Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Oh. THAT Fussy Kayley!

All right. I believe Megan now. Kayley can be fussy. I just spent the whole time here at the hospital trying to calm Kayley down and make her happy after I fed her. Pacifier in. Pacifier out. Pacifier in. Pacifier out. I think she thinks this is a game now. Oh well. She finally settled in for the night (see picture). After 2 and 1/2 hours of Kayley being awake (dozing off the last hour or so), I'm declaring a winner. Kayley.

The day started out a little scary. When Megan called to check in, the nurse told her that Kayley had an apnea episode. She went without breathing for approximately 36 seconds. This is the first occurrence that we know of. It's pretty scary to imagine she didn't take a breath for that long. There are a number of things that could have caused it. It could be anything from reflux to having her head positioned incorrectly to starting to get sick to having an infection. The good news is that this was the only one of the day. That means they are leaning towards the first couple reasons. If she were sick, the apnea's would start to happen more frequently. So, they are continuing to monitor her very closely. Hopefully that will be the last of it.

Other than that, Kayley had a pretty good day. She even bounced back from the apnea to finish her whole 9 am feeding. Then, she took 48 cc's at noon and 26 cc's at 3 pm. She took 36 cc's from me tonight and it was quite a struggle because she was wide awake. I'll even do an impression of Kayley feeding for me tonight.

"Suck, suck, suck. Hey, what's that? That's pretty neat. Hey, now what's that? Oh. He's that goofy guy that's here all the time. Wait. What's this thing in my mouth? Oh yeah. It's my bottle. Suck, suck, suck...wow, look at that. I could stare at that for days...."

You get the picture. I mentioned it before. Kayley eats so much better when she is half asleep. If she's awake at all (like she was tonight), she just gets too distracted. One of the nurses told Marla I think that this is quite common. In some extreme cases, they put a hat on the baby's head and pull it over his or her eyes so he or she can focus on eating. I don't know how far we have until we get to that point, but I can tell you it was getting pretty frustrating to see her so wide awake and almost refusing to suck on the bottle in her mouth.

Kayley had kind of an unofficial weight gain tonight. She posted a gain of 155 grams just before she released a bunch of it in her diaper. The nurse had to change her a second time and ended up having to change her bedding and clothes. So, she weighed in at 3440 grams (7 lbs 9 oz) but I have a feeling that may not hold up tomorrow night. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.


  1. Ha! Kayley sounds just like Macie eating her bottle . . . never very interested in the bottle and always very interested in everything else going on. Those darn Thiel girls--nosey, nosey, nosey! (And Chris thought Macie got the nosiness from me!) :-)

    Aunt Jenny

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