Thursday, January 22, 2009

Update From the NICU

We've been spending a lot of time in the NICU watching over our little girl. Lexie is tiny, but amazingly there are smaller babies in the NICU with her -- much smaller.

The doctors say she is doing great and just needs to gain weight and grow. She's breathing on her own without any trouble. She has a tiny feeding tube that gives her about half her nutrition nowadays and they inch it up a little bit each day, and inch down the IV nutrition.

I'm hoping to post a birth story within a week or so, but the short version is that I started leaking amniotic fluid last Tuesday night. It was spontaneous -- I was just lying in the hospital bed as usual when it all began. Wednesday morning I was contracting regularly and most of the amniotic fluid was gone. Ultimately my doctor determined a C-section was the safest course and things started rolling pretty quickly.

The scariest part of it all was after I was sewn up and my doctor looked over the curtain and confirmed that I did indeed have a unicornuate uterus, adding: "You were lucky to get her to 30 and a half weeks. Your uterus is very small."

I can't believe I'm back home on my couch and we have a little girl sleeping and growing in the NICU. We are so lucky.

17 comments:

Mary said...

I'm so happy that your little girl is doing so well. Post pictures when you can:) I hope you are taking care of yourself as well. You must be so happy.

Moira said...

Have just found your blog and what a time to find it. Congratulations!! Wishing you all wonderful things x

Beth said...

Great news that you are at home recovering! Keep growing, Lexie!!!

areyoukiddingme said...

Glad to hear she's doing well. I hope your recovery is smooth and she's home soon.

dcpeg said...

AMEN!!

Brenna said...

Yay Lexie! Keep it up, sweet girl! I'm so beyond happy for you all, and can't wait to hear about Lexie's arrival.
xxoo -Brenna

I Believe in Miracles said...

Here from Sara's blog to wish you a big CONGRATS!!!

caramama said...

Yeah!!! Way to go, Lexie and Mama! I'm sure the whole thing was (and has been) very scary. And I can't tell you how happy I am for you guys!

Rebecca said...

Now THIS was a historic day. I can barely articulate all the good thoughts I'm sending your way.

Christy said...

Yay! So glad to hear you're both doing well.

WiseGuy said...

Here from Gas Passer aka UUer...



Congratulations on your bundle of joy. Please take care of yourself and Lexie and may she have a long, prosperous, wonderful life!

Caseystay said...

I'm glad you're home and hope Lexie can join you soon. xoxoxo

sara said...

Grow little one grow! Lots of hugs, good thoughts, prayers and kisses for your little one.....UU babies rock so she is going to do awesome!

emilythehopeless said...

congratulations!!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on your baby girl's birth! I'm so glad she is doing well. Take care of yourself and can't wait to see pictures!

Princess Jo said...

Wow! Congrats!


I hope it all works out well and bubby comes home quickly!

Jo

Cassandra said...

Congratulations on Lexie's birth. I hope that you recover quickly and that all of you get to go home soon.