Day 37

Today’s stats: day 37 in the NICU. LMM is 33 weeks and 1 day gestational. 5 weeks old yesterday. She weighs 3 pounds and 6.7 ounces, a little over 15 inches long.

This has been a great week for LMM. She got her finished her last dose of antibiotics and got her picc line out on Wednesday, which means no more IV pole. I got to lift her up out of her isolette that evening for massage. Normally, the nurse has us sit down and then they lift her up and arrange her on us.

The massage was awesome because we haven’t been able to really touch her since she can’t process it. I got to do her head, her back, her arms, and her neck/shoulders. They are coming back next week to do her front half. Preemies can’t handle lots of stimulation so it’s important to let them tell you what works and what doesn’t. During the massage, her heart rate was good, her respiration was great, and her blood oxygen levels were excellent. She really seemed to like it.

Today, she has decided to attempt to crawl up her Snugli  (kind of like a little bed inside her isolette) and suck on the covers. She isn’t strong enough to pull herself up and she’s tucked in anyway, but it’s very entertaining to watch. She’s very determined. She rolled herself halfway out earlier.

She has now given up or tired herself out trying to escape. Picking her head up is a big deal, especially being a Preemie. She was facing to the right, and she picked it up to face center, then held it there while she was trying to move, then turned it to the left and settled it in to be comfortable. Great developmental movement.

She’s going to be a handful.

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