Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kangaroo Care


Well today was a very exciting day for me. I went to the NICU expecting the typical visit...go in and look at the girls...get the update for one...ask questions...and do the same with the next one...then, go and talk with whomever is awake for a while...go and talk with the other one if she is awake, if not, then just whisper some I love you's and then try to let her sleep. But not today!

Imagine my surprise when Cameron's nurse said, "Have you ever heard of kangaroo care?" and I told her I had heard of it and she proceeded to tell me that kangaroo care is when Seth or I would hold the baby on my chest and especially with the mom, my body heat would heat her appropriately. She said that usually the babies do great with the touch and they need less oxygen and other things during the time. It was amazing! Cameron did wonderful and we even got our first picture taken together (I am waiting to recieve it from the respiratory therapist who took our picture). I don't know how much good it did for her but I am still on a high from being able to hold one of my little girls for the first time - really hold her and have skin to skin contact! Even more exciting is leaving today knowing that I can hold both of my girls if they are having a good day...so, Reagan is up next to have her turn!

As far as health updates go, here is what I know today - also when I arrived today they had Reagan on the cpap machine but she was not tolerating it as well as she had in the past so they were looking at a few things and if it does not improve then they will reintebate her. They tried to get Cameron to go down on her settings some but she was not a fan today...so, she will work on gaining weight and maybe they will try again tomorrow. Cameron's nurse also said that she asked about the "trivial pda" classification and they said that it means that it is so small that it appears that it is in process of closing so they will keep checking it. She was having some blood pressure issues still today so they are watching her but she is doing great with her food and her belly looks good. Thank you so much for your prayers and your outpouring of love and support.

6 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad you and Cameron got to BOND today. We continue to pray for them every chance we get (including at all meals and bedtimes with the kids). Love to all of you!

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  2. Oh how wonderful. I can just see you holding Cameron. Everyday is an event...two events! I'm praying for all of you. Each one of you Carters is so very special.

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  3. Love Kangaroo care!!!! You're so excited to finally hold and amazed at how tiny they feel!!!! Congratulations!!

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  4. Oh Leslie, I cried for you, I am so excited. I'm sure that was a beautiful sight and feeling. I am so happy for you! I can't imagine what you and Seth are going through not getting to hold and have your babies at home with you. I am certainly continuing to pray for you and Seth and all your girls. What you are going through makes all my own worries and concerns so trivial. God bless ya'll and I'll be praying for you!

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  5. I got goosebumps and had a "mama exciting moment" to know you got to hold Cameron. Hope Reagan gets her turn today. I can't wait to see pictures. You all stay in my prayers. DS

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  6. I have enjoyed so much reading every day what is going on with the girls. I will continue to pray that you have many more kangaroo care moments. Know that Mark and I are praying for all the Carters.

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