Sunday, July 5, 2009

Growing bigger

Hope you all had a great 4th of July. We were welcomed at the NICU yesterday with a nice little gift from the hospital, a fridge magnet decorated for the 4th with Riley's footprints! We compared it to her footprints from birth, and you can really see the growth. And this morning our nurse had taken a photo of Riley and printed it off for us - I guess she was very alert and she got a good snapshot of her with her eyes open. If I can get it scanned in, I'll post it.

Riley is up over 1500g now - a little over 3lb 5oz! Today we were surprised to find out she was wearing clothes for the first time. They had her in a little onesie and wrapped up in a blanket. They're starting to wean her off the temperature control a little, and hope to have her moved to an open "crib" when she hits 1800g - which at this rate will be in a few weeks.

As for her lungs, she has been a lot more stable the past few days. They haven't had to bag her in a few days, and her episodes of de-sat aren't as often or as extreme as they had been - all of which are great signs. She is taking to handlings a lot better, and has had positive reactions every time Pam and I have touched her lately. All this means we should be able to start holding her. The nurse hinted that if we came back tonight, they might let us try it, but don't know if we'll get free to do that or not - so might have to wait until tomorrow. With our busy lives, how are we ever going to handle a baby? Ha!

Here are a few photos from yesterday...notice how light her hair has gotten, almost has a red tint to it. Since there is no red hair in our family, I'm going to have to look at our mailman, plumber, etc. (Haha!)


  1. I was so bummed to not get to go see her today, especially when you got so much good news during your afternoon visit! She looks amazing in these pics! Maybe her hair is just going from dark to blonde, and a light auburn is just one step along the way! If she does become a blonde, she'll just fit in with all the grandkids on both sides of the family so far! Love to you all!!!
    Auntie Nikki

  2. Joey, your great grandfather had strawberry blonde hair so maybe that' where she gets it??? She looks so good! What a little miracle baby!!! Can't wait for you and Pam to hold her!
    Love, Grandma Ginni

  3. She is looking amazing! :) And I'm with Nikki - maybe she will be on her way to blonde, to fit in with the other grandkids! Haha..

    As for holding her - yay!! That's exciting. Hopefully that can happen soon.
    Can't wait to see how much more she grows when I come back in 3 weeks. Love you all!