Friday, November 23, 2012

As you know, Olivia spent 105 days in this very hospital. She is somewhat of a celebrity around here. On Wednesday, Ryan and Olivia were in the elevator where she was recognized by a former 25 weekers' parents. I figure they either read her story in the parent resource library or were directed to my blog. Either way, Olivia is humbly oblivious to her fame. Because of this, everyone wants to take care of her little sister. It's so much easier leaving your child with nurses you have known for 5 years and who spoil her rotten. OI'm trying to look at this whole thing from a more positive perspective. There is nothing else that I can do.

My milk finally came in and they are bottle feeding it to her. She's doing really well and sucked down her entire bottle this afternoon! I tried breast feeding on Wednesday and it didn't go well. She screamed and cried the whole time. I learned today that she has a tight frenulum (also referred to as ankyloglossia or being tongue tied.) This can make it difficult to breastfeed as she is unable to stick her tongue out. She will be evaluated by a speech therapist next week and referred to an ENT. She was hungry and was trying to latch on, but couldn't. I'd be angry too. There is a simple procedure to correct it if need be. Maybe it's a blessing she couldn't come straight home because both of her parents have pneumonia. God knows what He's doing. And she just had to be like her older sister and see what the NICU is all about. LOL!

And. . .just got big news! They moved Abigail up to special care tonight! She is that much closer to being home.

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Julie said...

Asher was tongue tied! He had no problems nursing but my milk came in the day that he was born! She may have also been mad that when she did try to suck, she got nothing! Our Dr decided to do nothing for Asher and he has been fine. Of course, he was over a year before he could stick out his tongue and he has a slight lisp, but so does my step sister who had hers corrected! Hang in there! She looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. I'm sure your emotions are all over the place for lots of reasons. Take time to rest and recover. You are right, the NICU nurses truly love your baby and they will be taking WONDERFUL care of Abigail. I'll be praying for all of you to get healthy and home quickly!