bottom’s up!

Today was a day of milestones. Sophia slept on her stomach for the first time today, which, according to the nurses, aides in digestion and it really seemed to work since before her feeding she only aspirated 1ml which is the least she has ever had remaining from the prior feeding. She is strapped into a “Danny sling” to keep her from sliding down her crib since the head of her mattress is elevated so high. At times she looks like a little rock climber. She’s getting pretty coordinated at moving her little head from side to side.

 

She also took the most she has ever taken from a bottle: 45mls (about 1 1/2 ounces)! Her speech therapist witnessed this feat and was impressed with her improved sucking and swallowing (and ability to stay awake).

 

Sophia also had her first real independent burp. As much has her Papa has been demonstrating for her; she just hasn’t quite caught on yet–it’s been nearly impossible for us to get her to burp during her feeding. The nurses have been taking the air out of her tummy with a syringe in her NG (nasogastric) tube. Cousin Sandy recommended the lap burp, which worked the best, but the nurses have discouraged it with her reflux.

 

We had no idea they could do this, but the nurses have a whole system for determining how much breast milk Sophia is getting. In the beginning they just withdrew her stomach contents back through her NG tube to measure them. Now we weigh her before and after to see how much she ate. Unfortunately after tonight’s 7PM feeding, she was down 10 grams–that darn reflux! She’s actually doing much better at keeping her meals in when she’s not nursing. We are very hopeful that we’ll be able to figure out how to resolve that too.

 

I had the realization today that my identity has become “The Wright Mom.” This is how the staff refers to me around the nursery. I guess it is better than what they might be calling me in private after I made an issue about the night nurse giving Sophie formula when she had plenty of breast milk… (Sophie now has a sign in her crib from one of the nurses that says: “Call my mom any time of the day or night if I need more breast milk.”) Hopefully they haven’t heard about the issue with the night nurse from across the river who thought it was okay to wait until 2 hours and 15 minutes after her shift started to even come into Sophia’s room and not read her chart to find the changes to her feeding. Other than these two issues, we’ve had really good care.