I held Addison first for about 30 minutes. They had me take off my shirt and hold her skin-to-skin. Cathy, the Respiratory Therapist, said that some babies take a little while to get used to being held, but both my girls seemed to love it. Their vitals were perfect and they just pretty much went to sleep listening to my heartbeat. Brenda, our doctor for today, came in to talk to me while I was holding her. She said that Addi is doing really good on her new vent and also with the 2 ml's of milk. Her stomach was a little bloated today and so they had to give her a glycerin enema which helped move things along. They still haven't been successful getting her PICC in so they had the Pediatric Surgeon come look at her and put in a Central Line. They had to make a small cut on her chest and feed the catheter right into one of her veins. She did really well during the procedure and will be able to keep that Central Line in for as long as she needs it. She's done being poked for IV's!!
Keri explained that I will be able to hold the girls once a day for about an hour each. Jordyn was so relaxed while I was holding her. She kept moving her eyebrows up and down and tried and tried to get her eyes open. Brenda said that Jordyn is also doing really well with her 2 ml's of milk. Her vent settings were as low as they could go so they decided to seize the opportunity and switched out her machine this afternoon. She is now on a CPAP machine which covers her nose and blows out oxygen, but she is doing all the breathing on her own. They gave her the new machine at about 4:30 this afternoon and she has been doing really well so far!