Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jessica's new tricks

Jessica evidently likes to be the over achiever. She's been handling feeds great, and also has had several successful "Lick and Learn" sessions. Today she even went a step further. The therapists took a specially designed bottle nipple and placed a few drops of milk in it. They then gave it to Jessica to see if she would suck the milk out of the nipple. No problems at all. She had to get used to swallowing, but that should come soon. With as easy as she has taken to everything else, swallowing shouldn't be difficult. If she continues to progress, she may be ready for a bottle feed by next week. Her weight tonight is up to 1422 grams, which is just over 3 lbs, 2 oz.

The therapists have not started the "Lick and Learn" sessions with Evelyn yet. Due to her getting blood early last week, she had several days where she was not gaining weight. The therapists wanted to make sure that she was ok and gaining weight before starting to work with her. These therapies can be very tiring for the girls, so it is important to make sure they don't burn too many calories.

Evelyn has responded well. Her weight as of last night was up to 1452 grams which is 3 lbs, 3 oz. The therapists should start to work with her soon.

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