Friday, June 26, 2009

Karsie is 32!

Well, it's not ideal, but 32 weeks is better than 31.  There seems to be an unspoken goal (by the doctors) to get to week 34, but every doc has said that Karsie will probably do okay if worse comes to worse...however, throw in the omphalocele and then risks go up.

This week Karsie works on her lungs and practicing breathing.  The good news is that she has already shown us signs of this practice in last week's sonogram (the one that put us here).  She will be working on sucking and may be using her thumb.  Yesterday's sonogram showed her trying to suck her thumb, and if you look closely at her upper lip from yesterday's pictures you might see what might be a sucking blister that many babies have there.  (it also might be distortion from the camera or a little triceratops precipice).  

We are praying she stays in this week as this week is vital to her breathing practice and thickening.  She is supposed to be around 4 pounds by the end of the week, so she will probably gain 1/2 pound in just a week's time.  This is very important because the bigger she is the better she will cope with major abdominal surgery that she will have to go through.

Keep growing Karsie!!!

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