She had an x-ray 2 days ago that showed that her lungs are still immature. She is still back on oxygen and is also on a 3 day run of lasix, which is a diuretic that will try and pull off any fluid that might be on her lungs that may be making it hard for her to breathe. (She is only 33 weeks after all.) Right now what she needs more than anything is just time. Her body just needs to continue to grow and mature. Once it does, she should be able to get off of the oxygen and start learning to feed orally. They also set our mind at ease by explaining that she will have to go 5 days straight without her sats dropping, or heart rate slowing before they will let her go home. It is the final step, so it is still far away, but we relaxed a little more when we heard that.
We are all doing well and just taking it one day at a time. Ellie is going to go her speed. Right now she loves being held, especially when she is on her tummy doing "kangaroo" with mommy. She loves sucking on that pacifier when she is able to get it in her mouth. She still loves to stretch and kick her feet, but also loves to be swaddled and bundled up. She hates the oxygen tubing and tape on her face, but seems to have gotten used to it for the time being. She looks more and more like Wesley every day, especially when she sleeps. She is such a good sleeper, and is very good at listening when we read her books.
We love you baby girl!!
Grow Ellie grow!