Day 30

Well, today I learned how to massage Tess’ intestines. Interesting lesson. More importantly, happy baby! Gross, right? Trust me – when a 2-pound baby has gas, she’s unhappier than most – there’s nowhere for it to go, so her whole abdomen expands!

On a happier and more appetizing note, she’s hungry! She’s starting to get fussy right before care times, and when she gets a little drop (no exaggeration) of breast milk on a swab, she looks quite intrigued. She also swallows it, which is awesome. πŸ™‚ the feeding tube will probably be in until week 33-34, but they’re trying to start giving her the idea of mouth eating.

The IVs keep going bad, as the antibiotics are so caustic, so I’m sitting here waiting to hold her head and hand again while we try to find another spot. We were forewarned that this would be miserable, and you were all right. When it was just the fluids when she was sick, the IVs weren’t so bad – but now, finding a clean spot is unbelievably difficult. I’m dreading it, but it’s day 5/7, so we’ll try to muscle through, gritting our teeth.

Love it. 3 of our favorite nurses hanged up on those veins and demanded they behave. Tracey was the big winner! Thank god for nurses with patience and a sense of humor. πŸ™‚

Also exciting: Max is here! And he’s already introduced us to nice salt lake city residents! To be fair, I think Dave knows them, too, but Max made it happen. Thanks buddy!

It’s grey outside, but with friends at the ready, Tess finally almost back to normal and doing new tricks, and work chugging happily along, life is good.

5 thoughts on “Day 30

  1. Good Morning Tess, Maggey and Dave!
    I wish you a wonderfull day!

    Do you know what I mean, when I say “you can hold her, where ever you are?” Otherwise I can tell you more about, or you ask Rose (who is she?)

    The videos are so nice, and of course it´s a smile!!!

  2. LOVE those two videos! Tess is looking SO much stronger and healthier – overjoyed to see it! Also – the intestinal massage is weirdly cool. Babies just seem to respond so well to massage. You two are learning so many beautiful ways to care for your little girl, and it makes me so happy that we get a window in to see what absolutely *wonderful* parents you are. Tess is such a lucky little girl, and I won’t ever let her forget it! πŸ™‚

  3. LOVE the videos!!! But, David, I must remind you that “cotton ball on a stick” is not the same as “cotton candy on a stick”. We tried it as kids… and I still don’t think they’ve perfected the whole turning cotton into spun sugar thing. πŸ˜‰ Poor Tess!

    But so happy to see her doing better! And you two sounding happier! πŸ˜€ LOVE!!!

  4. She’s totally feeling better! So happy to see it!!!
    And by the way, I blame dear darling Tess for my recent hamburger craving. There. I’ve said it.
    So great to chat with Maggey (and Dave by extension) tonight. Love you three more than words can express! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    Auntie Jess xoxoxoxo

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