Monday, November 10, 2014

Speech therapy

This weekend, Trotwood's wish to hold Little Dorrit came true! We talked with one of his nurses and she helped him get all situated in the chair in Little Dorrit's room. Basically, he sat in the chair with a Boppy pillow and another pillow on his lap and he had his arms underneath her. She just kind of laid there on the pillows and stretched out her neck a little. I think he was a little nervous to do it but also excited to hold his little sister.  

Little Dorrit is slowly coming down on her nasal cannula flow. Most of her medicines are also being transitioned so she can take them by mouth through her feeding tube. Today, they went down on her morphine just a little and I think she is tolerating it alright. A speech therapist also began working with Little Dorrit today to start her on "tastings" which will hopefully help her want to use her mouth to eat. Until this experience in the NICU, I had no idea there were speech therapists for babies! Because she has had so many tubes down her throat, she might associate eating with past "trauma" so the tastings are a way to help her understand that eating using your mouth can be pleasant. Tastings involve letting the baby taste or use a pacifier dipper in formula or breast milk which should eventually help them have "pleasant oral experiences." Today, Little Dorrit successfully sucked on 5 ml of formula! Hooray! 

Mr. Rochester is staying with Little Dorrit this week and Trotwood and I came home today. We were supposed to leave yesterday but it was around five pm before we were ready to leave so we opted to stay another night with Mr. Rochester. I'm so glad we were all able to be together this weekend. 


7 comments:

Nonnie Light said...

Happy family weekend to the four of you. Prayers for continued progress and safe travels.

Jani said...

That is one super proud big brother! I read these updates and just smile and smile.

Kelly said...

What a great family picture!! How exciting that she sucked 5ml! I'm loving these updates. :)

Mary said...

We love you all!!! What beautiful pictures!! :) Praying for you all!!!!

Julie said...

So sweet!!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

They look so much alike!!! I'm so glad you were able to spend time together and that he got to hold her! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kel said...

This just makes me cry. Could not be more thrilled that Trotwood finally got the experience to hold his little sister, but also, 5ml!!!!! Oh the joy of the first real feeding. The joy joy joy.