Night one is complete in special care for Kennedy. She slept great, but on the other hand mommy barely slept at all. On one side of the room is Kennedy and the couch, aka the bed, is on the other. The newness of the atmosphere, the noises, nurses in and out of the room, alarms; this all made it difficult to even begin thinking about sleep. It is very difficult to adjust to the lack of attention from the nurses. Here, they have a routine schedule to only come in every 3 hours to do their touch time. The only other time they come in is if there are alarms going off for CO2 levels or heart rate drop. She is now on what is called infant driven feedings. This means that every 3 hours, if she is awake, they give her the opportunity to try and take a bottle. Whatever she doesn't finish on her own, goes through her feeding tube.
Drake had another good blood gas today. They reduced his CPAP to a rate of 4 from a rate of 5! He is one step closer to cannula and then joining us in special care. We definitely know what his comfort item is because he gets extremely cranky if he doesn't have his paci...this has resulted in some crafty nurses and respiratory therapist.
2) Kennedy's little feet