Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Improvement & more pictures

It was an improved day. He was a little agitated, but so much better than yesterday. We Kangarooed for about 3 hours and even then, he was mostly awake. He seemed to be really trying to see what was going on around him. Very alert today. His oxygen needs were way down. He was actually on 21% (room air) most of the day. On his back he'd have to go up a bit- 28 or 30%, but nothing huge.

We talked a bit. When I'd talk to him today he'd calm down more.. his heart rate would lower a bit and he'd chill out. Not that he was terribly upset otherwise, but it was definitely a difference. It made me feel useful, at least.

I think my little Robbie is popular. A couple of nurses stopped me to ask about him today. Not because of yesterday (they hadn't heard) but just wondering how he was doing. One of my favorite nurses and I talked about his back and forth venting and she said there are usually about 3 babies of his gestation that just seem to have trouble coming off the vent. He just has to get bigger and stronger.. and he will. I appreciated her pep talk. Dr. C hasn't been around for 2 days. I was due for a pep talk.

Even the less-than-friendly nurse from last night stopped to ask me how his day went. She also went out of her way to say goodnight to me before I left. I'm not sure if that was sucking up because I went over her head last night or if I maybe reached some sort of humanity in her, but it was appreciated anyway.

Overall, it was a good day. But I felt a little guarded. Yesterday wore on me. I suppose that's probably how Robbie felt today, too. Anyway, I think I aged a few years in those hours. This mommy business is hard work.

But.. onto brighter things..

A couple of pictures!!

After I got extubated. My WHOLE FACE! Pardon my red cheeks. I was a little flustered.

I'm not quite sure I like this new mask they put on me.

Mommy helps calm me down.

My new bed!



Stacie said...

Look at that sweet little face! You have a looker there! I bet he's making all the little girls in the NICU swoon!

Heather said...

Oh, the ups and downs. So glad today was better. Thinking about you guys.

Heather said...

Very sweet little face! Glad to hear this day was better.

Jess said...

He's so precious! Here's to hoping there will be more ups than downs.

Amy said...

YAY for the improvements! And the pics! How cool to get to see Robbie's whole face! He is indeed a handsome little guy. Aww give him a snuggle for me when you kangaroo him today, k?

Kristin (kekis) said...

What a beautiful face Robbie has! I'm so happy we got to see it. I hope after a rough day that you all have some smoother days ahead. He looks great and definitely knows he's loved.

Beth said...

He's getting so big Trish!! He looks great and he gets his red cheeks from his Daddy!! Keep up the good work Robbie!!

Marz said...

Awww... he's so sweet.
Yes, he will get bigger & stronger & someday soon, he'll be able to go home with you.

LJ said...

Ok, the blushing baby? ADORABLE!

feisty tourist said...

i can't wait to see him in your arms AT HOME!

Osh said...

oh, he looks so tall! and so handsome!