Saturday, October 16, 2010
Three Peas in a Pod/A Letter
We have found that a nursing pillow works well to give these three "tummy time." It is shaped like a "C," so it snuggles them well. We have to watch them the whole time that they are on their bellies to make sure they don't smother. Samantha can stay on her tummy all of the time since she is on a monitor. The doctor said that by the time she is off the oxygen,she will be strong enough to turn away from the pillow.
We are trying to get them off the hospital pacifiers. We want to switch to ones that are more readily available, color coded and dentist friendly. It isn't working. They LOVE the vanilla-scented "boo-boos."
Samantha had another doctor visit. The neonatologist was pleased that she is doing better now that we turned up the oxygen. She gained weight, which is encouraging. We are having a problem with her nasal cannula. When Samantha pulls it out, the tape comes with it, leaving her skin raw. She is a very determined little girl! Tom has been helping me with her at night. She is very content when Papaw feeds her. She is so tiny in his big arms. Precious!
Samantha prefers to sleep in the nursing pillow. It must make her feel warm and secure to have the "arms" around her at night.
We have to switch and fill her oxygen tanks every day. It is a major, time-consuming production! The spare tank doesn't have water attached, so her nose gets very dry while we are filling the big tank. She gets frustrated when her nose is stuffy. There is not much we can do, other than use saline drops called Little Noses. If she gets too congested, we have to take her to the emergency room.
When (and if) the babies are occupied, it is "Mommy Time" for Callie.
Sarah had her six-week check up with the obstetrician. He was very pleased with her progress. She has lost all but 15 pounds of her pregnancy weight. I guess she was all baby. The doctor said that Sarah is one of the best multiples moms he has ever had. He was pleased that she was so easy-going, she put up with a lot, and she didn't complain in spite of difficult circumstances. She is also welcome to come back to their practice if she ever has another child, although he said he would probably refer her for a psych evaluation if she does. He said, "I don't have many heroes, but you are one of them."
At the end of the visit, the OB said that he is going to write a letter to the first doctor to inform him that Sarah delivered four babies, and that they are all healthy.
Thanks for praying.
"Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4
Posted by Sondra at 11:17 PM