Sunday, October 24, 2010

Three weeks down

About five more weeks in the NICU. Our baby girl seems to be getting so big :) She has had some big changes this past week...

Oct 18th she went from being naked all the time.... wearing clothes for the first time!!!
I love this picture! She is not awake very often but when she is I just want to squeeze her! I'm glad that I happened to capture it on camera. It was so weird to walk in her room that day and see her with clothes on. They were trying to wean her from her isolette.

Later that day she was moved from her first home in the isolette.. her big girl bed in an open crib!

She only lasted in the open crib for a day and a half until she got moved back into her isolette because she was borderline on keeping her temperature up. They decided that she was using all her calories trying to stay warm instead of growing. So for now she is back in the isolette but it was still a big step!

Other Accomplishments this week....
  • PIC line taken out
  • Advanced from high flow oxygen canula to regular oxygen canula
  • Oxygen weaned down to 3/4 L
  • On full feedings of 40 ml
  • Tube feeding moved from mouth to nose (NG tube) so she can learn to suck
  • Weight 4 lbs 12 oz.
  • Becoming a little more alert
  • All medications D/C'd

Friday, October 15, 2010

2 weeks old

Jadyn is now 2 weeks old. We get to hold her a lot more now. I have been able to do skin to skin with her and I love it and would like to think that she loves it too. She is always so good and seems so content.

Here are some more pics from this week......

Accomplishments this week:
  • Advanced from CPAP to high flow oxygen canula
  • Started out on 4 liters of oxygen now weaned down to 2 liters
  • Tube feedings advanced to 25 ml
  • Weight 4 lb 6 oz
  • Got to do skin to skin contact with mom for the first time
  • Took a binkie

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jadyn's First Week

On 10/7/10 Jadyn turned one week old!
Once Cade got off work we headed to the hospital to celebrate.

Daddy's Visit

Then since Jadyn got her CPAP turned down to a 5, the nurse surprised us by letting us hold her for the very first time.

There is no better feeling than being able to hold your precious baby in your arms. I became very emotional. It was such an amazing experience. I always imagined being able to hold my baby right after birth but that didn't happen in our case. Up until that point I was only allowed to reach into her isolet and place my fingers on her tiny little body, hold her hand, or touch her foot. No rubbing or caressing was allowed because it was too much stimulation.

 In Jadyn's first week:
  • About 300 ml of fluid was drained from her stomach
  • Advanced from her ventilator to her CPAP
  • Began tube feedings. Started out on 4 ml and advanced to 15 ml
  • Got a million test taken
  • Lost about 8 oz in weight: from 4 lb 13 oz to 4 lb 5 oz (which is desired because of her ascites)
We love our baby girl and are glad that she is doing welll!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Early Arrival

On September 30th at 12:26am we welcomed our sweet baby girl into our family.

Jadyn Marni Booth
(We used Marni after Cade's late sister)

She came as a surprise....two whole months before her due date.
I feel like there is so much to tell (especially since I haven't updated my blog in forever).
In a nutshell: My doctors had told me she would come early because of all the fluid in her stomach and because I had triple the amiotic fluid I should have. They said my body thought that I was fullterm. My goal was to make it to at least 36 weeks but I made it to 32 instead.
Jadyn's Birth Story: 
WARNING: long post
Wednsday Sept. 29th - (times are approximate)
  • 11:30 am - Cade and I arrive at hospital for my weekly non stress test
  • 12:00 pm - After monitoring me for a half hour my nurse told me that my contractions were 4 min apart and since my doctor was downstairs at Labor and Delivery she wanted me to go get checked out just to be safe.
  • 12:15 pm - After getting checked in at Labor and Delivery, we hurried down the hall for our appointment we had set up with the NICU doctor to get a tour of St. Marks Newborn Intesive Care Unit
  • 12:45 pm - Got changed and hooked up to monitors to follow my contractions
  • 1:30 pm - Contractions now coming 2 min apart
  • 1:45 pm - Cervix checked and thinned
  • 2:00 pm - Given a shot of medicine to relax my uterus and slow down contractions 
  • 2:30 pm - After contractions slowed down quite a bit, I was given different medication to slow down contractions further
  • 3:00 pm - Sent home with a perscription and put on bed rest!!!
  • 4:00 pm - Arrive at home and go straight to bed
  • 5:35 pm - My WATER BROKE!! 
  • 5:50 PM - Called doctor. Cade arrives home from work and we head to hospital (good thing I packed a bag a few days before)
Things are somewhat a blur after that. I will spare all the other details but in a nutshell because I was such a high risk we were sent to a different hospital that we had never been to before. When we arrived they would not let us in because it just happened to be on lock down because of security reasons. So there we are...we can't get in, and my i'm totally out of my element with none of my doctors that I'm used to. A hour later we finally got checked in. They told me that since my water broke and my contractions were irregular, they were going to try and keep me there 2 weeks before they would take our baby.
  • 11:00pm - Contractions 1 min apart and the 4 doctors working on me decided they need to take the baby via C-Sect. They threw a pair of scrubs at Cade and said put these on we are doing a C-sect in an hour.
Thurs Sept 30th:
  • 12:00 am - Wheel me into OR, prep, give me an epidural, send Cade in....... AND
  • 12:26 am - JADYN MARNI BOOTH makes her arrival in the world
Our sweet baby was immediately passed through the window into the NICU where she will spend the next 8 weeks.
Thanks for every ones support. Jadyn has been stable and seems to be improving each day. She has equipment to help her breathe and is doing fairly well on her tube feedings. She still has her PIC line in but it may come out soon. She is beautiful and doing well and that is all we can ask for. I have the hardest time leaving her after my visits each day. It is so weird to come home empty handed. I look forward to the day when she can come home with us. We love our baby girl and feel so blessed to have her in our lives.