Very quickly–after a GREAT start and being told that she didn’t need the NICU and could go home tomorrow, Verity is being observed in the NICU for 8 to 12 hours for being cyanotic (blueness from her oxygen levels dropping too low). She started out with excellent muscle tone, but that has dropped off and she is very floppy now.
Also, she had a strong suck and nursed incredibly well for her first nursing session, but since then, she’s had to be fed by syringe and I am pumping after a good attempt at nursing her each time. She may just be in the newborn sleepy stage and wake up a bit more tomorrow, but you know we’ve been prepared for some difficulties. Thank the Lord the lactation consultant found an older pump that I could use with the pump parts (leftover from our twin experience) I brought along, so we don’t have to buy new parts.
We’re still waiting for her echo results, and we’ll keep you posted as we’re able. Also, they failed to get enough blood for her chromosomal testing, so they’ll try again at a later time.
If you have called our cell phones, please know that we have very poor reception for them here. We can get email and have internet access, though!
Thank you all for praying for us and for rejoicing with us! I’m planning to work on that birth story a little at a time, before I start to forget details!
(We also need to take some pictures! Partly so her brothers and sisters can see her, too! We miss you and love you, children!)