…Verity did pretty well with the nursing! I’m learning some new tricks to hold her correctly and help support her jaw and get her to want to suck harder. I’m also using a nursing shield after her attempts to nurse. She is impressing us with her determination to work on what comes so easily to so many other babies. She and I will both learn patience together! After nursing, I have her suck on my pinkie finger, fingernail-side down, and we give her pumped milk from a syringe in the corner of her mouth as she sucks. It would be easier to show than it is to describe!
And after her last feeding time, she gave us a treat! She had a little bit of alert awake time, and tried to focus on our faces when we talked to her! Up until now, she has been very sleepy. (Now we’re the ones who are sleepy—must be catching. :) If something I write doesn’t make sense, please disregard it and chalk it up to not having slept a wink since Thursday night into Friday!)
The NICU nurse told us that Verity will probably be able to be in our room with us after the late feeding tonight, since she’s been so stable! Oh, JOY! It is hard to walk away and leave her in another room! The nurse just needs to talk with the neonatologist to double check that it’s okay.
From what we’ve been told, we are hopeful that tomorrow morning we will receive the results of today’s echocardiogram and EKG, and then if the pediatric cardiologist approves, be discharged!
All these pictures are from this afternoon~