For the past couple of days they have been fortifying my milk, taking it from 20 calories per ounce to 22 calories per ounce. Today they didn't increase her feedings. Instead, they changed her to a continuous feeding schedule where one of the machines like her IVs are attached to gives her my milk slowly and continuously rather than all at once every two hours. She threw up a tiny bit while we were there this afternoon.
I just keep having to remind myself to release her to the Lord and to trust Him to take care of her. It's just so hard when I want to scoop her up in my arms and make everything better myself. As I was waiting inside the hospital for Kit to park the car this afternoon, I teared up thinking this through and realizing that this is probably how the Lord feels about us when we're going through difficult times. But He knows what's best and knows that we need both the ups and the downs to become mature and complete. And our little Ellie needs her ups and downs to keep growing stronger as well.
On a lighter note, I got to give Ellie a bath last night. She's too little to actually go into a tub of water, so she got a little "sponge" (hospital-type paper towel) bath. She also enjoyed her pacifier last night (and really enjoyed it while we were there today - she has wonderful suckling skills). And she ended our visit with an hour of cuddles with daddy. What better way to end the day.
Getting ready for her bath. That little air mask next to her is what they use to give her oxygen when she's off the CPAP. You've probably seen it in other photos too when we snap the no-CPAP face shots.
Beginning the bath with a little face and ear wash (with just plain water for obvious reasons - the soapy water was for her hair and the rest of her body).
Surprisingly, she seemed to love her bath and was calm the whole time. This little girl is like her daddy and doesn't like to be dirty.
A little Saint Patrick's Day bow (bigger than her head). Her poor little eyes were really puffy because of the combination of her wearing her CPAP and then laying on her stomach more frequently lately to help with digestion.