November 19, 2009
Well, at the urging of the nurse practitioner we roomed in with Rachel at the hospital last night. Over all, it wasn't a bad experience. I now know that I won't be able to sleep with her in our room. She makes too many noises and I am a light sleeper. But she sleeps for 2-3 hours at a time and didn't cry at all when she was ready to be fed. We just knew she was hungry because she started moving around more at that 2-3 hour mark. The experience would have been much better if we didn't struggle the whole night trying to get her to eat with the slow flow nipple. For some reason they (doctors or nurses?) switched her back to it and she gets so tired trying to suck out the milk by the time she gets only halfway through she is exhausted and done. Finally, the last feeding we had with her this morning before we left, Stephen tried a normal flow orthopedic nipple and she did fine! She drank all her milk minus 5 CC's. The next two feedings after that she drank all of her milk without any choking or dribbling issues. So all I can think is that as long as she continues to do this well overnight, they will take the tube out of her nose/stomach again and maybe she'll be able to come home this weekend. I'll be sure to find out more tomorrow and post any updated news.