Last night was a little rough. It wasn’t anything terribly serious, but Emmett had about a million desats and a few bradys and the alarm was pretty much going off all night. And when he wasn’t tripping his alarm, he was fussing, so I was up consoling him a lot. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep. I’m home tonight and hoping to catch up.
The nurse thinks the increased desats may be partially due to the increased feed volumes. Basically his stomach gets so full it pushes up on his lungs and makes it a little trickier to breathe. They aren’t too worried about it and say he should learn to adjust pretty quickly. Right now the highest priority is putting on weight, as the desat and brady episodes are something he should naturally grow out of as he gets bigger.
Unfortunately, we had to postpone one part of his feeding plan. In addition to increased milk volume, we were supposed to increase the fortification of my milk from 24kcal to 28kcal — but he’s losing a little too much fluid via his diapers and the nurse thinks he might not be processing the fortified feeds as well as he should. So we’re going to give it a few more days and try again. At his weigh-in tonight he was up to 2 lbs. 2 oz. Keep growing!
The nurse drew his bili again this morning and it was slightly elevated — up to 3 from 1.5. It wasn’t high enough to put him under the lights again just yet; they are hoping at this point he can regulate his bilirubin on his own. So they’ll check again in a couple days and decide then whether he needs another session.
He also had another head ultrasound today to check for brain bleeds. Apparently this is something they do three times in preemies — at one week of life, two weeks and then a final time at 30 days. I had assumed since our first scan was clear that they wouldn’t be doing one again, so I was a little surprised when the ultrasound tech showed up on our room this morning and I got a little emotional with worry. Happy to report all is still clear. At least now I’ll be prepared for the third and final ultrasound in another couple weeks.
We had a good kangaroo care session today. He was very mellow and stayed on me for about two and a half hours. I also got to help the nurse reposition him in his isolette, which included holding him while the nurse repositioned his sleeping pad.
All in all, a pretty good day, despite a sleepless night before. E is now two weeks old, which is really hard to believe. It feels like it’s been forever and just yesterday at the same time.
4 thoughts on “NICU day 14”
Awwwwe–looks like he doesn’t want to let go of you! So sweet!
Do you know what they are using to fortify the feeds?
Pregestimil and human milk fortifier (which is mostly protein but also has some fats and vitamins in it). They’re also adding extra vitamin D and iron.
Thank you for sharing the info! Sending you and your family best wishes that he leaves the NICU soon. And thank you for sharing your journey – it’s nice to see that I’m not alone in the emotional roller coaster 🙂