Baby Emmett, NICU

NICU day 18

Today was pretty uneventful, which was a welcome change from yesterday. Probably the most exciting thing that happened today was that E’s umbilical stump fell off. It’s weird to think that by the time we take him home, he’ll be about the size and developmental status of a newborn, but certain things like worrying about the umbilical cord won’t be an issue. I wonder how many other things will feel not quite newborn yet not quite 3 month-old. E put on another 20 grams today, so he’s continuing to grow.

Oh, and his feeding tube is in his mouth again. After all the episodes he had yesterday the nurse wondered if maybe having the tube in his nose alongside the cannula was a bit too crowded and causing his breathing issues. I didn’t notice an immediate difference when she moved it, but he had significantly fewer episodes today. Maybe that was it. Or maybe yesterday was just a random off day. Whatever the case, I was grateful for a boring day today. I’m mentally spent.


1 thought on “NICU day 18”

  1. He is beautiful, lady (this is FinePlacentaPie from TB). Keep taking care of yourself and remember it’s a journey, not a sprint, so just take each day as it comes and keep breathing. I’m so proud of you for being so strong through this! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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