Friday, June 29, 2007

Mommy report: Good news, hard reality

The good news--Braska broke the 12-pound mark...finally! She weighed in today at 12 lbs 4 oz, up from 11 lbs 14 oz on Monday. She was 12 lb 1 oz back at the end of February, just before surgery...at 3 months old. Amazing.

The hard reality--Because this gain has come during the time that she's been on the tube (since Tuesday very early morning), the point has been confirmed that she needs to have a supplement method. Unfortunately, we can't continue with the NG much longer, for several reasons. So we've made an appointment with a gastroenterologist at StL Children's Hospital to look at transitioning to a G-tube, hopefully mic-key style. That's set for 07/12/07, so we'll see. I've got mixed feelings, but I think it's the right thing to do in the end. I kind of wish we'd have done it before, but we kept hoping we could get her to just take enough on her own. She's come so close, but just can't seem to stay consistent.

So for now, she'll remain on NG. She's leaving it alone pretty well since it's not in her line of sight. Wish we'd have thought of that before... She's happier, more playful, and less content to just hang around. Guess that's what happens when she's getting fed properly. Wow...another feather in the mom cap. Glad we caught it before she got really sick, thank goodness.

8 comments:

  1. Well she needs to gain weight, but it seems like the gaining is the silver lining and the G-tube, the cloud.

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  2. Darn it! I wish she didn't have to have more medical procedures, but if it keeps her healthy, and growing - it may be what has to be....for now. I love you little bbear! Auntie V

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  3. I am glad she gained the weight, and I hope the new feeding deal will work as good as you hope. Go Braska!

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  4. I'm so glad she's gaining weight, but can understand why you are feeling a little sad about the new feeding tube.

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  5. Way to go Braska! You are getting so big. You have done so great RK! If this is what she needs to grow, then you are doing whats best. I'm sure it will be alot less stressful for you to know that she is getting all that she needs, and now you can just have fun with her and not worry about her weight anymore. She'll have those munchable cheeks that her daddy has been waiting for in no time! Karen K

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  6. RK,

    You've been doing everything you can to try and get her to feed on her own, and well..I commend you WHOLEHEARTEDLY. If it comes down to the g-tube I suppose that's the way this scenario was meant to be for now.

    I wish you strength. And keep gaiing, Braska!!! :O)

    Hugs to you.

    T & G

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  7. um....that's GAINING, Braska!!! :O)

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  8. Thanks for all the encouragement. I really still have this glimmer of hope that she'll just wake up one day and decide she's super hungry, but oh well.

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