Sunday, July 20, 2008

Some Firsts...


Daddy's first time to help bathe Bridgette.


Bri's introduction to her "slumber bear" which makes womb noises. It helped her to sleep when she was restless with hunger.


The bear is currently the same size (perhaps a bit larger) than Bri.

Today we have helped change an ostomy bag, received rectal irrigation instructions (although we haven't done it ourselves yet), and Jeff got to help change his first diaper and give Bri a bath. Tonight Jeff will perform a rectal irrigation since he's going back to work tomorrow. Although I've already helped bathe and change her, I will get my chance to practice rectal irrigations on Monday (...and forevermore. We learned today she must have 3 a day to keep her colon clean and prevent infection.)

Just as a matter of interest, Bri is up to 35 cc's of breastmilk now and will get 40 at 9 p.m. She has to reach 55 cc's before she can come home.

Here's a cute video of Jeff drying baby off after a bath and giving her a fresh diaper. What a good daddy.

8 comments:

Ann-Marie said...

What wonderful news!35 cc's and soon-to-be 40! That's so exciting! We love you guys and are so happy to hear that cute baby Bri is progressing so well so rapidly! We can't wait to meet her!

Marilyn said...

I'm so glad that things are progressing better than expected. We are still praying for you and your darling baby. We know that Heavenly Father is watching over you.

Kathryn said...

Hi Kelly,

I've been trying to contact you and tell you I'm sorry you are going through this trial right now. I also see such courage for some super parents who are willing to do anything for their darling little baby. I'm so happy she is recovering so quickly from surgeries and is almost able to come home. She is absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to visit with you. My mother had a colonostomy (sp) so I have a little bit of experience with it. The Lord sent your little girl to parents who he knew could take care of her. You are doing an awesome job. Take care. Love Kathryn Rockhill

123checkoutthefamily said...

ahhh, that's so precious...she's the size of the bear. what a cute idea to get the womb bear...especially with everything that has been going on. It has to be comforting.

Lisa said...

How cute! My little Tyler was enthralled with watching the video. I think it makes him excited to have a baby here.

I'm so glad that things are progressing rapidly and good luck with all the colon cleanings!

Mary said...

Jeff and Kelly,

What an adorable little baby! My kids loved the video of Jeff and Bri....so cute! I think it made Patrick baby hungry to hear the little baby noises. I'm so glad that Bri has progressed so fast. We can't wait to meet her when you come home. Let us know so we can bring you dinner. Love you guys!! Mary Liechty

Sarah said...

Way to go Jeff! you are a natural. I can't wait for you guys to get home too.

Shannon and Rod Sorensen said...

We are thrilled to hear that Bri is doing so well! I hope she'll get to come home soon - it sounds like it won't be long. Know that you are all still in our prayers.