Saturday, October 20, 2007

My Baby's Bottle Feeding!

Emy's nurse that night was a nun from Kerala, India. Both of Emy's NICU doctors are from India (one from Delhi & one from Chennai). I just find that really special.

Dustin feeding Emy for the first time.

That's right! She started Thursday morning and took to it like she'd been doing it all of her life! They started out with 5 ml. to see if she could handle it and she ended up eating 25 ml.! That's my girl! I was expecting a very traumatic event, but she did so well! The nurse started her feeding and let me take over when she realized how well she was doing.

This is a big deal for several reasons...babies learn to suck, swallow and breathe at the same time at around 34-35 weeks gestation. Emy is 34 weeks. Once she starts bottle feeding she'll gain weight. When she starts gaining weight she'll reach the point were she starts gaining fat. The more fat she gains the easier it is for her to hold her body temp. It's the snowball effect. When she does all of those things she'll come home! I believe she'll come home on oxygen and monitors, but at least she'll be home.

P.S. She's now 3 lbs. 10 1/2 oz.!


Pam said...

Yay for the bottle! It's hard to believe the my Micah was her size at birth! I'm so thankful that God is answering prayers so much for you guys, you've been through so much. I can't wait for the day she comes home to stay!

Shaunna said...

YEAH!!! It's so great to see the progress she is making.