Weight: 3 lbs 6 oz
Since Friday, we have been concerned about the fluid coming from Samuel's stomach via his OG tube. Originally the doctors thought Samuel had some plumbing issues and just needed to make a dirty diaper. He's had plenty of diapers since that point and he is still making a lot of fluid. Then they thought that the high flow into his nasal cannula was keeping the valve at the bottom of the stomach open - causing the milk to come up from the intestines. Yesterday they lowered his flow and that didn't help either. In fact, Samuel had more fluid last night than he has had ever before. It will be interesting to see what other theories the doctor has today. I'm praying so hard that its something that can easily be corrected or that the fluid will just stop.
Despite this issue, Samuel's vitals were VERY stable last night. He didn't have any events! He is so much happier when his flow is turned down. I don't blame him. I wouldn't want a hurricane shooting up my nose either. His oxygen is still at 23%.
Samuel's isolette is covered with a blanket. The blanket keeps out extra light to help him rest and to protect his eyes. Recently he has taken to exploring his shaded domain. Carolyn will lift up the cover to his isolette to check on him, only to find that he has crawled to the top or bottom of the bed. Last week I found him with his head in the porthole! He's a wild man! I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I love to see him active because I associate that with feeling good. At the same time, I don't want him burning calories.
When things are relatively stable, I start to think and pray about Samuel's future. What will he be like? Will he have physical problems? Will he be smart? Will he make friends? Will his early birth define him? I know when I start to worry like this that I am a mom. All moms do this. All moms worry about how their kids will turn out. I guess that will never get easier....
Welcome to motherhood Sarah Pope.