Isabella Danielle, born at 24 weeks and 1 day, 1lb 11oz, 12.5in

Zachary Michael, born at 36 weeks, 5lb 13oz, 18.5in

Alexander Charles, FULL TERM, 7lb 1oz, 20in

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Bella Day 25

She is doing well and is peeing a lot! She lost 50 grams or roughly 2 ounces, which is good, because she looks much less swollen. During rounds there was nothing significant, except that they think she is doing well. Her stomas look very good, but still she has not passed anything significant through the stomas. Once her bowels start working properly and she starts to poop through her bowel they will add the ostemy bag and begin her feeding. Bella has also been doing well breathing and they are moving her off of the oscilator to a conventional ventilator. She looks so cute and big to Machel and I, we are amazed by her growth. We hope she continues to do well and grow!!

Oh, forgot to tell you guys, she got her fist bath last night!! Unfortunately, it was in the middle of the night so we did not get to see it! She got a sponge bath and now today she has awesome bed head!!

We would like to send out a special thank you to my co workers at COP, both in Houston and in Bartlesville. We received care packages yesterday afternoon and this morning. Thank you all so much for the well wishes the prayers and the gifts. I am very honored to have worked with you and have you all as my friends. I hope that baby Bella can come and visit all of you soon and show you her amazing smile and thank you all in person!

Candice - we just got the package at the hospital almost got sent back to you since she is under my maiden name for insurance purposes (sorry about that). The Zaky is awesome. We are going to sleep with it tonight so that it smells like us. For those of you that don't know, a Zaky is a comfort device developed by a mother of a preemie who happens to also be an engineer PhD. It is designed to replicate the comfort and scent of a parents hand. This is an incredible gift and will definitely be tried for our little girl.

Here are some pictures of our cute little chunky monkey!!


Andi said...

Bella is looking great, I am so happy for you guys!

Parker's mom said...

Chris and Machel,
you guys will LOVE the Zaky! Candice sent Parker one when he was born and it was great in the NICU! And quite honestly, Parker right now is sleeping on his belly on top of his Zaky! He likes to snuggle his head right in the palm of the hand and falls fast asleep....and at night I wrap it around his head and we don't hear from him until the morning.
And YAY Bella for being a good girl and peeing alot!

Amber said...

She is so precious. Her pics are cute bed head and all. I am so happy to hear she is doing well and that she is peeing alot to help get the swelling down. Thanks for keeping us updated.


lauren said...

She looks FANTASTIC!!!!