Yesterday and today were very good days for Avery. She has been at 21 (what we all breathe) on her nasal cannula, and has been “satting” at 100 – the highest possible. Two different respiratory therapists came by yesterday to tell us how happy they are to see her doing so well and one of them exclaimed, “she’s come a long way, baby!” Later, one of her doctors came by and said, “She looks great. Now, mom and dad just have to be patient.” Before he walked away, he added, “she’s come a long way…” Music to our ears.
I enjoyed every second of Kangaroo Care yesterday while she peacefully rested on my chest and Quin looked on with a big smile over my shoulder. The entire two hours I held her, her numbers were as good as they could get on her current setting. It is such a joy to see her progress.
Another huge milestone…Quin and I also heard Avery cry loudly last night, which is the first time we have actually heard her cry! (Imagine going 12 weeks without ever hearing your baby cry?!? Who would think you’d want to hear this so badly?!?) We both jumped in surprise as she let it wail for about 5 seconds and then just as quickly went back to sleep. We were so deeply moved that we both started to cry ourselves that our little girl had finally “found her voice.” Amen.
She had another excellent day today and if she continues doing as well, they will likely try to ween her pressure more tomorrow. We still have quite a hike ahead, but her respiratory development is showing some very positive steps in the right direction and we certainly do not take this for granted. Today, she weighed in at 3 lb 9 oz and actually outgrew most of her tiny knit hats (whoo hoo!) On Monday, she’ll be 12 weeks old and 35 weeks gestational age – still 5 weeks from her due date.