Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Device...

Not much has changed today. Karsie is still on 1hr feeds and we are hoping that the spit-ups will decrease a little. Her Nurse Practitioner wanted to give her another 24 hours to see if she might have fewer spit-ups before condensing her feeding. No change in calories or amount either.
Her weight stayed basically the same, which is also ok, since the one night gain of 88 grams was enough to cover 3 nights growth!
The exciting news for today is that the orthotic device is almost ready. It was fitted again today and fits pretty well. The orthotist wanted to cut down a couple areas along the bottom and then add the strap. Tomorrow we will be testing it with her car seat to make sure everything fits!

Movin' On Up

On Tuesday, Karsie did pretty well!
She is now eating 67mL an hour with 25cal per oz. She is handling the increases very well. She is still having some spit-ups but well within her normal range (and mostly always when she is pooping). The plan is for her to condense again (30min of feeding and 2.5hr off) sometime today.
She is now taking 20-30mL from the bottle on a regular basis (and once she took 50). Last night she took 36 breast feeding too! She is working hard :) She is also growing... the other night she went all the way up to 3.305!!! This was an increase of 88grams in one day. It very well might be lower today, but even so, the trend is moving in the right direction. Her head and length both increased 1cm this last week also!
The Orthotics department at the hospital is creating a device for Karsie to wear in the car seat so she can use a regular rear-facing seat. They brought it by yesterday to try it on and it was just a tad snug. They are coming by again today and I will try to get a picture of it. It was inspired by a device made for another "O" baby (an article in a medical journal). It is a fancy foam doughnut that will go around pinky when she is in the car.
Finally, Karsie made the move last night to C-Pod. This is the step-down unit at Children's. She still has the same doctors and nurses, but is in a much larger room with way fewer babies! We LOVE C-Pod. There are only 10 beds in the whole giant area. It is much quieter and more spacious.
Nana is getting Karsie all settled in her new bedspace!