Rebecca was fun to be with yesterday, as is usual. She maintained her weight (didn’t gain any this time), and is still holding her temperature, even with reduced heat from the incubator.
She has a new doctor now, who calls Marline each morning with updates and opinions. He seems very factual and less likely than the previous doctor to accentuate only the positive. We appreciate his stark honestly and no-nonsense approach.
All the nurses that have dealt with Rebecca continue to comment that she almost never cries and is usually very agreeable when they have to check her temperature, feed her, change her outfit, change her diaper, and so on.
When I feed her, I love that she’s looking at me, as if listening for instructions, trying to understand what I want from her. These are my favorite moments, even more so than when she’s just happy and playing. You can see what I’m talking about in her two latest videos, taken yesterday and posted this morning:
Today, she’ll be 10 days old, and tomorrow would have marked the end of 35 weeks of gestation, so she’s still four or five weeks behind the average newborn, but catching up soon.
(And remember, Rebecca has her own web page, with links to all her videos, images and blogs, as well as a list of all gifts we’ve received. That page is updated any time I post anything about her.)
Here at home, we’re hanging in there too. My wife pumps regularly, building a strong supply of milk. We occasionally take some to the NICU with us to make sure they don’t run low, but my wife is pumping more than Rebecca is eating, so we’ll have a nice stockpile at home when Rebecca gets here.
We continue to receive gifts for Rebecca from friends and Marline’s side of the family (the gifts and donors are listed on Rebecca’s web page), and we greatly appreciate all the support. In fact, we’ve been overwhelmed with kindness to the point where we’re almost in shock. It doesn’t matter to us whether someone sends a small gift or a large one, expensive or not. The fact that they thought about us and went through the effort is very comforting.
Marline is also receiving several phone calls per day from her family and friends, who are spread up and down the East Coast and into Canada (and a few in Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma).
In my free time, when I’m not posting pictures, blogs and videos, or comforting my wife, I’m still working on the lawn. It’s looking very nice in front, and the back is still coming in. The weather’s been very mild, and even warm for October, so the Bermuda is still spreading. I’ve mowed the back twice since Rebecca was born.