Thank you so much for all the comments, thoughts, and prayers. The support we’re receiving from everyone is what is getting us through the days, and we’ll never be able to thank you enough.
Jillian has had a good day today. She was moved from one ventilator to another. I can’t really describe the difference, but I do know that this was a step in the right direction. She had a repeat head ultrasound today to check for some bleeding on her brain that was discovered yesterday. The good news is that the bleeding has not gotten any worse. We’re hopeful that the bleed will be absorbed and it won’t cause any problems. She was having issues yesterday with her potassium being too high, and it stayed at good levels today. She also was on room oxygen all day.
While this was all wonderful to hear throughout the day, we have been prepared by all the doctors and nurses that the NICU is a roller coaster, and we’re going to have a lot of ups and downs. Obviously we only want up days, but we’re trying to keep in mind that tomorrow is a different day (without being pessimistic). So I’d say we’re cautious at this point, but we’re definitely feeling more optimistic than we were yesterday, which was the worst day of our lives so far.
As for Jillian herself, we fall in love with her more and more with each passing second. I was able to touch her quite a bit today and put colostrum in her mouth via a cotton swab (Dave was worried that he may be coming down with a cold, so he didn’t touch her at all today). We just returned from visiting her, and she was about as active as I’ve seen her. I kept asking her how much I love her, and she’d stretch her arms out as far as she could reach. Even though I know it was a coincidence (and my asking was a direct result of watching her stretch), playing this game with her was the highlight of my life. She has made me laugh multiple times in the few days that she’s been an outside baby, and I’m hoping with all that I have that this is the beginning of a lifetime of laughs from my Silly Jilly.