Well, Tess spit up on me today. Right down my shirt. Here’s the cool part: it was normal baby spit up, and the first time! I know that’s a weird thing to be proud of, but because they feed her through a tube in her stomach and burp her by drawing air off her stomach the same way, spit up hasn’t been part of our world. I was mildly proud. 🙂
She’s down to 1.5 liters on oxygen, which is awesome. Everyone is talking about how much bigger she is, and we all seem to be pretty eager to see her move into an open bed and start bottle feeding. Still, we’ve still got a little ways to go. She needs to gain another 350 grams or so before that magic happens! The days go fast though, and I just know it’s going to surprise us how soon that will come. Apparently, it’s weight and temperature before the open bed, then lower oxygen before bottle feeding, and established open bed before a bath. Phew! Many steps.
A friend of mine from university is in town, so we’re hoping to see her this weekend onstage and off. We’ll be celebrating Dave’s bday with all our fun SLC friends Friday, and then recovering from more excitement than we ever have! It’s so nice to look forward to things that aren’t hospital based.
Kat, Spencer and Micky took 6pm cares tonight, and are as astounded as we are at Tess’ huge growth spurt! So many weeks hovering around her birthweight and then she leaps into almost babyhood. Yet another beautiful moment that we get to share with people as overwhelmed by this kid as we are.
We closed Beans and Brew tonight, as we both had projects underway that required a little extra juice. That means a late night kangaroo for Dave, but there’s something sweet about holding her at night. The NICU is a little quieter, we’re as sleepy as the baby, and it lends an air of intimacy to our family time that we don’t often get to enjoy. I daydream about nights at home, when Dave and I are alone with our baby. The idea of getting up, even exhausted! and getting those quiet moments with Tess, then to fall back into our own bed…we’re looking forward to the small things. 🙂