morgan Kate's eye exam is either tomorrow or Tuesday. The opthamologist will come by tomorrow and write orders for the eye exam. Then the opthamologist will either come back Monday afternoon or Tuesday to perform the exam. From what I understand they will put drops in Morgan Kate's eyes to dilate them (Awful isn't it?) and then they will use some sort of device to hold her eye lids open. The nurses say that it's not painful, but that the babies hate it. I plan on standing right outside the door - far enough away to avoid hearing her cry (it breaks my heart), but close enough to comfort her the minute it's over. Please pray that the exam goes well, that Morgan Kate is not in any pain and that things turn out okay.