We received another piece of good news today. They did another echo and the PDA duct has closed, so the medicine worked and she won't need the surgery! Since the PDA medicine kept them from being able to give her much food, they can now start injecting milk into her feeding tube about every 2-3 hours, around 5 mL at a time. Oxygen, heart rate, temperature, etc. is all looking really good as well.
One other thing I keep forgetting to mention...one of the hospital staff that came and visited us the first day was a social worker (they assign one to all NICU patients). Because of Riley's low birth weight, she qualifies for a bunch of government programs. She will be receiving payouts from Social Security while she is in the hospital (about $30/month), and Medicare will cover all of her hospital bills that our insurance won't cover - which will save us quite a bit of money!! In addition, once we bring Riley home, Rainbows United will be coming to our house on a regular basis during her infancy to check her development, and give her any special care in areas where she may be lacking. We hope this won't be needed, but it is great to know this service will be available if she is behind at all. Her prematurity will be taken into account, and they will always use "adjusted age" to calculate where she should be - meaning since she was 3 months early, they will always assume she should be 3 months behind (i.e. walk at 15 months instead of 1 year). Premature infants are usually caught up within 18-24 months.
Pam's milk is starting to come in. She had barely been getting 1 mL each time before, but just an hour ago she got almost 30 mL! It should start flowing full soon, which will allow us to store up quite a bit of milk for Riley. They will steadily increase the amount they are giving Riley, and hopefully she'll start growing really quickly now with Mama's milk providing all the nutrients and antibodies.