picc line put in or have nutrients delivered through an IV that has to be moved every 1-4 days. We opted for the picc because we just didn't see how she had enough veins to continue to do IVs, but truth be told the picc does give me the creeps. They tried both her arms first but blew out a vein in each so they moved to her head. The result...my daughter has bad hat hair, or more precisely bad hair for her hat. Turns out I wouldn't have been able to put her in a knitted hat even if I'd had enough time on bed rest to finish one :) Hopefully she'll be done with her picc soon.
This is how my sweet little girl gets her feeds. Through her picc she gets a mixture of simple sugars, lipids, and proteins broken down to their elemental parts, feed directly into a vein. The other half of her feeds go through her ng tube and are breast milk that I've pumped at home. She started with 3ml ever 3 hours and today moved up to 5ml every 3 hours. So far she has tolerated all her feeds and if she continues on this path, avoids GERDs or NEC (I swear preemie life is all about numbers, monitors, and abbreviations) then we can get that PICC out of there! This girl loves a pacifier and the nurses always make sure she has it in her mouth while they feed her, so that they can prime those instincts about sucking and eating even more.
My favorite picture of the bunch! I think it gives you a nice idea of her size. That is a little preemie pacifier, actually smaller then the ones they gave us for our newborns when they were in the hospital and compared to little girl they are huge! Love her little fingers. Everyone kept teasing that she must have had sharp little nails and that's why my water broke but I think the proof is in the picture, those are pretty much the smallest softest nails I've ever seen.
|Same picture of mama but slightly different mouth expression.|
|Her little hand fits on my thumb!|