The Bug is bound and determined to do everything she can to beat Charlie home. Around 9 a.m., Lily is off the nasal cannula! And she's taken every feeding for the last two days with her bottle! Both are huge steps!
Her breathing has been strong for a while but the nurses and doctors kept wanting to wait to remove the cannulas until her feedings were more under control. Well, since her feedings seem to be better than ever, the time for the cannuals seems to have passed. We were with her until after 9 p.m. and she seemed to be tiring a little after her latest feeding and had a few minor, self-correcting episodes. There's obviously no guarantee that she'll be able to sustain the room air breathing through the night, but hopefully she'll be able to make it. If she can, she'll be able to move into a small crib and leave her isolette behind, just like Charlie.
Nothing all too interested happened with Charlie today. He's still struggling with his reflux after meals. Again the nurses have assured us that it's all normal but it is somewhat disheartened that it doesn't seem any better yet. There are numerous possibilities for what can happen. He could get better on his own within a few days. He could need to have his feedings modified and slowed down. He could ultimately need to go on some kind of medication to help control it. There's no telling right now what will happen, but obviously we're hoping he'll be able to resolve it soon.
Charlie was wide awake and looking cute, even though he was having some major reflux issues this evening.
Charlie seemed fascinated by his mommy's face tonight. He just wanted to keep staring at her and watch her face. I've been there, Charlie. I've been there.
Lily has had all the drama she can handle for one day! How could anyone want to cover this face up with tubes??