Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2 Months Old

Raegan is 2 months old today. She weighs 3 lbs 11oz. She is getting so big. Raegan was moved out of her isolette to a crib on Sunday night. This means she is maintaining her own temperature. This is one step closer to going home. She is still on a low flow nasal cannula. I think within the next week she will be off of that. She has been working on eating from a bottle with a special nipple called a bionix. The bionix is a controlled flow baby nipple. It has five different settings, 0 is like sucking on a pacifier and 5 is like sucking on a slow flow nipple. Raegan is needing it set to 1. Without this nipple she does very poorly when eating from a bottle.

On Monday the doctors did another head ultrasound and Raegans ventricles had increased in size to 1.3cm on one side and 1.2cm on the other. The doctors have been taking 12ml of spinal fluid from her head each day since Monday, and they will continue until they do another head ultrasound tomorrow or Friday. It is sounding like Raegan is going to have to have a permanent shunt placed, but we are not sure when. We know that she has to be at least 5.5 lbs, so it could happen any time after that. So speaking of weight, the doctors have increased Raegans feedings to 35ml every 3 hours. Hopefully this will help Raegan gain weight faster.

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