Friday, September 5, 2008

I laughed today more than I have in quite some time. Morgan Kate kept me quite amused all day long. She was very active today, even in her sleep. One minute she pulling her oxygen tube out of her nose, the next minute she was taking off her temperature probe, and the next minute she was trying to pull out her feeding tube. She would not leave all the wires and cords alone. I think she was trying to tell us that she had had enough of all of that. Also, I must have changed her diaper a thousand times today. Every time I would change one she would mess up another. Her nurse, Becky, was really good and let me change her diaper each time. I was so thankful for this because I LOVE to help with ANYTHING.

We talked with the neonatologist, Dr. Coates, today for a long time. (Laura J., if you are reading this, I loved Dr. Coates. You were right - he is wonderful! Laura and Mark's precious angel, Luke, was under Dr, Coates' care for a little while the night he was born and now he is thriving and growing each day and absolutely adorable.) Dr. Coates was fabulous! They have increased Morgan Kate's feedings. They are still increasing the feedings by .3 cc, but now every 8 hours instead of 12. I was talking with another NICU mom yesterday and she told me her daughter was only taking 2 ounces and they just couldn't get her to take more than that. I started thinking and wondering....what was the correlation between cc's and ounces? Well, there are about 30 cc's in just one ounce. Wow! We have quite a ways to go, but I must remember this is a day by day process and we will eventually get there. Also, they are adding a fortifier to my milk to increase the calories. Breast milk is about 20 calories and the fortifier adds about another 4 - so 24 calories total, three times a day. I know....It just doesn't sound like enough, but her stomach is only the size of her tiny fist and they have to move slow. They also took her off of the "gatorade" (a fluid given through the Broviac that contains vitamins and such) and they also took her off of the fat (a lipid that was given through the Broviac. The next step, which will hopefully happen in a few days, is to take her off of IV fluids completely and get rid of the Broviac. Part of me is really excited about this because it's one step in the right direction, but another part of me is a little worried because they just put the Broviac in and I don't want them to take it out and then have to replace it anytime soon. The doctor wants to get rid of it as soon as possible because the less "stuff" she has the less chance that she could pick up an infection. The main focus right now is to continue increasing her feedings and pray that she is able to tolerate it, reduce the chance of infection as much as possible, and to help her gain weight. She is currently still at 1 lb and 13 ounces and the doctor would like to see her start gaining. 

I got to kangaroo with Morgan Kate for about an hour this evening. It is the highlight of my day each time I am able to do it. Tomorrow Travis is going to give it a try. I'm a little hesitant to share my "kangaroo time". I know he is going to love it and I don't want him thinking that he can do it everyday. Ha ha! 

Please check back tomorrow for an update and new pictures! 


Monica said...

Good morning my friend. I was just checking in to see how things are going. Sounds GREAT! Those little ones sure are amazing--you just wait, they continue to amaze you. Maybe in different ways and maybe not ways that you would like but they DO amaze you. Keep smiling and loving her.

Anonymous said...

You know, Morgan Kate can sense your feelings and emotions and I'm sure it makes her happy that you're so happy being with her :). Keep up your strength, mommy. We love you and will continue praying for you. Love you! Hollie

laura jervey said...

Good Morning Callahan Family!!! Morgan Kate is such an amazing little girl. I hope today is another wonderful day for all three of you. I'm glad you finally met Dr. Coates- he's my FAVORITE! He is such a wonderful doctor and is a truly a great man. He has a way of making you feel at ease and he is great with the babies! I will keep praying for your little angel. You are a wonderful mommy! Continue smiling and kissing her! Love you all! Laura

Donna Spivey said...

WOW, little Morgan Kate is such a fighter and so amazing. Every day when I read the updates, I get these feelings of happiness and excitement. What a strong little girl she is. She is such an inspiration to everyone, just as you are. We are continuing to pray and keep you in our thoughts.

Donna Spivey

Jennifer said...

We're so glad the good days are becoming more frequent for you all! Morgan Kate is quite a character already... wonder where she gets that from :) I love that she is such a fiesty little girl!!! Keeping all three of you in our thoughts and prayers! Jennifer & Geoff

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather,

I hang on everyone of your updates! I especially appreciate how you give us specific prayer request. That helps so much! We are praying daily. Tell that Big Morgan is counting on her being a soccer player. That fisty personality is certainly an indication that she would be a good one. Can't wait to hear about Trav's experience! Love and Blessings! Aunt Terry