Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sorry it's been so long since I updated. I've gotten requests for an update, so here it is, along with some pictures from this week. You can see in them that Sharon has started filling out, mainly due to her good digestion of the milk she's getting. Here's a picture with her little dog beanie baby, just to show a bit of scale.
On Monday, Sharon reached her highest weight ever of 1050 grams, which is around 2 lbs. 5 oz. They started weaning her ventilator support as well, to try to get her to start breathing on her own more. Unfortunately, the bacteria in her throat and lungs is causing extra secretions & Sharon was struggling to keep up her oxygen saturation. After a couple of very stressful days of having her crash on her oxygen, they bumped her vent support back up, and she's had two great days. She certainly is more active when she's got more oxygen, and it's good to see her moving around a bit more.
I like this picture of her with the hat on, mainly because I think it makes her look like a grouchy old lady. They have started treating her with an antibiotic for the bacteria in her throat, since it is basically acting as a pneumonia by causing all the congestion in her lungs. Hopefully with this treatment it will help her be able to breath a lot better.I took this picture yesterday when she had her eyes open really wide. You can see how light her hair is, and we are kind of wondering if it might have some red in it. It's hard to see how cute her face is with it all taped and squished like that, but take my word for it, she's the cutest baby in the world (and I'm not biased at all!).
She is now up to 19 ml of milk every three hours. She's doing well digesting it, and has very interesting looking poop because of the milk (it's totally normal, I just hadn't ever seen breast milk poop before).
This picture is of Ammon looking through at Sharon. She was all bundled up like a burrito with her dog today. It was cute. Her nurse also stuck a little bow to her head & she looked so sweet!
I don't remember if I said that she is now 14 1/2 inches long and I will get an updated length on Monday. She is doing well, even with the bacteria problems. We love getting to see her & are amazed at her growth & strength! Thanks for all your love, support & prayers.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that Shari continues to put on weight and is filling out more. She looks really cut with her doggie. Our hearts are full with the Spirit of God when we see Shari as the miracle she is. We send our love and continued prayers to you all. We Love you. Mom W

Chelle said...

What an angel! Seriously. I love reading about her and your family! I am glad to hear she is doing well!

Amy Sprinkle said...

Sharon is plumping up a bit, I can see it in the pictures. It even looks like her diaper fits! I am amazed they can make them small like that. You do have a cute baby.