We have also found a new nipple for Morgan Kate's bottles. It kind of happened by chance, but it happened. Around midnight last night I was trying to promote "positive feelings" around MK's mouth. So I was using this pacifier that we got from the NICU. It's not just any paci, it's an awesome "wee soothie" and we only have two of them. (Mental note: We cannot lose these, because this size is not sold in stores.) Anyway, this particular paci has a hole in the center because we were experimenting with formula one day at the doctor's office and Dr. G poke a hole in it. I was allowing MK to suck on the paci and I was squirting formula through the hole with a syringe. I noticed that she was really into it and not fighting it at all. The hole in the paci is a lot bigger than the hole in the old nipple. Lightbulb moment! I went in the kitchen and started digging through some other nipples that we had - Dr. Brown's level 1 nipple to be exact. I popped it on a bottle and she finished the entire thing in fifteen minutes. She didn't fight it, she didn't grunt, and we both actually got to cuddle some. Watch out bottle world, here comes Miss Morgan Kate! We have fed her with that nipple all day today and she has done fabulous. What a
good awesome day! I am praying hard that this is not just a "good for today" kind of fix. I hope it's much, much more permanent.
On another happy note - Morgan Kate has been smiling like crazy for two days now. It's beautiful! She has smiled before. She's actually been smiling for quite sometime. But just in the past two days she's been smiling so much and actually seems to be smiling at us, or at least that's what we are hoping for.
Tomorrow begins our first day of appointments for the week. Tomorrow morning we our having the apnea monitor read. Remember, this particular device monitors her breathing and heart rate. If her heart rate drops or gets too high we can't actually see the number it just makes a red light. (Well actually we can see how low or high it gets because we also have the pulse ox, but most people with apnea monitors can't see. Hope that makes sense.) So tomorrow we will read the information and decide how much longer she has to "wear" that particular monitor. The alarms have gone off, but I think they were all false alarms because each time the alarm has gone off she looks perfectly fine and the pulse ox reads fine too. So we will see. We have another appointment with Dr. G on Thursday and then an appointment with the pulmonologist on Friday.
I have been meaning to post about this for the longest time, but keep forgetting. Not only did Morgan Kate get TONS of Christmas presents, but she also had two of her own Christmas trees. How neat is that? Thanks to the Ingrams and the Burleson's for the beautiful trees. Oh, and did I mention that these trees were "handmade"? They were not bought like this. So creative. These trees are very special to us and definitely added some much needed Christmas cheer. We can't wait for Morgan Kate to really see them next year.
From the Ingrams
From the Burlesons