Today, Caris is 2 1/2 weeks old. She weighs 2 lbs. .6 oz. Her doctors say she is doing incredibly well for her gestational age (28 1/2 weeks). Her caregivers are all very positive about her progress and the future. I know it is all of your prayers giving her strength to fight.
God has been so good to us. Her health. Love and support. Prayers from around the world. Kind words and generous giving.
Our daughter is so precious. She is beautiful and has progressed wonderfully healthwise in her 2 1/2 weeks. She was taken off her IVs this week--a big step. She still has her feeding tube in her mouth and is on oxygen. From time to time, she forgets to breathe and has a brady, with a low heartrate, but usually recovers on her own. Sometimes she needs to be stimulated. But these bouts are becoming fewer and farther between. Please continue to pray for Caris' lungs and strength.
Because her IVs were taken out, I was able to start dressing her in clothes this week. She swims in her preemie clothing, but sure looks darling all dressed up!
Caris is tolerating her feedings really well. She is up to 18 mL breastmilk every feeding. About 34 weeks gestation is when we may start to work on feeding her by mouth. At 32 weeks, I can start giving her a bath. Some exciting steps coming up!
Here are some pictures!
My first day of Kangaroo Care (skin-to-skin snuggling)-Day 5:
Caris' 1 week picture:
My beautiful daughter:
Wearing her first piece of clothing- a wintry hat:
Colin's first day of Kangaroo Care:
Caris' 2 week picture:
Caris' first time in clothes!:
I love her so much!
Please continue to pray for our sweet Caris. Thank you all so much.