Earlier today Travis and I decorated the house for Christmas. We didn't put out as much stuff as usual, but we did decorate the tree and the mantle. We still need to hang the wreaths and lights outside, but the inside is finished. We wanted to go ahead and get things done so that when Morgan Kate finally does get home it will all be ready! Our tree is artificial and so is the garland on the mantle - no fear of the smell bothering Morgan Kate. It's all very safe!
We spent the afternoon and the evening with Morgan Kate. She was asleep for most of the time, but awake some too. She had a great afternoon and evening, which means we did as well. Sunday nights are bath night so we got to really help out. We love being around for bath time. She did a great job and seemed so relaxed. Once bath time was over we dressed her and swaddled her and she was out like a light. She weighed in tonight at 6 pounds 11.8 ounces. Six pounds and twelve ounces is right around the corner meaning she's gained five pounds since birth. Wow!
Be sure to check out the new pictures in the slideshow to the right. I added new pictures to the old slideshow.
The above pictures are the instruments used to measure the amount of oxygen Morgan Kate is receiving. Both instruments are used with the low flow cannula. The first instrument is used if the patient requires 1/8th of a liter or more of oxygen. As you can see it ranges from 1/8th of a liter to three liters. When Morgan Kate was first on the low flow she was at 1/4th of a liter and then reduced to 1/8th. The second instrument is used if the patient requires less than 1/8th of a liter and if so, then it's measured in ccs. It measure oxygen from 200ccs - 25ccs. Morgan Kate is now using the second instrument and she varies anywhere from 25ccs - 75ccs. As you can see 25ccs is the very last mark. Yahoo! From what I have been told they like for patients to be on 25-50ccs before sending them home. This ensures a lot of room to move around in case a patient were to need more oxygen. I just wanted all of you to see these contraptions. Travis and I are both so excited that she is on the low flow and that she is around the 25 mark. It's absolutely amazing!
Today marks Morgan Kate's 98th day in the NICU and our 104th day at Palmetto Baptist. Who knew we would be here so long? Travis and I were talking earlier today about how long it has been and just how we have done it for so long. We are very fortunate to have the support of one another, as well as awesome family and friends. However, I know I have relied a lot on prayer. I find myself praying all of the time. I pray on my way to the hospital, while I am at the hospital, in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon, before bed, at 3:00am when I wake up wondering how Morgan Kate is doing. I pray all of the time. Before Morgan Kate was born I prayed, but it was nothing compared to now. I also find that my prayers are more like conversations with God. I have really learned to talk to him and rely on him. He has been and continues to be an awesome God and my prayers have definitely been answered.